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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

In Short

first_imgSandwich and meat supplier Cranswick Foods is through to the final of the Bpex Foodservice Pork Product of the Year 2011. Cranswick came third in the pork and pastry category, held in association with British Baker, with its Sweet Chilli and Roasted Pepper Sausage Rolls. The final takes place on 24 March at Butchers’ Hall, London. Bid abandoned The board of Greencore has said it does not intend to make a revised offer for Northern Foods. For some time, it said, it has believed in the strategic merits of consolidation in the UK convenience food sector and in the strong logic of a combination between Greencore and Northern Foods, but that a revised offer could not be concluded on terms delivering strong enough returns to Greencore shareholders. Cranswick success Eating bread made with vitamin D2-rich yeast may provide the same bone health benefits as vitamin D3 for vitamin-D deficient individuals, according to a new animal study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.center_img Vitamin D study Cornish comeback Lostwithiel Bakery has finally reopened four months after floods devastated areas of Cornwall. Baker Barry Green told BBC News the only thing to survive the knee-high water was the shop’s oven.last_img read more

6 Things About Homeland’s Finale That Went Horribly Wrong

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]O[/dropcap]n behalf of our respected readership, we three Long Island Press perpetrators—Jaime Franchi, Rashed Mian and Spencer Rumsey—would like to issue a public apology. When we collaborated to write our Squawkler about Homeland, we anticipated a thrilling–or at least coherent–season finale.Obviously, we were going on bad intel.The finale of Homeland fizzled out in a disappointing series of disjointed scenes attempting to reconcile the earlier plot points. Everything wrapped up, but rather than in a neat bow, we were presented with a horrid mess of hackfleisch. Very humbling to our hubris.Let’s dig in, shall we?1. Otto During: The president of the During Foundation, and Carrie Mathison’s former boss, Otto proposes. A business relationship? Marriage? We can’t be sure. It was totally creepy and utterly out-of-nowhere, especially since a few episodes back, Otto had confided to Jonas, Carrie’s German lover, that due to her instability, he didn’t even want her working for the foundation any longer. Now it looks like he’s offering her the keys to the castle.2. The subway scene: After the buildup that was—we don’t know, almost the entire season?—the scene where Carrie foils the plot of evil terrorists to poison the Berlin subway station with sarin gas is resolved within the first three minutes of the last episode in such an unexciting, ho-hum fashion that Carrie has literally 2 seconds to convince the skittish Qasim to confront and shoot his own cousin while she sneaks upon them and opens fire. The bad guys die. She saves the day. The show goes on. For another 40-odd minutes.3. Carrie returns to her apartment, takes a nap, and awakens to have sex with Jonas, the boyfriend who’d broken up with her earlier in the season when the shit started getting real, terrorist/CIA-wise. So that looked like a sweet righting of wrongs, a coming back home. Until we realized that Jonas still wanted to break up, suspects she was the mysterious blonde who singlehandedly saved Berlin, and so wants nothing more to do with her—a conversation that might have been better to have pre-sex, we think. At least, she gets a foundation sweatshirt as a parting gift. What the actual fuck, Homeland-writers?4. Seeing the light: Carrie learns that Quinn is in emergency surgery due to a severe brain hemorrhage. Things look bleak. So she heads to the chapel where she is bathed in a supernatural white light that we guess was God? We don’t know. After we hear Quinn’s voice-over about how he doesn’t believe in horoscopes and fate, etc., which Saul interrupts (a great bit), the “Highway to Heaven” illumination appears again, just as Carrie bends over to snuff him out. Which would have been fine if the show hadn’t been so clear-eyed and reality-based up until now. We didn’t watch her beloved Brody go into the light. We saw his body jerking as his neck snapped and his airways closed as he was hung in an Iranian town square, both Carrie and Saul powerless to help. So why do this now?5. Is it because: Carrie is “not that person anymore” as she tells her ex-CIA boss, Saul Berenson? Not the person who just saved mankind (or at least Berlin)? Not the only one (yet again) with the instincts and the talent to uncover insidiously evil plots that go unnoticed by the entire intelligence community? Not the one haunted by 9/11 and compelled to never let an attack of that scope and scale happen against her people ever again? Now that Jonas is officially gone and with him her sense and obligation to lead a normal life, why wouldn’t she take her rightful place at the throne of the CIA and just fix the world now?6. Because of Frannie? WHEN IS CARRIE GOING TO CALL HER DAUGHTER AND TELL HER THAT SHE ISN’T DEAD AFTER ALL?As season finales go, it was lame, padded and, worst of all, exhausted. What were we thinking? We figured this show had managed to capture the zeitgeist of all the western cultural anxiety about terrorism and repackage it into a provocative, profound program that would have something more to say! But these writers seemed like they couldn’t get it over with fast enough. Maybe the producers were being water-boarded by HBO at an undisclosed location. Showtime let us down big time. No adrenaline rush. No edge-of-your-seat suspense. And now, no Quinn—unless he pulls a Jon Snow from Game of Thrones and returns from the white beyond. Alas, that’s a different network. Can Homeland redeem itself in season 6? We’re hoping for much better intel.(Photo: Carrie convinces Qasim to attempt to disrupt an impending terror attack in Berlin. Credit: Homeland/Facebook)last_img read more

The top ten things that turn off Queensland homebuyers

first_imgDayne Rapihana, and Rebecca Karatau, with their three boys Luke, 10, Harry, 9, and Sam, 5, at their newly renovated Fairfield property. Picture: Liam KidstonMORE Queenslanders would live near a brothel than put up with crime, asbestos and bad smells according to new research from Australian comparison website Finder. A recent Finder survey of Queensland property buyers found the biggest real estate turn-off was a high crime rate with 63 per cent of potential homebuyers indicating they would knock back a house in an area known to be dodgy. In a close second was asbestos with 62 per cent of those surveyed admitting they would shun a property containing the potentially harmful material, while 59 per cent would not tolerate bad smells caused by the likes of pets, cigarettes and dampness. Being located next to a brothel was the ninth biggest turn-off while no parking, bad internet and being close to noisy roads, loud bars and flight paths could also put a damper on potential real estate love affairs. Finder money expert, Bessie Hassan said turn-offs could knock thousands off the value of a home.“If you can think outside the box to remedy the issue, this could be a way to pick up a bargain property because demand might be low,” she said.“There’s not much you can do about a property being close to a main road but you could reduce the road noise by installing soundproofing or high fencing.” Queensland’s top property turn offs Bad smells caused by pets, cigarettes and dampness was the third biggest turn off for Queensland buyers. Picture: Katrina BridgefordRay White New Farm principal, Haesley Cush agreed with the survey findings that bad smells and loud noises could drive buyers away. “Poorly presented properties are easily discounted and, if not discounted, harshly judged financially,” he said. “A buyer may leave an inspection not liking a property because of a bad smell but the thing that tuned them off, they may not remember. They just remember they didn’t like the property and they won’t go back.” Mr Cush said when it came to crime, buyers tended to accept or reject an area based on criminal activity long before making it to an open house but he warned against hasty judgment as gems could be found in suburbs perceived as bad. “For example, everyone who has owned in New Farm for over 20 years, when they bought their property friends and family would have said don’t buy there because of the junkies and prostitutes,” he said. “Now because of gentrifications people think they are real estate soothsayers and have predicted the future.” Dayne Rapihana, and Rebecca Karatau, with their three boys Luke, 10, Harry, 9, and Sam, 5, at their new renovated 115 Ashby St, Fairfield property. Picture: Liam KidstonHomeowners Beck Karatau and Dayne Rapihana weren’t scared off by asbestos in their latest renovation project, a Queenslander at 115 Ashby Rd, Fairfield, that has been listed for sale through Pauline Karatau of Ray White New Farm.“There was a small amount asbestos and we were able to remove it,” Ms Karatau said. “A small amount is not a problem and if a house needed to be totally gutted and re-sheeted that would come down to the cost. “If you engage the right qualified people (to deal with it), it’s not an issue.” Mr Rapihana is a builder, Ms Karatau has gained her builder’s license and together the couple are often hunting for renovation projects. Ms Karatau said property turn offs weren’t necessarily a bad thing as they could result in a more affordable sale price. “A lot of problems can be solved,” she said.“Being on quite a busy main road would be the number one turn off for us … but we can redesign a house to minimise issues. “We’d design easy access onto the property, put living areas to the back of the property and use insulation and double glazing to cut down on noise.”center_img 1. Above average crime rate of suburb (63%)2. House with asbestos in the walls/ceilings (62%)3. Bad smells (pets, cigarettes, dampness) (59%)4. Located near a noisy pub/bar (57%)5. No parking (53%)6. Located in an industrial area (53%)7. Being on the flight path (51%)8. Close to a major road (50%)9. Located near a brothel (48%)10. Bad broadband connection (44%) Asbestos was the second biggest property turn off. Picture: Asbestos AwarenessQueensland Government Asbestos Unit director, Peter McGarry said homebuyers should be alert but not alarmed about asbestos in homes. “If asbestos containing materials are in a good condition there’s not a risk,” he said. “If the asbestos is well painted and if any cracks are sealed, that is considered to be good condition.” Mr McGarry said about 50 per cent of Queensland housing stock was reliably estimated to contain some amount of asbestos. “Any house built or renovated before 1990 should be assumed to contain some degree of asbestos materials,” he said. Mr McGarry said risk came from improper removal or renovation of asbestos, which can also result in prosecution and fines. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoHe said homebuyers should factor the cost of maintaining asbestos or having it removed by a licensed professional when purchasing a house containing the product. “On average it costs about $25 to $35 per square metre for removal and disposal of asbestos containing material,” he said. last_img read more

Hansel Robles suffers rare blown save in Angels’ loss to A’s

first_imgHeaney did not allow a run until Ramon Laureano’s homer in the fifth. He was pulled after he allowed a walk and a single with one out in the sixth, leaving in a 1-1 tie.Heaney threw 103 pitches, including 31 breaking balls. He got five swings and misses on them, and four of his seven strikeouts were on sliders.Although he had trouble with his changeup in his first game from the third base side of the rubber last week, he decreased its use only slightly this time. He allowed one single in three balls in play on his changeup.Heaney finished his season with a 4.91 ERA in 95-1/3 innings.“It’s all about moving forward and doing your best,” Heaney said. “I had some really good starts. I had some really bad ones. I think if I can shift those bad ones to mediocre ones and the mediocre ones a little bit better, you start giving your chance to win and things ultimately work out better for you.” Although Heaney was still charged with six runs, he said he felt improvement. So on Wednesday night, he came out again from the third base side and pitched even better.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield PreviousOakland’s Matt Chapman is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward hits a solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward watches his solo home run against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third base after hitting a solo homerun during the second inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim crosses homeplate after hitting a solo homerun as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the second inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the first inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson watches his single during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Jared Walsh #25 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the fourth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano connects on a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano celebrates as he run toward first after hitting a solo home run during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland Athletics’ Ramon Laureano (22) celebrates his solo home run with Matt Olson during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels’ Taylor Ward, back, iis out at first base after a fly out by Kaleb Cowart and a throw to Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson from right fielder Ramon Laureano during the fourth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Adalberto Mejia #49 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the sixth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Adalberto Mejia, right, throws out Oakland Athletics’ Sean Murphy, left, at first base on a ground ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons is unable to get a tag on Oakland’s Jurickson Profar before he successfully steals second base during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Brian Goodwin dives to make a catch on a line drive by Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels second baseman David Fletcher, top, completes a double play over Oakland Athletics’ Matt Olson on a bases-loaded ground ball from Mark Canha during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 25: Kaleb Cowart #22 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits an RBI double as Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics looks on during the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Oakland Athletics center fielder Mark Canha, right, leaves the baseball game with an injury after chasing a fly ball during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland’s Matt Chapman connects for a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Hansel Robles stands on the mound after giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run to Oakland’s Matt Chapman, background left, during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Oakland’s Matt Chapman is congratulated as he returns to the dugout after hitting a go-ahead, two-run home run during the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 25, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)NextShow Caption1 of 23Angels left fielder Taylor Ward makes a leaping catch on a line drive hit by Oakland’s Marcus Semien during the seventh inning of Wednesday’s game at Angel Stadium. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)ExpandANAHEIM — Hansel Robles’ run of dominance came to an end in the Angels’ 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s on Wednesday night.Robles, who had a 1.17 ERA since June 1, started the ninth with a one-run lead and gave up a two-run homer to Matt Chapman.Marcus Semien led off the ninth with a single. After a sacrifice, Chapman belted the two-run shot to center, putting the A’s on top. It was Robles’ first blown save since Aug. 21, and just his third of the season. He had not been charged with a run since Aug. 15.“It’s just one of those off nights,” Manager Brad Ausmus said. “When you’re a closer and you have an off night, your team generally loses. That’s one of the hazards of the job.”center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels had taken a 2-1 lead on a Kaleb Cowart RBI double in the seventh.The loss spoiled an encouraging performance by Andrew Heaney, who gave up one run in 5-1/3 innings in his final outing of the season.“Overall a good outing,” Ausmus said. “He started a little slow, had a little trouble throwing strikes early. But he was able to get strikeouts. He can get swings and misses when he’s around the zone. He ended up having a very good last outing.”Heaney, whose season has been mostly spoiled by injuries and inconsistency, had an 8.79 ERA in a three-start span prior to last Thursday’s outing in New York. He then decided to move from the first base to the third base side of the pitching rubber.Heaney said he believed it would help make his fastball and breaking ball more effective, by changing the angle of attack to the hitters. 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ISL: Kerala Blasters co-owner Sachin Tendulkar seeks support of Kerala CM Pinarayi for new season

first_imgSachin Tendulkar called on Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at his office on Thursday, seeking the support of the Kerala government ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament.Accompanied by his wife, Tendulkar, who co-owns Kerala Blasters — the Kerala franchise in ISL — found it tough to make his way to his vehicle as he was mobbed by the media and onlookers.”We came to invite the CM to the inaugural match of the new season to be held in Kochi on the 17th ,” Tendulkar said after meeting Vijayan.After the meeting, Vijayan posted a picture of Tendulkar on his Facebook page. Tendulkar had met Vijayan last year too.The 2017-18 season of the ISL will see two more teams and will run for around five months, much longer than the previous editions.last_img read more