News Receive email alerts RSF_en News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 11, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Canadian journalist expelled for investigating workers’ strikes Organisation China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) has protested against the arrest and deportation of Canadian journalist Jiang Xueqin, who was covering demonstrations by workers in the north-east of China. “Having prevented foreign and Chinese journalists from covering the AIDS epidemic in Henan, the Beijing authorities are now imposing a news blackout on another sensitive issue. While a number of workers’ representatives have recently been put behind bars, it is now a question of silencing all those who try to report on their struggle,” stated Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders. to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News According to information obtained by the organisation, freelance journalist Jiang Xueqin was expelled from China on 5 June 2002, having been detained for two days in Daqing (Heilongjiang Province, in the north-east of the country). He was covering a workers’ demonstration for the Public Broadcasting Service, a television channel partly funded by the American government, when he was arrested for “making illegal video recordings”. According to a friend, he was carrying a video camera at the time and has been accused of spying. A Canadian embassy spokeswoman affirmed that the police had given no reason for Jiang Xueqin’s deportation. Apparently no charges have been brought against the reporter. Back in Toronto, Jiang Xueqin refused to give any details about his detention. “I cannot talk about my experience right now but plan to at a future date,” he said. Follow the news on China In a letter to Foreign Minister Tang Jiaxuang, the organisation for the defence of press freedom calls for the restrictions on the activities of foreign journalists working in China to be lifted. “This incident is yet another example of the numerous difficulties encountered by foreign correspondents working for the international media, who have to brave all kinds of pressure, violence and surveillance,” added Mr Ménard. ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Jiang Xueqin, who was born in Guangdong province, had returned to Beijing where he lived and worked for two years as a freelance journalist. An expert on social problems in China, he has written articles for the American magazine Christian Science Monitor and the Hong Kong weekly Far Eastern Economic Review.
Minnesota’s second-biggest utility plans major renewable energy expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Bismarck Tribune:Great River Energy aims for 50 percent of its power to come from renewable sources within the next 12 years. A proposed wind farm in south central North Dakota would be a large component of the Minnesota-based cooperative to get there.The GRE board approved the initiative and announced the new goal Wednesday at its annual meeting. “Great River Energy has already met Minnesota’s 25 percent renewable energy standard eight years ahead of requirements,” Great River Energy President CEO David Saggau said in a statement.The 50 percent goal also comes with interim renewable energy goals of 30 percent renewable generation capacity by 2020 and 40 percent by 2025.GRE’s renewable portfolio includes 468 megawatts of wind energy, 50 megawatts of which are produced in North Dakota. Assuming its purchase partner, NextEra Energy Resources, receives the necessary regulatory approvals to build, GRE aims to have 350 megawatts of wind production in the state in 2020 with the addition of the proposed 133-turbine Emmons-Logan wind farm. Success of that project would make it GRE’s largest single source wind power contract.Wind is the cooperative’s second-largest source of power behind its roughly 1,200 megawatts of coal-fired electric generation capacity from its two North Dakota-based power plants. The proposed wind farm would close the gap between the two generation sources, bringing wind production up to 768 megawatts. It would increase the amount of power produced by GRE in North Dakota to 1,800 megawatts, benefiting the cooperative’s Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based membership. “Renewable energy, particularly wind, is currently our lowest-cost option for new generation resources,” Saggau said.More: Power cooperative doubling down on renewables
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Due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) scare, the 2020 edition of the WVRAA was rescheduled by DepEdRegional Office 6. It was originally set last month, but the 11 Chinesetourists, who were supposed to spend their vacation in the world-famous BoracayIsland, were quarantined in the Aklan Provincial Hospital as a precautionarymeasure against the deadly virus. Antiqueño delegates join the opening program parade of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Roxas City, Capiz. This year, Antique will send some 500 athletes and technical officials to the WVRAA Meet 2020 in Aklan. PNA According to Department ofEducation(DepEd)-Antique Superintendent Felisa Beriong, the Antiqueño athleteswill leave on March 14 – a week ahead the WVRAA event – so that they couldpractice in the different sporting venues of the Calangcang Sports Complex inMakato, Aklan. “I encourage also the mayor and otherlocal chief executives to go see the sports event in Aklan,” she said. Cadiao, together with other governmentofficials of this province, will also attend the 2020 WVRAA Meet to give moralsupport to the Antiqueño athletes. “The provincial government of Antique isfully supportive of our athletes,” she said. She added that their presence wouldinspire the athletes to excel in their respective sporting events.(With a report from PNA/PN) For her part, Gov. Rhodora Cadiaoannounced on March 2 that the provincial government of Antique has given afinancial assistance of P5 million for its delegation’s trainings andallowances. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province willbe sending a delegation of some 500 athletes and technical officials to the2020 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet hosted by Aklanprovince on March 21-28.
Batesville, IN—The City of Batesville held a swearing-in ceremony on Monday evening between the Batesville Board of Works meeting and the City Council meeting. The three newest full-time firemen are from left to right Lucas Garvey, Michael Orlando, and Christopher Decker. They have already completed schooling and will begin training in the city immediately.
MORE: 10 AAF players who have made a case for the NFLFirst, a look at the scores from Week 5:— Apollos 31, Iron 14— Fleet 27, Stallions 25— Legends 23, Express 20— Commanders 29, Hotshots 25AAF Power Rankings1. Orlando ApollosBefore Saturday’s game, the Iron’s defense had allowed a combined 33 points through the first four weeks. The Apollos scored 31 in a single game, at Birmingham.Orlando is still the league’s only undefeated team, and the reason is clear. The Apollos are scoring 29.8 points per game on average while only allowing 15.4 points per game. The only defense to allow fewer points is that of the Iron.The Apollos only continue to grow stronger as quarterback Garrett Gilbert remains consistent, and they’ve recently found a running game. De’Veon Smith ran for 119 yards on 14 carries (8.5 yards per carry) while D’Ernest Johnson finished with 122 scrimmage yards (49 rushing, 73 receiving). This team looks unbeatable at the moment.2. San Antonio CommandersThe Commanders jumped out to a 26-0 halftime lead Sunday but barely escaped with a 29-25 victory. QB Logan Woodside, who has struggled this season, shined by completing 21 of 27 passes for 290 yards and two scores. The run game, which has been San Antonio’s strong point, was awful. Kenneth Farrow and Trey Williams could not get going.If the Commanders can get their run game back on track, they can dominate teams (much like they did to Arizona in the first half). San Antonio’s defense is strong, having forced five turnovers against the Hotshots in Week 5. The Commanders now have forced 13 turnovers in five games while recording 17 sacks.3. San Diego FleetThe Fleet’s only two losses this season have come when they have used multiple QBs. In Week 1, Mike Bercovici was not prepared for San Antonio’s powerful defense, and in Week 4, third-stringer Alex Ross was a turnover machine in limited time.Bercovici returned in Week 5 (after the Fleet lost Philip Nelson to injury) and played well enough to win. He still has a lot of room for improvement (he completed just 51.2 percent of his throws), but at least he didn’t cost the Fleet the game.San Diego’s defense is the saving grace of this team. End Damontre Moore has been outstanding, recording four sacks, 15 QB hits and 27 QB pressures (per PFF) this season. Kameron Kelly, a converted WR, finished with three INTs in Week 5, giving San Diego yet another weapon on defense.4. Birmingham IronThe Iron turned to Keith Price at QB after Luis Perez threw yet another interception. Price played well, completing 18 of 29 passes for 234 yards and the first Iron passing touchdown of the season. He also threw at least three passes that could have been intercepted, so it wasn’t a glowing debut.Still, he showed a lot more promise than Perez has this season. But the Iron’s offense has more work to do. Trent Richardson continues to get rushing attempts despite the fact that he can’t gain more than three yards per carry. We figured Birmingham would try to use Brandon Ross more after he showed promise in Week 4, but he only had three carries in Week 5.The Iron’s defense, which has been its strong point all season, got embarassed by the Apollos. Birmingham better hope that was a fluke, because this offense is not good enough to keep up if the defense is going to allow 30-plus points.5. Atlanta LegendsAre … are the Legends good now? Atlanta makes a big jump this week from the bottom of the rankings to No. 5, mostly because we are impressed with its win over Memphis. After weeks of suffering through losses with Matt Simms at QB, Aaron Murray has taken over and completely changed this team, leading the Legends to two straight wins.Running back Tarean Folston finally emerged, putting up over 100 scrimmage yards while scoring two touchdowns in Week 5. The Legends’ defense is not as strong as that of some other teams in the league, but Murray has completely transformed their offense.6. Arizona HotshotsArizona started the year as the title favorites based on betting odds, but outside of Week 1, it has not lived up to expectations. The Hotshots barely won in Week 2 against a Christian Hackenberg-led Memphis team and proceeded to lose to Salt Lake (the Stallions’ only win this season). The Hotshots then lost two straight games at home to the Legends and the Commanders.QB John Wolford has fallen off since his Week 1 performance, adding an ugly, three-interception game in Week 5. He now leads the AAF with six interceptions (tied) and has taken a league-high 12 sacks.Receiver Rashad Ross has been a lone consistent star for Arizona, scoring a touchdown in every game this season. He likely will get some looks from NFL franchises this offseason.7. Memphis ExpressThe Mett Show was short-lived, as Zach Mettenberger disappointed in his second start. He completed nine of 17 passes for 181 yards with an interception and no passing touchdowns. (He did score on a QB sneak.)Memphis has improved in recent weeks without Hackenberg turning the ball over, but not enough to pile up wins. The Express will continue to compete, but it’s hard to rank them higher at this point. The Alliance of American Football is coming off one of its best weekends yet with an exciting Week 5. There was the game of the week between the league’s top two teams (record-wise), and the other three games were decided by two points, three points and four points.There are five more weeks of AAF (plus the playoffs), which extend the season to April 27. After every week, we’ll take a look at the results and rank each team based on performance. 8. Salt Lake StallionsWe have a new bottom-dweller. Welcome, Salt Lake.The Stallions have played in several close games this season but have just one win. It feels like they’re better than this ranking suggests, but they keep losing. Salt Lake has a few standout playmakers (WR De’Mornay Pierson-El, DE Karter Schult), but as an overall team, they’re lacking.The Week 6 home game against the Express will say a lot about this team.