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French Olympic committee chief explains human rights badge ban

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific April 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 French Olympic committee chief explains human rights badge ban Follow the news on China RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more ————-15.04.2008 – French Olympic committee capitulates to pressure from IOC and China for ban on “For a better world” badgeReporters Without Borders is dismayed by the decision of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee (CNOSF) to ban French athletes from wearing a badge saying “For a better world” during the Beijing Olympic Games.”The International Olympic Committee has clearly imposed its hard line on CNOSF president Henri Sérandour and forced him to take a bad decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The right of the athletes to free expression has been sacrificed in a complete capitulation to the demands of the Chinese organisers.”The organisation added: “The message chosen by the French athletes was taken from the Olympic charter. Why do the IOC and CNOSF prefer the virulently nationalistic and anti-West campaign under way in China to the French athletes’ peaceful and universalist message? This is a harsh rebuff for Sérandour and French sports minister Bernard Laporte.”Reporters Without Borders urges athletes not to comply with the Chinese government’s orders and to go to Beijing with the press freedom organisation’s badges saying “Freedom” in Chinese characters. Reporters Without Borders had these badges made in the five colours of the Olympic rings, and they are meant to be worn by athletes, journalists and members of the public going to Beijing.The CNOSF ban was announced yesterday by Sérandour on the French television station L’Equipe TV. “You cannot wear a badge for this or that cause,” he said. “We are going to respect the charter, which says no concrete demonstration of any kind during the sports events or during the processions in the opening and closing ceremonies.”The proposed badge was chosen two weeks ago by the French athletes with the agreement of the CNOSF and the support of Laporte. It shows the Olympic rings and the words “France” and “For a better world.” The athletes had intended to wear it during the 8-24 August games in Beijing in a show of support for human rights.But, after travelling to Beijing, IOC president Jacques Rogge ruled out the idea of a French badge, saying he had promised China that athletes would not express their views during the games.The opening chapter of the Olympic Charter says: “The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised in accordance with Olympism and its values.”Article 51-3 of the charter says “no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.” China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more – 17.04Reporters Without Borders notes that Henri Sérandour, the head of the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, and David Douillet, the head of the French Athletes Committee, gave a press conference on 15 April to explain the ban on French athletes wearing their proposed “For a better world” badge during the Beijing Olympic.“This was an entirely French badge but if there is any demonstration in Beijing, everyone must agree to it,” Sérandour said. He and Douillet pointed out that they had on 4 April voiced the desire to see the human rights message become an international one as long as the Olympic Charter was resepcted.“Full-blown negotiations are under way with (IOC Athletes Commission president) Sergeï Boubka and IOC president Jacques Rogge,” Douillet said, adding that French President Nicolas Sarkozy supported this “initiative by the French athletes.”Sérandour added: “I am not a turncoat. I am still with the athletes in this initiative.” News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Color Purple Pushes Da Button One Last Time

first_img The Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple played its final performance on January 8 to a thunderous house that included the Clintons, Anna Wintour and Leslie Odom Jr. While Cynthia Erivo no longer belts “and I’m here” on Broadway, she and her co-stars took their last bows celebrating the production’s best performing week. The musical grossed $1,173,670—more than 115% of its potential. Falsettos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and The Encounter also concluded their runs this past week, and while they didn’t end on their highest note, the three productions did see a slight bump in sales with last week’s holiday surge and audiences’ last chance to catch them this weekend. Meanwhile, the top five spots on the board were taken by usual suspects: Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. Just behind them was Jersey Boys (set to close on January 15).Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending January 8:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,456,491)2. The Lion King ($2,045,683)3. Wicked ($1,845,325)4. Aladdin ($1,550,638)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,446,662)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Holiday Inn ($504,931)4. Les Liaisons Dangereuses ($442,767)3. The Encounter ($344,130)2. In Transit ($311,123)1. Jitney ($230,873)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.57%)2. Hamilton (101.76%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.59%)4. The Color Purple (101.47%)5. The Lion King (100.03%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Holiday Inn (84.78%)4. Kinky Boots (83.88%)3. The Encounter (83.00%)2. Les Liaisons Dangereuses (76.36%)1. On Your Feet! (72.09%)*Number based on seven preview performancesSource: The Broadway League Cynthia Erivo in ‘The Color Purple'(Photo: Matthew Murphy) View Commentslast_img read more

Klopp wrestles with Liverpool’s midfield dilemma

first_img– Vulnerable –Liverpool, currently third in the Premier League, have not been as threatening a force as they were last season en route to the Champions League final.The midfield has looked particularly vulnerable in their past two matches, a 1-1 Premier League draw at Arsenal last Saturday and a surprisingly meek 2-0 Champions League group defeat at Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday.Neither Keita nor Fabinho played in Serbia, while their other major outfield signing of the summer, Xherdan Shaqiri, was left in England, amid concerns about the reception he would receive from the home supporters because of his Kosovan heritage.Klopp’s three-man midfield on Tuesday failed to distinguish itself, with hamstring injury victim Jordan Henderson clearly missed.James Milner’s error led to the home side’s second goal, with Georginio Wijnaldum shrugged aside too easily before Milan Pavkov scored. Adam Lallana, making a rare start, was anonymous.Fabinho was an unused substitute in Belgrade, having struggled against Arsenal, and is clearly not up to speed with the English game yet.Keita started well in England, then hit injury problems, as he suffered a back spasm during October’s Champions League defeat by Napoli, and a hamstring problem playing for Guinea.Klopp has shuffled around his midfield this season, but appears reluctant to repeat the experiment he tried in September’s Premier League win over Southampton, when Shaqiri was used in an advanced midfield role.The Switzerland international was substituted at half-time that day, because Klopp felt the match was too open.His best hope of regular game time now would appear to be as part of the attacking three, which means dislodging Salah, Firmino or Mane.Fabinho still has work to do to earn his starting spot too. Keita, though, will surely become a regular once he gets up to speed and a meeting with struggling Fulham could be the ideal place to start.Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | As Jurgen Klopp tries to maintain Liverpool’s challenge for the Premier League title, the need to sort out his midfield is becoming an increasingly pressing issue.A home match against bottom club Fulham on Sunday may just offer the opportunity to start to put that right by giving both Naby Keita and Fabinho crucial game time to build momentum and confidence.Both players were signed at great expense during the summer with a view to strengthening Liverpool’s midfield options.Keita was seen as a replacement for the attacking guile of Philippe Coutinho while Fabinho was viewed as the player to prove a defensive shield following Emre Can’s departure.Neither has yet managed to establish themselves as a powerful presence in England, with Reds boss Klopp relying largely on the players used last season.Klopp has suggested both signings need time to settle in a new country, with Guinea international Keita arriving from German club RB Leipzig, and Brazilian Fabinho joining from French Ligue 1 side Monaco.While it is understandable that neither player would hit the ground running, the need for them to find form has become more urgent, given the lack of creative spark in Liverpool’s midfield.If the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have failed to hit last season’s heights, the same is true of the midfield, where the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been sorely missed.Liverpool defender Andy Robertson has seen the difference for himself.“Last season everyone was used to us scoring four or five goals. That can’t be possible every single game,” Robertson said.“Maybe we are missing a bit of a spark in terms of not winning 4-0 or 5-0 in most games but if the manager thinks that then we need to try to get it back.“We need to come together as a team and try to give what the gaffer wants, try to get the spark and try to win games more comfortably.”last_img read more

10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass

first_imgRelated Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … A great deal of the excitement about Glass is coming from people working in higher education, as well as from students. Ben Foster, a professor at DePaul University, is one of many academics that are eager to augment the teaching experience with Google Glass, pulling up pertinent data without turning his back to students, for example. For students, Google Glass could be transformative. Some are even talking about how Glass could potentially aid those with learning disabilities.  Recording lectures, live streaming them for remote access, audio-note taking and supplementing lectures with related data are just the beginning.  Of course, exactly how Glass is used (and how useful it is) will vary depending on the curriculum.3. Enhancing Less Formal, More Hands-On Learning Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces A number of the #ifihadglass contest respondents talked about how the technology could be use by surgeons as virtual assistants in the operating room. Timothy Lee, a surgical resident at New York University, proposes using Glass to record operations for teaching purposes, enable remote assistance via livestream and show the surgeon vitals, CT scan and other pertinent medical information. By tapping into real-time data, reference material and input from live surgeons across the globe, devices like Glass could reduce the number of errors made during surgery. Here’s hoping the voice recognition is spot on.2. Revolutionizing Higher Education  Okay, so Google Glass won’t cure blindness, but the technology can be quite valuable to those with certain visual, auditory and physical handicaps. At the University of New Brunswick Libraries, Jeff Carter wants to use Glass to make things more accessible to the visually impaired via real-time optical character recognition and text-to-speech translation. Navigating the stacks would be a lot easier (for everybody, really) with digital signage overlaying the physical world. Indeed, for the visually impaired, navigating just about anywhere could be made much easier thanks to Glass’s augmented reality maps and voice control. At Shriner’s Hospital For Children in Portland, the assistive technology team is already brainstorming ways that Glass could be used to “unlock their learning potential and access their world.”6. Stargazing  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Google Glass is coming. Sure, the early adopters will be viewed as weirdos and the idea of a tiny head-mounted camera raises all kinds of creepy privacy questions, but Glass is cool. Google’s first iteration may or may not be a slam dunk, but wearable computing is unquestionably the next big thing, and heads-up displays are going to be a part of our future, once everybody gets over the dorky stigma. To get the ideas flowing (and promote its upcoming product launch), Google asked its users to propose use cases for Glass and hashtag them #ifihadglass. The campaign, which wrapped up last week, yielded some snarky — and, of course, some truly dumb — responses, but there are plenty of smart suggestions, each of which lets us envision the type of techno-utopian sci-fi future Sergey Brin dreams about every night.  Yes, it will be awkward the first time one of your friends shows up to the bar wearing a computer on their face. That’s not what Glass is for, at least not initially. In general, people seem to be most excited about what Glass will mean for education, medicine, communicating, gaming and getting around. 1. Enhancing Surgery With Augmented Realitycenter_img This is one of the use cases people seem most excited about. And for good reason: Wearable computing and augmented reality open up new doors when it comes to gaming, which is already huge on smartphones and tablets. With technology like Glass, game developers can overlay gameplay over the real world, and plenty of them are already thinking about how to take their Android games to this new, exciting (or creepy) level. 5. Overcoming Disabilities john paul titlow Tags:#Augmented Reality#Google Glass#mobile Previously the pipe dream of optimistic futurists, real-time language translation is a reality today (even if its accuracy could use a little more polish). Using technology Google already owns (OCR and Google Translate), Glass could translate foreign signs and menus. Even more compelling is the device’s theoretical ability to translate spoken language into real-time subtitles, effectively eliminating any language barrier between two Glass-wearing individuals. Lots of people are thinking about how learning and using sign language could change too. Pretty powerful stuff. No, I don’t mean surreptitiously snapping photos of Nikki Minaj at the grocery store (although I’m sure they’ll be plenty of that sort of thing). Amateur astronomers will be able to look at the sky with a whole new layer of digital insight using tiny, face-mounted computers.  Mobile astronomy apps have been popular on smartphone users for years, and for good reason. It’s pretty neat to hold your phone up to the sky and see information about planets, constellations, galaxies and the like. Now imagine that experience without the smartphone, overlaid directly over what you’re seeing. 7. Healthier Living  While universities and colleges will be among Glass’s earliest adopters, the advantages are not limited to formal education. Just like people post tutorial videos to YouTube, a camera-equipped camera you wear on your face opens up new possibilities for teaching people things from a hands-on, first person perspective. Fixing things, cooking meals, learning to play the guitar. Anything you use your hands for can be taught (and augmented with relevant details) via a Hangout or YouTube video.  4. Augmented Reality Gaming There are all kinds of ideas being thrown around about how Glass could help people better manage their health. First, there’s the somewhat obvious example of porting already-popular fitness tracking apps like RunKeeper over to Glass for a more seamless experience. Many of things runners and fitness buffs use their smartphones for now could be simplified by Glass. If nothing else, displaying real-time stats about your run in front of you as you go could be a serious motivator. Also, the bone conduction audio makes headphones unnecessary and reduces the odds of you getting hit by a truck. If Santa Clara University student Alexander Vincent Molloy has his way, you’ll also be able to return health-related information about foods while you’re cooking or even shopping. Using Google Goggles-style image recognition and search, a Glass app could do exactly that, helping the health-conscious make smarter decisions without fiddling with their phones as much. 8. Reconnecting With History One of the most delightfully nerdy Glass use cases being talked about is augmented reality historical tours and museum exhibits. Again, just imagine some of the work that’s been done with smartphone apps and remove the phone from the equation (or at least the act of taking it out and holding it up). Armed with Glass-supported Android apps, walking through the historical Old City District of Philadelphia or the history-rich parks of Massachusetts could be like taking one of those audio-guided tours on digital steroids. Even if an app is not built specifically to overlay data and imagery on top of historical buildings, the ability to do a quick, relevant voice search without pulling out your phone will make learning about history  more immersive than ever. 9. Augmented Reality Art Like historical tours, the experience of viewing art could be enhanced using augmented reality. Some will undoubtedly balk at the idea of wearing a face computer to the MoMA. Why not just enjoy the art and leave gadgets out of it? Because there’s way more information in the world about a given painting, sculpture or design than could ever fit into an exhibit. It doesn’t have to bound by museum walls, either. European design agency Nuelandherzer says it would use Glass to create an augmented reality experience for viewing and learning about urban street art around the world.10. Real-Time Language Translation last_img read more

9 months agoLiverpool ace Mane: Klopp no choker

first_imgLiverpool ace Mane: Klopp no chokerby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool ace Sadio Mane insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no “choker”.Pressure is building on Klopp to win his first piece of silverware at Anfield, following last season’s Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.Despite winning successive Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012, the German, 51, has been on the receiving end of rival fans’ taunts and accused of being a serial choker after losing his last SIX major finals.He was in charge of Liverpool’s 3-1 Europa League final defeat to Sevilla three years ago — and the League Cup penalty shootout loss to Manchester City in the same season.But Mane hit back: “He is a great coach, not a choker.“He has won titles before and he has lost titles. That is life. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Rapper Plies Was In USF’s Locker Room After Blowout Win Against FAMU, Co-Signed For Taggart

first_imgThe USF mascot raising its arms.TAMPA, FL – SEPTEMBER 22: The mascot from the University of South Florida Bulls entertains during play against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Raymond James Stadium on September 22, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. USF won 37-10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***After averaging just over 17 points a game last season, USF opened its 2015 campaign by splashing 51 points on the board against the FAMU rattlers on the way to a 51-3 victory. The Bulls only scored a combined 206 points all of last season, so there was reason to celebrate. But it’s not every day a team gets to celebrate in the locker room with a famous rapper.USF freshman defensive end Vincent Jackson posted a video to his Twitter account after the win of rapper Plies with his arm around head coach Willie Taggart, giving him the seal of approval. The homie @plies in the locker room after the W #GoBulls pic.twitter.com/ldcHhc2QuJ— Vincent Jackson Jr. (@VMJacksonJr) September 6, 2015Not exactly what you’d expect in the locker room after a season opening victory, but maybe the Bulls are on to something. Plies seems pretty confident that USF will be “bustin’ the scoreboard every Saturday,” but a much bigger challenge lies ahead in Tallahassee next weekend as the Bulls are set to face the Seminoles.last_img read more

RBC hit with service disruptions a day after TD investment platform goes

first_imgTORONTO – The Royal Bank of Canada is working to fix its online banking and web brokerage platforms after users complained of sporadic service.“Some clients are experiencing delays when attempting to log on to our Online Banking and RBC Direct Investing platforms due to heavy trading volumes,” said RBC spokesman AJ Goodman in an email.“We regret any inconvenience this may cause clients and appreciate their patience as we diligently work to resolve them,” he said, adding the bank is asking clients continue to try to log in to their accounts because the issues are intermittent.The company’s verified customer support Twitter account has been responding to customer complaints since early Wednesday morning. Twitter users have complained about trouble using the wallet application, logging into online banking and accessing RBC Direct Investing.The website CanadianOutages.com showed a jump in reports about problems with RBC Wednesday morning, reaching more than 400 complaints recently.The Wolf, a Twitter user with the handle @ofBayStreet based in Toronto, said in a direct message they were unable to access their RBC Direct Investing account where their investments are held initially. After multiple attempts, the log in worked, but they couldn’t modify orders for stocks.The person estimates they lost out on about $400-$600 in potential gains.RBC’s issues come a day after TD’s WebBroker website experienced a system issue that affected some clients’ ability to log into or use the site.A spokesman for TD said the bank planned to make capacity upgrades to WebBroker Tuesday night to help solve intermittent delays some clients experienced.last_img read more

New mortgage rules behind slide in BC home sales real estate association

first_imgVANCOUVER – The British Columbia Real Estate Association says tough mortgage qualification rules are a key reason for a provincewide drop in housing demand last month compared with February 2017.The association says home sales fell 5.7 per cent in February, with about 6,200 properties changing hands.Chief economist Cameron Muir says on a seasonally adjusted basis, sales have plummeted more than 26 per cent since new federal mortgage rules took effect at the beginning of the year.But the association says prices continue to climb, with the average home selling for just over $748,000, an 8.8 per cent jump over February of last year.The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions implemented new lending guidelines in January that require borrowers who don’t need mortgage insurance to show they would still be able to make payments if interest rates rise.In order to get insurance, homebuyers must prove they can service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate two percentage points higher than the lender’s rate or the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate, currently set at 5.14 per cent.last_img read more

A journey to selftransformation

first_imgThe ongoing exhibition of the works of artist Jyoti Tyagi are depictions of the artist’s inward transformation through her art. Thus, the process of art in her case is not restricted to mechanical applications of the tenets of art making but to a transfiguration of her forms into the language of the spirit and the soul.The art show will go on until March 17, at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi. While the spiritual process is ongoing as an undercurrent, what one witness on display are elements of the organic life process visible through her myriad feminine forms, entwined, uplifted, free-flowing and sitting in deep meditation. “These elements are going through an organic life process that brings about a metabolic change in our soul. It steers us towards righteousness and teaches us how to remain balanced, satisfied and centered, in the hustle of life,” comments the artist. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving made it her mission to express her inner calling, this artist has used the feminine form as her leit motif. These are then displayed in variable settings, visible through the elements of bhūmi (earth), jala (water), agni (fire), marut, (air or wind) and akash (ether). Incidentally, what she has left unsaid but distinct in her works is her close adherence to the Vedic principle of vyom or space, by making her central form distinct and the surrounds a pristine space, leaving the viewer unrestricted viewing opportunities. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardLike a humble ‘student’ of her Muse, this art maker draws her inspiration from nature, where she is especially influenced by ancient tree forms and sinuous branches that seem to mirror femininity in their contours. Also, the ocean depths and the inner limits of a candle are her chosen identities. Her message, therefore, conveys the vital principle of integration that governs nature and our lives. With a grounded philosophy, a strong figurative form and a choice of deep tones of the colour palette, this exhibition brings about a ‘sangam’ of thought, feeling and execution, into a perfect blend.last_img read more