Appeal by Uyghur writer

first_img News April 27, 2021 Find out more News News What freedom do the media currently have?The main reports (photos and videos) that we are getting are coming from tourists and not journalists. The Chinese journalists in Xinjiang work for state media, media that are controlled by the Chinese government. So they relay propaganda and only show the negative side of Uyghur demands. The foreign journalists are completely manipulated by the Communist Party and have access to very little information. Party members accompany them wherever they go.What’s more, international telephone communications and the Internet have been cut. So it is very hard to send information abroad. Any activity of this kind is monitored. I do not dare to call my relatives for fear of putting them in even greater danger. Help by sharing this information July 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal by Uyghur writer What are the information sources that the Uyghur people can rely on?Almost none. Independent news sources are privately-owned news sources. But it is currently very hard to communicate, there are fewer and fewer news sources, and journalists risk their lives if they dare to cover the riots. All of the Uyghur-language websites and forums have been closed since the start of the demonstrations on 26 June.As international communications have been cut, calls within the country offer the only way of getting information. The Uyghur community in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere within China is relaying information in this manner. That is how the Uyghurs in Xinjiang know what is happing outside the province.Is the Internet a useful means of communication for organising protests?The Internet has been disconnected and, if they have access, only a few people know how to use the methods for circumventing online censorship. The Internet is closely monitored in China and Internet users only see censored information. About half of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang used the Internet. The same goes for Urumqi. But Internet usage is closely regulated. In an Internet café for example, they request your ID card and everything you do is monitored. And when you request a personal connection at home, you have to register with the police and sign a statement promising to respect the Chinese connection regulations.I ask western journalists to try to collect information by all means possible and to help the Uyghur people by ensuring that justice is done through what they report.Reporters Without Borders said: “We urge the international community to adopt sanctions against China. It is not enough to just ask for democratic rights to be respected. The openness the Chinese government is showing towards the foreign news media should not divert attention from the fact that this concern for transparency is not being applied to Chinese journalists and the Internet. The authorities are cutting this province off from the outside world in order to be able to crack down without being seen.” March 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the control of news and information in the western region of Xinjiang. The Chinese government confirmed today that Internet access has been cut in the region’s capital, Urumqi, to “prevent the violence spreading.” International phone communications have also been cut since 5 July.The People’s Daily official newspaper reported that the city authorities and the Communist Party municipal committee held a news conference at midday today in Urumqi for 60 foreign news media and 80 national ones. The party’s “relevant department” then escorted the journalists on visits to the scenes of the recent rioting and to hospitals.Reporters Without Borders asked Kaiser Abdurusul, the secretary-general of the Uyghur PEN Centre, a UK-based association of independent Uyghur writers, about access to information in Xinjiang, which has an ethnic Uyghur majority. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific center_img Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Uyghur PEN Centre asks foreign news media to help in Xinjiang to go further China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China 无国界记者传达维吾尔笔会的呼吁 Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Speech: Business Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 12 November 2020

first_imgBusiness Secretary statement on coronavirus 12 November 2020Good afternoon. I am joined today by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS EnglandThe average number of new cases each day is now 22,524, compared to 22,398 a week ago.There are now 14,196 COVID-19 patients in hospital across the UK, compared to 12,406 a week ago.1,219 patients are now in mechanical ventilation beds, compared to 1,142 a week ago.And, sadly, another 595 deaths within 28 days of a positive test were reported yesterday.The 7 day average daily number of deaths each day in the UK within 28 days of positive test by date reported is now 375, up from 295 a week ago.Our thoughts are very much with the families and loved ones of those who’ve lost their lives.Which is a reminder to us, as to why we are taking the action we are, to stop the spread of this virus and ultimately save lives.Today, we are also reminded about the vital importance of fighting this virus to protect our economy.Whilst the economy grew by 15% in the third quarter, it slowed in September and remains 8.2% below where we were in February.We in government understand acutely the human impact this statistic represents.It’s jobs, livelihoods, and families affected.So we will continue to support businesses now, and as they recover.The government has provided unprecedented levels of support for businesses over the past 8 months.To date, that represents over £200 billion in support.This is one of the most generous and comprehensive packages of financial support provided in the world, which the International Monetary Fund has praised.Just this month we have announced an extension of the self-employed grant scheme to March next year.An extension of the furlough scheme, at 80% until the spring.Cash grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses in England, which are required to be closed due to this month’s national restrictions.These will benefit 600,000 business premises.And I can confirm today that we will be distributing £2.2 billion to local authorities tomorrow, to allow them to make these vital grant payments to businesses which have been affected.All of these measures are designed to preserve jobs and help businesses stay afloat.Today, we have also announced that more than 19,000 jobs have been created so far through our Kickstart Scheme.These jobs are spread across the country and in a variety of sectors.I know how hard this job market is, particularly for young job seekers, hoping to enter the workplace for the first time.The Kickstart Scheme is a ray of hope for young people, and I want to thank all the businesses which have stepped up to participate in this scheme.I speak to businesses everyday, and I can see, that despite the tough times, they are determined to soldier through this.Through sheer hard work, innovation, resilience and invoking a real community spirit across the United Kingdom.For example, in Aberdeenshire, Brewdog has made hand sanitiser to protect our front-line NHS staff.In Belfast, Axial3D has helped to develop thousands of new ventilators.In Surrey, Carousel Lights have adapted their manufacturing process to produce ‘sneeze screens’ for GP surgeries, pharmacies, and care homes.In Caerphilly, Transcend Packaging has converted production lines to create PPE, almost doubling their workforce in just four months.Because, despite the government’s support, and when it comes down to it, it is you who are keeping this country going.You who are powering our economic recovery.Just as our brilliant scientists and researchers are powering ahead in the race to discover a safe and effective vaccine.A little over 6 months ago, I stood here and announced the creation of the Vaccines Taskforce.A team of industry experts, scientists and civil servants, with one mission: to secure a vaccine to beat down this virus.Since then, they have secured access to 350 million doses, through agreements on 6 of the leading candidates in the world.The Taskforce has demonstrated how we can work together at pace.Business and science, the NHS and local communities, together forging a path out of this predicament.But, although this week’s announcement on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is potentially very good news, we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome before we can be certain of its safety and efficacy.And so we must ensure that we continue to follow the guidance.To protect our loved ones, our families, our friends, our communities.Because the virus is still here. It is still a danger.So we must not lose our resolve now.We must keep focused.To protect the health of the nation and the health of the economy.Working together, supporting each other, we will get through this.We will come out the other side stronger, more resilient and more united.Thank you.last_img read more

Lettuce’s Shady Horns Will Join Umphrey’s McGee For Upcoming Summer Performance

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee has announced that they will once again welcome the Shady Horns, aka Eric “Benny” Bloom on trumpet and Ryan Zoidis on saxophone, at an upcoming performance. The Lettuce horns players will link up with Umphrey’s McGee on August 12th, at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Brownout Plays Brown Sabbath will be on as support as well.The Shady Horns are no stranger to Umphrey’s McGee, having collaborated with them a handful of times in recent memory. The horn players added some funk to a show in New Orleans, LA earlier this year, and even linked up when Lettuce opened for Umphrey’s on a run of shows last summer.While this is quite the exciting announcement, we know what you really want… a video of The Shady Horns, Lettuce’s Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and Umphrey’s McGee playing “Sledgehammer.” Listen to the jam below.For fans of the funk, don’t miss Lettuce make their headlining debut on Long Island. It’s coming up on July 8th at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY – find out more information here.last_img read more

Damen Wins 2017 Dutch Logistics Award

first_imgDamen Shipyards Group has won the 2017 Dutch Logistics Award in recognition of the company’s high standards of logistical management and efficiency.Established in 1984, the Dutch Logistics Award is organised by the Netherlands Association of Logistics Management (vLm).Previous winners include renowned industry names such as DAF Trucks, TomTom WORK, Nike, Heineken, and Philips Lighting.“We are extremely proud to have been presented with this prominent award for our work,” commented Jason Bronscheer, Damen’s Director Operations Support. “It is recognition of our strong track record that has been accomplished by a concerted effort from all our employees.”“We have a very future-proof way of thinking; we are utilizing advances in the Internet of Things, and the fields of robot and sensor technology and automation,” added Jason Bronscheer. “In fact, we do everything to make our work processes as efficient and safe as possible.”Furthermore, the company has developed a ‘vessel configurator’ as a tool for sales managers and their clients to configure a vessel with all the various options available.Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. The company has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide.last_img read more

Relieved US athletes welcome Olympic postponement

first_imgOlympic champion Katie Ledecky has struggled to find a pool to train in during the coronavirus outbreak“Straight up I’m tired of hearing I’m sorry like my puppy just died,” Lyles wrote on Twitter. “We will overcome this like everything else and then go win the Gold in 2021!”US sprint star Allyson Felix, whose six Olympic golds are the most for any female track and field athlete, said the delay won’t halt her bid for a last share of Games glory.“I am not sure what the future holds, but my goals have not changed,” she wrote in an article posted on Time.com.“I still hope to experience the feeling of standing on that podium in 2021 and I hope my journey to try to get back there will inspire you to keep moving forward.”In a later interview with NBC, Lyles said the safety of athletes was paramount.“The last thing we want is for anybody to get sick,” Lyles told NBC. “I can train for another year, but if the whole world goes through a crisis and everybody gets sick, we won’t have an Olympics at all.”Lyles had already achieved a qualifying standard to compete in Tokyo. But the 22-year-old believes many athletes would have missed out through not being able to train properly had the games gone ahead.“It would have been very hard for a lot of us to even get a qualifying time,” he said.Ledecky described an increasingly fraught hunt for facilities after her regular training pool at Stanford was closed.She went seven days without putting a toe in the water, and finally swam over the weekend in a private pool in someone’s backyard.“At certain points there were times we didn’t know if cancellation was still on the table or if there could be a postponement until the end of this year or some other time,” she told The Washington Post. “It’s good to have clarity now.– ‘Sneaking around’ –Ledecky’s US swimming teammate Nathan Adrian spoke of mixed emotions after learning of the postponement.“Disappointment, obviously, because we’d be training for four years…but then the other side of the coin is relief,” said Adrian, 31, who had been targeting a fourth Olympic Games appearance.Adrian, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer last year, is from Washington state, the initial epicenter of the COVID-19 crisis in the US.“My parents are still up there along with my brother and sister. And my parents are in the risk category. I feel guilty if I’m trying to go out and train, sneaking around trying to find a gray area that allows me to get into a pool or lift some weights,” he told NBC. Track and field star Noah Lyles – the reigning 200m world champion – had been denied regular access to a running track. Instead Lyles, who suffers from allergies and asthma, had been forced to train in a Florida park. Lyles and Ledecky’s problems had become all too common for US athletes, who found themselves torn between the need to comply with local regulations restricting non-essential movement while simultaneously sticking to training regimens designed to help them prepare for Tokyo. Lyles had no reservations about the decision to postpone the Games – and vowed to be ready for Tokyo in 2021. – ‘Safety first’ – Read Also: BREAKING: Olympics in Tokyo postponed until next yearOther athletes took a defiant stance, immediately turning their attention to a Tokyo Olympics sometime in 2021.“We train hard. We put our blood, sweat and tears into this,” said Emma Coburn, the 2017 women’s steeplechase world champion. “Our dreams are not cancelled, they are just postponed.”Rai Benjamin, the 400m hurdles silver medalist at last year’s World Championships, acknowledged disappointment in a social media post.“This was THE year. The work, the sacrifice, the determination, but I understand,” Benjamin wrote. “Everyone stay safe and Tokyo we’ll see you soon.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkscenter_img United States athletes welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, exhaling a collective sigh of relief tinged with disappointment as they began to set their sights on 2021. 200m world champion Noah Lyles is already looking forward to a rescheduled Tokyo Olympics The deadly coronavirus pandemic has swept into all 50 states of America, leaving US athletes’ years of carefully choreographed Olympic training plans in tatters. Powerhouse swimmer Katie Ledecky, expected to be one of the stars of the Tokyo Games, had been left without a pool to train in as restrictions in California shut down the Stanford University facilities.Advertisement Loading… last_img read more

Scolari bans Brazil World Cup 2014 stars from ‘acrobatic sex’

first_imgBrazilian national team manager Luis Felipe Scolari has told the press that he is concerned about his players getting injured in the bedroom.Scolari says he would like his players to keep their sexual activity on the tame side during the lead up to the World Cup:”The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in a balanced way but some like to perform acrobatics. We will put limits and survey the players.”The former Chelsea boss insists while he is happy for his squad to indulge in a little loving away from the pressures of attempting to win the trophy on home soil, he will be watching out for anything ‘too acrobatic’.This advice seemed like fair, if odd, until Scolari hinted they will be attempting to monitor the players extracurricular activities, which seems as difficult as it is creepy.last_img read more