Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom

first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information PHOTO: JOHNSON LAI / AP News RSF_en Follow the news on Asia – Pacific TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) regrets the non-renewal of news channel CTi TV’s broadcasting licence as it bears consequences for its staff but insists that the decision does not go against press freedom. News June 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go further In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival November 20, 2020 Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom On 18th November, Taiwan’s independent regulator, National Communications Commission (NCC), announced its decision to deny the renewal of the broadcasting licence of news channel CTi TV, owned by pro-Chinese Want Want China Times Media Group. The regulator made its decision on the grounds that the channel repeatedly violated its licence agreement, receiving 25 fines in the past six years for the spreading of disinformation. A media licence review by an independent regulator is a standard procedure but this is the first time NCC has declined the renewal of a news channel since its establishment in 2006.”The public has a right to receive accurate information and media owners should not impart content that suits their interests,” says Cédric Alviani, RSF East Asia Bureau head. “The de facto shutdown of a news channel is an extreme measure that will bear significant consequences for its staff and we expect NCC to provide the public with complete access to all evidence showing that the licence renewal would have endangered the public interest.”Want Want China Times Media Group, part of the Want Want industrial conglomerate that has most of its business in China, belongs to Taiwanese tycoon Tsai Eng-meng, who openly displays his sympathy and support for the Chinese Communist Party. In July 2019, the group filed a defamation lawsuit against Financial Times correspondent Kathrin Hille after she reported on China’s meddling in daily newspaper China Times’ editorial direction.Taiwan, a liberal democracy, is the victim of growing media interference from the People’s Republic of China, who aggressively claims its sovereignty on the island. Taiwan’s journalists are also suffering from a very politically polarized media environment dominated by sensationalism and the pursuit of profit, which impairs the right of the public to receive complete and unbiased information.Taiwan ranks 43rd out of 180 in the 2020 RSF World Press Freedom Index. Read the original RSF press release in English and Chinese: Related documents RSF statement 無國界記者組織官方聲明PDF – 248.59 KB Organisation TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Media independence News June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Costa Rica: 652 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Counter-narcotics agents seized 652 kilograms (1,437.4 pounds) of cocaine and arrested two Colombians and two Costa Ricans during a raid on a yacht in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Osa Peninsula on Oct. 3, according to the Security Ministry. Agents found the drugs divided among 27 bags, said Martín Arias, director of the National Guard. Allan Fonseca, the deputy director of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), said the boat had a Costa Rican flag but wasn’t registered in the country. The operation used four Coast Guard vessels and four more from the OIJ, which had spent the past month working with U.S. officials on intelligence leading to the interdiction. [AFP (Costa Rica), 04/10/2012; El Espectador (Colombia), 04/10/2012; ABC (Espanha), 05/10/2012] By Dialogo October 05, 2012last_img read more

Treasure Coast Braces for “Nude Feud” Over Clothing Optional Beach

first_imgThe Treasure Coast may soon get its first official nude beach.The St. Lucie County Commission is expected to vote on it soon, but is prepared for a nude feud.Some people say Blind Creek Beach at 5460 South Ocean Drive is paradise, but others say they would never come here for any reason.Blind Creek Beach is already known to some as a nude beach. Now, the county may put up signs and officially designate it as such.The signs would also serve as a warning for families who may stumble upon the naked bathers by accident.The county sees financial benefits to having a nude beach because it might be a big tourist attraction.“It’s already been utilized as a clothing optional beach. Giving it an official designation would help separate people who might inadvertently go to that beach with their family and not expect to see naked people,” said Erick Gill, the spokesperson for St. Lucie County.The county commission is expected to take a vote on the matter before the end of the year.last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Tua to the Raiders? It’s all setting up just right

first_imgAs I wrote earlier this week, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr should be playing for his job on Sunday.A competent organization treats Raiders-Titans as a referendum on the sixth-year quarterback.Because not only is the Raiders’ game against the Titans a de-facto play-in game for the postseason, on a more basic level, given the way Carr has played the last two games — given the way Carr has played the last three seasons — if he cannot beat Ryan Tannehill, at home, in a must-win game, then he’s …last_img read more

Creativity brings economic growth

first_imgPerformance art in South Africa is burgeoning.(Image: African Creative Economy Conference)MEDIA CONTACTS • Kim Peters Congress Secretariat+27 21 674 0013.• Judy Bryant Media Liaison, Judy Bryant Communications+27 83 286 7168.Lorraine KearneyThe creative industries are among the most rapidly expanding sectors across the globe. According to the United Nation’s (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad), the sector has a growth rate of 13.9% in Africa, beaten only by the Middle East, where the rate is 17.6%. By contrast, North and Central America post a growth rate of just 4.3%.And in 2011, the world export of creative goods reached $441-billion (R4405-billion). These figures were bandied about at the African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC), being held at the Cape Town City Hall from 7 to 10 October. The second day of the conference was given over to discussions on culture and sustainable development, with particular reference to the Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Framework.The ACEC intention is to unlock the continent’s creative industries’ potential and leapfrog into emerging high-growth sectors of the world economy, say the organisers. Africa’s share of the global creative economy is currently less than 1%, and in 2011 its arts exports was just $2.2-billion (R219-billion). North Africa has the best performance in terms of exports, led by Egypt, followed by southern Africa, led by South Africa. These exports are predominantly design, followed by arts and crafts, and publishing.“Culture has huge potential for growth and jobs,” said Nils Jansons, the deputy head of the European Union (EU) delegation to South Africa. “It is the beginning and end of development. It is important to social fabric and it enhances self-esteem, improves dialogue and a sense of community and belonging. It helps fight fanaticism and xenophobia.”It could contribute, he emphasised, to poverty reduction. The EU promoted the conservation of cultural diversity and had earmarked $200-million (R2-billion) for arts and freedom of expression in Africa. In South Africa, in particular, it was working on research with Arterial Network on gathering data on trade in cultural goods and services.Millennium Development GoalsThe euro zone promoted culture as a contributor to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, and in the post-2015 framework it wanted to include culture as necessary for good governance and building growing, inclusive and sustainable societies.Carolina Quintana, the networking and partnerships officer at Unctad, pointed out that post-2015 the world needed a new people – and a planet-sensitive agenda. “We must design new products, adapt what exists, improve eco-efficiencies. The creative industries are well-placed to be a part of this as some of the most dynamic sectors in the global economy.”The United Nation’s Conference on Trade and Development was actively promoting the creative economy, particularly in Africa, as it had high levels of talent and creativity that could be tapped for economic growth, poverty reduction, economic diversity and job creation. Driving this growth were global demand, technology and tourism. However, Quintana and several other speakers pointed out that a crucial element for the creative economy to flourish was the protection of intellectual property rights.Also key to driving the creative economy were intellectual property rights and technology, and the protection and promotion of cultural diversity, said Rochelle Roca Hachem, a programme officer in the section on the diversity of cultural expressions at Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which had seven internationally binding cultural agreements. The most important of these was the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. There were 172 parties to this, 70% of which were in Africa.Promoting growthThe UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization had two tracks for promoting the creative economy worldwide: funding and technical assistance, which included a ‘train the trainer’ programme, through which 32 people from 25 African countries were being trained and will help their own and other countries with policy development.Its International Fund for Cultural Diversity had 61 beneficiaries in 40 developing countries to bring change through capacity building, business models, partnership and policy development. The organisation’s goals were to strengthen governance for culture in developing countries and establish legal and institutional frameworks and policies for national cultural sectors.The third Unesco creative economy report, Widening Development Pathways, would be published on 14 November in Paris. It would focus on the creative economy at a local level, specifically in developing nations, and at how the creative economy could be practically promoted on the ground.In addition to money, the creative industries promote diversity, esteem, community, social cohesion, identity, individuality and the possibility for exchange. But the obstacles to its growth include lack of capital, entrepreneurial skills and infrastructure.Voice of dissent“The African creative economy does not exist,” said Christiaan de Beukelaer, a PhD researcher from the United Kingdom’s University of Leeds. “This is not because there is no cultural production, but because there is no conceptual clarity.” De Beukelaer’s research focuses primarily on the role of culture and cultural industries in international development. He has spent the past eight months in West Africa researching in the field.There was universal agreement on the growth potential of the creative economy, but some dissent on the necessary preconditions to drive it in Africa. De Beukelaer said it was difficult to create a cultural capital. Cities that had traditionally been strong in the sector retained these positions. “If there was consensus on what these preconditions were, we would be implementing them, not talking about them,” he said.For Jansons, it was more an issue of access to financial resources and the right, flexible education. Hachem echoed his words, speaking about the importance of arts education, access to finance, and better infrastructure. “But in Africa, there are such vast differences between places that there is not one single answer.”Links with science, technology and innovation were crucial. Culture was the source of creativity and innovation, she said. Quintana added that the creative economy was a process in the making. Africa had assets in terms of high levels of talent and creativity. It needed to harness technology to get this to a wider market. In its favour was its young population: young people would be more influenced by technology and so were important in developing a creative economy on the continent.The conferenceThe ACEC brings together some of the continent’s leading thinkers, academics, cultural producers, and experts in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, heritage and museums, design, fashion, craft, festivals and cultural events, film, literature, and stand-up comedy. It also attracts entrepreneurs, politicians and funders whose interests lie in expanding the creative economies across the continent. The conference focuses on the creative industries not just as economic drivers, but also considers how the creative sectors can eradicate poverty. The conference takes place each year in a different city. In 2013, more than 300 delegates from about 40 countries participated in Cape Town, South Africa.last_img read more

The New York Times Expands Flipboard Apps To Android & Kindle Fire

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#Kindle Fire dan rowinski The New York Times is expanding its mobile footprint. The Gray Lady announced today that it is launching its digital content on Flipboard to both Android and Kindle Fire tablets. The Times Flipboard content had previously only been available on the iPhone and iPad.In conjunction with its new Kindle Fire and Android Flipboard streams comes the Times’ own particular blend of pay walled content. The top news section of the Times will be free but in order to access other content from the publication, a digital subscription is required. The Times offers its NYTimes.com with smartphone apps access for $3.75 a week billed every four weeks ($15 per month). To lure readers in, the Times offers the first four weeks for $0.99. The Times continues to be a leader in monetizing digital content distribution on mobile devices, a problem that has plagued the news industry since the advent of Apple’s App Store in 2008. The publication has moved through the white space of the mobile distribution channels with iPhone and iPad apps, Windows Phone and Android and now a specific partnership with Flipboard on Android and Kindle Fire. The Times dubs its mobile distribution strategy “NYT Everywhere.”From an aesthetic standpoint, the Gray Lady is still indeed… gray (the term Gray Lady was long ago applied to the New York Times because of its high ratio of print to graphics). Flipboard is an excellent app for showing off visual elements of online content but perusing the New York Times with the app still gives readers loads of text accompanied by the occasional picture.The NYT Everywhere campaign is an interesting choice for the Times. Many publications are actually getting out of the native app game and going towards the mobile Web for distribution, creating sites that employ responsive design and HTML5. The Boston Globe has focused much of its mobile strategy on responsive design and The Financial Times infamously pulled its app from the Apple App Store and went 100% to the mobile Web. We at ReadWrite have also forsaken the native app route and built our site to be completely responsive. How do you read your news? Do you go to a publications app or its mobile website? Do you use third-party apps like Zite, Pulse or Flipboard? Let us know in the comments. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE aims big after ‘disappointing’ run last season

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next But from the rubble of the past season is where Pumaren hopes the Red Warriors will come out of as they aspire to go deep this time around.“It was a really disappointing season for us last year,” Pumaren said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are looking forward for a better performance this coming season and we’re hoping that the guys I’m relying on to deliver will deliver this time,” he said.Pumaren is putting Alvin Pasaol under the spotlight as the 6-foot-3 forward will be front and center in UE’s charge this season after a promising showing last year SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View comments Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UE Red Warriors156 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coach: Derrick PumarenLast Season: 3-11 (7th Place)Holdovers: Alvin Pasaol, Philip Manalang, Mark OlayonAdditions: Mark MalolesKey Losses: Bonbon Batiller, Edgar Charcos, Paul VarillaUniversity of the East had a failed campaign last year, finishing at the bottom of the standings with only three wins to show.ADVERTISEMENT “I expect him to carry the load for our team. He will be our leader for this season. He played well last season. In the first three to four games, he was still adjusting, but this season, I expect him to have a full blast right from the start,” he said.But it’s not just about Pasaol as the Red Warriors will also have guard Philip Manalang and team captain Mark Olayon giving Pumaren enough reasons to think that his team would be no pushover.“We are there. We’re getting there. As I’ve said, of course I’d be lying if we are not looking at the Final Four. We’re not just there for participation, but the objective right now is to better our performance last season because we disappointed the UE community,” he said.“That’s what I’m looking forward. And the team knows that. We are looking forward and hopefully, we’ll just play hard and compete with other teams.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UAAP Season 80 Preview: Sablan vows different UST Tigers will show up LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

K.S. Sarma’s appointment as Prasar Bharati CEO runs into trouble

first_imgTroubled Man: SarmaIt took four long years for the Prasar Bharati selection committee to zero in on K.S. Sarma, former Director-General (DG) of Doordarshan (DD), as Prasar Bharati CEO in February this year. But even this appointment seems to have run into trouble.In November 2000, the CBI had filed five FIRs,Troubled Man: SarmaIt took four long years for the Prasar Bharati selection committee to zero in on K.S. Sarma, former Director-General (DG) of Doordarshan (DD), as Prasar Bharati CEO in February this year. But even this appointment seems to have run into trouble.In November 2000, the CBI had filed five FIRs against DD officials on the functioning of a sports consortium in 1997-99. Four mentioned Sarma.In April, former Prasar Bharati consultant Arun Agrawal (the FIRs were based on his report on the sports consortium) went to court demanding to know whether the CBI had filed closure reports.While the CBI says it has decided to do so due to lack of evidence, the court of special judge R.K. Gaba wants it in writing.Meanwhile, Congress MP and lawyer R.K. Anand has also pointed out improprieties in Sarma’s appointment. Sarma, a 1968 Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS officer, is unfazed: “Until an officer is chargesheeted, he is not considered guilty.”But there are more worries. By rule, Sarma has to resign from the IAS before he heads Prasar Bharati, and he hasn’t.last_img read more

Campus Insiders Projects College Football AP Top 25 Poll

first_imgNational Championship in Tampa Bay for 2017.Who will win enough games to compete for this?College football expert Phil Steele projected what the preseason AP top 10 will look like yesterday. You can see that here. Another outlet has done the same, but expanded to the complete top 25. Pete Fiutak of Campus Insiders and CollegeFootballNews.com has projected what the first AP poll of the 2016 college football season will look like. Who will enter next season No.1 in the AP [email protected]‘s Post-Spring Projected Top 25: https://t.co/WnfJg75exo pic.twitter.com/fwIPBXDnLD— Campus Insiders (@CampusInsiders) May 11, 2016Here’s his projected top 25:1. Clemson  2. Alabama  3. Michigan  4. Florida State  5. Oklahoma  6. Ohio State  7. LSU  8. Notre Dame  9. Tennessee  10. Georgia  11. Michigan State  12. Baylor  13. Oregon  14. Houston  15. Florida  16. USC  17. TCU  18. Wisconsin  19. Oklahoma State  20. Stanford  21. Iowa  22. Ole Miss  23. Louisville  24. UCLA  25. Nebraska You can view his full explanation for the rankings here.last_img read more

Queen Guitarist Brian May Speaks Out Against Animal Suffering At Imperial College

first_imgThe BUAV has welcomed support from Imperial College London graduate and Queen guitarist Dr Brian May, following its release of disturbing evidence of terrible animal suffering, poor practice and wrongdoing at one of the University’s animal research laboratories.Dr Brian May said, “I am shocked and saddened to see these revelations. And ashamed that it could have taken place in the University of my own training, in which I have had so much pride. I can only fully support the work of BUAV and the RSPCA in conducting a full inquiry. And I hope the result will be that this appalling cruelty will never be allowed to happen again.“Research on animals is an outdated concept – unethical, and unsupportable now that it is known that it yields false results. There is now, in every case, a better alternative.“Experimentation on animals must now come to an end, and I urge Imperial College to use this opportunity to put all cruelty in the past, by eliminating animal experimentation, and thereby set an example to the world.”Dr May’s call follows a BUAV investigation in which an investigator worked for seven months at Imperial College and documented a catalogue of shortcomings and wrongdoing by staff and researchers that caused even more distress and suffering to the animals in its care than was allowed in the experiments.Findings included: breaches in and lack of knowledge of UK Home Office project licences; a failure to provide adequate anaesthesia and pain relief; incompetence and neglect and highly disturbing methods used to kill animals.The UK Government and research industry repeatedly claim that the UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world for animals in laboratories, yet huge secrecy surrounds animal research. This BUAV investigation has shown the reality of these welfare claims at one of the UK’s leading universities, with breaches of the regulatory regime and inappropriate licensing and enforcement by the Home Office.Michelle Thew, Chief Executive of the BUAV stated: “We welcome the support from eminent scientist, rock-guitarist and Save Me wildlife campaigner Dr Brian May who has spoken out against the shocking revelations uncovered by the BUAV during our investigation at Imperial College London. Please join Brian in supporting our call for an urgent independent inquiry.”The BUAV is urging the UK Government to revoke the Establishment Licence of Imperial College London and set up an inquiry, wholly independent of the Home Office, into the concerns they raise.Sign the BUAV’s petition on Change.org calling for an end to animal experiments at Imperial College London.last_img read more