News Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentCitizen-journalistsInternet Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Lu and Li were finally able to see lawyers yesterday at the detention centre in Dali (in the southwestern province of Yunnan) where they have been held for more than three weeks. Colleagues and relatives were alarmed when they suddenly stopped receiving news from the two researchers on 15 June, after their arrival in Dali. “Such abduction-style arrests and the charges apparently brought against these two reporters are typical of the government’s crackdown on journalists who produce reports that the Chinese Communist Party regards as harmful,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Instead of hounding all those who provide information of general interest, the authorities should thank these two citizen journalists and use their work to help improve the disastrous human rights situation in China.” Lu and Li have been researching social unrest and work protests throughout China since 2012, constantly monitoring social networks such as Weibo and QQ and online forums for reports, photos and accounts by citizens who are on strike or who are demonstrating for their rights. The information they compile is posted on social networks (Weibo and Twitter) and on a news website, Wickedonna.blogspot.com, that has not been updated since 15 June. Veiled threat to reporting by bloggers The detention of Lu and Li comes amid an increase in government hostility towards social networks, whose growing impact is feared, and towards the ever more numerous citizen journalists and bloggers. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) issued a directive to all media on 3 July prohibiting them from publishing information provided by social networks without first verifying its accuracy. Although it appeared to be no more than a reminder about professional journalistic behaviour, the directive was designed to deter media from using information provided by citizen journalists, bloggers and other activists, information that is often critical of the authorities. Wang Jing, a citizen journalist working for well-known dissident Huang Qi’s website, 64Tianwang, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison in April for covering a 2014 incident in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in which a woman set fire to herself. A court in the northeastern province of Jilin accused Wang of “causing trouble in cyberspace.” Meanwhile, a new NGO law that parliament adopted in April gives the authorities extensive powers over civil society organizations and could make it easier for them to justify arrests or NGO closures. China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Capture d’écran du site d’information wickedonna.blogspot.com News Help by sharing this information July 7, 2016 RSF calls for release of two Chinese citizen journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further News ChinaAsia – Pacific Online freedoms Judicial harassmentCitizen-journalistsInternet RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a growing crackdown on citizen journalism and calls for the release of two citizen journalists, Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, who were arrested on 15 June while investigating labor protests. They are accused of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Organisation
On Wednesday, High Sierra Music Festival expanded their 2019 lineup. Following the California music festival’s initial lineup announcement back in December, the new batch of artists now set to perform at this year’s event includes Dispatch, Steel Pulse, Manic Focus, Pnuma (Live), Stanton Moore and Skerik’s Emerald Quintet featuring Scott Metzger, Robert Walter, and Chris Stillwell, Too Many Zooz, TAUK, Natalie Cressman, John Kadlecik’s Fellowship of The Wing featuring Jay Lane, Reed Mathis, and Todd Stoops, Star Kitchen, Gaby Moreno, Andy Frasco & The U.N., Royal Jelly Jive, The Suitcase Junket, Mapache, Valley Queen, Templo, Diggin Dirt, and Rainbow Girls.High Sierra Music Festival will also feature previously announced performances from Umphrey’s McGee, Greensky Bluegrass, Jim James (Full Band), St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Galactic, The Del McCoury Band, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe presents Eat a Bunch of Peaches, The Marcus King Band, Leftover Salmon, Mandolin Orange, Del & Dawg (Del McCoury/David Grisman duo), ALO, The Polish Ambassador, The New Mastersounds, The Travelin’ McCourys, Sisters of the Strawberry Moon feat. Luther Dickinson, Birds of Chicago and Sharde Thomas, The Nth Power (Marvin Gaye Tribute), The Lil Smokies, Big Something, Jennifer Hartswick Band, Reid Genauer & Folks, Songhoy Blues, Joe Craven & The Sometimers, Cris Jacobs Band, Amo Amo, Cha Wa, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Marty O’Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, and Let’s Be Leonard.The 2019 event will once again take place in Quincy, California on July 4th-7th this summer. Fans can head over to the event’s ticketing page for various package options, which are on sale now.
Sharing is caring! Share Share 13 Views no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Tourism Minister wants more respect for stakeholders by: – May 6, 2011 Tourism Minister Ian Doulas is calling for respect for stakeholders working in the tourism sector.Douglas says some members of the public look at stakeholders in the tourism sector as unskilled workers.“When we go to the police station we treat the constable with respect. When we go to the hospital we treat our nurses with respect and quite frankly so. Most high school students and college graduates would crave a position in the public sector and financial institutions. But the front desk attendance at our hotels, our bar attendants at our restaurants…are still being looked at as menial workers.He said tour guides and vendors are capable of earning more than those in the public sector and they should be respected.Dominica Vibes News
Meron Begashaw had found a school she loved.And thanks to a $16,000 financial aid package, she attended USC last year as a freshman with a major in health promotion and disease prevention.“I’m just blessed to have spent my freshman year at a school that I love,” Begashaw said.But this summer, Begashaw looked at her financial aid package to discover she was only receiving $3,000 — a $13,000 cut that came at the same time her dad’s income dropped 20 percent.She appealed to financial aid — stood in lines, made phone calls, sent letters.In the end, though, Begashaw decided the process wasn’t worth it.She left USC for a year at community college, and hopes to transfer to a UC next year.“It was hard for me to come to that decision,” she said. “I felt like I was going to regress in my education, but I think I did the right thing.”Begashaw wasn’t the only USC student faced with tough decisions this summer.The financial aid office changed its formula for calculating aid this year — increasing the maximum loan amount and adjusting the expected student contribution based on the current minimum wage.Those changes, though not drastic for most, went unannounced. Many students received an unpleasant surprise when their financial aid packages were posted and, when they tried to discover the root cause, found it hard to get through to the financial aid office, creating unrest throughout the student body.Katharine Harrington, dean of admission and financial aid, admitted this year’s changes, combined with poor document handling, created a perfect storm for the financial aid office and students looking for aid.Harrington described the problems as a “snowball effect.” Phone lines were tied up, she said, because so many students called about misplaced documents, so when others called, they found themselves on hold for long periods of time.“My customer service operation was swamped, and it went from there and it just kind of got worse,” Harrington said. “We also shot ourselves in the foot with some very poor document handling.”Jon Willbanks, a junior majoring in business administration (cinema-television), found himself a victim of both the changed formula and the imperfect customer service.“Financial aid … really made it possible for me to come to USC,” Willbanks said. “But because of some small income from a summer internship, it altered the way our numbers plugged into their formula … which raised the amount of money we owe by a much larger amount than the extra income.”Though Willbanks is still attending USC, he found himself looking for extra sources of income at the last minute. Adding to the frustration, Willbanks said he has not been able to get an answer from USC as to why his aid dropped, despite multiple phone calls, emails and faxes.Students like Merisenda Bills, the administrator for the Facebook group “USC Students Face Financial Aid Uncertainty,” didn’t receive their packages on time, and were told their documents had never been received, though the error was often on the part of the financial aid office itself, Harrington said.It was the fact that so many students ran into problems with the financial aid office that prompted Bills, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism, to form the Facebook group in July. The group quickly skyrocketed to 1,500 members.Problems faced by the group members run the gamut — from not receiving enough money to not receiving financial aid packages until midsummer to claims of missing documents to complaints about the lack of prior notice.Harrington, who met with the administrators of the group soon after its inception, said she recognized the problems students on financial aid have faced this summer. She said the financial aid office has worked to correct the problems, and will be doing even more work as the year goes on.“I apologize for it and we are working very, very hard to make it better,” Harrington said. “It’s a real problem.”For fear that students might leave USC — as Begashaw did — because of frustration with this year’s financial aid process, Harrington said her staff personally reached out to all the continuing students who were on financial aid and had not reregistered. Based on those phone calls, Harrington said, it appears that few students have had to withdraw. She said, however, even a few leaving the school is too many.“For the majority of students, we did get it right, but it’s not OK with me if we mess it up for even one, and we messed it up for more than one,” Harrington said.Harrington said most problems arose not from the changes — made after a comprehensive review to financial aid policies — but from poor execution.After meeting with the administrators of the Facebook group, Harrington said she learned how crucial communication is to the successful operation of the financial aid office. Should changes to the financial aid calculation process be made again, Harrington said her annual letter to parents will detail these changes. She will also be meeting with students to determine the best methods of communication.Bills said increased communication was a key concern for many students.“A lot of it was things that may seem clear to them don’t seem clear to us,” Bills said. “… I think if they would’ve been clear, students would feel less angry.”Other, bigger changes are also on the way, Harrington said. All financial aid documents will be handled by processing, the department that currently handles admissions documents, so students will never have to deal with their papers being lost.Financial aid is also planning to remodel Hubbard Hall and hire a call center manager to streamline the phone customer service.Administrators of the Facebook group — which students said seemed to bring the problem to the attention of the university — said they were pleased with the outcome of the meeting with Harrington, but still disappointed the problem occurred at all.“We had to have a group of 1,500 people before they put [the changes] on the website,” said Jayson Davies, an administrator of the group and a junior majoring in occupationaltherapy.Harrington said the financial aid office is working to correct its mistakes and that it appreciates input from students.“It hurts me personally when we find ourselves in these kind of situations,” Harrington said. “Our university commitment to you all is unwavering and all of what I do is very, very important to me to be done well — it’s the work of my heart.”
(Eds: correcting headline) Vladivostock (Russia), Jul 24 (PTI) Five Indian shuttlers, including Ajay Jayaram, progressed to the men’s singles second round of the USD 75,000 Russia Open BWF Tour Super 100 here today. Jayaram, who finished runners-up at the White Nights International Challenge earlier this month, brushed aside Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng 21-14 21-8 in the opening round match to set up a clash with compatriot Subhankar Dey, who got a bye in the first round.Pratul Joshi dumped Canada’s Jeffrey Lam 21-11 21-8 and will take on Israel’s Misha Zilberman at the Sport Hall Olympic tomorrow. Among others, Mithun Manjunath, Siddharth Pratap Singh and Rahul Yadav Chittaboina also reached the second round. Mithun defeated Belgium’s Elias Bracke 21-14 21-13, Siddharth beat Malaysia’s Jia Wei Tan 21-17 21-16, while Rahul streamrolled Russia’s Maksim Makalov 21-11 21-10. While Rahul will face eighth seeded compatriot Sourabh Verma, Siddharth meets fellow Indian Bodhit Joshi. Parupalli Kashyap and RMV Gurusaidutt, who got byes in the first round, will face Japan’s Ryotaro Maruo and Russia’s Vladimir Malkov respectively. Chirag Sen, who was also handed a bye in the first round, will take on the top seeded Spaniard Pabo Abian. Also in action tomorrow will be Vaidehi Choudhari, Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka, Vrushali Gummadi, Mugdha Agrey and Rituparna Das in the women’s singles. The men’s doubles team of Arun George and Sanyam Shukla will also begin its campaign tomorrow. The duo will take on local pair Vladimir Nikulov and Artem Serpionov. PTI ATK ATK AHAHAH