South Korea: RSF condemns ruling party’s bashing of journalists

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party for bashing journalists who are critical of President Moon Jae-in’s policies. News Receive email alerts In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival RSF_en March 22, 2019 South Korea: RSF condemns ruling party’s bashing of journalists News June 2, 2021 Find out more AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS June 7, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img Help by sharing this information Organisation News News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists On March 13, the spokesperson of South Korea’s ruling Democratic Party, Lee Hae-sik, attacked a Bloomberg journalist, Youkyung Lee, accusing her of having written “traitorous content” that “insulted the head of state.” He reproached her for an article published last September in which she described South Korean President Moon Jae-in – who since taking office has attempted to engender better relations with North Korea – as a “spokesman” for North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The day after, Lee Hae-sik attacked another journalist, Choe Sang-Hun of the New York Times, who had expressed a similar opinion.This affair caused a commotion in South Korea, which is recovering from a decade of repeated violations against press freedom. The Party’s spokesperson later apologized and had the journalists’ personal details removed from his statements. However President Moon, who also acts as the Democratic Party chairman, has so far declined to comment.“Journalists have every right to express their opinions on the handling of state affairs and should only consider their readers’ best interests”, said Cédric Alviani, the head of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau, who called on President Moon to “explicitly denounce his party’s statement and ensure that, in the future, it fully respects the principles of freedom of the press.”After a dark decade for press freedom, South Korea saw a significant improvement following President Moon’s election and its ranking went from 63rd to 43rd in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Moon, a former human rights lawyer elected president in May 2017, has pledged to ensure that South Korea will be ranked 30th by the end of his term of office. However, his government isn’t immune to malpractices. In October 2018, they banned a journalist who is a former North Korean defector from covering the talks with North Korean officials that took place in the demilitarized zone between the two countries. South KoreaNorth KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists South KoreaNorth KoreaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists last_img read more

Adjunct Faculty – Elementary Education Reading Methods

first_imgAurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aurora University seeks talented adjunct faculty who are passionateabout teaching and learning. Adjunct faculty are qualifiedpart-time instructors offered teaching opportunities based oncourse demand and staffing.Aurora University is looking for qualified Instructors to teachcourses in Elementary Education Reading Methods. The instructormust be able to teach during the day and have licensure andexperience in Elementary Education/Reading. Master’s Degree isrequired.Opportunities are available at our Aurora campus as well as ourWoodstock campus (graduate and undergraduate, daytime andevening).Please email resume or curriculum vitae, plus cover letter statingthe specific areas you are interested in teaching to:[email protected]last_img read more

Care Alliance Welcomes Health Select Committee’s Terms of Reference

first_imgFamily First NZ is a member of the Care AllianceMedia Release Care Alliance 27 August 2015The Care Alliance has welcomed the Health Select Committee’s terms of reference for considering a petition from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.Spokesperson Matthew Jansen says that the terms of reference will allow all New Zealanders to be involved in considering what society’s response should be to people who express a wish to end their lives. “We believe that the best compassionate response to a person experiencing physical, emotional or psychological suffering is to surround them with love and provide them with the best possible care. Legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS) would give exactly the wrong message to vulnerable people feeling overwhelmed by their circumstances.”Mr Jansen said that the recent Research New Zealand poll1, which recorded a sharp drop in support for EAS following the Seales v Attorney-General case, showed that a more informed debate helps expose the practical problems with EAS. “The Select Committee can do all New Zealanders a great service by investigating the complex issues involved in suicide. We believe the evidence will show that EAS is both unnecessary and dangerous.”ENDSlast_img read more

Seniors key to 2012-13 success

first_imgAfter a quick one-game road trip at Northwestern, the Wisconsin men’s basketball team (19-8, 10-4 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center for its final two home games of the season with a new No. 17 ranking to boot in the most recent Associated Press poll. After a rough start to the season saw the Badgers open up the conference schedule 9-4, head coach Bo Ryan spoke highly of this year’s senior leadership during his weekly press conference Monday.“They’ve answered the challenge that the other seniors have over the years as far as setting a good example, working hard, persevering. I mean, who’s persevered more than this group”? Ryan said of the five seniors on the team. “Jared [Berggren] with the troubles with his shoulder, finally had it taken care of, definitely helped him. Mike [Bruesewitz], what he’s been through. Ryan [Evans] with some struggles that he’s still working on, they’re all working on things.”Evans’ struggles this season, particularly at the free throw line, have been disappointing for the fifth-year senior. The Arizona native has shot 40 more free throws than anyone else on the team with 126 attempts and has made only 51 (41 percent) of them. A new free throw shooting technique may emerge from Evans Tuesday against Nebraska in order to increase that percentage.“He shot it pretty well that way,” Ryan said about Evans shooting jump shots for his free throws. “Ryan tried that method and feels that right now that’s the best way to make the free throw, and it’s not that unusual to have a different style. A lot of guys have different styles. So whatever works, as long as he believes it.”Although most of the attention has been paid to seniors such as Evans, Bruesewitz or Berggren, scout team seniors, J.D. Wise and Dan Fahey will also be playing in their last two home games of their college careers this week. The two players have only combined to play 36 minutes the entire season, but that hasn’t changed their attitude during their final season.“There’s never a whine, never a complaint, never anything other than to the assistant coaches that have the particular scout on that team, it’s like, ‘okay, what would you like us to do today?’” Ryan said. “Hopefully, they’re getting as much out of the experience as we are, as we’re receiving from their efforts that they’re putting in. But those two young men have been doing it for a long time, and they’ve never changed.”The basketball careers may be ending for some of the seniors once the season is over, but Ryan said the things they learn while playing basketball at UW will be with them for the rest of their lives.“It’s a great part about college athletics, team sports like this, the things you learn, the things you go through knowing, as I always tell them, [in the] next 60, 70 years, you’re going to be going through some of the same things,” Ryan said. “Maybe not the exact issues, but there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. You keep working, keep doing the right things, good things will happen.”Whether it’s Wise, Fahey or the other three seniors, this UW team will need senior leadership as the postseason remains just a few weeks away. In what could be called a crazy college basketball season, no game is a sure win or loss for any team. Unlike this year’s college basketball season, especially the Big Ten, Ryan hasn’t been making anything too unpredictable for opposing teams or his players.“You know, if you really think back and sit down and look, I’m sure there’s been years like this,” Ryan said. “When you talk about predictability, as coaches, we’re always trying to do certain things. It’s not unpredictable what we’re trying to do, and players are trying to do certain things. So you can’t say they’re unpredictable.”After Nebraska and Purdue on Tuesday and Sunday, respectively, Wisconsin has just two games left against Michigan State and Penn State, so Ryan will need not just his seniors, but all players to step up with a Big Ten title still within reach.last_img read more

Tipp men play part in historic win over NZ

first_imgLeinster duo Greg Jones and Max Deegan went over for Ireland while Ulster’s Adam McBurney also scored a try.Clonmel native Bill Johnston, who went off with a shoulder injury just before the break, converted two of the tries scored by his side and also kicked two penalties.Johnny McPhillips also kicked a conversion and two penalties for Ireland who now top Pool A. Cashel RFC’s Sean O’Connor came on as a substitute in the closing minutes of the second half.Nigel Carolan’s side, who also beat Grand Slam champions Wales in their opening game, will reach the semi-finals of the tournament if they beat Georgia in their final pool game on Wednesday.last_img read more

Opoku Nti: Medeama tie is a ‘do or die’ affair

first_imgGeneral Manager of Asante Kotoko has labelled their crunch matchday 3 encounter against Medeama as a do or affair.The Porcupines head into the game win no win or goal this season albeit playing one game less.Presssure is beginning to mount of the 23 time league champions after their bitterest rivals Hearts of Oak had a superb start to the season.For Nti, they can’t afford to slip come Sunday.“Sunday is a do or die affair,” he told Adom Sports“Medeama have lost their first two matches we also lost our first match.” “We are playing at home and won’t allow Medeama to come ruin our day. It is surely do or die.”“Once Hearts are in top form, their fans begin to mock ours.”The General Manager has urged all fans to get behind the team in a bid to overturn their bad start.“If we are going to have an upper hand over them, then we must all get involved.”“We need all the supporters on board. They are our biggest sponsors.” “Years back, when we didn’t have sponsorship it was the fans who made the difference. That makes Kotoko ahead of the rest of the clubs in the country.”Kotoko play their outstanding fixture against Ashantigold in midweek.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

PBSO: Two Women Shot Dead in Lantana Domestic Dispute

first_imgPALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — A gunman is on the run after a deadly double shooting near Lantana on Wednesday morning, authorities say.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a domestic dispute in 7900 block of Overlook Road around 9 a.m. and found two women dead from apparent gunshot wounds.Neighbors say they heard at least gunshots and the identity of the victims has not been released yet.The shooter was gone when deputies arrived.last_img

Competition to Build Your Dream Dog or Cat House

first_imgSubmitted by Concern for AnimalsHere’s your chance to build your dream dog house or cat tree and make a difference in the lives of animals.*  All houses and trees will be displayed at the Olympia Master Builders Home & Garden Show on September 15 & 16, St. Martin’s University, Marcus Pavilion, to support Concern for Animals.   The public will vote (with their dollars) for their favorite dog and cat house during the two-day event.  Prizes and public recognition awarded to the winners!Before the Home & Garden Show, all houses on display at the old Schoenfelds building in downtown Olympia from August 15 – September  14 and at the Westfield Mall from November 1- November 9.Houses will be donated to Concern for Animals to be auctioned at Toast for Tails on November 10.  For more information about the competition or to SIGN UP, contact Stacey at [email protected] Sarah at [email protected]*Footprint of the doghouse should be no wider than 4’, no longer than 6’ and a maximum height of 6’.  Houses need to be completed by August 1 in order to be photographed and promoted in The Olympian Sunday Real Estate and other places. Sponsored by the Olympia Master Builders Home & Garden Show. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Olympia Federal Savings Announces Staff Changes and Promotions

first_imgMelissa KirkebyPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Melissa Kirkeby recently earned her NMLS, so in addition to being the Lacey Branch Manager, she is now a Loan Officer. Melissa started her banking career at Oly Fed in 2004 as an intern and was hired in 2006 as a Lead Customer Service Representative after graduating from Washington State University. Melissa has held many positions since that time and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2016. “Melissa is a very talented and positive force within our organization. This new credential allows Melissa to serve our customers in an even greater capacity,” said Drummond. Facebook179Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Federal SavingsMichelle LordPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Olympia Federal Savings is pleased to announce the followings staff changes and promotions:Michelle Lord has a new role with the organization and is shifting her responsibilities from AVP/Senior Loan Officer to AVP/Loan Underwriter. As loan volumes continue to increase for the organization, Oly Fed found it necessary to add additional personnel to review and approve loans. Michelle began working at Oly Fed in 1982. She’s held many positions over the years and has an in-depth knowledge of the level of service and products offered throughout the bank. “We’re fortunate to have someone of Michelle’s caliber ready and willing to take on this new challenge,” said Lori Drummond, Olympia Federal Savings, President & CEO.Leah BackusPhoto courtesy: Olympia Federal Savings.Leah Backus has been promoted to Senior Loan Officer. In 2011, Leah joined Oly Fed and served as a Customer Service Representative at the Lacey branch. In 2012, she entered the Loan Servicing Department and was promoted to Loan Officer in 2015. “Leah is currently responsible for one of the Association’s highest loan volumes and has definitely earned her new title,” said Drummond.last_img read more

Chorney Calls it Like She Sees It

first_imgBy John BurtonFor those who ever wondered Who the f&*$ is Linda Chorney? the question has been answered by Chorney herself.Chorney, a veteran of the music scene for more than three decades – and a nominee for a 2012 Grammy Award that stirred some controversy at the time – has detailed her life and music career.She’s written about knocking around small clubs around the country, staying true to her artistic vision, working on independently produced albums and offers what she said is the backstory of the fallout she experienced following her Grammy nomination last year.The now 53-year-old singer-songwriter called her book a sort of Moneyball with the current music industry filling in for baseball.“It’s an adventure where you can experience what it was like to be in my shoes as a 51-year-old woman who played in bars for 30 years, trying to make it in this business,” she said.The book concentrates on Chorney’s experiences surrounding her Grammy nomination, her unconventional campaign to garner the nomination and the alleged backlash she experienced.She said she wrote the book “because the truth needs to come out. The real story was never told.”Chorney, who lived in Sea Bright for a number of years with husband Scott Fadynich and still owns a home there, was nominated but did not win in 2012 for Best Americana Album, for her sixth and most recent album, Emotional Jukebox. She was nominated in the category with Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and others. As an independent artist, Chorney took an unconventional route to win the nomination by lobbying votes from young members of the Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys, using social media, asking them to vote by way of the Grammy website.Her methods were met by a resistance, she charged, by music industry insiders who felt Chorney had “gamed the system” to push her work. The real motivation, she alleged, was that some of “the suits” in the music business felt challenged by her strategy. Her work, she insisted, speaks for itself and that’s what won her the nomination, despite all the backbiting she said she experienced.“The story should have been a feel-good Cinderella story,” she said. “Unfortun­ately, the industry did not like that they were not profiting off of my nomination.”With the help of her husband and the financial support of friend Dr. Jonathan Schneider, Chorney said she was able to put out an album she felt was truly a quality product – with the necessary production finesse for the Grammys to take seriously.Following her nomination, Chorney was contacted by an industry insider, someone she has dubbed “Mr. Grammy­gate,” who called, “telling me the secrets of the AMA (Association of Americana Album),” she said.“I kept thinking this story is crazy and I have to write about it,” she said, documenting this in Who the F&*$ is Linda Chorney? “There’s a lot of dirty stuff that goes on there.”About that title, by the way? “It could be who the fork. It could be who funk or who the fish, or whoever you want,” she said, clearly having a little fun with it. She did warn, however, anyone offended by “f-bombs” might not want to read her book.For those who are struggling to make it in a very tough business, Chorney said, her work can offer some advice to avoid some of the pitfalls she’s experienced and to understand the need to keep playing.“If you’re good, you’re good,” she said, “and believe in yourself, believe in your art.”Chorney, now lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she and her husband moved to be near Chorney’s family as her mother battled – and beat – cancer. She is currently touring New England, promoting her book and work and is working on a new album, tentatively slated for a holiday release.She also is working on another book, that will chronicle her attempts to track down filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Say Anything) to convince him to adopt the book for the movies.last_img read more