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first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Refugiados sudsudaneses en el campamento de Kakuma, en Kenia, cargan agua para sus familias.[Episcopal News Service] Michael Puot Rambang espera que los juegos de fútbol y baloncesto ayudarán a promover la paz y la reconciliación entre una generación de futuros líderes sudaneses.“Estaba en Juba cuando estalló el conflicto [el 15 de diciembre de 2013]”, dijo Rambang, de 26 años, a Episcopal News Service (ENS) recientemente desde Nairobi, Kenia. “Casi me matan. A 25 de mis vecinos los mataron”.Él se escapó al Campamento de Refugiados de Kakuma en el norte de Kenia, sólo para descubrir que la violencia seguía imperando allí también. “Todo el mundo estaba enojado. Quieren imponerse a empujones No es bueno que las personas vivan de esta manera. Tuvo que ocurrírseme algo para unir a la juventud. Fue entonces cuando se me ocurrió la idea de Jóvenes de Sudán del Sur por la Paz y la Reconciliación (SSYPR).”La iniciativa se propone reunir a diversas comunidades de jóvenes sudaneses en el campamento para una serie de torneos deportivos a la par que capacitación en temas de paz y reconciliación, amén de otras actividades. Sembrar un espíritu de cooperación también ayudará a mejorar las condiciones generales del campamento, según John Maleck Kur, que también participó en organizar los esfuerzos de la SSYPR.“Ayudaremos a crear un ambiente por medio del cual podemos ver donde podemos reconciliarlos y asesorarlos, debido a las dramáticas cosas de que han sido testigos, desde que la guerra estalló en Juba y en otras partes”, dijo Kur a ENS.“Debemos enseñarles de manera que podamos enviar un equipo a ir y enseñarles a hablar de paz entre las personas, y lo extenderemos lentamente a las zonas afectadas por la guerra”, añadió Kur.Sudán del Sur surgió como la nación más reciente del mundo en 2011, con Juba como su ciudad capital. La guerra estalló en diciembre de 2013 después de un conflicto político entre el presidente, Salva Kiir, y su ex vice, Riek Machar, el cual ha desplazado a más de un millón de personas. Kiir es de la tribu kinka y el líder rebelde Machr es núer, que representan los dos principales grupos étnicos sudaneses. Muchas personas huyeron al Campamento de Refugiados Kakuma, que se estableció en 1992 durante la guerra civil sudanesa que duró décadas. Se calcula que unas 180.000 personas provenientes del Sudán, de Sudán del Sur y de otros países africanos residen en el campamento.Kur, un ex “niño perdido” que ahora estudia paz y transformación de conflicto en la Universidad de Daystar en Nairobi, dijo que las condiciones del campamento son difíciles. La enfermedad, el analfabetismo y el hambre están generalizadas, afirmó. (Los Niños y Niñas Perdidos del Sudán se mudaron a Estados Unidos como parte de un programa de reasentamiento a principio de la década anterior).“Tenemos una comunidad diversa en Sudán del Sur y en Campo Kakuma, [hay] jóvenes en ambas partes y lo único que puedes hacer es hablarles de paz a través del fútbol. Jugarán por divertirse y por un objetivo”, siguió diciendo Kur. “Cuando se esfuercen por alcanzar ese objetivo, comenzarán a conversar, a darse cuenta de su propia dignidad y a hacer amistades entre sí”.El obispo John Gattek Wallam, de la zona de Bentiú de la Diócesis de Malakal y asesor de SSYPR , dijo que el plan incluye a estudiantes universitarios que prestan servicios como capacitadores de los jóvenes del campamento. La iniciativa es trabajar en asociación con otras organizaciones afines, bajo la tutela del Alto Comisionado de las Naciones Unidas para los Refugiados, en busca de paz y reconciliación, afirmó.“Los jóvenes son los hijos de las partes en pugna [y provienen de diferentes tribus]. Ambas partes podrán reunirse y aprender de paz y reconciliación”, dijo Wallam a ENS recientemente desde Kenia.Los juegos “serán una válvula de escape para los jóvenes, [una oportunidad] de participar en actividades de consolidación de la paz. Organizaremos un programa para ellos, y un concierto que también congregará a los jóvenes y también les transmitirá mensajes bíblicos de reconciliación”, dijo Wallam. Él integró un equipo de negociaciones que ha conseguido el respaldo de las Naciones Unidas y del jefe del campamento de la Policía de Kenia para establecer la Iniciativa de Paz de Kakuma y los juegos de Deportes para la Paz.Una tentativa para conseguir la sede de los juegos está sujeta aún a obtener fondos y auspicios que garanticen el proyecto, según dijo el Rdo. Jerry Drino de Esperanza con Sudán del Sur, una agencia de educación y colaboración comunitaria con sede en San José [California].“Todo este esfuerzo parte desde cero”, dijo Drino. Al frente del cual se encuentran las comunidades de fe, organizaciones como Amigos Americanos de la Iglesia Episcopal del Sudán (AFRECS) y Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales, que se empeñan en aliviar las privaciones en Sudán, añadió él.Existen bolsones de esperanza en medio de la continua crisis del Sudán, dijo Drino, quien instó a los episcopales de toda la Iglesia a apoyar la organización de incipientes empeños a favor de la paz.“La buena noticia es que ya hay juegos esporádicos con equipos de tribus mezcladas que están jugando en Kakuma y que la Unión de Madres y las Mujeres Presbiterianas están pasando por encima de las fronteras tribales a fin de reunirse para orar. Los SSYPR les darán un mayor incentivo para proseguir y expandir esta labor”.El obispo Andudu Elnail de Kadugli y miembros sudsudaneses de la Unión de Madres participan en un culto en Campo Kakuma en Kenia.Colorado: Visita en octubre para ofrecer capacitación en atención médica y pastoralUn equipo de atención médica y pastoral de la Diócesis de Colorado, que busca aliviar las condiciones del campamento de refugiados y de apoyar los empeños del obispo sudanés Adam Elnail de la Diócesis de Kadugli, está planeando un viaje del 28 de octubre al 9 de noviembre al Campamento de Refugiados de Kakuma, según informó Anita Sanborn, presidente de la Fundación Episcopal de Colorado.Los miembros del equipo se concentrarán en problemas sanitarios y ofrecerán capacitación en atención pastoral, derechos humanos, liderazgo y actividades para consolidar la paz, explicó ella.El equipo pretendía, en un principio, visitar el campamento de refugiados de Yida, en Sudán del Sur, en enero de este año, dijo Sanborn. Pero el viaje, financiado por la Ofrenda Unida de Gracias (UTO) y Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales, así como por algunas donaciones privadas, se cambió para Campo Kakuma después del estallido de la guerra en diciembre.El equipo se concentrará en recién nacidos y salud materna, higiene básica y atención sanitaria, identificación de los síntomas de trauma y cuidado personal (de la salud) para clérigos y líderes laicos.“Habrá un segmento sobre derechos humanos, enseñando de qué trata la Declaración de los Derechos Humanos de las Naciones Unidas, de manera que las personas entiendan en este momento de exilio cuáles son realmente sus derechos así como infundirles la esperanza de que no necesitan estar fuera de su país para siempre, sino prepararse para el momento en que puedan regresar”, añadió Sanborn.Sanborn definió a Elnail como un obispo sin diócesis. Los esfuerzos de ENS de ponerse en contacto con él resultaron infructuosos.Elnail estuvo en Estados Unidos para someterse a un tratamiento médico en 2012 cuando las fuerzas del gobierno sudanés entraron en Kadugli, asaltaron su oficina, destruyeron algunos equipos y confiscaron otros, dijo Sanborn. Él comenzó sus labores de promoción social y en 2013 le concedieron asilo en EE.UU. Había organizado una oficina en Juba para proporcionarles una base de operaciones a los millares de personas de Nuba que huían hacia el sur.Sanborn también instó a los episcopales de toda la Iglesia a continuar apoyando al pueblo sudanés, aunque la atención de los medios de prensa se haya desviado hacia otra parte.“Cuando la fatiga de la compasión parece tan generalizada, mi esperanza sería que nosotros, en la Iglesia Episcopal, siguiéramos amparando a los refugiados sudaneses que han venido hasta aquí”, dijo Sanborn, refiriéndose a las comunidades sudaneses a través de Estados Unidos.“Hay tantas manera en que la gente puede participar”, añadió. “No siempre tiene que significar ir al Sudán. Es importante estar consciente e informarse de lo que está pasando, si la gente sólo diera ese paso. Y recordar que la oración siempre es necesaria”.– La Rda Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service.La Iglesia Episcopal en Estados Unidos tiene una asociación de larga data con la Iglesia Episcopal del Sudán y de Sudán del Sur, a través de las relaciones de diócesis compañeras, los programas de Ayuda y Desarrollo Episcopales y la labor de promoción social de la Oficina de Relaciones Gubernamentales.Las actuales relaciones de compañerismo incluyen a Albany (Nueva York) con la Provincia de Sudán, Bethlehem (Pensilvania) con Kajo Keji, Chicago con Renk, Indianápolis con Bor, Misurí con Lui, Rhode Island con Ezo, Virginia Sudoccidental con la Provincia de Sudán y Virginia con la Provincia de Sudán.También existen asociaciones a través de varias redes tales como los Amigos Americanos de la Iglesia Episcopal del Sudán y Esperanza con Sudán del Sur.— Traducción de Vicente Echerri. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Por Pat McCaughanPosted Sep 22, 2014 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Asociados de la Iglesia sembraron semillas de esperanza y paz para el futuro del Sudán La Diócesis de Colorado envía un equipo médico y de reconciliaciónlast_img read more


first_img TAGSBack to School 2018High Schooltheconversation.com Previous articleWhy I look for quality over quantity when it comes to friendsNext articleMissing Person Alert: Elderly South Apopka man missing Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Back to School 2018By David Yeager, Associate professor, the University of Texas at Austin and first published on theconversation.com.This month, more than 4 million students across the nation will begin high school.Many will do well.But many will not.Consider that nearly two-thirds of students will experience the “ninth-grade shock,” which refers to a dramatic drop in a student’s academic performance.Some students cope with this shock by avoiding challenges. For instance, they may drop rigorous coursework. Others may experience a hopelessness that results in failing their core classes, such as English, science, and math.This should matter a great deal to parents, teachers, and policymakers. Ultimately it should matter to the students themselves and society at large.One of the biggest reasons it should matter is because students’ fate as they transition to ninth grade can have long-term consequences not only for the students but for their home communities. We make these observations as research psychologists who have studied how schools and families can help young people thrive.In the new global economy, students who fail to finish ninth grade with passing grades in college preparatory coursework are very unlikely to graduate on time and go on to get jobs. One study has calculated that the lifetime benefit to the local economy for a single additional student who completes high school is half a million dollars or more. This is based on higher earnings and avoided costs in health care, crime, welfare dependence and other things.Lifetime consequencesThe consequences of doing poorly in the ninth grade can impact more than students’ ability to find a good job. It can also impact the extent to which they enjoy life.Students lose the adults and many of the friends they turned to for support when they move from eighth to ninth grade. One study of ninth grade students found that 50 percent of friendships among ninth graders changed from one month to the next, signaling striking instability in friendships.In addition, studies find the first year of high school typically shows one of the greatest increases in depression of any year over the lifespan.Researchers think that one explanation is that ties to friends are severed, while academic demands are rising.Furthermore, most adult cases of clinical depression first emerge in adolescence. The World Health Organization reports that depression has the greatest burden of disease, in terms of the total cost of treatment and the loss of productivity, of any affliction worldwide.In search of solutionsGiven all that’s riding on having a successful ninth grade experience, it pays to explore what can be done to improve the academic, social and emotional challenges of the transition to high school.So far, our studies have yielded one main insight: Students’ beliefs about change – their beliefs about whether people are stuck one way forever, or whether people can change their traits and abilities – are related to their ability to cope, succeed academically and maintain good mental health. Past research has called these beliefs “mindsets,” with a “fixed mindset” referring to the belief that people cannot change and a “growth mindset” referring to the belief that people can change.We found that when students felt like their declining grades were a sign that they will never be successful, or when they feel like a loss of support from friends means that they will be stuck being “not likable” for life, then they have coped poorly.In one recent study, we examined 360 adolescents’ beliefs about the nature of “smartness” – that is, their fixed mindsets about intelligence.We then assessed biological stress responses for students whose grades were dropping by examining their saliva for cortisol levels — a so-called “toxic stress” hormone that is secreted by the body when people feel threatened.Students who believe their situation can change tend to cope better with stress, researchers say. Monkey Business Images/www.shutterstock.comStudents who believed that intelligence is fixed – that you are stuck being “not smart” if you struggle in school – showed higher cortisol levels in their saliva when their GPAs were declining at the beginning of ninth grade. If students believed that intelligence could improve – that is to say, when they held more of a growth mindset of intelligence – we detected less cortisol in the saliva of students whose grades were declining.This was an exciting result because it showed that the body’s stress responses are not determined solely by one’s GPA. Instead, declining grades only predicted worse stress hormones among students who believed that worsening grades were a permanent and hopeless state of affairs.Keeping stress at bayWe also investigated the social side of the high school transition. In this study, instead of teaching students that their smartness can change, we taught them that their social standing – that is, whether you are bullied or excluded or left out – can change over time. We then looked at high school students’ stress responses to daily social difficulties. That is, we taught them a growth mindset about their social lives.In this study, students came into the laboratory and were asked to give a public speech in front of upper-year students. The topic of the speech was what makes someone popular in high school. Following this, students had to complete a difficult mental math task in front of the same upper-year students. This is called the Trier Social Stress Test, and it has proven to be an effective and ethical way to examine physiological signatures of stress responses. Public speaking is stressful but is no different from common experiences in high school. Students are thoroughly debriefed and have the opportunity to have a more lighthearted interaction with the upper-year students afterward. Parents also consented before allowing their children to participate.Students who were not taught that people can change showed poor stress responses. When these students gave the speech, their blood vessels contracted and their hearts pumped less blood through the body – both responses that the body shows when it is preparing for damage or defeat after a physical threat. Then they gave worse speeches and made more mistakes in math.But when students were taught that people can change, they had better responses to stress, in part because they felt like they had the resources to deal with the demanding situation. Students who got the growth mindset intervention showed less-constricted blood vessels and their hearts pumped more blood – both of which contributed to more oxygen getting to the brain, and, ultimately, better performance on the speech and mental math tasks.These findings lead to several possibilities that we and others are investigating further.First, we are working to replicate these findings in more diverse school communities. We want to know in which types of schools and for which kinds of students these growth mindset ideas help young people adapt to the challenges of high school. And where do they need to be paired with other resources to have their strongest effects? We have made a free beta version of our intervention available to schools or parents.We also hope to learn how teachers, parents or school counselors can help students keep their ongoing academic or social difficulties in perspective. We wonder what would happen if schools helped to make beliefs about the potential for change and improvement a larger feature of the overall school culture, especially for students starting the ninth grade. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more


first_img News March 5, 2018 – Updated on March 8, 2018 Egyptian regime turns its sights on foreign media News to go further February 6, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression Follow the news on Egypt EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression After stifling the national media and censoring information on social networks, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s regime has been stepping up its harassment of foreign media in the run-up to the presidential election that is to be held on 26-28 March. Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts February 1, 2021 Find out more Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Help by sharing this information Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News Viewers of ON TV, a pro-government commercial TV channel, saw a strange confession on 26 February. A young woman called Zubeida claimed she had secretly married without telling her mother and denied being held incommunicado by the police for the past ten months, as her mother had said a few days earlier in a moving account reported by the BBC. At no point in the 25-minute interview did Zubeida explain why her secret marriage had prevented her from establishing any contact with her mother during these ten months. Um Zubeida (Arabic for Zubeida’s mother) was arrested two days after the interview was broadcast, and her mother’s lawyer went missing the day after that. Was Zubeida’s confession extracted under constraint? Who was telling the truth, the mother or the daughter? This disturbing case recalls the televised “confessions” given by Chinese dissidents after being the victims of enforced disappearance, especially as the Egyptian authorities immediately used it to discredit the British public broadcaster. The government ordered a boycott of the BBC, instructing all government officials and members of “the Egyptian elite” not to give interviews to its reporters until it issues a formal apology. Just 24 hours later, Egypt’s chief prosecutor accused the “forces of evil” of “trying to undermine the security and safety of the nation through the broadcast and publication of lies and false news.” And he ordered all Egyptian prosecutors to monitor the media for “false news.” The chief prosecutor’s statement had the effect of making Egypt’s already widespread surveillance practices official, and of turning the regime’s hostility towards the media into a state ideology. It was not the first time that the Egyptian authorities have urged the public to mistrust foreign journalists. And it was not the first time that the authorities have tried to discredit them or have prosecuted them. But this time, the impact on the BBC is far from negligible. The interview boycott makes it very hard for its reporters to work. And on social networks, President Sisi’s supporters have not only approved this draconian measure but have also been calling for foreign reporters, especially the BBC’s, to be expelled as “sponsors of terrorism.” This latest case has aggravated an already oppressive climate. Speaking to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on condition of anonymity, many Cairo-based reporters for foreign media say they have been encountering increasingly open hostility in the run-up to the presidential election. Some have been the targets of pro-government troll armies. BBC Cairo correspondent Wael Hussein’s Twitter account was blocked and a fake one in his name was used to circulate false information. The same thing happened to Reuters reporter Amina Ismail, with several fake accounts being created. But she was luckier: the fake accounts were all blocked and her real one was restored. The pressure on foreign reporters and news organizations also has more insidious consequences. As a result of being worn down, or in order to keep a low profile, journalists steer clear of the most sensitive subjects. According to the information obtained by RSF, more correspondents are inclined to leave their bylines off their stories since the BBC affair because they don’t want to be expelled, as Rémy Pigaglio, the correspondent of the French newspaper La Croix, was in 2016. With many foreign reporters, the fear is all the greater because they have been forced to work without accreditation by the lengthy and complex checks that the intelligence agencies conduct before accreditation is issued. And, by fuelling the mistrust and hostility of both police and public towards foreign reporters, the aggressive official line on the foreign media has increased the danger of being arrested on the street. As well as having to combat the inclination to censor themselves as a self-defence mechanism, foreign journalists must also be more and more ingenious in their reporting. What with government officials and supporters boycotting foreign media regarded as critical, and people who would be endangered by being quoted in an international media report, finding someone ready to be interviewed has become a major challenge. Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Most of the independent media have been stifled, either by the blocking of their websites or by being brought under direct control. RSF’s website has been blocked within Egypt since August 2017. last_img read more


first_img November 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian reporter held by Israeli authorities for past week News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns Palestinian journalist Mohamed Jamal Abu Khdeir’s detention by the Israeli security services since 6 November, when he was arrested at Ben Gurion airport on his return from a reporting trip to Cairo and his Jerusalem home was searched.A reporter for the Jerusalem-based Palestinian daily Al-Quds, Khdeir is being held for questioning. His detention was extended yesterday until 18 November. He has not been able to receive visits from his lawyer or his family.“We call for Khdeir’s immediate release and the lifting of the gag order on Israeli media coverage of his detention,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Detaining this journalist in connection with his work and the court order banning coverage of the case are a direct violation of freedom of information, democratic principles and the rule of law.”Khdeir went to Cairo to cover an Arab League foreign ministers meeting. Reporters Without Borders has been told that he is accused of endangering Israel’s security, contact with terrorist organizations and “meeting Israel’s enemies.” He is currently held at the Ashkelon interrogation centre.The gag order on Israeli media coverage of his detention was issued on 10 November and is currently valid until 19 November. IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News IsraelMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more May 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Israellast_img read more


first_img News March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en August 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One year after start of games, Olympic flame extinguished for good April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific New communication strategy – lessons from the Olympics?The Chinese authorities accused the foreign media of being anti-Chinese during the March 2008 events in Tibet and the Olympic torch relay. A nationalist campaign was launched to intimidate the foreign media and some countries were accusing of demonizing Beijing’s human rights performance in Tibet.To combat “western influence,” the Chinese authorities allocated additional resources to the provision of more favourable news and information internationally. Tens of millions of euros were invested in creating an international version of the government television station CCTV, and the other leading state-owned media were urged to promote their services more abroad.The Chinese media were forced to use only the official version of events during the rioting in Tibet and Xinjiang, while the state apparatus orchestrated the incitement of hatred against minorities in order to better cover up the existence of Tibetan and Uyghur victims. The debate on the failure of current policies in these restive provinces was quickly restricted to the few liberal publications. A year after the Beijing Olympics began on 8 August 2008, Reporters Without Borders regrets that the limited progress China made in free expression has largely evaporated. Only foreign journalists continue to benefit from measures that were adopted for the Olympic Games. Online censorship and repression of free speech activists have been stepped up in the past year.“The new openness touted by the organisers of the Beijing Olympics and the International Olympic Committee was just an illusion,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The dozens of petition organisers and human rights activists who were jailed for speaking out before and during the games have been joined in prison by lawyers, bloggers and intellectuals who had hoped the Olympic promises would be kept. Their disappointment matches the cynicism displayed by the authorities during the games.”Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of all the Chinese citizens who are being held for speaking out or demanding their rights during the Beijing Olympic Games. See the petition:The colossal sums being spent on disseminating the Communist Party of China’s official view suggest that the authorities have learned the lesson from the protests that accompanied the games. But the party’s media control apparatus, the Propaganda Department, does not seem to have learned the lesson from its disastrous decision to cover up the tainted baby formula scandal because of the games. Coverage of public health and general interest issues is still being censored. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Olympic prisonersDozens of dissidents and ordinary citizens are still in prison for expressing their view of the Olympic Games or criticising the government at a time when international attention was focussed on Beijing. The most famous of these detainees is human rights activist Hu Jia, who is serving a 3½-year sentence in Beijing.Yang Chunlin, the leading initiator of the “We want human rights not Olympic Games” campaign, is being mistreated in prison. An intermediate court in the northeastern city of Jiamusi sentenced him on 24 March 2008 to five years in prison followed by two years without civic rights on a charge of “inciting subversion of state authority.”Human rights activist Zheng Mingfang has fared little better. She was sent to a camp for reeducation through work in April 2008 for a two-year period because she published an open letter to the authorities before the Olympic Games. It was criticism of the games that also led to pro-democracy activist Zhang Wenhe being forcibly confined to a psychiatric hospital.A Guangxi woman, Huang Liuhong, and her two sisters have spent nearly a year in detention without trial. They went to Beijing during the September 2008 Paralympics to protest property seizure by local officials and were arrested (along with a fourth relative) after being interviewed by a US journalist. After being held for 314 days in one of China’s many grim prisons, she is still facing a one-year jail sentence for “vandalism.”Filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen has been detained since March 2008 for interviewing Tibetans, especially in the Amdo region, for a documentary he made about Tibet. Called “Leaving Fear Behind” , the film was screened clandestinely in Beijing during the Olympics. News End of Olympic good times onlineThe arrival of thousands of foreign journalists for the games resulted in censorship being eased for Chinese Internet users. But almost all the websites that were unblocked at the time of the games have since been blocked again.A major Internet filtering campaign was launched by the information ministry on 5 January 2009 with the declared aim of combating pornography. State enterprises heeded calls for renewed vigilance about website content. Among the sites that were blocked was the political blog portal Bullog , which had “published many negative reports of a political nature,” the information ministry said. The New York Times website has also been blocked several times.To boost the campaign’s effectiveness, the government ordered Chinese and foreign computer manufacturers to install a filtering software on all computers sold in China. Called “Green Dam Youth Escort,” it is supposed to protect young people from “negative” Internet content. Its filtering options include the possibility of blocking political and religious content, including content linked to the Falun Gong movement. After an outcry, the authorities postponed obligatory installation of the software.But not all online censorship is done in the name of combating pornography. The authorities censored all Uyghur-language websites during last month’s rioting in Xinjiang and they are still inaccessible (see the list). Access to the video-sharing website YouTube has also been blocked since March, without any official reason being given.Bloggers and other Internet users continue to comment and criticise the ins and outs of Chinese society and politics. With increasing frequency, this forces the official media to cover embarrassing stories they would rather have ignored. But repressive measures are nonetheless still being taken against bloggers, especially by authorities at the local level. At least 10 have been arrested in connection with their blogging in the past 12 months. Foreign journalists still privileged?The organisers of the Beijing games provided the foreign media with spectacular installations and comforts and the authorities changed the rules for foreign journalists radically, allowing them an unprecedented freedom of movement and freedom to interview.The new rules are still in force but they are applied in a very uneven manner. They are not applied at all in Tibet and the Tibetan regions, where dozens of foreign journalists were prevented from working during the rioting in March 2008 and again, on the anniversary of the riots, in March 2009. The government allowed the foreign press to go to Xinjiang immediately after last month’s rioting there, but journalists were arrested if they showed too much interest in the fate of Uyghurs held by the police.The foreign media’s freedom to work was also curbed in the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June, when the political police arrested of threatened many dissidents or other persons who are used as sources by foreign reporters.The central government is also trying to exercise closer control over Chinese citizens who work for foreign news media, forcing them to register with official or semi-official bodies. And many foreign news media, radio stations and websites, are still being censored without any official explanation. 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first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApp Google+ A Status Orange weather wind warning has been issued for Donegal as Storm Aiden is set to make landfall tomorrow. The alert will be in place from 8am until 4pm tomorrow Saturday with gusts of up to 80km/h expected.A separate alert for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow, Waterford, Cork and Kerry will come into effect from 5am until 10am tomorrow with gusts of up to 130 kilometres per hour expected. Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Orange weather warning issued for Donegal Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleLYIT runner-up in Sunday Times IT of the Year awardsNext articleMain Evening News, Sports, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday 30th October News Highland Twitter By News Highland – October 30, 2020 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebooklast_img read more


first_imgAlex/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Thursday said a 40-foot, 16-ton Latin cross in Bladensburg, Md., can stand, upholding the constitutionality of a religious symbol on public land, but stopping short of creating a clear new standard for evaluating similar displays nationwide.“Although the cross has long been a preeminent Christian symbol, its use in the Bladensburg memorial has a special significance,” Justice Alito wrote in the opinion.“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” he said. “Its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of a ‘hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.”The decision was 7-2. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgSeptember 19, 2019 /Sports News – Local Initial Volleyball UHSAA RPI Rankings Released FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailThursday, the initial volleyball UHSAA RPI rankings were released. Volleyball is among the UHSAA sports that, for the first time this season, will have its state tournament’s seeding predicated upon the RPI rankings.In 3-A, San Juan is currently in first place as the Broncos have a percentage of .758. Richfield is close behind, in second place with a percentage of .754.North Sanpete is seventh with .603 and South Sevier is ninth with .598.In 2-A, Waterford is in first as the Ravens have a percentage of .674. Millard is second, posting a score of .650 to this point. Kanab is fourth with a percentage of .583 while Gunnison Valley checks in at fifth currently with a percentage of .573.Wasatch Academy is sixth with a percentage of .560, rounding out Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network schools in the Top 10.For all the latest weekly information, check in at uhsaa.org/volleyball as the results will be posted weekly there. Tags: Gunnison Valley/Kanab/Millard/North Sanpete/Richfield/South Sevier/UHSAA Info/Volelyball RPI/Wasatch Academy/Waterfofrd Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more


first_imgIt appears the jury is out as to whether UK scientists have cracked the genetic sequence for wheat.At the end of last month, scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with the University of Bristol and the John Innes Centre, announced they had succeeded in decoding the genome of wheat in a breakthrough that could help crop breeders increase the yield of British wheat varieties.However, the findings are being disputed by the International Wheat Genome Sequence Consortium (IWGSC), which has said that it strongly disagrees with claims, reported in an article by Associated Press, that these findings represent in any way the sequence of the wheat genome or that this work is comparable to genome sequences for rice, maize or soybean.The IWGSC said it stands by the position of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which funded the research, that “this is an important step, but significant work remains to be done to achieve a complete genome sequence”.Alex Waugh, director general of the National Association of British and Irish Millers said the process of establishing which of the characteristics in the wheat genome are most useful for new varieties will still be a complex process. “There’s still a lot of work to be done in order to translate these findings into real change. However, the more we understand, the better able we will be to meet future production requirements and, importantly, to use resources more efficiently, making agricultural production more sustainable.”Professor Ian Crute, chief scientist at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board, added: “Having access to the DNA sequence of all the genes in wheat will truly revolutionise breeding. As well as yield and quality improvements, this significant advance will speed up the ability to identify and select the sets of genes that control important characters for sustainable crop production.”>>Wheat genome code has been crackedlast_img read more