Help by sharing this information November 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist reportedly arrested for “illegal interviews” with coal miners after accident ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese government to reveal the names of the journalist and his three assistants from the southern Guizhou province who were reportedly arrested in Linfen, in the central province of Shanxi, on 3 November for investigating an explosion at the Luweitan coal mine. The organisation also asked the authorities to explain why they were arrested.“If they are still being held for investigating a mine accident, they must freed immediately,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A charge of ‘illegal interviews’ is unacceptable.”The organisation pointed out that, when visiting the families of the victims of a mine accident in Shanxi province in January 2005, a very moved Prime Minister Wen Jiabao promised to improve conditions in the mines and encouraged the media to cover these tragedies. At total of 114 miners have died in four serious accidents in Shanxi coal mines since the start of November. Twenty-four of them were killed by an explosion at the Luweitan mine caused by a ventilation system failure that allowed gas to accumulate. The journalist and three assistants who were arrested worked for the Beijing-based magazine Guancha Zhoukan, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post daily reported, citing the Hong Kong-based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The information has not been confirmed.The mortality rate for miners in China ranges from 5 per million tonnes of extracted coal in the large mines to 9.1 in the small ones, compared with a rate of 0.5 in India (Wright, 2004, Cambridge University Press). As mine accidents in China are often linked to management dishonesty and corruption, it is essential that journalists should be free to investigate them. China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News
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CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters joins Saint Michael’s Board of TrusteesLawrence J. Blanford, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Waterbury, Vt., has joined the Saint Michael’s College board of trustees and attended meetings on campus Dec. 5 and 6.”I felt very privileged to be asked to join the Saint Michael’s board,” Blanford said, explaining that he had become familiar with the college by attending Mass in the college’s Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel since moving to Vermont. Blanford and his family came to the area 18 months ago.”We’ve been thrilled with the masses at Saint Michael’s, he said. “The Edmundite priests are wonderful speakers and it’s a beautiful mass with five, six or even seven priestsI look forward to it every week.”Mr. Blanford came to know SMC President Jack Neuhauser at Mass and through that relationship was invited to join the college’s board. Having just finished a term on the board of Clark-Atlanta University, he had the time and “was thrilled to become a part of Saint Michael’s College.”Mr. Blanford has a history of leading companies. Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2007, he was CEO of Royal Group Technologies, Toronto, Canada, from 2005 to 2006; president and CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, Atlanta, from 2001 to 2003; president of Maytag Appliances, Newton, Iowa, 1998 to 2000; and had previously held management positions with Johns Manville, Denver; PPG Industries, Pittsburgh; and Proctor & Gamble, Cincinnati. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a master’s in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati.Mr. Blanford and his wife Lynn, residents of South Burlington, Vt., have two children, Amanda, a sophomore in college in Ohio, and John a student at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 368 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michael’s professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last eight years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2009 U.S. News & World Report rankings.-30-
Foliage is nearing peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations across the state.Vibrant foliage will continue to develop around Vermont, and most areas of the state will be displaying multiple stages of colorful foliage throughout the week. Foliage is close to peak color in the Northeast Kingdom and in higher elevations, including sections of the Green Mountains. Look for bright color between Jay Peak and St. Johnsbury, Stowe and Pittsfield, and Killington and Wilmington.‘Expect brilliant color in most locations this weekend, with peak color at the highest elevations,’ said Orange County Forester David Paganelli. ‘The lower elevations and southern areas should be peaking during the middle or end of next week.’The foliage progression will continue to unfold around Vermont over the next several days.‘There has been a considerable increase in fall color in southwestern Vermont over the last week and the area is building toward peak,’ said forester Mike White of Dorset. ‘Reds and oranges are particularly common now and most trees are showing at least some fall color, providing dramatic views that can be seen anywhere in the region. As the area approaches peak color, the views only get better by the day.’Best Bets: In northern Vermont, try Route 114 between Lyndonville and Norton, Route 105 from North Troy to East Charleston, Route 5A from West Burke to Westmore, and Route 111 between Derby Center and Island Pond.Elsewhere in the state, Interstate 89 from Northfield to Bolton offers beautiful views of orange, red and yellow foliage along the hillsides. Colorful foliage can also be found on Route 108 between Stowe and Cambridge, Route 100 between Warren and Stowe, and Route 12 between Montpelier and Elmore.Mountain gap roads offer quality foliage viewing as well. Try Route 73 between Rochester and Brandon, Route 125 between Middlebury and Hancock, and Route 17 between Waitsfield and Starksboro.Look for bright color on Route 100 between Pittsfield and Granville, Route 12 between Woodstock and Bethel, Route 106 between Springfield and Woodstock, and Route 5 along the Connecticut River. Also suggested are Route 140 between Wallingford and Mount Holly, Route 103 between Cuttingsville and Proctorsville, and Route 4 between Killington and Quechee.In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Route 11 between Peru and Chester, Route 100 between Jacksonville and Weston, Route 7 between Wallingford and Manchester, Route 30 between Winhall and Newfane, and Route 9 between Bennington and Wilmington.In general, higher elevations will offer the most panoramic views of emerging color across the valleys, and many low-lying marsh areas will offer some of the most vivid and varied fall color.Source: Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. 9.28.2010The Vermont Hospitality Council advises making advance reservations because the most popular lodgings may fill early on busy weekends during the foliage season. Some innkeepers may require a minimum two-night stay, especially on busy weekends. Vermont tourism officials encourage visitors to take advantage of midweek specials during the foliage season as part of the statewide ‘Midweek Peek’ promotion. Deals range from discounted lodging to free Vermont products. For details, visit www.VermontVacation.com/midweek(link is external).
– Advertisement – Friday 6th November 5:30pm Prutton predicts: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds) Who is David Prutton tipping for victory in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend? Find out here…The Prutton’s Predictions show!Listen to the all new Prutton’s Predictions show! David Prutton joins Sky Sports’ Simeon Gholam to discuss all his Championship predictions ahead of Gameweek 11. You can listen below, as he reveals who he is backing this weekend.- Advertisement – If you want to get involved then tweet your predictions here and we will dissect the best on the show every Thursday before a round of Championship games!Cardiff vs Bristol City, Friday 6pm – Live on Sky Sports FootballThat was a great win for Cardiff in midweek, and Harry Wilson is really getting up to speed which can only bode well for them.Bristol City’s win was curious in midweek as they had not won in five before that and were well beaten by Norwich in midweek. It showed great resolve and this feels like a score draw to me.- Advertisement – Birmingham vs Bournemouth, Saturday 3pmBoth of these sides need a reaction. Birmingham should have beaten Wycombe in midweek, especially after taking the lead, and will be so disappointed to have seen their mini run of wins come to an end.Bournemouth suffered their first defeat of the season at Sheffield Wednesday, but they have the quality to bounce back here. Away win.Prutton predicts: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)Brentford vs Middlesbrough, Saturday 3pm Kick off 6:00pm Kick off 12:30pm Prutton predicts: 1-2 (Sky Bet odds) Reading vs Stoke, Saturday 12.30pm – Live on Sky Sports FootballIs it surprising Reading lost at home to Preston? They are so good away from home, and it is still too early to worry about the Royals suffering a real dip.Stoke will not be quite sure how they lost at Watford in midweek, and Michael O’Neill will be keen for his side to bounce back as quickly as possible. I think they will do just that.- Advertisement – We often focus on Brentford’s attacking talent and probably ignore at times how good they were defensively last season. There is no doubt they need to tighten up at the back.Middlesbrough and goals do not really go hand in hand this season, but I would like to think there will be goals in this one. I will back Brentford to edge it.Prutton predicts: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)Norwich vs Swansea, Saturday 3pmIt’s nicely set up this one. Norwich were excellent at Bristol City last Saturday and should have seen off Millwall in midweek.Maybe Swansea are still operating a little under the radar but if they keep in that part of the table that will not last long. I feel like this will be a draw.Prutton predicts: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)Sheffield Wednesday vs Millwall, Saturday 3pm What a great week for Sheffield Wednesday. A big win against Bournemouth and then to see their points deduction halved. They could be out of the bottom three by Saturday night if things go their way.Are Millwall dark horses for the top six this season? They are going about their business well enough and will be glad to have Gary Rowett back in the dugout. That being said, I think the positivity shrouding Wednesday will fire them to victory.Prutton predicts: 1-0 (Sky Bet odds)Prutton’s other predictions (All Saturday 3pm kick-off/Saturday 3pm kick-off unless stated)Blackburn vs QPR: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)Derby vs Barnsley: 1-1 (Sky Bet odds)Huddersfield vs Luton: 0-1 (Sky Bet odds)Nottingham Forest vs Wycombe: 2-1 (Sky Bet odds)Rotherham vs Preston: 0-2 (Sky Bet odds)Watford vs Coventry: 2-2 (Sky Bet odds) Saturday 7th November 12:00pm
As the dust settles from the presidential race, the eyes of the political world have already shifted to Georgia, where two runoff elections set for early January will almost certainly determine which party has control of the Senate.The outcome of the contests, which will play out two weeks before President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration, will either swing the majority to Democrats, handing the new president broad power to carry out his policy agenda and push through nominations as he sees fit, or leave Republicans in charge, allowing them to influence his plans.- Advertisement – In the weeks ahead, tens of millions of dollars in campaign cash are expected to pour into the state to fund a marathon of political advertising, while party leaders and interest groups on both sides train their attention on the races.Click here to read more about how it will work. – Advertisement –
Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People.BERND VON JUTRCZENKA | AFP | Getty Images LONDON — The European Union will slap tariffs on up to $4 billion worth of U.S. products Monday, after what it described as a “lack of progress” on resolving a long-standing dispute over aircraft subsidies.The EU and the U.S. have been at odds over the issue since 2006. The World Trade Organization agreed last year that the EU did not follow best trade practices when granting aid to Airbus. In light of that decision, the U.S. imposed duties on $7.5 billion of imported goods from Europe.Last month, the WTO also ruled that the United States did not comply with international rules when providing subsidies to Boeing. As a result, the EU has said it is now going ahead with up to $4 billion in tariffs.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “We have made clear at every stage that we want to settle this long-running issue. Regrettably, in spite of our best efforts, due to the lack of progress from the U.S. side, we can confirm that the European Union will later today exercise our rights and impose the countermeasures awarded to us by the WTO in respect of Boeing,” Europe’s trade chief, Valdis Dombrovskis, said on Monday during a press conference.This is a breaking news story and will be updated shortly. – Advertisement –
The government expects this year’s economic growth to reach 2.3 percent under the baseline scenario, or to contract by 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario as consumer spending and investment dry up amid the pandemic. Indonesia’s economy grew by 2.97 percent in the first quarter, the slowest pace in 19 years.Senior World Bank economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn said earlier this month that Indonesia’s economy might shrink 3.5 percent this year should the PSBB imposed by several regional administrations last for four months, according to the institution’s worst-case projection.“[The zero percent growth in the baseline scenario] assumes two months of large-scale social restrictions and takes into account a severe global economic slowdown and a very big drop in commodity prices, all of which will have an effect on Indonesia’s economy,” Van Doorn told reporters in a livestreamed news conference.Read also: Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5% if PSBB last for 4 months: World Bank“We expect private consumption to slow down due to job losses and a decline in consumer confidence. We also expect a slowdown in investment growth because of weaker economic activity and lower commodity prices.”Domestic consumer spending expanded just 2.84 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter from 5.01 percent during the same period last year.In the case of the global economy, the World Bank now forecasts it will shrink by 5.2 percent, the worst in 80 years, as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts a “swift and massive shock” on the economy.“This is a deeply sobering outlook, with the crisis likely to leave long-lasting scars and pose major global challenges,” said World Bank Group vice president for equitable growth, finance and institutions Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, as reported by Agence France-Presse.The depth of the crisis will drive 70 to 100 million people into extreme poverty – worse than the prior estimate of 60 million, she told reporters on Monday.Under the worst-case scenario, the global recession could mean a contraction of 8 percent, according to the report.The development lender projects a rebound for 2021 with the global economy growing by as much as 4.2 percent.“The pandemic will likely further slow potential growth in the [East Asia and Pacific] region by weakening investment and the supply chains that have been an important conduit for productivity gains over the last decade,” the report read.Read also: Indonesia’s COVID-19 budget swells but still not enough, observers say“The regional outlook will significantly deteriorate if global trade tensions re-escalate.”Advanced economies, including the United States and the eurozone, are projected to contract by 7 percent this year, while emerging market and developing economies will shrink by 2.5 percent.Meanwhile, the economy in China, Indonesia’s largest trading partner and the country where the outbreak began, is expected to grow by 1 percent this year.Topics : Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow at zero percent this year as the global economy is expected to see its deepest downturn since the Second World War, the World Bank has forecast.Southeast Asia’s biggest economy will see its weakest economic performance since the 1998 Asian financial crisis as the COVID-19 crisis strikes “a devastating blow to an already-fragile” global economy, the Washington, DC-based development bank said in its latest Global Economic Prospect report.“Necessary but economically costly lockdowns have become widespread and resulted in a sharp contraction of economic activity, while an abrupt tightening of global financial conditions has led to sizable capital outflows,” it said in the report. “While not contractions, Indonesia’s growth rate would nevertheless be 5.1 percentage points lower than January forecasts,” the World Bank said. “Regional commodity exporters [including Indonesia] were also hit by a steep decline in commodity prices.”Read also: Pandemic drives broadest economic collapse in 150 years: World BankThe country’s economy is projected to rebound sharply and record 4.8 percent growth in 2021, although still lower than the World Bank’s earlier projection in January.The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted economic activity throughout the archipelago as the government has called on citizens to implement physical-distancing measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus, forcing offices, factories, shops and schools to shut down. Four provinces and 11 regencies/cities have imposed large scale social restrictions (PSBB), which have forced non-essential businesses to close.
Manchester United and Arsenal target Thomas Meunier admits he’s ‘frustrated’ at Paris Saint-Germain Meunier made just his second start of the season on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to strengthen at left-back and though Meunier prefers to play on the right, he is adept on either side.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the Belgian’s hinted he would be open to leaving PSG by admitting he’s frustrated at a lack of opportunities.‘My philosophy and mentality have never changed,’ said Meunier.‘I have been saying since my first steps here at PSG that I would be devoted to the club until the end of my contract or more.‘He [Thomas Tuchel] will be able to count on me.‘Sometimes it is a bit frustrating and the happiness in football is in playing.‘But choices have been made and the coach will take his own decisions’MORE: Manchester United open contract talks with Angel Gomes amid Barcelona interest Thomas Meunier has hinted he’ll leave PSG (Picture: Getty)Paris Saint-Germain star Thomas Meunier has put Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert after admitting he’s ‘frustrated’ at his lack of game time at the club.The Belgian scored PSG’s third in their 3-0 win against Real Madrid on Tuesday but it was just his second start of the season.The full-back has lost his place under Thomas Tuchel with the German preferring youngster Colin Dagba instead.Meunier was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates last summer and he’s confirmed on a number of occasions that he is a United fan.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Sep 2019 8:34 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisement Comment Advertisement