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first_img Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more Released on bail the same day, the 71-year-old Lai was arrested for participating in a banned march on 31 August 2019 in protest against Hong Kong’s proposed extradition law, under which Hong Kong citizens and visitors, including journalists and their sources, could have been extradited to China.The proposed law, which triggered an unprecedented wave of protests in Hong Kong, was subsequently abandoned.The founder and chairman of the Next Digital media group, which publishes the widely-circulated Apple Daily newspaper, Lai is due to appear in court on 5 May along with two pro-democracy activists who were also arrested on 28 February.Lai is also charged with the “criminal intimidation” of a reporter with the pro-Beijing Oriental Daily media group, with whom he had a verbal exchange in June 2017.“There is no justification for the charges against Jimmy Lai and his arrest at home like a criminal, which seem to be intended to humiliate him,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “His arrest is designed to smear him and his media group, which provided extensive coverage of last year’s pro-democracy protests.”Formerly called Next Media, Next Digital is one of the few remaining Hong Kong media groups that dare to openly criticize China’s Communist Party regime and its Hong Kong allies. For this, it is often harassed and attacked. It was subjected to a major cyber-attack in June 2014 and was the target of two arson attacks in January 2015, one of them on Lai’s home.The Hong Kong special administrative region is ranked 73rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after falling from 18th position in 2002. China is currently ranked 177th. March 2, 2020 – Updated on March 3, 2020 RSF decries Hong Kong media owner’s arbitrary arrest to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai’s arbitrary arrest at his home on 28 February on an “illegal assembly” charge that is clearly designed to discredit both him and his media outlets. Receive email alerts PHOTO: ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment ChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Freedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassment Follow the news on Asia – Pacificcenter_img Organisation In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival RSF_en Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News June 10, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

first_img Receive email alerts Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system November 10, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed newspaper publisher’s trial delayed again, this time until January Organisation News News Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cameroon April 23, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further CameroonAfrica ————————–30.09 – Newspaper publisher transferred to New Bell prisonLewis Medjo, the publisher of the privately-owned Détente Libre weekly, was transferred yesterday morning to New Bell prison near the western city of Douala following his appearance before a public prosecutor in the Douala district of Wouri on 26 September, when a formal order for his detention was issued.He is now due to appear before an investigating judge on 3 October to be formally charged. Local journalists think the charge will be publishing false information. News Detained newspaper publisher Lewis Medjo’s trial was postponed until 2 January on procedural grounds when he was brought before a judge on 7 November. The judge said this second postponement was needed to give the plaintiffs – who have not yet been identified – time to obtain the necessary court orders.This means Medjo, who was arrested on 22 September for “publishing false news,” will have spent 103 days in detention by the start of the trial, which was previously postponed on 3 October for Administrative reasons. He is the publisher of the privately-owned weekly La Détente.—————————3.10 – Publisher’s trial adjourned for another five weeksLewis Medjo, the newspaper publisher who has been detained since 22 September, appeared this morning before a judge in the western city of Douala, who adjourned his case until 7 November for “administrative reasons” to do with his civil status.A local journalist said no charge or complaint has so far been produced against Medjo before a court. This means that the public prosecutor, who ordered his arrest and then ordered his transfer to prison, will not now have to present the charges for another five weeks.Medjo is the publisher of the privately-owned Détente Libre weekly. News ———-24.09 – Douala-based newspaper publisher held for past two daysReporters Without Borders condemns the detention of journalist Lewis Medjo for the past two days in the western city of Douala. The publisher of the Douala-based Détente Libre weekly, Medjo was arrested by the head of the local plain-clothes police as he left a dinner in a Douala hotel on the evening of 22 September.“This journalist has no place being in police custody and should be released,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like any citizen, Medjo, as a newspaper publisher, may well have a case to answer as regards what his newspaper published. But Cameroonian law does not offer a fair and appropriate way of dealing with this kind of problem, preferring police raids carried out at the behest of powerful men.”Medjo was arrested by provincial plain-clothes police chief Vincent Minkoa Nga outside the Akwa Palace Hotel at around 11 p.m., after attending a dinner organised by the central government’s representative for Douala urban community. He was taken to plain-clothes police headquarters in Douala and is still being held there.Local journalists told Reporters Without Borders they thought Medjo would be charged with publishing false information. He was reportedly questioned about two articles in the newspaper’s 14 August issue. One claimed that President Paul Biya was going to force supreme court president Dipanda Mouelle, a loyal ally, to stand down next year. The other article claimed that the head of the national police criminal investigation department, Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o, had seized the passport of wealthy businessman Victor Fotso’s son and, through an intermediary, was trying to get Fotso to pay a large sum of money for its return. RSF_en CameroonAfrica last_img read more

first_imgIf you’re a sports fan living in New England, chances you know Tom Caron, sportscaster and news anchor for New England Sports Network (NESN), the primary broadcaster for both the MLB’s Boston Red Sox and the NHL’s Boston Bruins. Yesterday, he was honored at the annual “Champions of Mentoring” ceremony at Fenway Park, where he’s worked for over 20 years.What you probably didn’t know was that Tom is a big music fan. Last night, during a rain delay in the Red Sox vs. Twins game broadcast on NESN, Caron and the other TV took some questions from their Twitter followers to fill the unplanned bonus time on camera. When it came time for Caron to name his favorites, he name-dropped two bands: Red Hot Chili Peppers, and, “for new bands, Twiddle. They’re kind of a new kinda ‘Dead’ type of band out of Vermont. Watch for them, they’re going places.” You can watch footage of the on-air exchange below, courtesy of iTwiddle member Nicholas Kenneth: After name-dropping the Vermont quartet, Tom also took the chance to give love to his 20-year-old son Jack Caron‘s young band, Spunhouse, who you “can’t see anywhere” yet but is “coming soon to a place near you.” Of course, it’s not all that surprising that Tom Caron knows the Northeast live music scene. He was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, studied journalism at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. From there, he worked his way up through the ranks of the sports media world with various broadcasters and sports franchises throughout the region before landing with NESN in 1995.However, while it helped spawn a successful broadcasting career, Caron’s time in Vermont taught him to love more than just sports media. As Tom’s son Jack Caron explains to Live For Live Music, “He and my mom got me into the Grateful Dead and Phish when I was growing up because they were both deadheads who went to school in Burlington when Phish was first starting out.”Later, Jack returned the favor, introducing his dad to Twiddle, another young Burlington jam band. While Jack says his dad has not yet seen the band live, they did go together to see Dead & Company last summer at Fenway–a venue with which the Red Sox TV personality particularly familiar. “One story in particular comes to mind about,” Jack recalls, “He told me the first song he ever saw live at a concert was ‘Sugaree’ at the Cumberland County Civic Center in May of ’79 [listen to Tom’s first show here]. When my parents and I were at Dead & Co at Fenway last year, where he’s worked the last 20-odd years, they played ‘Sugaree’ and my dad said he felt like he had come full-circle.”[Cover photo via @TomCaron on Twitter]You can see three nights of Twiddle as well as an extensive lineup of exciting late-night shows during Phish’s upcoming 13-night “Baker’s Dozen” residency at Madison Square Garden in New York. Check our our guide to Baker’s Dozen late-nights for all the info.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — State Representative Kyle Hoffman and State Senator Steve Abrams both admitted that tax revenues are slower than what they previously thought it would be, but both are confident that the state of Kansas, especially education, will be just fine over the long haul.Hoffman and Abrams met with a group of citizens at the Wellington Donut Shop Saturday morning for a legislative update to discuss various issues of the upcoming 2015 legislative session starting in January. State Representative Kasha Kelley was also scheduled to be in attendance but did not make the meeting.The biggest issue on everyone’s mind is how the Kansas Legislature will handle a potential budget crisis for which revenue projections are currently estimated at $200 million short of current state spending expenditures.The deficit could be getting worse in future years with Kansas potentially collecting $1 billion less in revenue in 2015 and 2016 than its projected expenses following massive income tax cuts signed into law by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.But Hoffman said he is not worried.“I still believe the tax cuts will work,” Hoffman said. “What people aren’t talking about is that $300 million has been pumped into the Kansas economy that is going into peoples’ pockets instead of being spent in Topeka. Eventually, that has got to help the economy.”Hoffman said the slow economic recovery has more to do with what is going on in Washington D.C.“I think some people are still a big squeamish of reinvesting in the economy because they don’t know what is going to happen at the federal level,” he said.Abrams agreed saying he doesn’t anticipate that the budget projections will be as bad as previously thought.“Of course, there is current weighted changes that we won’t know about until later in the year,” Abrams said. “But I can safely say that I will support a budget that is equal to the one we passed last year and I don’t anticipate we need to cut education.”There is debate just how much the revenue shortfall is affecting things in Topeka. Hoffman said to put it in perspective. The Kansas economy as a whole is $6.2 billion. The $200 million deficit is about 4 percent of the total budget.“Let’s say you own a business and expect to make $5,000 a month. But you fall short $200,” Hoffman said. “It isn’t what you want, but it is something you can work with.”Hoffman said that he has heard that Brownback’s budget will call for $100 million cutbacks in efficiencies.Wellington Assistant Superintendent Larry Roth asked if the legislature was overzealous in its tax cuts.“I don’t think so,” Hoffman said. “If we would have done just a little bit in tax cuts, everything would have gone south, nobody would want to do anything more. By doing something bold it allows us to move forward while keeping a more careful eye on the budget.”Local citizen Leon Schmidt asked what the revenue made from the increase in sales tax was compared to the lost revenue from the recent income tax cuts.Both Hoffman and Abrams did not know at the meeting but would look it up.“Really, I thought you would know that,” Schmidt said. “I don’t know that, but I thought you would.”In other news:•Hoffman said he is busy implementing into law the deregulation of commercial truck licensing which will allow truckers within the state to not pass through so many checkpoints while traveling within the state and cut down on paperwork.•Abrams said water will be an important topic in the 2015 legislature. He said the legislature will be studying the effects of the Ogallala aquifer depletion and how to slow the process. 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The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +17 Vote up Vote down Guest · 299 weeks ago Ah yes, the growth fairy. Slash taxes and just wait, he will come. This has been the talking point of supply side economics for over 30 years, and IT DOES NOT WORK. IIt has never worked. But this time it will; our fine legislators are sure the growth fairy is coming. They bet the state on it… Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down faganlover · 299 weeks ago Are their eyes taped shut? It’s nice to be optimistic, but even more important to be realistic. And these two working with the budget don’t know, even in general parameters, what the income tax cut and the sales tax permanent increase will shake out to be? Does that scare you? It should because it shows that they are just parroting “talking points” from their legislative masters. Our state is going to hit a wall and hit it hard because we cut taxes so severely without pegging it to overall revenue growth. Penny wise and pound foolish! Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down just a resident · 299 weeks ago Dang, these estimates are from their own budget office. Oh don’t worry we have it under control. Yeah, right. We got what we voted for. Idiots and imbeciles! Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 299 weeks ago I can proudly say that I have never voted for either of these…fine representatives. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Clumsy · 299 weeks ago Too bad Casha couldn’t make it then it would be the 3 Stooges Larry curly and mo. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 299 weeks ago “What people aren’t talking about is that $300 million has been pumped into the Kansas economy that is going into peoples’ pockets instead of being spent in Topeka. Eventually, that has got to help the economy.” I’m not math major, but let’s just say every single one of those dollars are spent on taxable expenses within the state. At an average tax rate of 8.5%, that would pump about $25.5M back into state coffers. How does that math work? We’re giving back $300M, but we plan on getting $25.5M back. That leaves a $275M shortfall according to my calculator. Look at it another way. There are about 3 million people in Kansas, so $300M should mean that every person should have seen $100 in cuts. Well, there are 3 people in my house, and I sure didn’t see a $300 reduction in my tax bill. The good news is that I’m sure the business owners in the state and those in the upper tax brackets saw most of my $300 savings, so why shouldn’t I be happy with that. Report Reply 1 reply · active 299 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 299 weeks ago You probably didn’t see your $300 break because it was sucked up by local government and hospitals. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 299 weeks ago You’re probably right. Those entities must look at alternate funding mechanisms due to budgetary cuts at the state level to help offset horrible revenue projects. When the state cuts it’s road maintenance budget, it doesn’t mean that the road doesn’t need fixed, it just means that they won’t help pay for it. Who pays for it? Us. How do we pay for it, through an increase in local taxes. When the state cuts, or doesn’t approve, dollars for healthcare, who has to pay for it? Us. Either through taxes to support a local health institute, or through rate increases in insurance premium due to rising costs. That’s been the flaw with this plan all along. You can’t cut dollars in one place, and expect to have those same cuts leveled across the board. Most of these programs require the same level of funding, or there will be a sacrifice in the level of service. I think we’ve just scratched the top of what we are going to see in lesser services in the state of Kansas. Report Reply 0 replies · active 299 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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first_imgAdvertisement xe8lNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbetpgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E716e1zmw( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l7tdxWould you ever consider trying this?😱4kry4x6Can your students do this? 🌚7nRoller skating! Powered by Firework Gareth Bale refused to hold Real Madrid’s crest before the game against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. Before the beginning of the match, there was a photo session of the players in the starting lineup of the Los Blancos. Bale was standing in the middle of the whole group. Consequently, Raphael Varane gave the club crest to Bale.Advertisement However, the Welshman refused to hold the crest. After getting the crest from Raphael Varane, he immediately passed it to Daniel Carvajal. The crest should have been in the middle of the picture, but it was not present there. Needless to say, the picture seemed to be really awkward.Advertisement Gareth Bale’s future at Real Madrid was quite uncertain during the summer transfer window of 2019-20 season. The move to a Chinese Super League club was almost finalized for the speedy winger. However, the proposed transfer was cancelled at the last moment and Bale stayed at Real Madrid.Gareth Bale’s performances at the beginning of the season for the Los Blancos have been impressive. Though, it is being reported that Bale is not happy with the team management of Zinedine Zidane. The situation between Gareth Bale and Real Madrid’s management team is deteriorating every day and things could end in a bitter way.Advertisement     ALSO READ:Watch: A brilliant rap constructed using only football player puns! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThroughout the KIJHL season The Nelson Daily Sports Editor Bruce Fuhr will take a capsule look at the players on the Nelson Leafs hockey club. Today the focus in on Nelson native and Leaf winger, Dallon Stoddart.It wasn’t that long ago when Dallon Stoddart was watching Brock Munro gain speed at center ice before breaking through the defence and picking the top corner of the net.Or, Dylan Walchuk progress from an unknown to a household name in as he led the Leafs in playoff scoring during Nelson’s waltz to the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League crown in 2009.That was then.And this is 2011 where the 6-foot, 175-pound Stoddart is not the watcher. He’s the right there in living Green and White doing his own flying, with a parachute of course, up and down the left wing.“It’s every kids dream growing up playing minor hockey to play for your hometown team,” Stoddart admitted to The Nelson Daily. “And now I get to live it.”This is actually Stoddart’s third stint with the Heritage City franchise that is younger in 2011 than most other KIJHL teams.His first turn came as a bit of a surprise.After completing the 2009-10 season with the Kootenay Ice of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League, Stoddart joined teammates Troy Petrick and Blake Arcuri as call-ups to the Leafs.During the playoff run Nelson was decimated with injuries forcing then head coach Simon Wheeldon to scramble to put a line up together.Hence the likes of Stoddart, Petrick and Arcuri, dubbed the “Black Aces” by one local media personality, were called upon to fill the lineup.Stoddart played four games, which was more than enough time to allow the injured players to return the lineup and help the Leafs upset the Fernie Ghostriders and into the KIJHL Final.However, the Leafs lost to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in five games.But being part of the buzz inside the NDCC Arena was one of the highlights for this Nelson Minor Hockey grad.Last season, Stoddart’s first full campaign with the Green and White, now that was not as much fun at all.“Sometimes (playing for your home town’s junior team) has its up and downs but overall I have my guys around me to help and I tend to zone everything else out,” explained Stoddart, deciding not to attend any Junior A camps, instead focusing on the Leafs. “And if I need any help I have the people around me as support. Stoddart, the son of Sharon and Doug Stoddart, has always loved playing hockey. But at the tender age of 18, he already realizes education is a big part of his future.He only hopes hockey can also be part of that future.“I really want to go to school and continue to play hockey,” said Stoddart, working toward an engineering degree starting this fall at Selkirk College in Castlegar.“And I’ll try to do whatever I can to make that dream come true.”Stoddart is one of a quartet of Nelsonites on the Leafs roster. Two of those players, Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill, join Stoddart to form the all-Nelson line.Prior to Thursday’s game in Grand Forks, the trio had accumulated 15 points.“We starting to get to know how each other plays,” said Stoddart, leading the Nelson trio with seven points, including three goals.“We getting to know where were going to be and how we can help each other out on the ice.”Despite being the old guy on the line, Stoddart likes what he sees in teammates Carsen and Linden.“(Carsen and Linden) maybe younger but they know how to play this game and are learning how to get the job done and have their heads in the right place,” he said.Just like Dallon Stoddart, who has grown from a fan to one of the leaders of the Leafs.Dallon Stoddart Fast FactsPosition: ForwardHeight: 6-footWeight: 175 poundsShoots: LeftHometown: NelsonAge: 18Favourite Music: Likes all musicFavourite NHL Team: Vancouver CanucksFavourite NHL Player: Sidney CrosbyBlackberry or iPhone: Blackberry, but iPod for musiclast_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The NPHL semi-finals are just about wrapped up with one series complete and the other about to finish soon.On Friday, March 1, the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks finished the series with an 8-2 win over the Comets in Manning in game four of the series.The Canucks managed to shut-out Manning 4-0 in the series.- Advertisement -Dawson Creek is now waiting to see who they will be facing in the finals from the Grande Prairie-Falher series.On Saturday, March 2, the Falher Pirates were host to the Grande Prairie Athletics for game five of the series with the Pirates beating the Athletics 4-2.Currently, the Athletics leads the series 3-2 over the Pirates.Advertisement If the Pirates win the next game, it will tie the series and go to game seven, but if the Athletics win, then it’s off to the finals.Game six of the semi-finals is this Tuesday, March 5, in Grande Prairie.last_img read more

first_img On a more purely philosophical note, PhysOrg posted an interesting new look into the theory of causation.  How do we distinguish between prediction and causation?  For instance, does a loud sound cause a frog to jump, or does the frog jump because it anticipates harm from whatever caused the sound?  The article got into the weeds about “transfer entropy” and “information flow” and other concepts that Shawn Pethel at the Redstone Arsenal in Alabama is trying to work out in his model, but the headline points out the interesting idea that “Information theory may hold the key” to solving this long-standing philosophical debate. The last entry points out that science is inevitably tied to philosophy just as it is tied to ethics.  Clearly, though, Pethel cannot hope to arrive at the “truth about nature” without having a personal commitment to integrity.  Can you imagine science without integrity?  Even if it is not always achieved, it’s like trying to imagine an airplane without air, a fish without water, or a game without rules.  If there’s even “honor among thieves,” it’s clear that no field of human endeavor is productive without some measure of integrity.  Science should rise among those endeavors with the highest standards.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Naive reporters and textbook writers sometimes portray science as some kind of neutral, bias-free activity in which the “truth” about nature emerges on its own, as long as the scientist in the lily-white lab coat follows some kind of “scientific method.”  Philosophers, theologians, ethicists and scientists with a background in any of these fields know better.  One has to believe that truth about nature exists in order to seek for it.  And one has to seek for it honestly.  Many more examples of science’s ties to ethics or “moral philosophy” can be found, as a few recent articles show. Scientific integrity:  What is integrity, if not an ethical term describing human character seeking the ideals of honesty and openness?  In a letter to Nature last week (Nature 477, 22 September 2011, p. 407, doi:10.1038/477407d), Alfred P. Zarb advised fellow scientists to “Make integrity key to recruitment” in an effort to combat scientific misconduct.  “Far from being a vague ideal, the complex and sensitive issue of maintaining integrity in science is a critical imperative,” he said.  “In my view, it would help to demand and monitor integrity in scientists and managers from the outset” – when hiring.  “Most researchers know from their training that honesty is fundamental to scientific integrity,” he continued, “But some managers and agency officials can find themselves in difficult situations” that tempt them to cheat or compromise.  “The only way to achieve scientific integrity across the board is to ensure that personal and professional values (as well as knowledge and skills) are primary criteria for the employment of both scientists and managers.”  For his idealism he got some nasty digs by peers.  One said, “This is a recipe for the establishment of a scientific Gestapo”; another, “Just forget it – not possible in current scenario.”  Even so, the critics were not denying the need for integrity, just Zarb’s method for achieving it. Damage of misconduct:  The Hwang scandal of 2006 left South Korea’s stem cell research in tatters.  PhysOrg reported that “President Lee Myung-Bak promised Monday to spend some $89 million restoring South Korea’s reputation as a leader in stem cell research, five years after a scandal tarnished its reputation.”  Though the short article did not mention it, one can only hope that part of the funding will go to training research scientists in professional ethics, lest another Hwang is hwaiting in the hwings. Universal values:  What are the universal values of science?  PhysOrg reported on a meeting of the General Assembly of the International Council for Science (ICSU) to delineate them.  While scientists generally love to advocate the free practice of science, this body focused on the “need for scientists to pay equal attention to their responsibilities.”  Freedom and responsibility must remain in balance, the council emphasized.  The article includes a statement by the ICSU explaining their position.  On the freedom side, the board “promotes equitable opportunities for access to science and its benefits, and opposes discrimination based on such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, or age.”  The flip side is that science “requires responsibility at all levels to carry out and communicate scientific work with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency, recognising its benefits and possible harms.”  Bengt Gustafsson, chair of the ICSU, spoke of unchanging values even “As our world evolves,” namely, “there are certain principles and responsibilities that are fundamental to ‘good science’.”  These include “honesty in all aspects of research, accountability in the conduct of scientific research, professional courtesy and fairness in working with others, and good stewardship of research on behalf of others.”  The implication is that “national, and even disciplinary, differences in the way research is actually carried out” might evolve, these principles must remain steadfast. Protestant work ethic:  PhysOrg posted an unusual article about a study performed at the University of Warwick that claims the Protestant work ethic was responsible for the economic and social progress of northern European countries over their southern counterparts.  Dr. Sascha Becker looked at 450 counties in the 19th century Prussia. “Religiosity was also more pervasive at this time,” Becker said.  “It seems religion was the main driver behind education differences, Protestants were more encouraged to go to school and read the bible [sic], and this higher level of education translated into higher incomes than their Catholic neighbours.”  More Protestants went to the university, and Protestant counties granted more individual liberty to citizens, including women, who were educated along with the men.  Becker traced these advantages to “16th Century Reformers [who] pushed to make sure there were church schools operating in all parishes.”  Needless to say, a higher percentage of university graduates would also translate into a higher number of scientists (known as natural philosophers until 1833).last_img read more

first_img19 June 2014One of the world’s great club football rivalries will be on show on 26 July when Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash at the FNB Stadium outside Soweto in the Carling Black Label Cup, a unique contest which allows the fans to select the teams’ starting line-ups. Former Chiefs striker Shane MacGregor and former Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana believe the unique nature of the Cup make it one of the greatest features on the South African football calendar. MacGregor, who was a star striker for Kaizer Chiefs between 1987 and 1994, believes the players he played with would have loved the Carling Black Label Cup concept.‘Great, something unique’“I know they all would have thought it was great, something unique that would be really special to be part of,” MacGregor said in a statement on Thursday. “The chance to be involved in a game of this magnitude, with the teams selected by the fans, is a brilliant idea and something our local football should be proud of.”MacGregor said the concept also has a serious side and that fans need to be wary of selecting their favourite players only. “In my day, you had a guy like Wellington Manyathi, who was not the most popular player but was vital as to how we played. His robust play in the midfield and ball-winning ability helped to frustrate the opponents, and by doing so created space for his teammates to play in. “These types of players are usually not flashy or full of tricks, but crucial in how a team operates and what makes them tick. Fans will have to look at the formation of the side and decide which players will go best together.’Amakoshi line-upAssessing what the Amakhosi’s line-up might look like, MacGregor added: “It looks like it will be a 4-4-2 again for Chiefs this year, which is good news as two strikers up front could work in their favour.“It is surprising, though, that midfielder Willard Katsande has dropped out of the starting XI because his ball-winning skills in the center of the park are a big plus for the team. Perhaps he will still be voted back in.” On the Orlando Pirates’ side, legendary striker Jerry Sikhosana said he also enjoys the Carling Black Label Cup concept and believes they have the squad to win back the trophy this year. Pirates won the first two Carling Black Label Cup titles in 2011 and 2012, but were beaten last year by a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro, who this year will be appearing in the colours of The Buccaneers.‘Very tight’“All three previous matches in the Carling Black Label Cup have been very tight, either going to penalties or being decided by just one goal, so it will be how the strikers perform on the day that will be vital,” the man known as “Legs of Thunder” in his playing days said.“Orlando Pirates strikers will want to do well this year, because if you are a striker and your opposition is Kaizer Chiefs, all you want is to score, you want to prove a point. In Soweto derbies you often get just a few chances, because the teams are so well matched and the standard so high, but you have to grab those chances when they come,” he added.Potent weaponSikhosana believes the Buccaneers have scored a potent weapon in Majoro, as he can unlock any defence, but needs the right kind of player next to him.“Someone like Lennox Bacela, who can hold the ball up well, would be a good pick next to him, with Kermit Erasmus maybe being used more out wide to utilize his pace.”VotingSupporters still have six weeks to vote for the starting line-ups of the Soweto giants before voting closes on 22 July at midnight.To find out how to vote, fans can visit the Carling Black Label website – www.carlingblacklabel.co.za The Carling Black initiative comes with an experience of a life time for two lucky fans; one representing Kaizer Chiefs and the other Orlando Pirates.Champion CoachesThe two “Champion Coaches” will have breakfast with their team, attend team training sessions, be part of the announcement of the starting line-ups live on national TV, sit in on the pre-match briefing, and take their place on the bench with their favourite team on match day.In order to be eligible for the competition, those wishing to be Champion Coaches must vote a minimum of 11 times. Fans can further join the Coaches Forum to take their coaching credentials to the next level. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgSouth Korea’s Jo Su Sie 16), of the combined Koreas team, hugs South Korea’s goalie Han Dohee (20), of the combined Koreas team, after the classification round of the women’s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Sweden won 6-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, “We are one.” Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena.And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I could have never imagined our players being this competitive in the Olympics,” Murray said after the game. “So when I was standing there I was just so proud of them, just watching them skate around and salute the fans.”South Korean forward Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans during a standing ovation. Some spectators wept as Korean players — North and South — stood in a circle at the center of the rink and hit the ice with their sticks in a post-game ceremony before leaving the rink.“It’s been a special opportunity to get to know those girls, and we’ll miss having them around,” said player Randi Heesoo Griffin of Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean.The two governments bar their citizens from visiting each other’s country and exchanging phone calls, letters and emails. Griffin said she understood that when it came to staying in touch, “there’s some barriers to that, obviously.”“I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard,” Griffin said. “But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there’s definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles.”ADVERTISEMENT The team was formed just days before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the two Koreas to improve ties after a year of spiking nuclear tensions that triggered fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.The team’s makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.Despite initial worries about their teamwork, North and South Korean players were seen getting along with each other. There were many small moments of warm relations that seemed to improve as the games went on.During Tuesday’s classification round game against Sweden, the Korean team played with newfound pace and more confidence against a team they were earlier routed by 8-0 in a preliminary-round match. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Switzerland, which beat them 8-0 in their landmark debut match. The Korean team lost 4-1 to Japan its final preliminary-round match.The Koreas’ improving performances were likely because players gradually got over nervousness and pressures from the spotlight.Every minor interaction between North and South Korean players was in the news because it was so extraordinary. They took selfies, visited a beach and created a dictionary to overcome the North-South dialect divide.“We have really enjoyed working with the North’s players and coaches and we really do want to help them in the future,” Murray said. She said a possible “exchange game” has been discussed to maintain the connection.“They want to get better, they want to keep learning from us and we want to help them,” she said. “And there are things that we can learn from them, too.”The team’s formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures could transcend beyond sports and contribute to easing nuclear tensions.But it is unclear if the good mood will last after the Olympics end, particularly since Seoul and Washington are set to kick off delayed springtime military drills that Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Korean women’s hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks.Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe team lost by a combined score of 28-2 in its games and was rarely competitive. Yet the repeated defeats were, for many, insignificant. Instead, this notion dominated discussion: the significance of the Koreas’ first-ever joint Olympic squad taking the ice smack in the middle of an abrupt, now ongoing reconciliation between the rival Koreas.“They are an amazing group,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, who wept while hugging some of her squad.center_img D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins Joo Moon-sook, a 43-year-old who attended the game Tuesday with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, said the joint team’s Olympic appearance has helped soften South Koreans’ hawkish views on North Korean people after years of animosity.“It’s an educational experience for children, letting them see for themselves that North Koreans aren’t scary and bad people, but part of who we are as a nation,” Joo said. “I can’t forget the first game — the moment they stepped onto the ice. I was choking with tears.”For South Korean goalie Shin So Jung, the opportunity to experience such a moment from the inside — and appreciate it while it was happening — was unforgettable.“Our win-loss record isn’t good, but I hope we brought them joy and heartfelt moments,” Shin said. “I don’t think I will experience anything like this again. So many people came here to see us and cheer for us. I hope their love for us lasts.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more