New regulations reinforce Xinhua’s control over foreign news agencies

first_img News Many foreign governments such as the United States and Germany, and the European Union through the current holder of its presidency, Finland, have voiced concern about new regulations giving China’s official news agency, Xinhua, a monopoly of the distribution of news, photos and graphics in China.In an attempt to quell fears, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said “the Chinese government will guarantee the freedom and rights of foreign news media and foreign financial news agencies established in China.”Xinhua has stressed that it is not seeking “any financial gain.” Its vice-president invoked the right of developing countries to create a fairer financial news market and to combat the “information gap” vis-à-vis the leading developed nations.Liu Binjie, the deputy minister of the General Administration of Press and Publication, said the new regulations were just an extension of supervisory powers approved in 1996 and for which his ministry has been responsible for some time.Xinhua also quoted academic Qin Zhaode of Fudan University in Shanghai as saying: “In order to safeguard China’s rights and interests, it is very normal that the government use these methods, clearly authorising Xinhua with these relevant functions.”———————–中文版本Reporters Without Borders voiced dismay today at the government-run news agency Xinhua’s announcement, without any prior consultation, of new regulations reinforcing its commercial and editorial control over the distribution of foreign news agency content within China. The organisation called for a joint reaction from the US, European and Japanese governments to this new attempt to restrict the free flow of information.“We are worried about the scope of these regulations, which could have a serious impact on the work of foreign news agencies operating in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is outrageous that Xinhua, the Communist Party mouthpiece, should claim full powers over news agencies. It also poses a threat to news agency journalists, who play a key role in the circulation of news in China. Xinhua is establishing itself as a predator of both free enterprise and freedom of information.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Chinese government did everything possible to keep politics out of business negotiations during the EU-China summit that just took place. But now it is doing the exact opposite by blithely mixing business and political control. The status of foreign news agencies is a complete violation of China’s commitments to the World Trade Organisation.”The regulations announced yesterday, entitled “Measures for administering the dissemination of news and information in China by foreign news agencies,” concern not only mainland China but also Hong Kong and Macao and, in theory, Taiwan. They abolish a special dispensation dating back to 1996 that allowed business information agencies including Reuters to sell news to the Chinese media. Part of Xinhua’s motive seems to be muscle in on a lucrative business that has eluded it until now.Consisting of 22 articles, the new regulations confirm Xinhua’s strict monopoly of the distribution of news, photos and computer images to the Chinese media. Without any form of consultation, the foreign news agencies have been placed under the tutelage of Xinhua, which has assumed the right to grant or withhold operating licences. This contradicts foreign ministry regulations that give the ministry the power to accredit foreign news media and journalists.Posted on Xinhua’s website, the regulations ban the dissemination of news that is contrary to the Chinese constitution or any Chinese law, that endangers national unity, sovereignty, territorial integrity, national security or China’s reputation and interests, that violates Chinese policy on religions, or that promotes sects and superstition. News agencies are told they must not incite hate or discrimination between ethnic groups or hurt their feelings. They are also banned from threatening China’s social and economic order or cultural traditions, or from disseminating obscenities or defamation. After issuing a warning, Xinhua will be able to demand a correction, block the circulation of a report, or suspend the offending media’s licence.The Chinese media are forbidden to use foreign news agency dispatches to cover a news story. But the news agencies sell photos through Xinhua, especially international news photos. And the Chinese media can also buy business news and information from the specialised agencies.The agencies that will be most affected are Reuters, Bloomberg, DowJones and Kyodo, all of which sell business news to the Chinese media.A Beijing-based journalist who did not want to be named told Reporters Without Borders the foreign news agencies should “unite to combat these unfair and retrograde regulations.” Another foreign news agency correspondent said Xinhua was trying “claim powers it does not have.”In September 2005, Reporters Without Borders published a report entitled “Xinhua: the world’s biggest propaganda agency,” which described the agency’s internal functioning and how it played a key role in controlling the Chinese media. June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is dismayed by the government-run news agency Xinhua’s announcement, without any form of consultation, of new regulations stepping up its commercial and editorial control over foreign news agency content distributed within China. The organisation calls for a joint reaction from the US, European and Japanese governments to this new obstacle to the free flow of information. ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more September 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New regulations reinforce Xinhua’s control over foreign news agencies News Help by sharing this information to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


Siemens Gamesa Starts Repairing Anholt Blades, London Array Up Next

first_imgAnholt offshore wind farm; Image source: Siemens Gamesa/ archive (cropped)Siemens Gamesa has commenced a blade repair and upgrade campaign at the Anholt offshore wind farm, after signing agreements with Ørsted for these works to be carried out on the Danish offshore wind farm and UK’s London Array, both featuring Siemens Gamesa’s 3.6MW wind turbines that have been affected by leading edge erosion. During the campaign, Siemens Gamesa will dismantle the blades, apply a protective shell and install an aerodynamic improvement kit to increase the yield.The companies are also in the process of planning individual repair and upgrade campaigns, while the two specific agreements for Anholt and London Array are based on earlier agreed guiding principles on a portfolio basis. Further agreements, following similar principles, are expected in the months to come, Ørsted’s CEO Henrik Poulsen said.Ørsted does not expect this to have any, or any significant, impact on its finances due to the increased production and partly as result of warranty claims.The 111-turbine Anholt offshore wind farm, for which Siemens Gamesa has a 5-year service contact, was inaugurated in September 2013, only two months after the 175-turbine London Array, for which the turbine supplier signed a long-term service agreement.In February, Ørsted selected Siemens Gamesa as the exclusive wind turbine supplier for the 1.4GW Hornsea Project Two, planned to consist of 8MW wind turbines with a 167-metre rotor.The recently completed and soon-to-be commissioned Walney Extension offshore wind farm, which is set to take over the world’s largest title from London Array, is also featuring Siemens Gamesa technology within its East phase.last_img read more


bet365 continues Manchester expansion with new offices

first_img Leading UK online bookmaker, bet365 has expanded its operating capacity within Manchester after confirming it has taken a five-year lease on a city-centre building.It comes after the online bookmaker launched its DevOPs department in November 2019, which significantly boosted bet365’s operational capacity.“We are thrilled to welcome Bet365 to the final three floors at Core,” said James Whitcher, Asset Management Director, Boultbee Brooks Real Estate.“Securing Bet365 against stiff competition is testament to the quality of the Core development and the whole project team who worked tirelessly to deliver an impressive transformation of a previously unloved building.”“We’re delighted to secure such a high profile company for the remaining space at CORE. Following its comprehensive refurbishment, CORE has become one of Manchester’s most popular and sought after office buildings, appealing to tenants seeking a mix of modern office suites and collaborative workspaces,” added Jonathan Cook, Associate Director at CBRE Manchester.In 2018, bet365 established a Manchester-based tech support office housed in the city’s Spring Gardens area, led by Warren Hughes the firm’s Head of Systems Development.The bookmaker’s enlarged Manchester tech support unit is operated by subsidiary Hillside Technology, tasked with forming a bet365 ‘site reliability engineering‘ team. Submit Related Articles Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more


LIVE: Palm Beach County School Board to vote on reopening plan for 2020-21 school year

first_imgSchool board members will decide on Wednesday when they officially vote on a reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year.sAccording to the school board’s agenda, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Fennoy is recommending that all schools in the School District of Palm Beach County start the year with online distance learning.The new school year in Palm Beach County is currently slated to start on Monday, Aug. 10. WATCH LIVE COVERAGE:last_img


Bia Boro, Selkirk Eyecare capture titles as City Soccer wraps up season

first_imgBia Boro opened with a 2-1 win over Red Dog before dethroning 2012 champs Club Inter during semi final action.In the final Bia Boro held a one-goal lead before Real Nelson appeared to tie up the game.However, the game officials rule the goal was offside, which preserved the win over Bia Boro.In Finley’s Ladies Rec League, Selkirk Eyecare knocked off Lily Whites in the final 1-0.Nothing much separated the two finalists during the regular season as the two teams finished deadlocked for top spot.However, in then final Lily Whites could not get the offence in gear against Selkirk Eyecare. Bia Boro completed the run to the Jackson’s Hole Master League title by scoring a narrow 2-1 victory over Real Nelson in the final Sunday at the Lakeside Pitch.The win was the third in as many weeks for the fourth-place finisher in the regular season.last_img read more


SA’s education system ‘in transition’

first_imgReleased earlier this week, the report was a result of a request by Education Minister Naledi Pandor for the OECD to undertake a peer review of South Africa’s education policies in 2006. A report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development into education in South Africa has found that while the education system has achieved a number of positive results in the past 14 years, it is still in a process of transition, and is suffering from a lack of resources and infrastructure. The department should develop a precise, reliable and consistent data gathering system on special educational needs students and on South African school’s ability to meet the needs of these learners, the OECD recommended. According to the report, pilot schemes should be introduced for the induction of new teachers. “Mechanisms should be established to make the demand in the labour market more dynamic and flexible and better linked to the vocational education training provision and real, on the job training should be provided by companies as part of the training curriculum,” Corradini said. “Achievements are noted and now the real move in the ground is to address challenges made in the report and come with solutions, which is not going to happen overnight, it needs to be progressively realised through a phased approached,” she said. “The post-apartheid government inherited an education system beset by a host of problems, a fundamental issue of which was the structured inequality that was embedded in the system,” noted the report, entitled A Review of the South African Education System. National Professional Teachers Organisation of South Africa President Dave Balt complimented Pandor and the department for taking the bold step to commission the report. Commenting on the report, Pandor said policy review was a crucial element of the work of any government. Early childhood development and adult basic education and training have tended to be marginalised in South African education despite some admirable policy documents, said the OECD, adding that due to the racially discriminatory policy of the past, many adults lost out on educational opportunities. Presenting a report on vocational educational training, European Training Foundation expert Milena Corradini, who was part of the review team, said better partnerships between the business community and the education sector should be established and links between schools and the world of work should be more systematic. Special needs and inclusivity The review included an examination of key aspects of the education system, governance and financing of the education system, curriculum, learning materials and assessment, early childhood education and adult education, vocational education training and human resource development, inclusive education and equity in South African education, the teaching and teacher education as well as higher education. Building capacity These debates would also surround the OECD’s many useful recommendations following the report’s findings in educating the nation’s children. Policy review ‘crucial’ The team therefore suggested that more attention should be paid to the management of the change process in terms of detailed planning, budgeting and monitoring of change with change resistance and a formal training in the pedagogy of higher education, which should be made available to academic staff, particularly junior lecturers. Professional teacher development The report team also noted that the teaching career did not enjoy a good public image, and therefore did not attract high quality candidates. Center for Education and Policy Development analyst Mary Metcalf welcomed the report, telling BuaNews that the review would add value by stimulating vibrant debate where key stakeholders would find common ground for urgent action.center_img On the issue of equity in the education system, the review team was impressed with the emphasis given in South African policy to inclusivity. It also acknowledged that this had a broader implication than providing persons with disabilities access to schooling. The report therefore recommended that additional investment in early childhood development should focus on supporting parents as early educators through multimedia, multilingual programmes. It also noted that all Grade R teachers should have access to the same professional development and support resources. 8 October 2008 “The OECD review team registered surprise at what we had achieved in 14 years rather than surprise at what we still have to achieve”, Pandor said. “Anywhere in the developing world, a minister of education would be overjoyed at receiving a positive if qualified audit from an international organisation like the OECD.” “Before promulgating new policy measures for schools, feasibility studies at the level of average or below average schools should be conducted with more attention paid to effective communication of policy,” the OECD recommended, saying that focused training programmes were needed for staff capacity building at provincial and district level. Stimulating vibrant debate The OECD recommended that emphasis on curriculum policy should be placed on the implementation of the current curriculum emphasising the provision of learning materials, professional development of teachers, development of appropriate assessment tools and early diagnosis and remediation of learning problems. An emphasis should be placed on system deficiencies rather than learner’s difficulties, the report said, adding that all schools should also be accountable through annual reports on their physical and accessibility strategies. The report further found that there was a need for the department to produce a policy position paper setting out a comprehensive action plan and highlighting policy initiatives which were being introduced regarding the teaching career accompanied by a communication plan. The OECD provides a setting where governments can compare policy experiences, seek answers to common problems, identify good practice and coordinate domestic and international policies. ‘Invest in early childhood development’ “We have to ask ourselves whether the policy interventions we have put in place since 1994 have been instrumental in ensuring that we reach our goals of access, equity, redress, quality, relevance and efficiency,” Pandor told BuaNews this week. Financial and Fiscal Commission representative Nomonde Madubula told BuaNews that the report highlighted in detail all the facets of the education system in South Africa and how it had come so far despite historical legacy. “Added to these weaknesses are major infrastructural deficits, inadequate financing, lack of democratic procedures, imbalanced curricular policy, poor teacher education and very unsatisfactory provision of teaching of teaching materials.” “We are happy with the recommendations,” Balt told BuaNews. “We need professional development of teachers and qualified teachers on the early childhood development and we are very happy about the endorsement of quality learning and teaching campaign as a matter of urgency.” She said she had anticipated a condemning review of the education system, however, the report had instead noted a number of achievements. The straightforward recommendations centre on several themes: the governance and financing of the education system; the curriculum and learning materials; early childhood education and adult education; vocational educational training and human resource development; equity in South African education and teacher training and higher education. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more


Water quality meeting investigates next wave of sustainability initiatives

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers’ continuous commitment to adopting more sustainable agricultural practices is reaping significant benefits such as healthier soil and cleaner water. But, despite these successes, there is more work ahead to juggle the science and economic factors that must be blended and balanced as the speed of change increases.Finding the best path and striking that balance was the central theme of a water quality and ag nutrient meeting being held in Bloomington, Illinois last week. The meeting brings together National Corn Growers Association staff and state corn staff representing Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Ohio.The nuts and bolts portion of the meeting covered topics such as: assessing current water quality initiatives; costs and benefits of current practices; educating key thought leaders and the public; and farm bill proposals.One reoccurring theme was finding ways to keep farmers focused and motivated to continue making these positive changes in the current weak agricultural economy. Farmers are facing tough economic times with many corn farmers, specifically, facing corn prices below the cost of production for the last four growing seasons.During the meeting, participants agreed upon the importance of: showcasing success stories of farmers pioneering new techniques; expanding and promoting outside cost sharing incentives; working with all available partners with common goals; and documenting the positive changes in detail for government regulatory bodies.Suzy Friedman, the Environmental Defense Fund senior director of agricultural sustainability, reinforced the group’s thinking that there is a growing list of tools available to help farmers achieve their goals but more data is needed. The good news is this too is changing in part because of emerging partnerships. EDF is having great success expanding their network which includes organizations like NCGA, Field to Market, Ag Retailers Association, the American Society of Agronomists and the Soil Health Partnership.last_img read more


Should Entrepreneurs Have Their Own National Holiday? Why Not?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron Tags:#events#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Supporters can cast their vote by visiting and signing a petition aimed at President Obama by logging in with their Twitter account. Do keep in mind, however, that doing so will automatically tweet your support out on your account, but that’s a small price to pay to help raise entrepreneurial awareness.Many notable entrepreneurs have already signing the petition, including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, Jason Fried of 37Signals, video blogger Andrew Warner of Mixergy and Babak Nivi of Venture Hacks. Also included on the list of supporters is former New Hampshire Governor Craig Benson, and Babson College President Leanard Schlesinger.Much like the Startup Visa movement, this petition for a national holiday seems like a no-brainer for fans of entrepreneurship. Why should we want to spread information and resources to as many people as possible? Why shouldn’t we recognize entrepreneurs for their achievements on a national stage? If you can find a discernible downside to this, please let us know about it in the comments below. Otherwise, go sign the petition and help entrepreneurs get the national recognition they deserve. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts In the recent months, entrepreneurship has been a hot topic in Washington. From the proposed Startup Visa, to Senator Dodd’s financial reform strategies and even to the overall need for more job creation – many agree that entrepreneurship will play a large role in turning this country’s economic woes around. But one group in support of entrepreneurship is asking for something a little different from the President: a national holiday.Siamak Taghaddos, co-founder of Grasshopper, a virtual phone system built for entrepreneurs, proposed this morning that March 20th, 2011 should be the first annual National Entrepreneurs’ Day in honor of all the good that has come to the nation through entrepreneurship. After all, this nation was build by entrepreneurs who took a risk on a crazy venture called America, so why shouldn’t entrepreneurs have their own day?The purpose of having a day for entrepreneurship isn’t only to honor and remember the great entrepreneurs of our past, but to also band together in support for improving the future of the country’s forward thinkers. Taghaddos believes a day to honor the achievements of the nation’s entrepreneurs could serve to drive the country back toward economic prosperity.“Entrepreneurs are America’s real ‘bailout’ in the sense that by investing in them and their ventures, we would stimulate a real economic turnaround,” writes Taghaddos. “Whether or not you agree with the politics, entrepreneurship is a vital part of any economic stimulus.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief It may be the start of a new season, but the usual suspects still emerged as the favorites this year.Defending champion La Salle was the unanimous choice by UAAP coaches as the team to beat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80973 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEven the favorites admit that last year’s contenders are still primed for huge runs in this campaign, but also said other teams that can pull off surprises.“NU should also be there because of coach Jamike. We also haven’t won against UP this season, so we’re in danger against coach Bo,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo.“I think that UP shouldn’t be a dark horses now, but rather, they’re one of the contenders also. NU, I think, is also now the dark horse of the league,” shared Ateneo deputy Sandy Arespacochaga.But for the other coaches, they believe that it’s a pretty even competition this year in the UAAP that no teams can be considered as a pushover.“All teams are competitive, they all have equal chances,” said UST coach Boy Sablan.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters 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 But the Green Archers are not alone in that discussion, with the bench tacticians also put last year’s runner-up Ateneo and semifinalist Far Eastern University are in the discussion as well together with Adamson.“Like last year, [the teams to beat are] still the top four from last year,” said National University coach Jamike Jarin.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“Of course, the top four teams last season will still be there,” added University of the East mentor Derrick Pumaren.“The ones who were in the championship last year are still it. La Salle and Ateneo are there, FEU is still there. They’re the usual suspects. It’s always them because they have the program year in and year out and they’re always in the pipeline,” said University of the Philippines coach Bo Perasol. Read Next La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s very competitive this year, a well-balanced field. All of the teams we saw in the Filoil were strong, so you can’t say that only a handful of teams are contenders because we expect everyone to give it their all this year,” said new FEU coach Olsen Racela.last_img read more