August 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Geoblocking” on the Internet : Reporters Without Borders condemns a discriminatory measure towards Internet users in Tibet June 2, 2021 Find out more Tsering Woeser, a Chinese writer of Tibetan origin is often threatened by the Chinese authorities because of what she posts on her blog (woeser.middle-way.net). She filed a complaint against the government on 23 July for preventing her from travelling abroad. She has been stripped of her rights as a citizen since 2004 on the grounds that she could “put the nation in danger.”On 6 March, she was forbidden to go to Norway to receive an award for her work and for her commitment to free expression. Her second book, Xizang Biji (Notes on Tibet), was withdrawn from sale in September 2003 on the grounds that its content was “harmful for the nation’s unification and solidarity.”Access to the US company Apple’s iTunes music library has been blocked in China since the discovery that some people used it to download the new “Songs for Tibet” album, which was produced in the United States with the help of musicians from all over the world in order to protest against Chinese policy in Tibet.Versions of Violence (Recorded In Dressing Room In Cologne, Germany) – Alanis Morissette Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders condemns regional variation in the blocking of access to websites in China. The authorities unblocked the sites of certain international news media and NGOs on 1 August, but many of these sites continue to be blocked in the province of Tibet.“This regional blocking is a discriminatory measure,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is no surprise that websites focussing on the issue of Tibet are filtered. But it is unacceptable that Internet users in Tibet do not have access to the same content as Internet users in the rest of China, who are already subject to a significant degree of censorship.”The sites of the human rights organisations Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International were inaccessible yesterday in Tibet although they were unblocked in the rest of China on 1 August. The sites of Radio Free Asia (except its English-language version) and Voice of America were also blocked, although they are accessible in Beijing and in Shanghai. A website of the Tibetan community in exile, Potala Post (www.pressoftibet.com), was however accessible in Tibet.The issue of Tibetan autonomy is a very sensitive one for the Chinese authorities and many websites that focus on this issue are filtered inside China, including at the main foreign press centre in Beijing.These are some of pro-Tibet websites that are blocked in China:www.tibetpost.net,www.tibet.net,www.phayul.com, www.vot.org, www.tchrd.org tibetonline.tvwww.studentsforafreetibet.orgwww.freetibet.orgwoeser.middle-way.net April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China RSF_en Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders condemns regional variation in the blocking of access to websites in China. The authorities unblocked the sites of certain international news media and NGOs on 1 August, but many of these sites continue to be blocked in the province of Tibet. to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific News
David Crosby has announced an expansive batch of late-spring tour dates, which will see the singer/songwriter hit the road with his Sky Trails Band throughout May and June.Crosby will be joined by his son James Raymond, who also produced 2017’s Sky Trails album and plays keyboards, along with guitarist Jeff Pevar, bassist Mai Leisz, drummer Steve DiStanislao, and vocalist/keyboardist Michelle Willis. Willis also plays with Crosby in his Lighthouse Band, along with Becca Stevens and Snarky Puppy’s Michael League.David Crosby and Sky Trails Band will open up the tour with a performance at Minneapolis, MN’s Pantages Theatre on May 10th, followed by stops at Milwaukee, WI’s Pabst Theater (5/11); St. Charles, IL’s Arcada Theatre (5/13); St. Louis, MO’s Sheldon Concert Hall (5/15); Nashville, TN’s City Winery (5/16); Brevard, NC’s Brevard Music Center (5/18); Melbourne, FL’s King Center for the Performing Arts (5/20); Fort Lauderdale, FL’s Parker Playhouse (5/21); Clearwater, FL’s Capitol Theatre (5/23); Key West, FL’s Key West Theater (5/24); Atlanta, GA’s Variety Playhouse (5/26); Virginia Beach, VA’s Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (5/29); and Charleston, WV’s Clay Center for Arts & Sciences on May 30th.David Crosby and his band will continue on through the Northeast for the remainder of their tour, with performances at Pennsauken, NJ’s Cooper River Park Twilight Series (6/1); Munhall, PA’s Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead (6/2); Alexandria, VA’s The Birchmere (6/4); Annapolis, MD’s Rams Head On Stage (6/5); Ridgefield, CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse (6/7); Woodstock, NY’s Levon Helm Studios (6/8); Red Bank, NJ’s Count Basie Theatre (6/10); New London, CT’s Garde Arts Center (6/12); Lebanon, NH’s Lebanon Opera House (6/13); Beverly, MA’s Cabot Theater (6/15); and a tour closing show at Bar Harbor, ME’s Criterion Theater on June 16th.Head to David Crosby’s website for ticketing and more information.David Crosby 2019 Tour Dates:May 10 – Minneapolis, MN – Pantages TheatreMay 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Pabst TheaterMay 13 – St. Charles, IL – The Arcada TheatreMay 15 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert HallMay 16 – Nashville, TN – City Winery – NashvilleMay 18 – Brevard, NC – Brevard Music CenterMay 20 – Melbourne, FL – King Center for the Performing ArtsMay 21 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Parker PlayhouseMay 23 – Clearwater, FL – Capitol TheatreMay 24 – Key West, FL – Key West TheaterMay 26 – Atlanta, GA – Variety PlayhouseMay 29 – Virginia Beach, VA – Sandler Center for the Performing ArtsMay 30 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center for Arts & SciencesJun 1 – Pennsauken, NJ – Cooper River Park – Twilight SeriesJun 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of HomesteadJun 4 – Alexandria, VA – The BirchmereJun 5 – Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On StageJun 7 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield PlayhouseJun 8 – Woodstock, NY – Levon Helm StudiosJun 10 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie TheatreJun 12 – New London, CT – Garde Arts CenterJun 13 – Lebanon, NH – Lebanon Opera HouseJun 15 – Beverly, MA – The Cabot TheaterJun 16 – Bar Harbor, ME – Criterion TheaterView All Tour Dates
3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With advancements in technology and an increasingly demanding consumer, investments in digital transformation can be the foundation for decreased costs, increased revenue and greater customer satisfaction. Most banking executives struggle, however, with understanding the optimal allocation of digital investments, and the measurement of business results, due to the multitude of product/segment silos and the complexity of channel delivery and usage combinations.In the Novantas analysis, Digital Investment: Success Driver or Bottomless Pit?, authors Chris Musto and Paul Kadin point out that financial executives are becoming skeptical of proposals and funding requests because of previous digital investment initiatives that delivered lackluster (or poorly documented) results. For example, despite a great deal of investment and predictions of great returns, online account opening has failed to meet expectations, damaging the credibility of many early advocates.Part of the problem is that many new account opening implementations are simply iterations of old paper-based processes, with far too many steps and complexity that is not online or mobile-ready. Another significant issue is the presence of sales models that encourage the ‘restart’ of digital consumer new account opening engagements to avoid losing new account sales commissions at the branch level.“The digital channel planning challenge is real, yet often made more difficult by constricted calculations that omit customer/market considerations and cross-channel ramifications,” says the analysis. For example, restricting future investments for improved digital account opening processes ignores the documented importance of digital channels in achieving early attention and engagement of digital shoppers and generating new business online and at the branch level. continue reading »
BRAND SOUTH AFRICABrand SA aims to contribute to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP) by undertaking coordinated initiatives to build South Africa’s reputation and contribute to the country’s global competitiveness. It also aims to inspire and instill pride and patriotism amongst South Africans and to drive active citizenrySTRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP MANAGER: GOVERNMENTREF: SRM: G001SALARY: R662, 857 – R805 299 (CTC) To manage and influence relationships with key stakeholders prioritised in the strategic plan to promote the Brand SA’s branding and communications objectives in partnership with these stakeholders, to external audiences. To play a key programme manager role in the definition and delivery of projects through obtaining the brief, needs and expectations of the stakeholders and ensuring they are effectively addressed in the roll-out plan facilitated by Brand SA and through efficiently leveraging stakeholder resources. The programme manager is the main Brand SA custodian of the relationship with the stakeholder to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the collaborations.Requirements: Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business ManagementPreferred: Postgraduate degree in Political Science / Economics / Sales and Marketing / Business Management (e.g. MBA)5+ years combined experience in marketing, communications, public relations, stakeholder relations, (account management) at a senior levelTrack record of successfully brokering / negotiating collaborations and joint ventures in a highly political / pressured environmentKey Performance Areas:Contribute to the development of the overall stakeholder management strategyEstablish the correct networks and channels and provide input on portfolio priorities, plans and budgets.Feed market insights into the overall knowledge management system.Contribute to the development of programme specific projects and initiativesWith reference to the Brand SA business plan and signed MOU’s with priority stakeholders, unpack, research and workshopThis would also involve ongoing press briefings, speech writing and setting the sceneSell the project / initiative / campaign plan for buy-in and approval (sign off) with the stakeholder priority base (levels, locations, platforms, decision-makers, beneficiariesSell the project / campaign / initiative to the relevant stakeholder bases and decision-makers / beneficiaries to ensure buy-in in terms of the content, tone, roll-out mechanism(s), budget, audience target(s), collaborative ownership, time lines and output.Facilitate and manage the stakeholder relationships in the delivery of the projects/ campaign / initiative plansFacilitate, drive, and maintain the established relationships with key stakeholders on the signed-off projectsThis also involves, on occasion, actual organising and delivery of meetings, events and functions.Compliance, monitoring and reportingMonitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the stakeholder-implemented initiatives (including risks) and reflect this in the quarterly reportingTo scan the wider public policy environment to identify and exploit opportunities for future work where supportive of the strategic aims of Brand SARequired Skills, Competencies and Attributes:Strategic abilityConsultativePresentation skillsMedia managementPublic relationsMarketing skillsNegotiation skillsStakeholder managementPlanning abilityResults oriented (output driven)Follow-through abilityWillingness to work extended hoursPerform under pressureNetworking abilityPersuasive, Service oriented
The Prevention of Money Laundering Act Adjudicating Authority has confirmed the attachment of a Panchkula property worth more than ₹64 crore by the Enforcement Directorate in a case against the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) and others. The land was “illegally” reallotted to the company, which runs The National Herald, when Bhupinder Singh Hooda was the Haryana Chief Minister. According to the Enforcement Directorate, the plot was originally allotted to the AJL in 1982. However, as construction work was not undertaken in compliance with the conditions of the allotment, the land was taken back by the State government in October 1992. The cancellation became irreversible after a revision petition was dismissed in 1996. After Mr. Hooda became the Chief Minister, he allegedly misused his office and got the land reallotted in August 2005.
Read Next Norwood anchored the Painters’ defense against TNT’s fiery import Glen Rice Jr., who shot just 8-of-28 from the field, including 1-of-12 from long range.And playing good defense was also ROS coach Caloy Garcia’s reminder to his players before the game.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“I told them from the beginning we’re a good matchup against TNT. Matchup-wise with the import, with the locals, I believe that we’re almost running the same system, so it’s all about who wants it more on the defensive side,” he said after his team eked out a 106-102 win to stay alive for a semifinals ticket.Norwood was the primary defender tasked to slow down Rice, who is coming off a 36-point performance in a blowout win over Barangay Ginebra four nights ago. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City PBA IMAGESGabe Norwood wasn’t around when Rain or Shine handily beat TNT in the elimination round last month.The Elasto Painters may not have needed Norwood as much that time, but they certainly needed his services in their quarterfinals duel on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a good effort for us in the endgame but that’s not how we win games. We need to play hard. The good thing about this is we showed that we can beat them if we play like that for the whole game,” Rice said. “But it’s gonna be hard for te team team if we play like that only for a quarter or half a quarter.”“No pressure. We’re still in the same position that we were in today. We gotta win one game. I think we fine. Coaches have to adjust a little bit but I think we’re fine.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Norwood knows how good of a player Rice is, especially on the offensive end and the swingman thinks, the former Washington Wizard is not going to miss those many shots in the do-or-die on Friday.“There won’t be many nights when Glen Rice’s gonna shoot 7-for-20 something. Lot of those are open looks that didn’t drop,” said Norwood, who also gave the Painters a lift offensively with 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting from downtown.Rice is also not the only player Rain or Shine has to watch out for.“We just gotta come out and make them work for their shots. Jayson and also Kelly came out. Semerad played well. There’s a lot of threats over there that we gotta concentrate on.”Rice is confident TNT can bounce back. It also helped that despite the loss, the KaTropa gave themselves a chance to win in the end even after facing a 20-point lead midway through the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Matt Nieto reaping rewards of hardwork over off season View comments
England beat India by 196 runs in this 2000th Test match at Lord’s on Monday, which was also the 100th Test between India and England. Score | PhotosIndia started the day with an overnight score of 80/1 with VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid at the crease as a target of 458 runs loomed large. Eventually, the target proved too massive for injury-hit India.In the morning session the visitors lost their opener Rahul Dravid when a James Anderson ball took a thick edge off his bat to land in the keeper Mat Prior’s gloves. He fell for 36 and India were down to 96/2.Post Dravid’s wicket Laxman and Gautam Gambhir became overtly cautious, playing on the deliveries that were coming straight to the bat and leaving the rest. They didn’t have a choice and they needed to stay in the middle for long to save the Test.Gradually, the two started chipping away from the massive 458-run target. But the partnership eventually came to an end when Anderson came around to get rid of Laxman on 56. Laxman went for a pull and ended up getting caught by Bell.In the next over England spinner Graeme Swann struck Gambhir on the pads and he was adjudged LBW on 22. India were 135/4 at the stage and were looking down the barrel.Once again Sachin Tendulkar stepped in and once again his fans cutting across nationalities started praying for his elusive 100th international century.Tendulkar’s partner in the middle was left-hander, Suresh Raina.At lunch India were 142/4, with Tendulkar and Raina at the crease and the visitors needed a massive 316 runs.advertisementA few minutes had gone by into the second session when England bowlers got the man they wanted. Sachin’s fans were again left disappointed when a James Anderson delivery trapped the batting maestro plumb in the front of the wicket when he was on 12.This was after he got two lives. First a Stuart Broad ball trapped him leg-before when he was on 11, but he was saved as the DRS is not being used for leg-before decisions in this series. And then, a ball before Anderson got him, he was dropped in the slips by Andrew Strauss. So Tendulkar’s highest at Lord’s continues to be 37.Post Tendulkar’s fall, Raina and skipper MS Dhoni batted with resolve to avoid defeat. The two Chennai Super Kings team-mates could be seen sharing a good partnership in the middle. At tea, the two were going steady at the crease and India score was 218/5.But the third session had a different tale to tell. Minutes into it, skipper MS Dhoni was seen walking back with Chris Tremlett claiming his first wicket of the innings when the India total was 225/6.Post that wicket it was a matter of time before England players were out there celebrating their win. The biggest hurdle in front of them was Suresh Raina and James Anderson scalped him to increase his victims tally to five and provided England with a fine win 196-run win.Raina scored a dogged 78, but could not save India from the jaws of defeat. Kevin Pietersen won the Man of the Match for his unbeaten double hundred.
Ex-Watford, Espanyol coach Sanchez Flores named coach of Shanghai Shenhuaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Watford and Espanyol manager Quique Sanchez Flores has been named coach of Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.The Spaniard replaces Wu Jingui, who takes over as sporting director after steering Shenhua to victory in the Chinese FA Cup in 2017 Sanchez Flores has not worked since April, when he was dismissed by Spanish side Espanyol after almost two years at the helm.The former Real Madrid and Spain defender makes the move to China having also previously coached Watford in the Premier League, Benfica in Portugal and clubs in the United Arab Emirates. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Former Chelsea defender: Hudson-Odoi deal brilliant newsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Chelsea defender Jason Cundy is happy with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s new deal.Cundy claims it would have been “devastating” to see him leave.“He is the future, he has shown the quality he has got, he’s a full international,” Cundy said on talkSPORT.“For me he starts [when he’s fit], he starts wide of the three, left or right.“It depends what formation you play but if you’re playing a three up top, he can either play on the left or the right.“So he’ll cut in on the right or cut in [on the left], generally on the right-hand side.“He can’t play down the middle, I’ve not seen him play there, I’m sure given an opportunity [he could].“But he is the future of the football club and it is brilliant news.”
Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents. Story Highlights Communities that are declared Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) will be carefully assessed to determine the needs and the extent of services to be provided for residents.Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits.He says the assessments and implementation of the social interventions will involve partnership with a wide cross section of stakeholders, who will be mobilised at the national and community levels.The collaboration, he points out, is expected to better enable the Government to deliver the requisite services that meet the needs of a wide cross section of persons in areas declared ZOSOs.The Social Intervention Committee is charged with developing a sustainable development plan, which will include addressing issues relating to health, the environment, social improvement, infrastructural development, education and economic development.This is in keeping with the clear, hold and build strategy, aimed at containing crime while safeguarding the rights of citizens and promoting sustainable community development.Mr. Sweeny notes that the interventions will be undertaken once the joint command of the security forces conducting operations gives that authorisation. This is in order to minimise any impact resulting from the security operations.“So, our plan, once we have been given the go-ahead, is to enter the community and assess the social structure that exists. This will include the demographics (and) the physical environment (including) roads, drains and sanitation structures,” the Deputy Chairman outlines.Mr. Sweeney says that among those that will be targeted are unattached youth who are either unemployed or not enrolled in an institution of learning; young children, particularly those not enrolled in school; the disabled; the elderly; and single mothers.He points out that these demographics are characteristic of underserved communities that are impacted by crime and violence.“So, the idea is to achieve the type of social capital that will allow members of the communities to secure their welfare. So, you’re talking about a community that has their youth engaged… where persons are gainfully employed… and the physical environment is not affected by public health issues,” the Deputy Chairman says.Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities.Several of the services that are to be provided in the Zones were recently delivered to residents of Mount Salem in St. James, where the first ZOSO is in effect.At a two-day community fair, residents benefited from free medical and dental services, while a number of agencies were on hand to process important documents.These included the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), HEART/NTA, National Youth Service (NYS), Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), and the Ministry of National Security and its agencies.Mr. Sweeney says the assessment for Mount Salem has commenced, noting that the Social Intervention Committee and its partners were able to utilise information that agencies such as the Social Development Commission (SDC) and the JSIF collated on the community over the years, to organise the fair.He notes that the Committee and joint security forces command, which have been working closely since the Mount Salem ZOSO was declared by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness on September 1, were able to reach a consensus on the need to stage the event.Mr. Sweeny, who is also Managing Director of JSIF, says the social interventions to be undertaken in Mount Salem are expected to serve as the blueprint for similar activities in other communities.The engagements, he said, will be enriched by the involvement of the JCF through the police youth clubs as well as private-sector stakeholders.“In fact, members (of the private sector) are already calling and expressing an interest in getting involved. So, we will certainly engage them at the appropriate time to get their inputs,” he adds.Meanwhile, Mr. Sweeney is expressing confidence that long-term positive outcomes, such as community empowerment and development and reduced crime and violence, which are anticipated from the implementation of the ZOSOs, will materialise and redound to the benefit of the residents and country in general.“We aren’t trying to achieve something that doesn’t (already) exist… as it does in hundreds of communities across Jamaica. But the idea is to have a collaborative government response that will enable the people (in adversely affected areas) to develop the capacity to really maintain the peace in their communities.“I am pleased to be a part of the programme and I am confident that the other Committee members, when they are named, will also support it,” Mr. Sweeny tells JIS News. Deputy Chairman of the ZOSO Social Intervention Committee, Omar Sweeney, says the support will, among other things, enable persons to receive health services and acquire important documents such as birth certificates and national identification (ID), which will enable them to access critical social benefits. Mr. Sweeney tells JIS News that the assessments will determine the extent to which interventions are implemented over the short, medium and long term and also the degree to which institutions undertaking these are established in the communities.