Apple TV censors “China Uncensored” show

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Help by sharing this information An accommodating attitude that could spreadRSF condemns Apple’s subservience to the Chinese regime, which could encourage other international content providers to censor themselves in exchange for commercial advantages from the Chinese authorities.The behaviour of Apple, which has its headquarters in Cupertino, California, is all the more incomprehensible because it is one of the world’s most powerful multinationals, one that made more than 46 billion dollars in profit last year alone.When contacted by RSF, Apple declined to comment. “We do not issue statements in response to this kind of information,” a spokesperson said. Censoring content and blocking freedom of information is obviously not the best kind of public relations.China continues to be ranked almost at the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries), while Taiwan and Hong Kong are ranked 51st and 69th respectively. RSF_en June 7, 2021 Find out more ChinaHong KongTaiwanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet Receive email alerts Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more News China Uncensored, which can also be seen on YouTube, openly sets out to combat Chinese propaganda. It mocks the regime, carries news about dissidents and persecuted minorities and is produced by New York-based New Tang Dynasty Television (NTD.TV), which is affiliated to the Falun Gong, a religious movement that is persecuted in China. UPDATE:Apple TV finally ended its censorship of the show and has approved it in all three territories – Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. RSF welcomes this decision and thanks those media outlets that, by reporting the censorship, help to get it lifted.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Apple’s blocking of the satirical Web TV show China Uncensored not only in Mainland China but also in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Apple’s extension of its blocking to territories not subject to Chinese law is a dangerous example of international corporate submission to the demands of Chinese censorship.The consumer electronics giant seems to have had no hesitation about making generous concessions to China’s authoritarian regime in order to keep itself afloat in the Chinese market. That at least is the impression one gets from its decision last month to make China Uncensored available on the Apple TV app everywhere except China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Is Apple scared of the Chinese authorities?“We vehemently condemn this unacceptable act of censorship and we are alarmed by the apparent insouciance with which Apple, one of the giants of online programme distribution, seems ready to sacrifice freedom of information for the sake of its market share”, said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s Taipei bureau, which covers Northern Asia.China is Apple’s second biggest market, after the United States and before Europe. But it is a market in which nothing can be taken for granted. Last year, Apple suffered a major fall in its sales and in its share of the Chinese market to its Chinese rivals. Is Apple trying to ingratiate itself with the Chinese authorities in the wake of these setbacks? Apple has already made a habit of withdrawing certain apps from the Apple Store in China on the grounds of complying with local law. But this is new. This time Apple is taking its self-censorship much further, and including territories not subject to Chinese law. News Organisation ChinaHong KongTaiwanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Freedom of expressionInternet April 18, 2017 – Updated on June 6, 2017 Apple TV censors “China Uncensored” show Chris Chappell dans China Uncensored Chinese censorship on the riseContent blocking in response to a formal request from the Chinese government is unfortunately not new. Apple removed the New York Times app from the Apple Store in China last January, but the app remained available in its Hong Kong and Taiwan stores.Chris Chappell, China Uncensored’s host, said: “I totally understand why we’re blocked in Mainland China. We’re clearly disrupting the Communist Party’s harmonious propaganda…but Hong Kong and Taiwan are not supposed to be under Chinese law.”Although China recovered sovereignty over Hong Kong in 1997, the territory has Special Administrative Region status which explicitly guarantees freedom of expression. Although China claims sovereignty over Taiwan, it has functioned in practice as a sovereign state known as the Republic of China for half a century.“Taiwan and Hong Kong represent two alternative models of Chinese-culture societies, ones with a well-established tradition of freedom of expression,” Alviani added. “Blocking a Web TV show critical of Mainland Chinese propaganda in these territories is no small matter.”last_img read more

Stormont Health Committee given Altnagelvin radiotherapy assurances

first_img Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Previous article47 unfinished Ballybofey apartments to be sold as one lot inNext articleDonegal Gardai target young male drivers in holiday weekend clampdown News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News By News Highland – October 22, 2010 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Google+ WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Stormont Health Committee given Altnagelvin radiotherapy assurances Google+ As the implications of the British Chancellor’s spending review are assessed, health officials in Stormont have indicated that despite cuts in the capital spending budget, the new radiotherapy centre at Altnagelvin will still go ahead.Foyle MLA Mary Bradley, who sits on Stormont’s Health Committee, has welcomed the assurances, and says the business plan shoud be completed as quickly as possible.She says the Altnagelvin Unit has been designated as a priority project, and that’s an important step…….[podcast][/podcast] Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Teenage girl abducted in Oxford

first_imgA 14-year-old girl was abducted by two men on her way to school in Oxford yesterday morning and raped, police believe.It is believed the victim was approached by a man in the area of Marston Ferry Road and Banbury Road at 8:25am, before being pulled into a car where another man was waiting. She was found about three hours later in Marston, where she knocked on a door in Cavendish and an ambulance was called. The victim is now in the care of specialist officers.Detective Superintendent Chris Ward spoke today at a press conference, in which he stressed that the police was doing all it could to catch those responsible as quickly as possible, and that the silver Volkswagen hatchback used in the abduction was “key” to the investigation.“As a parent myself I know how difficult this is for people and how shocking it is,” he said.“We have stepped up patrols in the area and there will be a very visible police presence whilst the investigation continues. We are treating this investigation with an utmost priority and every effort is being made to identify and apprehend the offenders.”Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Simon Steel said: “We are in the early stages of this investigation and we are carrying out extensive enquiries, but I would appreciate the public’s help in this very serious incident.“This happened in what would have been a very busy area at this time of the day and I appeal to anybody who was in that area and saw an incident which matches the above report to call police immediately.“It is possible you may have witness this incident and may not have realised the severity of the situation.”It is not known which school the girl attends, but some local schools have urged children to walk to school in groups, or to travel with an adult where possible.Anyone who has any information is asked to call police on 101 and quote reference number URN 1631 28/09/16.last_img read more

Jordan Dean & More Will Join Patti LuPone & Michael Urie in Shows for Days

first_img Shows For Days View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 23, 2015 Related Shows The complete cast is now set for Douglas Carter Beane’s Shows for Days off-Broadway. Joining the previously announced Patti LuPone, Michael Urie and Dale Soules in the Lincoln Center Theater production are Jordan Dean, Lance Coadie Williams and Zoë Winters. Performances will begin at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on June 6. Opening night is set for June 29.Shows For Days follows 14-year-old Car (Urie), who becomes involved in community theater in Reading, Pennsylvania at the Prometheus Theatre. The theater is led by Irene (LuPone) a woman who dedicates her life to directing, designing and starring in the group’s shows. Dean, Soules, Williams and Winters will also be featured as members of the theater troupe.Dean returns to Lincoln Center after Cymbeline on Broadway and The New Century. He also appeared on the Great White Way in Mamma Mia!. Williams’ previous stage credits include BootyCandy, The Convert, Sucker Punch and Marcus or the Secret of Sweet. Winters appeared in Lincoln Center’s 4000 Miles, as well as Laugh, Much Ado About Nothing and An Octoroon.last_img read more

Argentine Dinosaurs Conquer Belgrade 200 million years later

first_imgBy Dialogo June 24, 2009 Belgrade, 23 June (EFE).- Were there dinosaurs in what is now Serbia during the Mesozoic? The answer to this question is still a mystery and a challenge for paleontologists, but right now Belgrade is a promised land for those animals that lived more than 200 million years ago in Patagonia. A spectacular exhibition of the giants of Argentine Patagonia seems like a fantasy story come to life in order to show what these animals were like, what kind of environment they lived in, what the earth was like in that distant epoch, why they disappeared, and whether they have descendants in the animal world. The exhibit was organized by the Natural Historic Museum of Belgrade and the Argentine experts Cultural Group, with assistance from the Serbian Ministry of Culture. Twenty species of dinosaurs are on exhibit, half of them in life-size reconstructions, along with forty examples of skeletal parts, skulls, nests with eggs, and replicas of dinosaur tracks and bones. One of the dinosaurs, Megaraptor namunhuaiqui, is getting its world premiere in Belgrade. An impressive carnivore with an enormous pointed claw some forty centimeters long, this dinosaur is one of the most important paleontological finds. The dinosaurs were the largest animals ever to exist on earth and flourished for more than 180 million years during the Mesozoic era and its Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. The planetary scene was very different from that of today. The continents were joined in a single mass, the southern part of which was Gondwana, and the Patagonian region was joined to Southern Africa. Argentine paleontologist Jorge Calvo, one of the organizers of the exhibition, explained to EFE that the environment in which the dinosaurs lived in Patagonia was a plain with a great many forests, a meandering river with wide curves, and a warm, temperate, and humid climate. “It would be like putting dinosaurs in any park in any city today. There were many angiosperms, which are flower plants, and there were almost no pines or conifers,” Calvo said. Major paleontological discoveries have been made in Patagonia in recent decades, and in many cases entire skeletons have been unearthed in an excellent state of preservation. Among the dinosaurs found are giants like Gigantosaurus Carolini, an endemic species in the South American continent, considered the largest carnivorous dinosaur in the world, fifteen meters long and weighing eight tons. Or the herbivore Rebbachisaurus tessonei, the Gigantosaurus’s favorite food, seventeen meters in length, with a very long neck and tail. Not all the dinosaurs were that large, and there were species the size of a dog, a cat, or a bird. The exhibit also includes nests of eggs that have contributed to learning biological facts about these creatures and their reproduction. No other species could compete with the dinosaurs in their time, and although the first diminutive mammals had already begun to appear, their development could advance only after the disappearance of the creatures that ruled the earth during this period of natural history. No human being could ever have seen a living dinosaur, given that the first hominids appeared 60 million years after the dinosaurs disappeared. They disappearance took place possibly due to a natural catastrophe, reminding the visitor to the exhibition of the fragility of the planet’s ecological equilibrium and the effects of its deterioration, which sometimes depends on human activity, but at other times is beyond man’s power to affect. According to the specialist Calvo, there are several theories about the extinction of the dinosaurs, but the prevailing one right now among paleontologists is that it was due to the impact of one or more meteorites in the Yucatan peninsula and in India, as a result of which “the earth was darkened for almost a year.” “And that led to the extinction of plants, then herbivorous dinosaurs, and then the carnivores,” Calvo declared. “Only thirty percent of the small species survived,” he added. Professor Calvo affirmed, nevertheless, that “the dinosaurs are alive today.” “We have many representatives of the dinosaurs, such as birds, which are considered dinosaurs today,” he indicated. In the exhibition there is a small section on “Serbia at the time of the dinosaurs,” with examples of Mesozoic fossils of shells and snails, given that the region was under the ocean at that time.last_img read more

Ship recycling in Pakistan and India in limbo

first_imgIndia has also suspended recycling for all ships arriving at Alang whose last port of departure was after March 13. The coronavirus pandemic has practically paralysed the ship demolition market in South Asia as lockdown measures continue to be introduced across the subcontinent. As informed, even those with Indian crew on board are going through rigorous medical checks, questioning, and procedures, before being allowed entry. The ships that departed a port before March 13, will be allowed to arrive at Alang. However, foreign crews will be subject to a quarantine of 14 days at the port of arrival. Cash buyer of ships for recycling GMS said that several ships have been detained at Alang anchorage this week, with authorities refusing to provide anchoring permissions. Despite the overall lack of activity given the current market situation, there is interest from some buyers to acquire tonnage, Clarksons Platou Shipbroking said in its report last week. The only subcontinent location that remains open is Bangladesh with several deals concluded this week, according to GMS, as owners scramble to finalize deals before a total global lockdown is eventually enforced. Clarksons added that with many ports adopting new restrictions, more owners will seek the ‘as is’ deal to avoid the last voyage to the recycling destinations. Therefore, the cash buyers would have to figure out how they would dispose of the units. “Several capesize bulkers continue to be discussed in the arena, but confidence from the cash buyers may restrict numbers placed on the negotiating tables. The market is not flush of cash buyers, several are reportedly facing difficulties with cash flow positions, and there is certainly more strain on those cash buyers active in the current climate.” Pakistan suspended all beaching and boarding of vessels at Gadani ship recycling yards last week for four weeks. All ship recyclers have been told to strictly comply with the order. “As Pakistan and India close their doors on all foreign ships arriving (with India also canceling all international flights), the reality is that subcontinent recycling locations will remain quiet as long as the coronavirus crisis persists,” GMS said in its weekly market review. “As European markets grind to a halt and a non-essential travel bans come into effect at various EU countries, it’s only a matter of time until Turkey follows suit. As such, this unintended closure, should it come into effect, may just be what the doctor ordered, given this markets plummet this week,” the cash buyer said. Namely, Turkey is also expected to halt activities amid reports that vessels are being turned away from Aliaga and that deals are failing, GMS believes.last_img read more

Long tow to I-37 pays off for Andersen

first_imgChad Andersen was the Saturday night IMCA Modified feature winner at I-37 Speedway.By J.M. HallasPLEASANTON, Texas (April 7) – It wasn’t the trip he had planned, but Chad Andersen of Fort Calhoun, Neb., made the 13-hour drive pay off with a win in the IMCA Modified feature Saturday at I-37 Speedway.Starting toward the back with no point average, Andersen hung out letting the field sort itself, then began his march to the front. Andersen caught Rick Green, Jamie Campbell and Dillon Tindall near halfway making a four-car fight for the lead. Andersen grabbed the point on lap 13, then survived a couple late restarts to pick up the victory.“The win made the long trip worth it. We had intended to go to a two-day show in Iowa and took vacation time. That got canceled, everything else around us got canceled and the closest IMCA stuff was here in Texas,” Andersen said. “After our original plan, Waco and Kennedale rained out, we looked for another IMCA track and three hours south, here we are. It seemed to pan out for us. We had some bad luck blowing out a couple trailer tires, but it’s all worth it. It’s all fun.”last_img read more

DOGFIGHT: Schoonmaker’s overtime goal propels Syracuse to win over Albany after 4th-quarter letdown

first_img Published on February 16, 2014 at 6:41 pm Contact Phil: [email protected] | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ The thought was on Henry Schoonmaker’s mind before the question was even asked to him after the game. He had scored game-tying goals before, but he had never experienced the thrill of a game-winner in overtime.That is, until Sunday’s game against Albany.“I was just running for my life from my teammates,” Schoonmaker said. “I think that might have been the most tired I’ve ever been. It was a good feeling, though.”Despite blowing a five-goal lead in the fourth quarter, No. 2 Syracuse (2-0) escaped with an exhilarating 17-16 overtime victory over the No. 11 Great Danes (0-1) before a divided audience of 6,484 in the Carrier Dome on Sunday. Syracuse leads the all-time series with Albany 11-1, but the Great Danes proved their upset from a season ago was no fluke.Schoonmaker ended Sunday’s drama with the first shot of the extra period. He unleashed a one-hopper that found the back of the net, sent Albany defender Jon Newhouse to the ground in disappointment and set off Syracuse’s celebration of a win it nearly gave away.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse-Albany Classic in the Carrier Dome is slowly becoming a bit of an annual tradition. Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days ago, the unranked Great Danes made their two-hour trip west and returned to Albany with the program’s first over SU in 11 tries. The thrilling double-overtime victory was a rude awakening to the Orange’s season. On Sunday, Syracuse returned the favor with an equally riveting performance.“A rivalry, they say, is defined when both teams win a game,” Albany head coach Scott Marr said. “Here we are again. What a game.”Syracuse jumped out to a 7-3 lead after one quarter, but relented four unanswered goals in the second frame. Albany pulled ahead in the final minute of the half for a span of 33 seconds — the only time during the entire game that the Great Danes were in front.But in a game of runs, the Orange strung together one of its own to pull away from Albany — seemingly.When Randy Staats scored to punctuate a 5-0 stretch that put the Orange ahead 16-11, the SU sideline and section of the bleachers erupted. Less than 11 minutes remained on the game clock.Game over, they thought.“When you get down, it’s easy to fold,” Marr said. “And we did not fold.”Just as the Great Danes erased a four-goal deficit before halftime, they closed the second half the same way. Two Albany scores cut Syracuse’s lead to three with 7:15 left.A four-penalty melee left the Syracuse defense at a two-man disadvantage with less than six minutes to go. Three Orange defenders trying to cover five Great Dane attacks.Two shots misfired. But just as SU’s Brandon Mullins and Tom Grimm were sprinting back onto the field, Lyle Thompson’s shot was on its way toward the bottom-right corner of the net.Forty-four seconds later, Ty Thompson’s fifth score of the game brought Albany within one, with 4:47 still to play.“Once they get rolling, no matter how you play defense, it’s hard to stop them,” SU long-stick midfielder Matt Harris said.Two minutes later, Syracuse goalie Bobby Wardwell got his stick on a Ryan Feuerstein shot, but the ball bounced right to John Maloney, who flicked it into the net. Syracuse had held the lead for almost the entire game, and suddenly it was gone.And just as abruptly, the Great Danes threatened to pull ahead by winning the next faceoff. Even with SU down a man, Wardwell made a game-saving stop. Syracuse cleared, called timeout with 12.9 seconds remaining, and drew up a play for Hakeem Lecky, who couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.Twenty-eight seconds into overtime, Staats turned over his left shoulder and passed to an open Schoonmaker, who stood 10 yards from the goal line. Schoonmaker squared his body to the cage, dropped down and side-armed a bouncer past Blaze Riorden’s left and into the net as Syracuse averted what would’ve been a disastrous collapse.“We knew as a coaching staff this could come down to whoever had the ball last,” SU head coach John Desko said, “and fortunately we had the ball last and we were able to put it away.” Commentslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Gard finalizes coaching staff for 2016-17

first_imgGreg Gard finalized the structure of Wisconsin men’s basketball’s 2016-17 coaching staff Tuesday, bringing much-needed stability after a year of transition.After finishing his sixth year as an assistant coach, Lamont Paris was promoted to associate head coach. Assistant coach Howard Moore and director of operations Kat Vosters each renewed their contracts.Paris joined the Wisconsin coaching staff in 2010 under then-head coach Bo Ryan and has since enjoyed success in each of his seasons in Madison. Moore was also a longtime assistant under Ryan from 2005-10, and rejoined the staff in December 2015 when Gard assumed the role of head coach.Vosters, despite only graduating in 2013, will enter her eighth season with the Badgers. The 2016-17 season will be Vosters’ third season as director of basketball operations, after spending four seasons as an undergraduate manager and one as a program assistant.“I’m very excited to be able to keep Lamont, Howard and Kat on staff,” Gard said. “Having continuity within our program is important and each of these three individuals brings a valuable skill set and the character that makes Wisconsin basketball so successful.“I am also very pleased to elevate Lamont to associate head coach. He is richly deserving of the title change and added responsibilities. From on-court coaching, recruiting and player development, to camps, he will have a major role in everything we do.”After the departure of Gary Close, a Wisconsin assistant for 13 years, Joe Krabbenhoft was named as replacement last week to round out the assistant coaching staff.In a season that saw the sudden departures of Ryan and Close, and was just as crazy on the court, finalizing the coaching staff brings stability the team didn’t have this season.last_img read more

FREE Scatter Creek Lounge Entertainment Schedule Friday & Saturday Nights 9pm-1am

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0FREE Scatter Creek Lounge Entertainment Schedule Friday & Saturday Nights 9pm-1am Olympia Street Rod Assn. Car Show Saturday, August 13th 9am to 5pmFree for the entire family and over 400 classic cars on displayBreakfast in the Grand Buffet $9.95 ($6.95 for car show participants) 9am to 11amLive DJ personality Steve Mohney playing all your favorite oldies 11am to 5pmHourly drawings for a chance to win up to $450 cash in the Lucky Eagle Money Machine starting at 11amBeer and BBQ food gardenInquiries for entering a car in the show 360-493-1957 (Jim and Debbie Moreno) 8/12-13 – BOOMER BAND8/19-20 – ONCORE8/26-27 – BILLY MAC9/2-3 – NEW BLUES BRO9/9-10 – RON HERRING9/16-17 – POP OFFS9/23-24 – BILLY MAC9/30 – 10/1 – CHRIS GUENTHERcenter_img Lucky Eagle Winners Comedy Competition Saturday, November 19th at 8pm Just $20Five previous winners of nationally comedy competitions compete hosted by Mike Wally WalterGabriel Rutledge, Winner Seattle Comedy Competition, Comedy Central special and specialKermet Apio, Winner, Seattle Comedy Competition and Great American Comedy FestivalRon Osbourn, Winner, Seattle Comedy CompetitionJay Wendell Walker, Winner, San Francisco Comedy CompetitionAuggie Smith, Winner, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston Comedy Festival ( all in one year)Must be 21last_img read more