RSF decries Olympics opening ceremony ban on Reuters

first_img Last week, Reuters released photos of a rehearsal for the opening ceremony while they were “under embargo” (banned from publication before a specific date). The London-based news agency quickly acknowledged that they were sent by mistake and asked clients not to publish them.The IOC nonetheless decided that Reuters will not get media passes for the opening ceremony on 9 February. According to the South Korean news agency Yonhap, the IOC has also decided to “enforce strong penalties on media companies and their reporters who disobey embargoes of the opening and closing ceremonies.”The IOC press office said the ban imposed on Reuters was in line with penalties imposed in previous cases of embargo violations but it declined to specify what sanctions would be imposed if other media outlets violated embargoes.“These retaliatory measures targeting all media are disproportionate and unjustified,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Journalists must respect professional rules but the right to censor assumed by the IOC is dangerous and shocking, as are the threats of reprisals against all journalists.” Help by sharing this information South KoreaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificAmericasAfricaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesInternational bodiesEvents Freedom of expression The IOC decided to ban news agency Reuters from covering Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony (photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP). News June 2, 2021 Find out more Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists The IOC found itself embroiled in a media controversy during the Beijing Summer Olympics ten years ago, when then IOC president Jacques Rogge personally intervened to deny that the head of the IOC press committee had told the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post that IOC members had negotiated the blocking of certain “sensitive” websites during the coverage of the 2008 Olympics. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific News RSF_en News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to rescind its decision to ban Reuters from covering the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, because it published embargoed photos. RSF regards the ban as disproportionate. South KoreaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificAmericasAfricaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesInternational bodiesEvents Freedom of expression February 6, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF decries Olympics opening ceremony ban on Reuters June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The best honeymoon ever!

first_img For many moons, it has been my deepest desire to spend a couple of weeks in the mountains during the fall. My first choice would be the Rockies, but I know better than to think that could actually happen. So, I’ve set my mind and heart on the Smoky Mountains.What I’m dreaming of is a rustic cabin tucked far away in a mountain cove with a dancing stream that will sing me to sleep at night. So, I started looking.Now, the Smoky Mountains are a honeymooner’s paradise, but not everybody who goes to the mountains is on a honeymoon. But evidently those folks who rent cabins don’t know that. Every brochure features honeymoon specials with couples lounging, smilingly, in a Jacuzzi. But I have no need or notion to submerge myself in a tub of hot, churning, sudsy water surrounded by flickering candlelight and sipping a fine wine from a stemmed glass. I’ve been there. Done the honeymoon thing. And, never in a thousand years could another one hold a flickering candle to that one.The Hideaway Lodge brochure enticed us with the idea of a hideaway at the end of a winding, tree-line country road in the hills of Holmes County, Ohio. Truthfully, that was all that was available to us.The brochure was true to its word. The drive to the lodge was absolutely breathtaking. The leaves were spectacular in their fall colors and the roadway was a vibrant patchwork of wildflowers. The sun, although, fading was still warming the earth and birdsongs were in the air. Print Article By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Jaine Treadwell After checking several times, as if we’d told a falsehood, he said, “Come this way.”He opened the door to our room and stepped aside.We looked at each other and back at him – or should I say looked at the back of him. The young man was high-tailing it out of there.Fancy was not an accurate description of our room. Elegant was more like it. Poster bed with a lace coverlet and pillow shams and dozens of puffy accent pillows. A table for two set with fine china and a vase of roses and bowls of mints on the bed tables. The bathroom door was open. Lighted candles surrounded the Jacuzzi and a bottle of wine was chilling on ice. Two monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes were hanging on the door, and a sweet aroma that I couldn’t identify permeated the air.Astounded, we looked at each other. All of us. “We’re in a honeymoon hotel!”“Wait a minute,” I called after the young man. He turned on his heels and sheepishly walked back toward us.“There’s only one bed, and there are four of us,” I shrugged. “We can’t all fit on one bed.”“I’ll bring a cot,” he said and hurried off.Sis, June Bug and I started to giggle like school girls. “We’re on our honeymoon!” Tater Bug was with us but a little boy couldn’t fully enjoy the joke.The brochure hadn’t mentioned one word about the lodge being for honeymooners only. We decided it would be best if we went out for supper instead of enjoying the picnic we had planned on the lodge lawn.When we returned, a cot was in the room. The roses were gone as was the fine china. The wine had been replaced with sparkling grape juice and the bathrobes were no longer ours.“They left the mints,” Tater said proudly.There was no television but luckily we had brought checkers along so we set up the board.After a while, I retired to the tub. Never having been in a Jacuzzi, I decided to treat myself. I drew my bath water and decided, why not a bubble bath?I poured in a little bubble bath, but I remembered, as a child, I would have to use nearly the whole bottle and then have to slosh the water around in eggbeater fashion to get a few bubbles going. So, I poured in more and more. I wanted bubbles. I got in and turned on the jets.In about three seconds, I was engulfed in bubbles. Millions of them. Billions and they kept coming up, up, up. I was going to be suffocated by soap bubbles. I held my nose and dived in the bubbles and felt my way around the tub until I found the knob and turned off the jets.The bubbles had overrun the tub, extinguished the candles and were standing around me in peaks higher than Mt. Everest.I tried to wash the bubbles down the drain, but they wouldn’t go. So, I grabbed a towel, wrapped it around a wad of bubbles and wrung them out. It took a while and to dispense of the bubbles — wringing them out of the towels and stomping them with my feet, like a hip-hop dancer.Finally, I emerged from the bathroom after my “relaxing” candlelight bubble bath.“That was soooo nice,” I said and waited my turn at checkers.When Sis was put out of the checker game, she got her gown and went into the bathroom. The light went off. Only the flicker of candles could be seen beneath the bathroom door. She had no more experience with a Jacuzzi than I had so I knew what was coming. I whispered to June Bug.The water came on. Then the jets roared on … and off. I knew Sis was in there “busting” bubbles like fighting wildfire.She finally opened the door and peaked out, we started laughing and laughed until the overhead lights blinked on and off.Sssssh. We were in a honeymoon hotel for goodness sakes.We checked out real early the next morning before the other honeymooners.“This was the best honeymoon ever,” we girls said laughing. “The very best. Ever.”Just thinking about it. Maybe a honeymoon hotel won’t be so bad after all. You Might Like No place for texting behind the wheel Cell phones and distracted drivers are a perilous combination. Add texting to the equation, with the driver peering down at… read more Sponsored Content Latest Stories The lodge was even better than we had hoped — small, cozy and in harmony with the hillside. What a place.“As we entered, I glanced in one of the rooms. Mmmmm. A canopy bed all dressed in white lace and roses on a table for two. Must be the honeymoon suite.The young man who greeted us seemed a little bewildered.“We have reservations.” The best honeymoon ever! Email the author Published 10:00 pm Friday, July 31, 2009 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Book Nook to reopen Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

Berger, Waters talk CU priorities, committee’s efforts

first_imgContinuing NAFCU’s credit union priorities push for the new year, association President and CEO Dan Berger and Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler were on Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with credit union champion Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., and her senior staff. As chair of the House Financial Services Committee, Waters plays an instrumental role in the development of policy that impacts credit unions and their ability to serve members.Industry growth remains NAFCU’s No. 1 priority, and its 2020 legislative and regulatory priorities are all developed with credit union input to ensure the industry’s continued success. The association has met with several lawmakers in recent weeks, and also sent the priorities to key officials, including President Donald Trump.NAFCU has a strong working relationship with Waters. The association’s 2019 September/October edition of The NAFCU Journal featured a Q&A with Waters, providing insights into her approach as a lawmaker and to ensure a fair playing field for credit unions. The magazine was published ahead of Waters’ appearance at NAFCU’s Congressional Caucus, at which she pledged to oppose efforts to remove credit unions’ tax-exempt status and support efforts to allow credit unions to lend to more small businesses. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

New Hampshire looks to sweep Binghamton

first_imgSENIOR STUDS: New Hampshire’s Sean Sutherlin, Nick Guadarrama and Chris Lester have combined to account for 46 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 42 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Sam Sessoms has either made or assisted on 61 percent of all Binghamton field goals over the last three games. The sophomore guard has 31 field goals and 17 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Binghamton is 0-18 when scoring fewer than 75 points and 10-0 when scoring at least 75.LONG-RANGE THREAT: New Hampshire’s Josh Hopkins has attempted 180 3-pointers and connected on 30.6 percent of them, and is 4 for 15 over his past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The stout New Hampshire defense has held opposing offenses to a field goal percentage of 39.4 percent, the 27th-lowest mark in Division I. Binghamton has allowed opponents to shoot 45.2 percent through 28 games (ranking the Bearcats 292nd). Associated Press New Hampshire looks to sweep Binghamton Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBinghamton (10-18, 4-11) vs. New Hampshire (14-13, 7-7)Lundholm Gym, Durham, New Hampshire; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: New Hampshire goes for the season sweep over Binghamton after winning the previous matchup in Vestal. The teams last met on Jan. 25, when the Wildcats shot 52.6 percent from the field while holding Binghamton to just 35.9 percent on the way to a 77-69 victory.center_img February 27, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Cowboys receiver Amari Cooper says he’s ‘just scratching the surface’

first_imgIt took less than a full season in Dallas for Amari Cooper to make a lasting impression.But his statistics are the only numbers he’s looking to discuss, as the Cowboys wide receiver reiterated he doesn’t care to talk about his finances and isn’t striving to become one of the league’s highest-paid players. Cowboys’ Amari Cooper lobbies for teammate Dak Prescott to get paid “If you play good football, you’re going to be around for a long time. I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time. I love the organization. I love everything we have going on.”Cooper expressed patience for the process and acknowledged his contract extension will come in time, though he clarified the meaning behind his earlier comments and said he wants to prove that he’s earned a new deal first. Dak Prescott says there’s no ceiling on what Cowboys can do Jalen Ramsey restrains himself from ripping opposing QBs Cooper, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, told reporters Monday he’s not worried about his status.”It really doesn’t matter to me — not even thinking about that,” Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I’m just more focused on how I play and how I approach the game, the type of work that I put in. I really want to play well. I think everything starts with that. Related News “I think I’m just scratching the surface,” Cooper said. “I think people haven’t seen half of what I can do out there on the field. I have so much more great plays in me, so much more good football ahead of me. My best football is ahead of me.”I just turned 25 years old. A lot of the great receivers in this game are older than I am. I think I just have so much in store. That’s what I meant by ‘not now.'”Cooper led Dallas with 725 yards on 53 catches and had six touchdowns in nine games last season after being acquired from the Raiders in October.last_img read more

City Council to meet tonight for work session; tomorrow afternoon for real estate and golf discussion

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington City Council will be meeting twice in the next two days. The council has a work session tonight. It will be meeting with Jodi Suhler and Stacy Davis of the South Central Economic Development Commission about the application process. Also, the city board/commission will be going over appointments for various authority and advisory boards.This meeting starts at 5:30 p.m.—————The Council will then be meeting at noon Friday for a special meeting.The council will be discussing the acquisition of real estate in executive session. Then there will be a discussion about the golf course irrigation system. The council is also expected to make an appointment to the Planning Commission to fill the vacancy of Diana Page, who was the commission board president. She died earlier this month.————There has been discussion on the social media Facebook that the city did not properly inform the media and public of the Friday noon meeting. Sumner Newscow received the e-mail on Monday, Jan. 25. It was overlooked on the e-mail list by the Newscow publisher because the person who normally sends out the notifications, Robin Hubbard, is out of the office due to health reasons.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Riviera Beach man wins $1 million in CASH4LIFE game

first_imgA lucky 67-year-old man is now $1 million richer after winning the Florida Lottery’s CASH4LIFE Quick Pick raffle.Larry Clark of Riviera Beach was named the winner of the Lottery’s November 23rd multi-state game drawing.According to the report, Clark purchased the winning ticket from Grator Gator Food Market at 1245 Blue Heron Blvd.He was given the choice of receiving $1,000 a day or $1,000 week for the rest of his life. He was also given the option to take  a one-time, lump-sum payment of $1 million. Clark was said to have chosen the lump-sum payment.The Food Market that sold the winning ticket also received a $2,000 bonus commission for the sale.CASH4LIFE drawings are held every day at 9 p.m. at the New Jersey Lottery Headquarters.last_img read more

Florida bill aims to legalize fireworks on 3 holidays

first_imgA new general bill at the Florida Legislature is aiming to provide easier access to fireworks on 3 different holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.This new bill is still awaiting to go through one more House and Senate Committee vote.At the moment, you have to be at least 18 years old to purchase fireworks, and are required to fill out paperwork depending on the type of fireworks you buy.The new bill will allow fireworks for sale, purchase, or use of fireworks that are to be used exclusively during a designated holiday.last_img read more

Hillary Clinton has a New Gig

first_img(Belfast, Northern Ireland) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a new job. She’s been appointed the first female chancellor at Queen’s University in Northern Ireland. Clinton, a former first lady and New York senator, received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2018. She won’t be paid for the job, which is largely ceremonial, and won’t have to relocate to Belfast so technically she can still jump into the 2020 presidential race if the Democrats need her.Her primary duties will include handing out degrees, advising senior management and serving as an ambassador to help open doors for Queen’s University.Stephen Prenter, chair of the university’s Senate, heaped praise on Clinton, who received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University in October 2018.“I am delighted that Queen’s has chosen Hillary Clinton to be its new Chancellor. Secretary Clinton has made a considerable contribution to Northern Ireland and as an internationally recognized leader will be an incredible advocate for Queen’s and an inspirational role model for the Queen’s community,” he gushed.In a statement, Clinton, who will not be paid for the job, praised the university.“It is a great privilege to become the Chancellor of Queen’s University, a place I have great fondness for and have grown a strong relationship with over the years,” she said.“The University is making waves internationally for its research and impact and I am proud to be an ambassador and help grow its reputation for excellence.”Clinton will serve as the university’s 11th chancellor, which is largely a ceremonial role, for a five-year term.The chancellor, according to the university, attends graduations, advises staff and helps to “open doors” for the university as it seeks to fulfill its mission.last_img read more

Proposal to Ban Assault Weapons in Florida Fails to Make Ballot

first_imgFlorida voters will not have the opportunity to vote in this year’s election on whether assault weapons should be banned.A proposed ban did not receive the 766,200 signatures it needed to be placed on the ballot.Supporters of the measure say they are now focusing their efforts on putting the question to voters in the 2022 election. The group that is pushing the petition — Ban Assault Weapons Now — collected 145,000 verified signatures during the past year. The deadline for the signature requirement was February 1.“Despite the best efforts of the NRA and politicians in Tallahassee to place obstacles in our path, we will continue our fight to save lives by working hard to ensure voters have the final say over their safety in 2022,” Gail Schwartz, Ban Assault Weapons Now’s chairwoman, says in a prepared statement.The proposal calls for banning the sale of semiautomatic rifles and shotguns capable of holding more than 10 bullets. That policy would include weapons like the AR-15 rifle.The statewide campaign formed following the 2018 Parkland shooting.However, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature has been unwilling to hear bills that would ban the weapons.last_img read more