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Reporters Without Borders stages major protests for Olympic torch relay in Paris despite massive police presence

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first_img RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific News News ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts April 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders stages major protests for Olympic torch relay in Paris despite massive police presence Organisation News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders hails the extensive demonstrations in support of human rights and press freedom that were staged today in Paris as relay runners carried the Olympic torch around the city. The press freedom organisation managed to unfurl gigantic flags with its Beijing 2008 campaign motif of the Olympic rings turned handcuffs in seven locations: the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Marceau, the Champs-Elysées, the Pont des Arts, the Quai Malaquais, the facade of the cathedral of Notre Dame and near the Charléty Stadium (headquarters of the National Olympic Committee).“The support of the Parisian public was never lacking throughout the day and we thank the many people who responded to our appeals to show support for human rights and press freedom in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This turnout could not be taken for granted, given the excessive security measures to protect the torch relay and the fact that the police were told to act with extreme firmness.”The organisation added: “The Chinese authorities will no longer be able to scorn the appeals for the release of political prisoners and a dialogue on Tibet. It now also falls to heads of state and government to take account of these protests by boycotting the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 8 August.”The Olympic torch relay began under close police surveillance at the foot of the Eiffel Tower at about 12:30 pm. Thousands of Reporters Without Borders and pro-Tibet supporters were positioned along the route of the relay from the very start. Three mountain climbers unfurled the first of the Beijing 2008 campaign flags across the side of one of the Eiffel Tower’s base pillars as the relay got under way. Activists were arrested and manhandled. Firemen removed the climbers from their positions on the tower and the flag was taken down. They were released two hours later.Tense policemen kept confiscating Reporters Without Borders flags and banners and copies of the daily newspaper Libération, which had “Free the Olympic Games” as its banner headline above a photo of the five Olympic rings turned into handcuffs. These scenes were repeated in many places including outside the headquarters of France Télévisions.At one point, pro-Tibet activists succeeded in extinguishing the Olympic flame, forcing organisers to put it inside a bus.Another of the gigantic Reporters Without Borders flags was hung from the third storey of a building on the Champs-Elysées, where a large crowd booed the Olympic torch as it passed. A similar flag was hung from a building on Avenue Marceau. Outside the Paris city hall, opponents of the Chinese regime outnumbered supporters of the Olympic Games.Four Reporters Without Borders activists, including the organisation’s secretary-general, Robert Ménard, unfurled an 8 metres x 8 metres flag across the facade of Notre Dame cathedral. Demonstrators who had gathered in front of the cathedral chanted “Freedom in China, freedom in Tibet.”French politicians also expressed their views. Speaking on behalf of the Socialist Party, parliamentarian Bruno Leroux said all non-violent protests were welcome. The head of the Modem party in Paris, Marielle de Sarnez, took part in the protests and called on the government to take a clear position on human rights.Five people, including Mireille Ferri, the vice-president of the Ile-de-France regional government, and Green Party parliamentarian Sylvain Carel, were arrested during a series of incidents that began before the start of the relay. Around 40 parliamentarians from all the main parties demonstrated outside the National Assembly in support of human rights in Tibet. Here, the police also confiscated the Beijing 2008 campaign flags and Tibetan flags waved by people who joined the parliamentarians.The Olympic torch did not leave the bus between the National Assembly and Charléty Stadium, where the relay finished. The symbol of the Olympics entered the stadium to more boos and whistles. Here, yet again, the police confiscated Reporters Without Borders flags and Tibetan flags, permitting people on the streets outside to have only Chinese flags, the officials logos of the games or those of their sponsors. Chinese government opponents who refused to surrender their flags were arrested and handcuffed.Around 15 supporters of the British section of Reporters Without Borders demonstrated the day before during the Olympic torch relay in London. Wearing white masks and black T-shirts with the Olympic handcuffs, they unfurled the Beijing 2008 campaign flag at the intersection of Ladbroke Grove and Holland Park Avenue at midday. News The press freedom organisation managed to unfurl gigantic flags with its Beijing 2008 campaign motif of the Olympic rings turned handcuffs in seven locations: the Eiffel Tower, Avenue Marceau, the Champs-Elysées, the Pont des Arts, the Quai Malaquais, the facade of the cathedral of Notre Dame and near the Charléty Stadium. Reporters Without Borders thank the many people who responded to our appeals to show support for human rights and press freedom in China. Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Two held in connection with cocaine seizure

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first_imgPrint Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TWO people remain in custody after gardai stopped a car with two people on the outskirts of Gort, Co Galway this Tuesday in which half a million euro worth of drugs were seized. The haul is as a result of a joint operation between the Garda National Drugs Unit, Galway Gardai, and Revenue’s Customs Service. It is part of investigations into organised crime gangs in Limerick and Galway.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up During the course of the search, seven kilos of cocaine (subject to analysis) with an estimated street value of €500,000 were seized. Two people were arrested a male 39yrs and a 24 yr old female. Both are being detained in Galway Garda Station under the provisions of Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996 as amended.As part of a follow up operation Gardai searched two houses in Moycullen, Co.Galway.€100,000 in cash was recovered in one of the houses.The two people arrested in relation to the drugs seizure remain in custody and the operation is on going. Email NewsLocal NewsTwo held in connection with cocaine seizureBy admin – November 2, 2010 516 Previous articleStork celebrates 90 Years at the heart of home bakingNext articleChamber back Brosnan report adminlast_img read more

Walking the Tightrope of GSE Reform

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first_img April 8, 2019 2,093 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Recently, President Donald J. Trump signed a memorandum tasking the Treasury Department and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with preparing a reform plan for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The White House memo directed that this plan be delivered “as soon as possible.” In an opinion piece published by the Wall Street Journal, American Enterprise Institute fellows Peter J. Wallison and Edward J. Pinto discussed the feasibility of the Presidential memo and its proposed reforms.According to Wallison and Pinto, the memo’s direction to the Treasury will lead to government housing-finance system that roughly replicates what existed before 2008, notably “government backing for the obligations of the government-sponsored enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac , and affordable-housing mandates requiring the GSEs to encourage and engage in risky mortgage lending.”“These elements will be retained, but the problems they caused in 2008 are supposed to be mitigated by better regulation, more capital for the GSEs, and compensation to taxpayers for the risks they’ll assume when the government guarantees the GSEs’ obligations,” Pinto and Wallison’s op-ed states. “The housing lobby misled the public before on the efficacy of these protections.”According to Wallison and Pinto, the FHFA should shrink their footprint as conservator of Fannie and Freddie over a period of five to 10 years. They suggest reducing the size and types of the mortgages that GSEs could buy and opening larger portions of the housing-finance market to the private sector, improving competition.“Most of the U.S. economy is open to the innovation and competition of the private sector,” said Wallison and Pinto. “Yet for no discernible reason, the housing market—one-sixth of the U.S. economy—is and has been controlled by the government to a far greater extent than in any other developed country.”The Presidential memo states that “in the decade since the financial crisis, there has been no comprehensive reform of the housing finance system despite the need for it, leaving taxpayers exposed to future bailouts.” The memo went on to claim that “the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing programs are exposed to high levels of risk and rely on outdated business processes and systems.”You can read the full memo here. You can also read more about proposed GSE and housing finance reforms in our April DS News cover story, available online. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Warren Buffett Talks Wells Fargo Next: Understanding Drops in Mortgage Delinquency Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: AEI Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Housing Crisis Share Save Walking the Tightrope of GSE Reform Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Walking the Tightrope of GSE Reform Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles AEI Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE Housing Crisis 2019-04-08 Seth Welborncenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News, Secondary Market  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more

Liberation groups condemn HistorySoc’s invite of Jenni Murray

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first_imgThree student liberation groups have called on Oxford University History Society to retract their invitation for Dame Jenni Murray to speak at an event, due to her “transphobic rhetoric”.Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign, Oxford University LGBTQ Society and Oxford SU Women’s Campaign collectively wrote a statement condemning the society’s decision to invite her this Saturday at Oriel College on the topic of “Powerful British Women in History and Society”.In the statement, they accused her of making “explicitly transphobic comments” in a 2017 Sunday Times article, where she “repeatedly insinuated that transgender women and girls are not women and can only pretend to be women.”In the article, she wrote that “it takes more than a sex change and makeup” to become a woman, and she told trans women to not call themselves “real women”.The statement said: “Her views, which clearly reflect a lack of engagement with the vast majority of actual trans people, and are in sum deeply harmful to trans women and trans feminine people, contributing to and exacerbating the harassment, marginalisation, discrimination, and violence that they already face.“[…]Inviting Murray to talk in this capacity leaves her transphobic rhetoric essentially unchallenged. “While there may be “ample time for questions”, the decision to offer Murray a platform is not apolitical or neutral, especially when her views cause tangible harm to vulnerable members of our society.”When contacted for comment, Oxford University History Society referred Cherwell to the event’s Facebook post, which stated: “Jenni Murray was invited for her prominent role as presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, as well as for her historical writings. “As a society we condemn any transphobia and do not necessarily endorse the views of our speakers.”A spokesperson for the University told Cherwell: “Oxford is committed to supporting the University’s transgender students and staff and to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that promotes equality and diversity.“We are also committed to freedom of expression, and this event is entirely suitable for a student society.”Dame Jenni Murray and Oriel College have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

Green picks up first Cotton Bowl IMCA Modified win

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first_imgBy J.M. HallasPAIGE, Texas (March 18) – Kevin Green took top honors in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main dedicat­ing his first Cotton Bowl win to Harvey Cox, a long-time supporter of the Green family rac­ing.Green got the lead coming off turn two, then went green to checkers using two different lines on each end to put some distance on Eric Tomlinson at the finish.“Mission accomplished,” exclaimed Green afterwards. “This was one mission I had this year, to get a Modified win here. We’ve run some here in the Modified and the SportMod, but never a full season. We even had a few SportMod wins, but this is our first Modified win.”“We lost Harvey Cox over the off season, but we’re still racing for him,” Green continued. “He’d done so much for us over the years with my dad. He’ll not be forgotten.”Mike Wagner was the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod winner while Ken Plon­sky capitalized on a late restart to top the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.last_img read more