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Authoritarianism prevents press freedom progress in much of Asia

first_img Receive email alerts October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authoritarianism prevents press freedom progress in much of Asia Asia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News to go further Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents Graph_Asie-2.xlsVND.MS-EXCEL – 136 KB June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News Fiji falls furthest, but big advance by Maldives Political power grabs dealt press freedom a great disservice again this year. A military coup caused Fiji (152nd) to fall 73 places. Soldiers moved into Fijian news rooms for several weeks and censored articles before they were published, while foreign journalists were deported. In Thailand, the endless clashes between “yellow shirts” and “red shirts” had a very negative impact on the press’s ability to work. As a result, the kingdom is now 130th.The authoritarianism of existing governments, for example in Sri Lanka (162nd) and Malaysia (131st), prevented journalists from properly covering sensitive subjects such as corruption or human rights abuses. The Sri Lankan government had a journalist sentenced to 20 years in prison and forced dozens of others to flee the country. In Malaysia, the interior ministry imposed censorship or self-censorship by threatening media with the withdrawal of their licence or threatening journalists with a spell in prison.War and terrorism wrought havoc and exposed journalists to great danger. Afghanistan (149th) is sapped not only by Taliban violence and death threats, but also by unjustified arrests by the security forces. Despite having dynamic news media, Pakistan (159th) is crippled by murders of journalists and the aggressiveness of both the Taliban and sectors of the military. It shared (with Somalia) the world record for journalists killed during the period under review.The Asian countries that least respected press freedom were, predictably, North Korea, one of the “infernal trio” at the bottom of the rankings, Burma, which still suffers from prior censorship and imprisonment, and Laos, an unchanging dictatorship where no privately-owned media are permitted.The media in China (168th) are evolving rapidly along with the rest of the country but it continues to have a very poor ranking because of the frequency of imprisonment, especially in Tibet, Internet censorship and the nepotism of the central and provincial authorities. Similarly in Vietnam (166th), the ruling Communist Party targets journalists, bloggers and press freedom activists over what they write about its concessions to China.In the good news section, Maldives (51st) climbed 53 places thanks to a successful democratic transition while Bhutan (70th) rose another four places thanks to further efforts in favour of media diversity.Asia’s few democracies are well placed in the rankings. New Zealand (13th), Australia (16th) and Japan (17th) are all in the top 20. Respect for press freedom and the lack of targeted violence against journalists enable these three countries to be regional leaders.South Korea (69th) and Taiwan (59th) fell far this year. South Korea plummeted 22 places because of the arrests of several journalists and bloggers and the conservative government’s attempts to control critical media. The new ruling party in Taiwan tried to interfere in state and privately-owned media while violence by certain activists further undermined press freedom.Two Asian countries were included in the index for the first time: Papua New Guinea (56th), which obtained a very respectable ranking for a developing country, and the Sultanate of Brunei (155th), which came in the bottom third because of the absence of an independent press. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Organisation last_img read more

Bill McMahon III to Take Reins as Chamber President

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will install its 2014 officers and board of directors at its annual installation dinner Thursday (Feb. 6) at the Ocean City Yacht Club.William McMahon III, president of the McMahon Agency, will be installed as the newpresident of the Chamber. McMahon has worked at the family-owned Ocean City insurance agency since graduating from La Salle University in 1995. He lives in Upper Township with his wife and four daughters.After two years of service, Brian Broadley (Broadley’s MDI) will step down aspresident and take the position of immediate past president on the ExecutiveBoard.Carol Heenan (Garden Court Estates) will be installed as 1st vice president. Kim Davidson (Ocean City Home Bank) will be reinstalled as secretary and Robert Adams (Tidelines Management) will be reinstalled as Treasurer.Tom Aromando (Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly), Cricket Frank (Impala Island Inn), Pat Gallelli (Tahiti Inn), Scott Halliday (Halliday-Leonard), Gary Jessel (Fox Real Estate), William McMahon, Jr. (McMahon Agency), Phil Perri (Forum Motor Inn), Ken Sedberry (Ocean City Board of Realtors), and Skip Tolomeo (Sea Oats/Retail Merchants Association) will be installed as a 2nd vice presidents.The evening will begin with networking at 6 p.m.  The installation and dinnerwill take place at 6:30 p.m.  For more reservations and more information,call the Chamber at (609) 399-1412 or e-mail [email protected] following individuals will be installed as directors:At Large DirectorsThree Year Term:Andrew Fasy – NJ RealtyTony Wilson – C. Leo Wilson PlumbingBusiness Segment DirectorsOne Year Term:Dean Adams – Dean Adams Custom Builder (Service Business/Non-Retail)Thomas Aromando – Fitzpatrick Bongiovani and Kelly (Professionals)Brian Broadley – Broadley’s MDI, (Service Business /Non Retail)Kevin Corcoran – Wet N Wild Wave runner Rentals (Bay Area Business)Paul Cunningham – P. Francis (Retail)Kim Davidson – Ocean City Home Bank (Institutions)Jane Davis – Johnny B. Good Ice Cream Parlor (Restaurant/Food Service)Mike DeVlieger – Discover OCNJ,LLC. (Non Retail)Cricket Frank – Impala Island Inn ( Accommodations)Becky Friedel – 7th Street Surf Shop (Retail)Janet Galante – 13th Street Bath House & Bike Rentals (Retail)Pat Gallelli – Tahiti Inn (Accommodations)Ron Gifford – Re/Max of Ocean City (Real Estate)Beverley Gill – Island Beach Gear/Tackle Direct (9th Street Retail)Scott Halliday – Halliday/Leonard Builders (Service Business/Non-Retail)Thomas Heist  – Heist Insurance Agency (Professionals)Walt Hohman – Wards Pastry (Retail)Gary Jessel – Fox Real Estate (Real Estate)Lynne McIntyre – Yesterday’s (Upper Township Business)William McMahon, Jr. – McMahon Insurance Agency (Professionals)William McMahon III – McMahon Insurance Agency (Professionals)Peter Madden – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors (RealEstate)Maria Marinelli – Long & Foster Real EstateNick Marotta – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors (RealEstate)Phil Perri – Forum Motor Inn (Accommodations)Eric Reich – Reich Asset Management (Professionals)Ken Sedberry – Ocean City Board of RealtorsAimee Schultz – JASM (Service/Non-Retail)Avery Teitler – Teitler & Teitler, LLC (Professionals)Skip Tolomeo – Sea Oats, RMA (Retail)Don Tomlinson – Gleeson’s Audio Video (Retail)Ronnie Town – Atlantic City Electric (Utilities)Organization RepresentativesOne Year Term:Mike Dattilo – City of Ocean CityE. Marie Hayes – Cape May County Board of FreeholdersKaren Mahar – Ocean City Free Public LibraryWoody Robinson – Downtown Merchants AssociationDr. Kathleen Taylor – Ocean City Board of EducationJennifer Torres – O.C. Hospitality AssociationGloria Votta – Ocean City Board of RealtorsJames Yoa – O.C. Restaurant AssociationOrganization RepresentativesAlternates:H. James Bauer – Ocean City Board of EducationJoe Carideo – Ocean City Board of RealtorsJane Davis – O.C. Restaurant AssociationMark Johnston – O.C. Hospitality AssociationBoard Members At Large with Current TermsJon Batastini (Loveland & Garrett)Carol Heenan (Garden Court Estates)Mike Lloyd (Sturdy Savings Bank)Winnie Piriano (South Jersey Home Care)last_img read more

4-H teaches leadership and confidence

first_imgFor many, the words “Georgia 4-H” bring to mind club meetings and trips to Rock Eagle, the mountains or the beach for camp. But it’s much more, says a Georgia 4-H program expert. While 4-H has many extracurricular programs, a significant amount is based in academics, because the program is operated by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 4-H lessons and in-school curriculum are designed to meet Georgia Performance Standards, said Mandy Marable, Georgia 4-H curriculum specialist. “4-H brings quality educational experiences to the students in all of Georgia’s counties,” Marable said. “In-school 4-H experiences open the door for a myriad of out-of-school opportunities. 4-H strives to bring relevance to academic knowledge with practical applications.”It’s all based on research conducted at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the state’s oldest land-grant university. CAES first offered Georgia’s 4-H program in 1904. “The idea of bringing UGA research and resources to Georgia students through the use of county agents throughout the state was a cutting edge idea in 1904 and remains so even today,” said Arch Smith, Georgia 4-H interim state leader. 4-H is the largest youth development organization in the country. In Georgia, 4-H provides programs for more than 156,000 students ages 9 to 19. They learn about many topics, including community involvement, health, science, engineering, technology, leadership, agriculture and communication. Nationally, more than 7 million students are involved. Back in 1904, students applied new techniques to increase corn yields. Today, fifth grade 4-H students learn about crop traits and genetics by using real-world examples and learning activities, Marable said.“We pride ourselves on the fact that our 4-H youth development program was founded as a part of the school system in Georgia, and we remain a vital partner to schools throughout the state today,” she said. Through 4-H Project Achievement, each year 10,000 Georgia youth learn public speaking skills, conduct research, prepare presentations, compile portfolios of their accomplishments and present their findings to a panel of experts. Students can also learn responsibility through livestock projects, programs and judging. Georgia 4-H partners with Georgia FFA and the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Department to provide these programs. Every year, 2,400 4-H’ers complete a year-long process to prepare more than 4,500 animals for exhibition at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show and other competitions. Successful Georgia 4-H alumni include Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, singer Jennifer Nettles of the Grammy-winning group Sugarland, Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue, and legal commentator and television host Nancy Grace.To share your 4-H story, visit www.iamga4h.org.To learn more about Georgia 4-H, go to www.georgia4h.org.last_img read more

No Lift Ticket Needed

first_imgThis could be you, in your backyard.Don’t want to wait in line at the slopes? Make your own.Backyard snowmakers make snow just like the resorts do, with compressed and pressurized air. You use a garden hose hooked up to household water supply, whether that be city or well water.“All you are doing is connecting two hoses into the air compressor and pressure washer,” says Matthew Pittman, owner of Snow at Home. “It’s truly that simple.”Backyard ski hills are rapidly gaining popularity as an opportunity to practice tricks at home, cut costs, and introduce snowsports to kids.Snow At Home sells a range of snowmakers ranging from $300 to less than $2,400, and his website, snowathome.com, still provides free plans if you want to do it yourself. The largest pump covers a 150-foot by 20-foot area with a half-foot of snow overnight. At the lower end, it sells snow machines that cover 40 feet by 20 feet to a six-inch depth.Pittman says it needs to be at least 27 degrees Fahrenheit outside with humidity at 25 percent and below—or else slush.Since refining his snowmaking equipment, Pittman has also developed boxes and rails for at-home terrain parks (visit his other site, jibsforcribs.com). He also has started manufacturing homemade rope tows for backyard ski lifts. Pittman’s lifts are electric-powered, and the rope is cut to the specific length of the backyard hill. Next on his list: grooming rakes.If you are handy and looking to cut costs on the mountain, then your backyard might be where you find your fall line this winter.last_img read more

5 steps to prepare for strategy sessions

first_imgJust like every credit union is unique, every strategic planning session must be tailored to meet your credit union’s needs.Planning must take into account not only the credit union’s characteristics—asset size, marketplace, business model, field of membership, and degree of financial capacity—but also characteristics of the planning session itself—how often it’s held, whether it’s held on- or off-site, who is invited, and whether it’s facilitated or self-led.While approaches differ, the intent of a strategic planning session remains the same: to build financial, member, and experiential value.Here are five ways to ensure a successful planning session and process: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Police: Vehicles collide in work zone on Route 17, crews remain on scene for hours

first_imgAPALACHIN (WBNG) — State Police tell 12 News that crews remain on the scene of a vehicle roll over crash on Route 17 West by the Apalachin Exit. The New York State Police Department and the Department of Transportation is on the scene. Police say a truck hauling sludge rolled over after another vehicle collided with it in a work zone. Troopers tell 12 News the other vehicle was not severely damaged and was able to leave the scene. Authorities say no injuries were reported in the roll over. A 12 News crew at the scene reports the tractor-trailer is in an embankment. State Police could not comment on the issuance of tickets. APALACHIN (WBNG) — The right lane of Route 17 Westbound by the Apalachin Exit is blocked to traffic due to a tractor-trailer roll over. 2:13 P.M. UPDATE: —– Police tell 12 News they have no estimated time when the right lane of Route 17 West will reopen which was closed after the crash. The most up to date information on traffic on Route 17 west can be found on 511NY by clicking here. For the most up date information on traffic, go to the NY511 website by clicking here.last_img read more

A meeting was held with the directors of the CNTB Representation in the world

first_imgSource and photos: Ministry of Tourism and Sports The directors of the CNTB Representation abroad presented the state of the Croatian destination in their representative offices and the operational plans and priorities for 2021. Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac pointed out that it was Last year, Croatia had the best results in the Mediterranean. According to her, part of the credit belongs to the directors of CNTB representative offices abroad, who have made great efforts to ensure that Croatia is adequately represented in the markets in which they operate. The latest Eurostat data on tourist traffic in the European Union show that in the period from January to July this year, Croatia, of all Mediterranean countries, recorded the smallest decline in the number of domestic and foreign tourists and in realized tourist nights. These physical indicators are accompanied by those financially in which a conservative assessment of how will year end at 50% of tourism revenue compared to last year’s record, which is a good result given the circumstances. Photo: Ministry of Tourism and Sports The evaluation of the results in 2020 and financial indicators were the main topics of the meeting via video call between the Ministry of Tourism and Sports with the directors of the CNTB Representation in the world. “We can already say that next year the main motive or better to say the condition of the trip will be safety. Therefore, more than ever, we need quality and targeted marketing campaigns, which will ensure our visibility in the most important emitting markets. “, concluded Brnjac. According to the Tax Administration in the first eight months of this year the amount of fiscalized accounts in activities amounts 57% of the value compared to the same period last year. “Given that this year we were a desirable car destination for tourists from the surrounding countries, it is to be expected that next year will benefit car destinations, last minute demand, accommodation facilities of higher categories and those isolated that provide isolation.”, Minister Brnjac pointed out and added that despite that, distant markets must be ready to react in a timely manner when airlines are re-established towards Croatia.last_img read more

Military helicopter crashes outside Moscow, crew killed: ministry

Topics : But Russian news agencies, citing emergencies services, said three people died.The helicopter, which did not carry ammunition, crashed in a secluded area some 20 kilometers from the town of Klin outside Moscow around 8 pm, the ministry said.It added that a ministry commission had been dispatched to the scene to look into the causes of the crash.Citing preliminary information, the ministry said that a “technical malfunction” was believed to have caused the crash. A Russian army Mi-8 helicopter crashed outside Moscow during a training flight on Tuesday, killing the crew, the defense ministry said.”As a result of a crash landing the crew of the helicopter died of their wounds,” the defense ministry said.Defense ministry spokespeople, reached by AFP, declined to specify how many crew members had died. The Mi-8 is a Soviet-designed twin-turbine helicopter and is often used to transport civilians or troops.In 2018, a Mi-8 helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff in Siberia, killing all 18 people on board including three crew members. read more

Do I Say Anything? A Guide for Friends of Those…

first_imgJoan Hitchens, long-time Olympia resident and life coach, helps people move forward from grief.The short answer is “yes.” Yes, you should say something to those in your life who have experienced a death of someone close – even if it’s been months or longer since the loss and even if you don’t know what to say.  Even if it is hard.Navigating Grief founder Joan Hitchens specializes in helping people who have experienced a loss of a loved one move through their grief into healing. However, she also has great advice to those who are on the outside – one step removed from the loss – on what to say and how to handle social situations when you encounter someone in your life who you know is grieving.Here are some guidelines to help you communicate your support in a positive way.Use the name of the person who has died when you talk.  Don’t be afraid of saying their name.Acknowledge the great hole in that person’s life.  You can say you are sorry for their loss, even if it’s been a long time since it happened. To some the “sorry” sentiment is received as trite. Sincere acknowledgement is the key.Listen. It’s ok to say, “I don’t know what to say.”  Because we often don’t.  Just show your love and listen. Listening is one of the most powerful ways of being with someone in loss.Don’t mistake the mask someone wears, appearing to have it all together, for a sign of full healing.  The mask can just be a way to get through the day.Ask. Ask if your friend wants to talk. Sometimes having a normal conversation outside of the grief can be helpful.Feel. It’s ok to cry.  Losing someone is hard.  It’s ok to show the person you care for that you might also grieve as well as feel their loss, too.Remember the person who is gone in the best way you know how.  Write a note, tell a story of remembrance, give a hug. Your acknowledgement of the loss shows your support. These are especially great to share during milestone dates: birthdays, anniversaries, holidays. “I remember” validates life.Avoid “At least…..”  This minimizes the loss and is a no-no! “At least… he’s in a better place, she’s not suffering, it happened suddenly, you had time during her illness” – none of these statements comfort and often leave the bereaved misunderstood for his or her pain.Show empathy rather than pity. If you have not experienced a similar type of loss, empathy can comes from focus and compassion for the living person you care about. If you have had a similar loss, empathy comes from a more knowing place with recognition that circumstances and relationships may vary.No comparisons! Another friend’s loss, divorce compared to spouse loss, distant cousin and child loss can seem like empathy, but often is received as lack of your “getting it” – the huge  impact of change and grief that comes after the death of the person mourned.Death is a universal experience, but grief and loss is vey individual. (Read more on this topic here.)  This is why what you say and not say can unknowingly carry a lot of weight. Very often it seems easier to say nothing and hope the person in grief will let you know. But the opposite if often true. The bereaved just want to know that you care and that the life of the loved one lives on through family and friends.To learn more about Joan Hitchens and finding your journey for Navigating Grief, click here. Facebook480Tweet0Pin9last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma set flurry of records vs Australia

first_imgShikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma became the most successful opening pair against Australia in ODIs on Sunday, during the 14th match of World Cup 2019 between India and Australia.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma went past West Indies pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes. Indian openers took seven fewer innings to cross the tally of 1152 runs set by the West Indies stalwarts.Rohit and Dhawan duo have also recorded the highest opening stand for India against Australia in World Cup history in the same match when they surpassed 76, which was made by the same pair at the Sydney Cricket World Cup during the last edition of World Cup in 2015.Rohit and Dhawan added record 127 runs for the first wicket before Coulter-Nile removed the former at 57. India won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia at The Oval.Rohit – Shikhar pair is now the most successful opening pair against Australia in the ODIs, going past West Indies pair of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes’ tally of 1152 runs – in seven fewer innings!#INDvAUS #AUSvIND #CWC19Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 9, 2019At The Oval on Sunday, Dhawan and Rohit completed their 16th opening century partnership to equal the duo of Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden for second most 100+ opening partnerships in ODIs. The legendary duo of Tendulkar and Ganguly lead the chart with 21 century partnership.Rohit and Dhawan came together as India openers during the 2013 Champions Trophy in England and have not looked back since. Rohit went on score three double hundreds while Dhawan has been the epitome of consistency. They have stitched up many match winning partnerships over the last five years.advertisementIn ODIs, the Dhawan-Rohit pair is the highest run-scoring opening pair in the world since 2013.Rohit and Dhawan are also the second most successful Indian opening pair after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. The opening pair trails the highest ranked duo of Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly by a significant margin. Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly had put together 8227 runs between them.Overall, Dhawan and Rohit are the seventh highest scoring pairing in ODI cricket. Tendulkar and Ganguly are top of the pile followed by Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara (5992 runs), Tillakaratne Dilshan-Sangakkara (5475 runs), Marvan Atapattu-Sanath Jayasuriya (5462 runs), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (5409 runs) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (5206 runs).Also Read | World Cup 2019: Indian fan flaunts Balidaan Badge at The Oval after ICC says no to MS DhoniAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma breaks a Sachin Tendulkar record in ODIsAlso Watch:last_img read more