European parliamentarians to look into freedom of speech of Olympics athletes

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Follow the news on China RSF_en to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 17, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European parliamentarians to look into freedom of speech of Olympics athletes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisoncenter_img Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders welcome the decision by the Council of Europe parliamentarians to look into freedom of speech of Olympic athletes and hold a public hearing on the issue. Athletes, representatives of the IOC and the national Olympic committees concerned, as well as Chinese representatives, will be invited to the hearing, which is likely to take place during the Assembly’s forthcoming session (14-18 April).“We are celebrating this year the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has provided strong protection for freedom of expression, universally acknowledged at the time, as it is today, to be a fundamental human right. We urge the European parliamentarians to take a strong stand against any restrictions imposed on European athletes on what they can say during the China Olympics.” ARTICLE 19 and Reporters without Borders said. The two organisations added: “The decision taken by some national committees to prevent their athletes from speaking out on human rights abuses in China or elsewhere is unacceptable. It is a clear violation of the athletes’ freedom of expression, a right that belongs to everyone, everywhere.” ARTICLE 19 and Reporters Without Borders have called on national Olympic committees to jointly undertake to impose no restrictions on their athletes’ freedom of speech when they are in Beijing, and urged the European Olympic committees to declare unambiguously that statements about human rights do not fall within the scope of Article 51(3) of the Olympic Charter. The two organisations have also hailed the initiatives taken by several Olympic committees such as those of Sweden and Norway, which are going to brief their athletes about the human rights situation in China.Olympic athletes should not be deterred from giving sincere and honest responses to journalists’ questions or from making comments on the situation of human rights in China or other countries out of fear that those statements will affect their sports careers in any way. Athletes and NOCs need to understand this and that Article 51(3) in no way justifies restricting athletes’ right to make such statements.Preventing athletes from talking about human rights abuses, contrary to their right to freedom of expression, violates the fundamental principles at the heart of the Olympic Charter, contradicts the spirit of the Olympic Games and amounts to condoning the human rights abuses committed by too many countries around the world, including China. News ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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Guest Writer: The Decorating of the Rotary International Float

first_imgCommunity News Guest Writer: The Decorating of the Rotary International Float By KENNETH STICKNEY, Pasadena Rotary Club Published on Friday, December 30, 2016 | 5:42 pm Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Christmas and New Year’s Eve is all about tradition, especially in the city of Pasadena. I wanted to be a part of Pasadena’s traditions in every way. I have been to the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl many times but I have never helped decorate a parade float before.Every year since 1980, Rotary International has had a float in the Rose Parade and this year is the RI Foundation 100 year anniversary. As a Pasadena Rotarian it was time to check this off my bucket list. Volunteers from all over the country come to decorate the floats. For our float, we had a 10 day build schedule starting in December, with many days having two shifts. I put together a group of 14 club members and their friends. We picked a date and got on the schedule for Dec 28th 4 to 11 p.m. shift.On our appointed day our group met at the Rotary check in tent near the Rose Bowl Phoenix float build center where we were all given yellow Rotary T-shirts. It turned out 75 Rotary volunteers showed up for this shift. That’s a lot of yellow T-shirts! Ages ranged from 13 years old to retirement. There were Rotarians from North Carolina, San Francisco, La Jolla, Redlands, North Hollywood, Covina and Pasadena. Just on our shift! The build site must have had at least eight floats in different stages of completion. There were so many Rotarians we of course offered to help others with their floats. Yellow shirts were working everywhere.Some of our group was assigned to trim purple petals from very small flowers. Some were assigned to climb up on scaffolding to work on the float. You might find yourself gluing bark or leaves to a section 15 feet in the air or crawling into a small space where only a little 13 year can get into. A large group was assigned to glue rice, seeds and beans to the Rotary International Foundation sign. By using white rice for the background, yellow seeds and beans for the Rotary gear and those purplish petals for the Rotary name, you get a beautiful banner.At the end of the night all of us had a wonderful time. I learned new skills, met new people and made new friends. What a wonderful experience to share with my club and friends. Maybe I will make this a new tradition for me.Happy New Year!!Kenneth G. Stickneycenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

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Let’s finish the job – Wenger

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his team to concentrate on winning a football match and nothing more when they head to Newcastle for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League finale. The Gunners would secure a top-four finish with victory at St James’ Park. Indeed, depending on Chelsea’s result at home to Everton, they still have an outside chance of snatching third place and with it automatic entry into the Champions League – or even forcing an unprecedented play-off, set for May 26 at Villa Park, were the two clubs’ overall statistics to finish equal. “We know how to behave to win the games, so it’s (about getting) that certainty from our long run and bringing that into our next game. It’s as simple as that,” the Arsenal manager said. Press Associationcenter_img “It is a football match and recently we have shown that we can win these games. We will just continue to do what we did until now.” Arsenal deserve great credit for still being in contention to secure a top-four finish having dropped some seven points behind Tottenham, who are just a point behind the Gunners ahead of their clash with Sunderland, when they lost 2-1 at White Hart Lane on March 3. It is a similar scenario to the end of last season, when victory at West Brom kept them in third place and would eventually see Spurs miss out on even the chance to play a Champions League qualifier when Chelsea went on to win the European Cup. Wenger would rather have his men involved in such an all-or-nothing encounter than to just be going through the motions. “The pressure is big, of course, but I always said the worst (thing) in my job is to play games without any pressure,” said the Frenchman, whose side have not won a trophy since the 2005 FA Cup. “Sometimes you think it would be nice to have a game with no pressure, but when you have one you think, ‘let’s get it back, it’s so boring’.”What would be terrible would be to go to Newcastle and have nothing at stake for us. “We have what we wanted, so let’s just finish the job.” last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe last time these teams met, the Nationals were celebrating their first World Series title in Houston after winning Game 7 at Minute Maid Park. Since then, the Astros have become the league’s villains, with a sign-stealing scandal sullying their reputation and casting a shadow on their 2017 title.Max Scherzer will start Saturday for the Nationals. He started and threw five innings in Washington’s 6-2 win in Game 7 that gave the franchise its first title.As the Astros prepare to take the field for the first time since their cheating scam was uncovered there’s much speculation about what kind of reception they’ll receive.A handful of hecklers turned out at Astros camp this week. One man banged on a trash can as Astros players took batting practice Monday and someone yelled: “cheater” at second baseman Jose Altuve as he walked by fans the same day.On a more troubling note, Houston outfielder Josh Reddick says he and other players have received death threats. Union head Tony Clark said the union has had conversations with MLB about ensuring the safety of the players and their families. Associated Press Update on the latest sports While some people could come out to heckle the Astros, they likely won’t be able to direct their ire at any players who were on the teams that stole signs. New manager Dusty Baker said he doesn’t plan to play any of Houston’s regulars Saturday and wants to give the “kids” a chance to play in the opener.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 1 Baylor hosts No. 3 KansasUNDATED (AP) — The biggest game of the weekend in the Big 12 is arguably the biggest game in college basketball so far this season: No. 1 Baylor against third-ranked Kansas. The Bears have already beaten the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse and now welcome Kansas to Waco.Baylor could deal a staggering blow to the Jayhawks’ hopes of winning the Big 12 championship by completing the series sweep Saturday. A win at home also might solidify their spot as the overall No. 1 seed in next month’s NCAA Tournament. The game tips off at noon, Eastern time.Two other games on the Saturday schedule match up ranked teams. No. 2 Gonzaga visits No. 23 BYU and No. 14 Oregon is at No. 24 Arizona. Both are night games.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S DOWNHILLSuter seals WCup downhill title in race won by Gut-BehramiCRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Corinne Suter has won the season-long women’s World Cup downhill title by finishing race runner-up to her Swiss teammate Lara Gut-Behrami for the second straight day.center_img February 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-ASTROS-SIGN-STEALING SCANDALIt’s champs vs. cheaters as Nats and Astros meet in exhibition openerWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It will be a World Series rematch when the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros play their exhibition opener Saturday night. Gut-Behrami edged Suter by 0.02 seconds, with Nina Ortlieb of Austria just 0.05 off the pace in third.It’s the first World Cup crystal trophy for the 25-year-old Suter.American Mikaela Shiffrin still leads the overall World Cup standings, but Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) closed the gap by placing fourth in Saturday’s downhill. But Shiffrin’s lead over Brignone is just 27 points, and Brignone is among the favorites to score 100 on Sunday by winning a combined event.Petra Vlhova, who tied for 14th Saturday, trails Shiffrin by 86 points.Shiffrin is taking an extended break from racing following her father’s death. It’s unclear when she will return to compete.last_img read more

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