Judges follow lawyers in being banned from talking to the press

first_img News News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation 中文版本Reporters Without Borders today condemned the Chinese government’s decision, announced by the official news agency Xinhua yesterday, to ban judges from talking to the press, as well as the increasing tendency for state agencies to say only their spokesperson is authorised to talk to journalists.”It is hard to see how gagging judges will increase the transparency of the judicial system, as Xinhua claims,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government is simply trying to give itself a new tool for controlling news and information inside and outside the country. The increase in press freedom violations less than two years before the start of the Beijing Olympic Games raises serious questions about the Chinese government’s good faith.”In yesterday’s announcement, Xinhua said judges would be subject to “severe sanctions” if they violated the ban on talking directly to journalists. Communication with the media would henceforth be handled by the court spokesperson, who would also have the power to ban other judicial officials from answering journalists’ questions, Xinhua said.Similar measures for lawyers were already announced in May. They were told in effect that they would be subject to sanctions by their bar association if they gave journalists, especially foreign correspondents, information about sensitive issues such as the cases of political prisoners.Journalists working for the foreign news media are also affected by these restrictions. They are losing access to significant sources of information within the courts.By appointing spokespersons – a practice also seen in other state entities – the authorities are trying to get full control over the news and information published in the Chinese press. A few days ago, the authorities announced a decision to consolidate Xinhua’s monopoly over the circulation of news in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and, in theory, Taiwan.The three-year prison sentence recently imposed on New York Times researcher Zhao Yan and the five-year one given to Ching Cheong, the correspondent of the Singapore-based Straits Times daily, are also part of this drive to control the news two years before some 20,000 journalists from throughout the world arrive in Beijing to cover the Olympics. ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img September 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judges follow lawyers in being banned from talking to the press News Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News to go furtherlast_img read more

AFTER 2 YEARS OF HIDING: Drug suspect falls

first_imgLabistre was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Mandurriao police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. The 49-year-old Joel Labistre of BarangayBakhaw, Mandurriao district was caught on the strength of an arrest warrantaround 1:45 p.m. on Sept. 21, a police report showed. ILOILO City – A drug suspect, who had beenhiding from the police for about two years, was arrested in Barangay Capuling,Dueñas, Iloilo.  Police officers served the warrant issued byJudge Rose Edith Togonon of the Regional Trial Court Branch 25.  The court recommended a bail bond worthP40,000 for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

“Jordan Ayew is the future of the Black Stars”- Herve Renard

first_imgSaudi Arabia national team head coach, Herve Renard, believes that Crystal Palace forward, Jordan Ayew, is the one to lead the next chapter of the Black Stars story.Jordan Ayew has been part of the team since 2010 and has played 61 times for the Black Stars with 17 goals to his name.Renard and Ayew worked together at Sochaux in 2014 when the player was on loan from Marseille and Renard believes that Jordan Ayew has grown in stature and ability and he has what it takes to be the main man for the national team especially as Asamoah Gyan no longer occupies a prominent role in the team.He spoke to TV3’s Juliet Bawuah in a Twitter interview on Saturday.“Asamoah Gyan is the past and Jordan Ayew is the future. He is improving and he is working very hard. It is not easy to play in the Premier League and he is doing his best.He was my player at Sochaux in the 2013/ 2014 season and he was very young at the time.He does not talk a lot but he is very clever and I like his spirit. He is in my heart and I see him as a son among the Black Stars players.”From being one of the most criticised players in the team, Jordan Ayew’s profile with the national team has improved the years.During the 2019 AFCON, fans were very complimentary of his efforts for the national team and he stated in an interview during the competition that he got the fans on his side due to his diligence.“I am not surprised by my performance. I have confidence in myself and I know that I just need to keep on working hard. People are now seeing the hard work I have put in for all these years.This is something I knew I was capable of doing so none of it surprises to me at all.”last_img read more

French coach Desabre steps down in Ismaily, set for Cranes job

first_imgFUFA and the Government have discussed remuneration of the new coach, and details are expected at today’s press conference. Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Frenchman Sebastien Desabre has resigned as coach of Egyptian Premier League side Ismaily, an indication that he will be unveiled as Uganda Cranes new head coach in Kampala on Thursday afternoon. Desabre is just 41 years old.Soccer governing body FUFA on Wednesday announced they will today name a substantive coach from their shortlist of  Desabre,  Jonathan McKinstry from North Ireland, Belgian Emilio Ferrera and Uganda’s Moses Basena. Basena been caretaker coach since Milutin Sredojevic ‘Micho’ quit in July.Hours after FUFA revealed they had got their man, Egyptian site AhramOnline reported that Desabre had stepped down as coach of his current club Ismaily.Ismaily Board of Directors, headed by Eng. Ibrahim Osman, issued a statement Wednesday night that they have failed in their attempts to coax Desabre into staying, a few hours after the team hammered Ragaa 5-0 to go seven points clear on top of the table after 16 games.“The coach has informed the board of directors after the Ragaa match of his desire to end his contract with the club, saying he had an offer from Uganda that he can’t turn it down,” Ismaily said in a statement.“The board of directors convened … and tried to convince him to change his mind but he insisted (to leave).“The board would like to assure the club’s fans that it will find a solution to this without affecting the team at this stage.”The board of directors said they are confident of the capabilities of players and their potential to preserve the name of the club. “We also assure the fans that a competent coach will be hired to complete the march.”According to AhramOnline , Desabre has moulded Ismaily into a solid and compact team since his arrival in July, with the club making an impressive start to the season as they chase a fourth league title and their first since 2002.Desabre has previously been at Recreativo do Libolo in Angola, Esperance in Tunisia, Asec in Ivory Coast and Wydad in Morocco, which he left in January 2017.Former Cranes coach Micho and his then assistant Moses Basena. PHOTO FUFA MEDIASelection processWhen Desabre is confirmed at 2pm, he will have edged out three others, two of who already had national team experience. It will be his first national team assignment.Basena has been in charge of the Cranes in CHAN and World Cup qualifiers, including a stunning 1-0 win over Egypt, while McKinstry was in charge of Rwanda until last year.This final short list of coaches was sieved by a five-man technical team headed by former Zambia FA boss Kalusha Bwalya.The panel also had Edgar Watson (FUFA Chief Executive Officer), Asuman Lubowa (FUFA Technical Director), Stone Kyambadde (Technical Committee chairperson) and Dr. Bernard Patrick Ogwel (National Council of Sports) Share on: WhatsApp Meanwhile,  FUFA has applauded Basena for his efforts during the period he has served as Interim coach of Uganda Cranes. Desabre is reported to be on a flight to Kampala for the FUFA presser.He has now been selected by FUFA for a Special Coaching Development Programme in the United States of America next year. He is the first to benefit from this programme.In a statement, FUFA said it appreciates Basena’s achievements with Development and results registered during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup, qualifiers for the CHAN and 2018 FIFA World cup Russia.“FUFA Introduced the Long Term coaching programme as a way towards developing coaches for further educational progammes with an aim of improving the technical expertise of our coaches actively involved in the League,” the statement said.LIVE UPDATEcenter_img Tweets about Desabre FILE PHOTO: Desabre welcomed to Ismaily earlier this year. He is set to join Uganda Craneslast_img read more

Arsenal’s Mkhitaryan to miss Europa League final over safety fears

first_imgMkhitaryan had featured in 11 games during the Europa League campaign and his absence will be a big blow as Arsenal look for the victory they need to qualify for next season’s Champions League.“We have written to UEFA expressing our deep concerns about this situation,” the Arsenal statement added.“We’re also very sad that a player will miss out on a major European final in circumstances such as this, as it is something that comes along very rarely in a footballer’s career.“Micki has been a key player in our run to the final so this is a big loss for us from a team perspective.”Armenia captain Mkhitaryan skipped the Gunners’ Europa League fixture against Qarabag in October because of tensions caused by a dispute over the Nagorny Karabakh region.Azerbaijan and Armenia have feuded over Nagorny Karabakh since Armenian separatists seized the territory in a war that claimed about 30,000 lives in the early 1990s.A ceasefire was agreed in 1994 but the two countries remain locked in a bitter dispute with frequent exchanges of fire, and tensions are such that Mkhitaryan also did not travel to Azerbaijan with former club Borussia Dortmund for a Europa League match against Galaba FK in 2015.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Henrikh MkhitaryanLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal’s Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League final against Chelsea in Baku amid fears over his safety.Mkhitaryan’s well-being was a concern for Arsenal due to the tense political dispute between Armenia and final hosts Azerbaijan.The Premier League club have decided against Mkhitaryan travelling with the rest of Unai Emery’s squad for next Wednesday’s game.“We are very disappointed to announce that Henrikh Mkhitaryan will not be travelling with the squad for our UEFA Europa League final against Chelsea,” an Arsenal statement announced on Tuesday.“We have thoroughly explored all the options for Micki to be part of the squad but after discussing this with Micki and his family we have collectively agreed he will not be in our travelling party.”Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the UK, Tahir Taghizadeh, had insisted Mkhitaryan would be free from any threat of violence, but it was reported the star didn’t believe he would be safe on the pitch.“Having considered all the current options, we had to take the tough decision for me not to travel with the squad to the UEL Final against Chelsea,” Mkhitaryan tweeted.“It’s the kind of game that doesn’t come along very often for us players and I must admit, it hurts me a lot to miss it. I will be cheering my teammates on! Let’s bring it home.”last_img read more

2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge is launched

first_img10 May 2012 2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge is launched England Golf has announced its third overseas competition for women: the 2012 English Women’s Murcia Golf Challenge will take place from 29 September to 4 October.  The event will be based at the five-star InterContinental Hotel in Mar Menor in Murcia, Spain, and will include four rounds of competitive golf on Jack Nicklaus courses at Mar Menor, El Valle and Hacienda Riquelme. The 2012 Challenge builds on the success of two previous events and a winning mix of competition, friendship, fun and sun. It offers five nights at the InterContinental Hotel, a 64-bedroom boutique hotel with a Moorish-themed spa, indoor pool and fitness suite; four days of competitive golf; a Gala Dinner and prize giving, all for £570 per person. The first two Challenges have prompted enthusiastic praise from players and bookings are already being taken for this year’s event.  Last year’s overall winner was Judie Lewis from Hockley in Hampshire who declared at the time: “This week has been fantastic, we’ve had a wonderful time. The girls are all very friendly and it’s lovely to play golf with women like this – you become such good friends straight away. “There’s a great mix of people and handicaps right across the board and we have had great fun. I can highly recommend it.” Click here for full details and to book.last_img read more

New senior Whittaker sets the championship pace

first_img New senior Tim Whittaker underlined a rapid start to his new golfing chapter when he set the pace in the first round of English senior men’s open amateur championship in Surrey.Whittaker, from Beaconsfield, shot one-under par 68 at West Hill and tops a leaderboard of 288 players who enjoyed glorious golfing weather. His closest challengers, who both scored level par 71 at neighbouring Worplesdon, are Ian Attoe (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who was playing at his home club, and Andrew Atkinson from Windermere.A host of players are tightly packed behind. David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) and Martin Wild (Mere) share third place on one-over, while defending champion Stephen East (Moortown) is in a group of players who are a further shot back.Whittaker has just entered the senior age group and has swapped work for golf: “I thought it was time!” he said. He launched his senior career by winning the recent BB&O championship before turning his attention to this event.He was the only player to beat par today, but left the course feeling he could have done better. “I hit the ball quite well and created a lot of opportunities, but didn’t take quite as many as I would have liked.”Nevertheless he had five birdies in his round: on three consecutive holes from the 5th and back-to-back birdies on 12 and 13. And he declared: “It’s a very nice start to senior golf.”Ian Attoe is another player who is following the dream of giving up work – as a golf club secretary – to concentrate on senior golf. This is his first appearance in this championship and playing at home at Worplesdon brought both pressure and the advantage of local knowledge from 40 years of membership.“I was a bit nervous and it wasn’t my best golf, but it was good scoring,” said Attoe, who had two birdies and an eagle three on the 15th in his round.This is his first season of senior competition and he’s already won a couple of UK Senior Golf Association events and shared fifth place in the recent Irish seniors. “It’s been a good start,” he said.Andrew Atkinson is yet another new senior who is excited by the challenge of senior golf – and has been quick to get started. He’s already played in Spanish, Portuguese and Irish championships, before teeing up in this event. “I’ve been looking forward to it and I’ve made lots and lots of new friends,” he remarked.Today, he set off in great style at Worplesdon and was three-under after eight before he “just frittered a few shots away. I drove the ball very well, hit lots of greens in regulation and, with the exception of one short putt, I putted ok.”Stephen East was the “new boy” last year and his triumph in this championship launched a memorable year in which he also won the Spanish seniors, was runner-up in the British, Scottish and Irish seniors and won the England Golf senior order of merit. He’s started 2015 with another win, in the Portuguese seniors, but today he took time to settle to his round at Worplesdon.“It’s great to be defending but, to be honest, I was a bit nervous and I’m quite happy to finish with 73. I played poorly on the way out, but I was better on the back nine.”He played the inward half in two-under par, with four birdies, including one on the 18th where he holed a 20-footer.The shot of the day was provided by Glen MacBryde (Trentham) who had a hole-in-one on the 171-yard fourth at Worplesdon, using a four iron. “It was a good hole in one in that it never left the flag,” said MacBryde – and he’s experienced in these matters, having had five previous aces.It helped him to an eight-over par 79 and MacBryde, the three-times Midland senior champion, remarked: “I’m very pleased, I played quite well but just frittered away a few shots. It’s an absolutely fantastic golf course, so fair if you hit good shots.”After tomorrow’s second round – played again on both Worplesdon and West Hill – the field will be cut to the leading 80 players and ties. They will play the final round on Friday at Worplesdon.Click here for full scores 3 Jun 2015 New senior Whittaker sets the championship pace last_img read more

49ers’ Saleh steals the show from the sidelines in win over Rams

first_img— … Yet another dominating performance by the 49ers defense Sunday, coupled with his visceral sideline response, has cemented Robert Saleh’s place as a breakout star among NFL coaches.Call it the product of two years of pent up frustration, but San Francisco’s 40-year-old defensive coordinator is becoming a Jon Gruden-like follow for TV cameras — as witnessed during San Francisco’s 20-7 win over the Rams in Los Angeles.Robert Saleh is a MOOD.#GoNiners pic.twitter.com/jm5g008sdrlast_img read more

Caviar at Mach 2

first_imgOn February 7, 1996, a scheduled British Airways flight set a world speed record that will never be broken in our lifetime. The fastest passenger flight in history was made twenty years ago between London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s JFK, a distance of 3, 000 nautical miles, flown in only two hours and 53 minutes. The airplane was the incomparable supersonic Concorde.On that epic transatlantic run, British Airways Concorde G-BOAD, the tenth Concorde built, was piloted by veteran Captain Leslie Scott and First Officer Tim Orchard. The official FAI-recorded flight time was two hours, 52 minutes, and 59 seconds. “Alpha-Delta” was the highest-time Concorde flown with 23,397 hours, and currently resides at the Intrepid Air Museum in New York. Its maximum cruising speed of Mach 2.04 (1,350mph) was faster than man’s very first Mach 2 flight achieved with the experimental rocket-powered Douglas D-558-II in November 1953.There have been numerous stories of how Concorde’s speed was used in unique ways by high-end clientele. There was the New York tycoon who saved more in interest than the cost of his ticket by closing a deal in London the same day the contract was written, or the rock star who had his personal barber flown by Concorde to New York to administer a trim before the singer’s concert at Madison Square Garden that same evening. The airplane was chartered by numerous travel groups for round-the-world supersonic tours of everything from museums to golf courses.Read: Concorde to start charter flights by 2020?However, there was one short-lived Concorde service that never quite made the headlines, yet offered the mass public a chance to experience the near-supersonic realm – or at least a full afterburner takeoff. Flown as an interlink with British Airways and Air France in 1979, Braniff International Airlines established Concorde flights from Dallas, Texas (DFW) to London and Paris, respectively, with a fuel stop and crew change at Washington’s Dulles International Airport (IAD).Due to FAA regulations, the aircraft’s registration was changed from British or French to U.S. using ScotchCal adhesive numbers for flights from DC to Dallas, and the aircraft was restricted to subsonic speed while flying over land. (The cabin Machmeter read “Mach 0.99” during cruise.) All three cockpit crew wore Captain’s stripes, and all 100 passengers were afforded sumptuous First Class service. The best part, however, was the air fare for this two-hour flight. While it may have cost as much as $6,000US to fly one-way transatlantic, one-way fare from IAD to DFW was only $79US.last_img read more

World’s Top Ten Airlines

first_imgAirlineRatings.com has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2017.Heading the list is Air New Zealand followed by Qantas Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Virgin Australia/Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, Etihad Airways, All Nippon Airways, Eva Air and Lufthansa.To be named in the top ten, airlines must achieve a seven-star safety rating and demonstrate leadership in innovation for passenger comfort.Book your cheap flights with the world’s best airlinesAirlineRatings.com developed its unique seven-star ratings system after two years of evaluation and the system is now endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization.The editors of AirlineRatings.com, some of the most experienced and awarded, look for a consistent level of service, innovation and staff engagement from each major contender.According to Airlineratings.com Editor-in-Chief “we are looking for leadership and airlines that innovate to make a real difference to the passenger experience particularly in economy class.” “In our evaluation we will also consider the considerable audited website feedback from passengers on our website.”Mr Thomas noted a big mover this year was Australia’s Qantas which jumped up to 2nd spot from 4th while Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic went from 7th up to 5th. Qantas produced a stunning financial turnaround in 2016 and will take delivery of its first Boeing 787s in 2017. Its customer approval rating is at an all-time high and it continues to innovate with lie-flat beds on all its A330s that operate domestic and regional international flights.Singapore Airlines which took 3rd position is always at the forefront of airline awards and introduced its new premium economy, revamped business class and the new A350 over the last 12 months.  Cathay Pacific Airways held number 4 spot and is always in the winner’s circle. It has won numerous awards from Airlineratings.com including Best Business Class in 2013 and 2015 and Best Asia/Pacific Airline for 2016.Moving into 5th spot are two of the Virgin Group airlines – Virgin Australia and Virgin Atlantic. Both in their own markets have been taking giant strides. Virgin Australia has introduced its new business class and has completed its makeover from a low-cost carrier to a new world airline while Virgin Atlantic has introduced 787s and ordered A350s.In 6th position British Airways continues the introduction of 787s and A380s while rolling out cabin enhancements.Taking 7th position Etihad Airways continues its leading role in global aviation with the world’s best First Class while launching new aircraft such as the 777X. It is also proceeding with its aggressive fleet roll out with 10 787s in service and 65 on order. The airline also has 65 A350s on order.    In 8th position All Nippon Airways continues its dominance of Japanese aviation. It is the leading operators of the Boeing 787 and a launch customer for the 777X. The airline is at the forefront of cabin innovation.Taking out 9th spot EVA Air has always been the leader in Taiwanese aviation and has been a leader in introducing cabin innovation such as premium economy in 1992.At number 10 Germany’s Lufthansa is a byword for operational excellence and professionalism and one of the world’s most respected airlines. ‘’Whether number 1 or number 10 these airlines are the best of the best – the elite in aviation,” said Mr Thomas. “They are the trendsetters and the benchmark by which all others are judged.”last_img read more