Reporters Without Borders calls for Liu Xiaobo’s release as Chinese president passes

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China Several Reporters Without Borders representatives were arrested near the Arc de Triomphe this morning in Paris after opening umbrellas bearing the words “Free Liu Xiaobo” as Chinese President Hu Jintao passed by in a motorcade on his way to deposit a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. A total of six people – four Reporters Without Borders members and two other human rights activists – were taken to the 8th Arrondissement police station. Around 20 Reporters Without Borders members and a Canal Plus journalist were briefly detained by police at the Franklin Roosevelt metro station. Chinese pro-democracy activist Wang Longmeng (王龙蒙) was among those who were stopped.The arrests reflect the French government’s determination to suppress any reference to human rights in China in order not to offend President Hu during the three-day state visit he began yesterday. By staging a peaceful demonstration in support of Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波) and all the other dissidents, writers and human rights activists detained in China, Reporters Without Borders aimed to tear down this crass and disgraceful veil of silence.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said: “It is unthinkable that France, the country of human rights, is saying nothing about the situation of China’s dissidents and the systematic repression on those who advocate democracy. How can President Nicolas Sarkozy go back on the promise he made during the 2007 campaign to put human rights at the centre of his foreign policy?”Despite the realpolitik, the umbrellas defied the silence at the Arc de Triomphe today, as did the doves of peace that Reporters Without Borders released yesterday in the centre of Paris. Both of these demonstrations were a tribute to the courage of Liu Xiaobo, this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who must be released. The French government must ask President Hu to free him.center_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation to go further Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more November 5, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls for Liu Xiaobo’s release as Chinese president passes Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Diocese silent on Fr Iggy

first_imgPrint Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSfeaturedFr Iggy O’DonovanGaysame-sex marriage referendum No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin NewsBreaking newsDiocese silent on Fr IggyBy Bernie English – March 12, 2015 810 Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsApp Shannondoc operating but only by appointment center_img Previous articleSomething for the weekend – TV ListingsNext articleVictory for Cratloe campaign Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April by Bernie English [email protected] Bishops have appealed to voters to “reflect deeply’ before changing laws to allow for same-sex marriage.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Their appeal came after well-known Limerick Augustinian priest, Fr Iggy O’Donovan, broke ranks to say that same-sex marriage should be allowed.While there was no comment from the Diocese on Fr O’Donovan’s remarks, this week’s Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference stated in a press release that “marriage is of fundamental importance for children, mothers and fathers, and society – all of us need to reflect deeply before changing it”.Earlier this week, Fr O’Donovan became the first priest to publicly admit he supports gay marriage. He said he is voting for the amendment and was critical of Bishop Kevin Doran’s comments on homosexuality.He said that he supports gay marriage even as “an absolute believer in Catholic teaching on marriage”.“I accept that there are people with different but deeply held views to me and I respect their views and I don’t think I have the right to impose my views on them”.He said he came to his decision from years of pastoral work with young gay Catholics.“As we learn more, it would be more unforgivable for us to get it wrong. We cannot support an amendment to the Constitution which redefines marriage and effectively places the union of two men, or two women, on a par with the marriage relationship between a husband and wife which is open to the procreation of children”, he said. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Advertisement Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

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Emergency teams battle Australia’s worst virus outbreak in aged homes

first_imgAged care homes are at the center of Victoria’s outbreak, with 804 active COVID-19 cases linked to the homes, including workers, state Premier Daniel Andrews said.”The most tragic part of this outbreak is there have been 49 deaths in aged care. That is a terrible tragedy and there will be more,” Australia’s health secretary, Brendan Murphy, told reporters.The government has sent 1,400 military personnel and five emergency teams to Melbourne to help deal with the aged care issues, including contact tracing.Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said while infections in aged care made up only 7% of new cases in Victoria since July 1, all efforts were focused on reining in those outbreaks as the elderly are the “most vulnerable”.At one facility, several residents were transferred to hospital by helicopter on Tuesday and army medics were sent to cover staff who are self-isolating.NSW reported 19 new cases, including two in hotel quarantine, raising the state’s total cases to 3,529. The state capital Sydney is grappling with several clusters that have sprung up at pubs, restaurants and schools.Morrison called the situation in 13 Victorian aged care facilities “very distressing”. The outbreaks have largely been due to transmission from workers at the homes, many of whom might not have been aware they were carrying the virus.”When it rains, everyone gets wet. And that is what we’re seeing with broad-based community transmission in Victoria,” Morrison said.Melbourne, the country’s second-most-populous city, is in the midst of reimposed lockdown that has stalled the reopening of businesses, forced other states to shut borders and delayed a proposed reopening of travel between Australia and New Zealand.”There is a significant Victorian wave, but that Victorian wave is impacting the national economy more broadly,” Morrison said in a televised media conference.Australia has entered its first recession since the early 1990s, with the budget set to plunge to its biggest deficit since World War Two, as the government has rolled out hundreds of billions of dollars in spending to boost the economy.”It’s in the national interest, from a health perspective and economic perspective, that we ensure that Victoria wins here,” Morrison said.  Topics : Australia has sent defense and emergency medical teams, usually deployed to disaster zones, to aged care homes in the city of Melbourne to help contain the country’s worst outbreak of the coronavirus.Another hotspot, in inner-city Sydney, forced a senior adviser to Prime Minister Scott Morrison into self-isolation, but the prime minister has been cleared to continue working.Queensland state barred entry to anyone from Sydney and locked down suburbs south of its capital, Brisbane, after two women tested positive for COVID-19 having returned from a trip to Melbourne without quarantining.center_img Australia has reported far fewer coronavirus cases than many other countries, with nearly 15,600 confirmed infections and 176 deaths as of Wednesday.But a spike in community transmission in the most populous southeastern states of Victoria and New South Wales (NSW) has alarmed health officials just as the economy was reopening.Victoria reported 295 new cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s total to 9,304 cases. There were nine deaths, including seven in aged care.While the number of new infections was down from a record 532 on Monday, Victoria’s chief health officer, Brett Sutton, said it was too early to say new cases had peaked.last_img read more

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Bartholomew County educator placed on administrative leave following gun incident

first_imgColumbus, In. — A Bartholomew County educator is on administrative leave after leaving a shotgun in a truck after a hunting trip.Two students saw the gun and notified school officials at Columbus East High School who called authorities. The staff member was escorted off the property and placed administrative leave pending an investigation.The staff member told police he had been coyote hunting the day before and left the shotgun in his vehicle.last_img

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Rashid Iddi returns as Inter Allies first team coach

first_imgInter Allies wish to announce that, coach Rashid Iddi has returned to the club as First Team coach to beef up the technical bench of the team.Iddi’s return means he will take the physical and conditioning aspect of the players and offer assistance to the head coach, Herbert Addo.He was named the Deputy Chief Imam for the Central Region in the latter part of last year which forced him to leave his role after the end of last season.“It’s a good feeling to have ‘Rash’ back to the team again and we happily welcome him back,” Executive Director Delali Eric Senaye said.“He’s come at a time where he’s needed most to help sustain and improve on our quality of play and hopefully we’ll be winning more matches.”The hard-working and dedicated coach was assistant to head coach Paa Kwesi Fabin last season where they helped the ‘Eleven Is To One’ to finish sixth.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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