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Come and demonstrate outside Chinese embassies and online on 8 August

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is calling for demonstrations outside China’s embassies in London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Washington and Stockholm on 8 August, when the Olympic Games opening ceremony will be taking place in Beijing. The aim of these demonstrations is to call for the release of Chinese journalists and human rights activists who have been imprisoned. Reporters Without Borders is also organising a cyber-demonstration at this web address http://www.rsfbeijing2008.org April 27, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts August 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Come and demonstrate outside Chinese embassies and online on 8 August Reporters Without Borders is calling for demonstrations outside China’s embassies in London, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Washington and Stockholm on 8 August, when the Olympic Games opening ceremony will be taking place in Beijing. Two demonstrations will be organised on 7 August in Rome and Ottawa. A rally is also planned outside the Olympic Museum in the Swiss city of Lausanne. In Paris, those wanting to take part should meet at 1 p.m. at the corner of Avenue George V and Rue de la Trémoille in Paris’ 8th district. Reporters Without Borders will distribute “Beijing 2008” T-shirts to participants, as well other material for a peaceful demonstration. Here are the times and venues of the demonstrations in the other cities: – Berlin: in front of the Chinese embassy (Jannowitzbrücke) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August. – Washington: near the Chinese embassy (2300 Connecticut Ave) from 8 a.m. onwards on 8 August. – Stockholm: outside the Chinese embassy (Lidovägen 8) at 1 p.m. on 8 August. – Lausanne: outside the Olympic Museum (Quai d’Ouchy 1) from 5 p.m. onwards on 8 August. – Rome: outside the 4th district town hall at noon on 7 August. – Ottawa: outside the Chinese embassy (515 St. Patrick Street) from noon onwards on 7 August. – London: outside the Chinese embassy (49-51 Portland Place) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August. – Madrid: outside the Chinese embassy (Calle Arturo Soria, 113) from 1 p.m. onwards on 8 August. The aim of these demonstrations is to call for the release of Chinese journalists and human rights activists who have been imprisoned, and for an end to the harassment of those who been placed under surveillance or forced to leave Beijing. The Chinese government has not kept the promises to improve respect for human rights that it made in 2001, when Beijing was chosen to host the 2008 Olympics. Reporters Without Borders is also organising a cyber-demonstration on 8 August at this web address: http://www.rsfbeijing2008.org. Internet users all over the world will be able to come and protest outside a virtual version of Beijing’s Olympic Stadium, waving a placard with the slogan of their choice. News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mortgage rates on second homes rise as Fannie, Freddie pull back

first_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink fannie maefreddie macMortgagesResidential Real Estatesecond homes Tags New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac restrictions mean higher mortgage rates for some. (Unsplash)Purchasing a second home during the pandemic may have seemed like a good idea with historically cheap mortgages available, but new changes are driving rates up for some buyers.Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have capped how many second-home loans it purchases, depriving many lenders of the government backstop they had been relying on to offer interest rates in the 3 percent range, the Wall Street Journal reported.Now, no more than 7 percent of the property loans that lenders sell to either of the mortgage giants can be tied to second homes or investment properties, the publication reported. The cap is based on the overall dollar volume of loans they purchase.Loans that cannot be sold to Fannie and Freddie have higher rates to compensate for the risk of holding loans on which borrowers might default.ADVERTISEMENTDemand for second homes surged during the pandemic, thanks to the option to work from anywhere — be it a Hamptons cottage, Vermont farmhouse or Malibu beach home — and urban shutdowns. Mortgage applications for second homes were up 84 percent year-over-year in January, according to Redfin — more than double the increase for primary homes.Read moreTreasury quits bid to privatize Fannie Mae, Freddie MacSpencer Rascoff wants to democratize second homesSpencer Rascoff’s Pacaso is worth $1B Email Address* Message* Second homes and investment properties don’t align with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s missions to make home ownership affordable, officials at the Federal Housing Financing Agency told the publication. The agency, which oversees the two corporations, negotiated the changes with the Treasury Department.Freddie Mac is already in compliance with the new limits. Fannie Mae has asked lenders to comply by June 1, the Journal reported.[WSJ] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Full Name* Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Bees Outslug Aces

first_imgJune 26, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bees Outslug Aces Robert Lovell Written by Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Reno, NV)  —  Salt Lake scored twice in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to pull out a 9-6 win over the Aces in Reno.Rymer Liriano drove in three runs and Jose Fernandez went 3-for-6 with an RBI for the Bees.Salt Lake leads the PCL Pacific Southern at 44-and-33, four games ahead of El Paso.  The series continues tonight.last_img

After Japan, US Navy attack submarine visits South Korea

first_img June 6, 2017 Almost exactly a month after visiting Japan, U.S. Navy’s Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) arrived in Busan, Republic of Korea (ROK) for a port visit on June 6.Both port calls are part of the submarine’s regularly scheduled deployment to the Western Pacific but come at a time of heightened tensions in the region, caused by North Korea’s repeated missile tests.Prior to USS Cheyenne, Busan also welcomed the Ohio-class guided-missile submarine USS Michigan (SSGN 727) for a port visit in April this year.In addition to several submarines operating in the region, the U.S. Navy currently has two aircraft carrier groups operating near the Korean Peninsula. Recent reports further suggested that USS Nimitz could join USS Ronald Reagan and USS Carl Vinson as the third aircraft carrier in the region.While U.S. Navy officials said this was unlikely to occur, they noted that the U.S. Navy is flexible enough to have three carriers in the Korean Peninsula should the need arise.“We are honored to host the crew of USS Cheyenne for a much deserved port visit,” said Rear Adm. Brad Cooper, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea. “We [U.S. and ROK navies] routinely work shoulder to shoulder with one another and this port visit is an opportunity for Cheyenne Sailors to enjoy Busan and explore the Korean culture.”Homeported in Pearl Harbor, USS Cheyenne is named after the city of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and was the last of the 62 Los Angeles-class submarines to enter service in the U.S. Navy. Commissioned Sept. 13, 1996. Cheyenne measures more than 360-feet long and weighs more than 6,000 tons when submerged. Share this article Authorities View post tag: USS Cheyenne View post tag: Republic of Korea View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today After Japan, US Navy attack submarine visits South Korea After Japan, US Navy attack submarine visits South Korealast_img read more

Fire Fears Again

first_imgOnly a week after faulty electrics at Mansfield College caused a fire that left undergraduates without access to their computer room, the fire brigade were called out again, this time in response to a false alarm. The smell of smoke caused the main building to be evacuated, leaving students without facilities for several hours. Opinion amongst the students appeared to be angry as many finalists were hurried outside. A third year PPEist, Jonathan Lindley told Cherwell “This is a farce. We have enough on our plate without sirens going off.” The college is to look into its fire and safety provision before the beginning of next term.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img

BCG vaccine

first_imgA recent study led by Dr AjitLalvani, of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, has revealed that theBCG vaccine may not just prevent the progression from tuberculosis infection toan active disease, but may also prevent the contraction of infection. DrLalvanic and his team conducted the ELISpot skin test to assess infection on979 children in Istanbulliving with someone infected with TB, The results showed that 24% of thechildren with a BCG scar, who had been vaccinated already, were not infected.These results mean a great leap in progress for approaching the vaccinationagainst, and treatment of, TB.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005last_img

Friends mourn ‘exceptional leader’

first_imgFriends of Benazir Bhutto, the opposition leader and former Prime Minister of Pakistan who was assassinated during the vacation, have remembered fondly her time at Oxford.Bhutto read PPE at Lady Margaret Hall between 1973-1977, and in 1977 she became the first Asian woman to be elected President of the Union.The election that she won was filled with controversy, and had to be rerun after Bhutto accused her rival of illegal canvassing. There were also allegations against Bhutto’s supporters and calls for an election tribunal to be held. However, it seems that no action was taken against Bhutto or her opponents.Cherwell reported in 1976 after winning the Presidency her rival candidate attacked her staircase, setting on fire a bin at the bottom of her staircase, and launching fireworks at her door.Buckets of sand were emptied out and light bulbs were smashed on her staircase.Her term as President was not without amusement. In an debate in 1977 Peter Oppenheimer, now a Fellow of Economics at Christ Church, said in a debate that Bhutto was “was the next best thing to [American actress and sex symbol] Raquel Welch in the chair.”Alan Duncan, who was Bhutto’s campaign manager in the Union elections and is now a Shadow Secretary of State, has described her as “fiery and fun.” In a comment piece for this week’s Cherwell he recalls, “For some absurd reason she decided to repaint the President’s office powder blue and some of us willingly helped her; only I don’t think we ever removed the books first. I took a call on the President’s red telephone while Benazir was up a ladder with a paintbrush, only to find myself speaking to her father. He was the first Prime Minister I’d ever spoken to. A few weeks later he was deposed by Zia ul Haq and, in an act of unspeakable act of viciousness, hanged a year later.”Michael Crick, another contemporary and Political Editor of Newsnight, told the national press that she had shown determination in her electoral bid to become Union President, and said that she had actually failed to win the election three times.He said, “She put all this effort into becoming president of the union, which was a bit pointless given she intended to scale much higher peaks.” Crick said that though Bhutto had bipartisan appeal, with friends in both Labour and Conservative camps in Oxford, she was not entirely popular. “Some people thought she was using her name and money to buy the presidency,” he said.Crick recalls that one particular speaker at the Union “brought the house down” by referring to Bhutto with the words, “Your father is, I believe, a butcher”. At this time, her father was facing accusation of murdering family members of a rival leader in Pakistan.Another long-time friend who she met at Oxford, the author Victoria Schofield, said, “She was very charismatic. […] We were a drab lot of 1970s students, messy and not very well-off… and there was this exotic woman who drove a sports car, when we mostly rode bicycles, and had lots of friends.“She enjoyed the Union but she liked socialising as well, she liked parties and wearing nice dresses.”by Mohsin Khanlast_img read more

WEEHAWKEN BRIEFS

first_imgWeehawken High School is ranked 50th Best in New JerseyWeehawken High School was recently rated the 50th best high school in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. The school was also ranked the 1,686 best school in the United States out of 20,500 schools. This is the highest ranking for the Hudson County school. There were 511 high schools in New Jersey in the 2016-17 academic year, according the New Jersey Department of Education.Among other indicators, U.S. News and World Report calculates college readiness and test scores based on student performance on state exit exams, as well as on exams on college-level course work, or Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The AP participation rate at Weehawken High School is unusually high. In a Feb. 21 press release, the Department of Education highlighted that “Seventy-one percent of Weehawken High School’s 11th- and 12th-graders had taken one or more AP exams – more than double the state average, and a 389 percent increase in participation since 2012-13.”Moreover, students who take at least four required courses as Advanced Placement courses can graduate with the prestigious Weehawken High School AP Capstone Diploma. This year will see the first graduating class of the AP Capstone program.“We are especially proud of the fact that we have opened access to the most rigorous curriculum to not just some, but all of our students,” Superintendent Dr. Robert R. Zywicki said.The new ranking is not the result of just a focus on college level classes. In 2016, Zywicki established a comprehensive Response to Intervention Program that provides support to struggling and at-risk students. Subsequently, the graduation rate increased to 98 percent in 2017.“We are thrilled that Weehawken High School has distinguished itself yet again,” Anthony Colasurdo, principal of Weehawken High School said. “This year, Weehawken High School was rated one of ‘America’s most challenging high schools’ by The Washington Post, and now we’re rated one of the top high schools in New Jersey.” High Tech students awarded Community Service Merit ScholarshipsHigh Tech High School students Muhammad Umar and Jeel Shah were each awarded $2,000 Community Service Merit Scholarships from Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center.The students earned the scholarships as part of the hospital’s Community Service Merit Scholarship Program that recognizes and rewards high school seniors from eight local high schools who have demonstrated significant accomplishments in community service while maintaining academic success. The online application process was conducted in February and March. Recommendations were made by high school guidance counselors and scholarship applications were reviewed by a committee of community volunteers. Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org. Community outreach targets health and diet of South Asian populationIn response to an increasing South Asian population in Jersey City and Hudson County, the Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) embarked on a community outreach program to continue the conversation and raise awareness of the prevalence of heart disease in the South Asian community. The risk of cardiovascular disease is four times greater in the South Asian population when compared with the general population. An offshoot of the hospital’s 2017 Red Sari campaign, the program’s goal is to help educate and reduce heart disease among South Asian families by stressing the importance of reducing sodium intake and getting your heart checked.Sharon Ambis, the Medical Center’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, who has traveled to India frequently, outlined the initiative, “Your heart doesn’t beat just for you. Get it checked,” at a lunch forum hosted by New Jersey City University (NJCU) in honor of the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce 2018 Delegation.She noted, “Jersey City’s South Asian population appreciates our community outreach and educational programming to improve heart, health and well-being,” as part of her welcome remarks to the delegation.New Jersey’s Southeast Asian population has grown significantly over the past 10 years. The state now boosts more than 800,000 residents clustered in Hudson County, Middlesex County, Bergen County and Somerset County. With the highest educational achievements of any population sector and the highest median income of the state’s ethnic populations, the group contributes significantly to the stability of New Jersey.For information regarding any of the community outreach programming, contact Sharon Ambis, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at Jersey City Medical Center at [email protected]last_img read more

Council Agenda: Get Ready for More Sand at North End

first_imgBeach replenishment at the north end of Ocean City in spring 2013.City Council on Thursday will vote to cover costs for the city’s portion of a planned beach replenishment project for the north end of the island this winter.The federal government is paying 100 percent of the cost of an ongoing beach rebuilding project at the south end (read more: O.C. Beach Project Stalls Again as Dredge Returns to Norfolk).But the Army Corps announced that it plans to return to Ocean City in the off-season to maintain its regular three-year cycle of maintenance projects for the north end.The municipal government assumes 8.75 percent of the cost of those renourishment projects.The measure is part of a larger bond ordinance that would authorize spending $2,693,000 with $2,558,350 of that total borrowed.The ordinance includes authorizations to spend:$1,350,000: For beach and bay improvements, including but not limited to the city’s portion of the Army Corps beach project. The Army Corps has not yet provided an estimate for the total cost of work or confirmed a date for the work to begin. The appropriation also could include work on bayfront and lagoon dredging.$1,015,000: For the next phases of Ocean City’s ongoing program of road and drainage improvements.$328,000: For communications and technology equipment including public safety radio replacements and system upgrades.The first reading of this bond ordinance is part of the public City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday (July 23) at City Hall. Other agenda items of interest include:Department Head Salary Increases: City Council will consider the second readings of two ordinances that raise salaries. The first ordinance change applies to the finance director (a job currently held by Frank Donato), police chief (Chad Callahan) and fire chief (Chris Breunig). The second ordinance applies to the city clerk (Linda MacIntyre). Each of the ordinances gives the employee a 1.5 percent base salary increase for 2015, then 1.25 percent increases each year from 2016 to 2018. The rate increases reflect the numbers approved in collective bargaining agreements with all other city employees.An ordinance passed in August 2013 increased the finance director salary to $105,900 and then added 1.5 percent and 2 percent increases for 2013 and 2014 (to match the unions). The same measure placed the police chief salary at $140,554 before the 2013 and 2014 increases. State law requires a police chief’s base salary to be higher than that of any of his subordinates, City Solicitor Dottie McCrosson said at the time. The fire chief salary was at $126,554 when Breunig was hired in 2012 — less than the department’s three deputy chiefs earn.CERT Recognition: City Council will recognize new volunteers on Ocean City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).For full documentation on all agenda items, see the PDF below.Download (PDF, 1.48MB)last_img read more

Entry list for Nationwide Series at Kentucky

first_img42 drivers in the field at Kentucky Speedway Click here to see an entry list for this weekend’s race View all photos View all articlesView all videos FULL SERIES COVERAGE WATCH: Final Laps: Kenseth takes Chicagolandcenter_img READ: Kenseth wins at rainy Chicagoland MORE: WATCH: Post-Race Reactions GEICO 400 READ: Engine failure halts Logano’s fast Chase startlast_img