United Kingdom: regulator requested to revoke Chinese state-owned group CCTV-CGTN’s license for airing forced confessions

first_img News News November 26, 2018 United Kingdom: regulator requested to revoke Chinese state-owned group CCTV-CGTN’s license for airing forced confessions Follow the news on Asia – Pacific UK citizen Peter Humphrey, who was detained in China in 2013 and forced to confess to alleged crimes on Chinese state television, filed a complaint on Friday with the British broadcasting regulator, Ofcom (Office of Communications), in which he urged Ofcom to revoke the license of the Chinese state-owned CCTV-CGTN, which aired his forced confessions to the United Kingdom.”A media organization that exhibits prisoners like circus animals and broadcasts their confessions dictated by the state does not do journalism, but propaganda, and cannot in any case claim the freedom of the press as an excuse, said Cédric Alviani, RSF’s East Asia office director. “It is necessary for democracies to protect themselves against the threat posed by biased information spread by authoritarian regimes like China.”Humphrey, a former journalist, believes CCTV-CGTN violated some twenty provisions of the British Broadcasting Code, which requires impartiality and prohibits pressuring people in distress. The complaint comes as the CCTV-CGTN group is expanding its presence around the world and plans to open its largest international office in London next month, with nearly 300 announced hires.According to the NGO Safeguard Defenders, Chinese state media have broadcast at least 48 forced confessions since 2013, including that of citizen journalist Chen Jieren in August 2018, Swedish publisher Gui Minhai in January 2016, and former correspondent for Deutsche Welle Gao Yu in May 2014.China is one of the world’s worst countries for media freedom. It holds more than 60 professional and non-professional journalists behind bars. In the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country ranks 176 out of 180. The United Kingdom ranks 40. News June 7, 2021 Find out more A British former journalist, who in 2013 fell victim to the Chinese authorities’ practice of forced TV confessions, filed a request in London on Friday for “violation of the Broadcasting Code” against the CCTV-CGTN audiovisual group. Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information ChinaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more News Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further ChinaUnited KingdomAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence last_img read more

Open field: For now, the NCAA Tournament is set at 68 teams after a summer of expansion talk

first_img Comments Gene Smith subscribed to the idea that less is more in expanding the field for the NCAA Tournament. The chairman of college basketball’s biggest event couldn’t see the benefit of opening it up to 96 teams. For Smith, that’s just too many. For the NCAA, it’s too bad not everyone saw it that way. Life would have been much easier. After months of debating the issue, with coaches and athletic directors airing their thoughts weighing the pros and cons, the NCAA opted to expand the tournament from 65 to 68 teams. It was the outcome of a long process of going back and forth between whether it should go to 68 or 96. The mere mention of the number 96 brought out the most heated arguments among fans, while coaches typically supported it. So 68 it was. Expand a little, not too much. ‘I think it was the right choice,’ Smith, also the athletic director at Ohio State, said. ‘We thought it was important to put 96 out there to discuss its merits.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Some saw those merits, others saw no way 96 had any at all. There lies the debate. The question of how many teams to let into the tournament took control of college basketball discussions across America. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim was always at the forefront of that debate. His view has always been that the point of the tournament was to allow all the good teams in college basketball to get a chance at winning it all. With better teams should come more spots, Boeheim said. ‘I’m really tired of these experts saying that there are no teams that are good enough, that they’re all mediocre,’ Boeheim said. ‘Just because you have good balance doesn’t mean they’re mediocre. It means they’re balanced.’ The NCAA reached a compromise between the views of Boeheim, who was in favor of a 96-team field, and others who didn’t want to fix what wasn’t broke. Even coaches who were firm advocates of letting more teams in were satisfied with the outcome. If it meant even just a few more teams would get the opportunity to escape the NIT and compete with the best, they were all for it. ‘I’m in favor of 68 as opposed to 96,’ Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson said. ‘The quality of play, the depth of college basketball is much better. But the decision to go to 68 called for more than just listening to what coaches thought about the situation. Somewhat unsurprisingly, a large part of what even began the debate came down to one thing: money. Specifically, money brought in from television revenue. The NCAA opted out of its contract with CBS during the spring, when ESPN announced it had plans to make a proposal to buy the TV rights. But instead of accepting ESPN’s proposal, the NCAA signed a new 14-year contract worth $10.8 billion with both CBS and Turner Sports. That new deal allows four networks to air live games — CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. ‘It provides a unique platform,’ Smith said. ‘They can work together and take advantages of those platforms. It’s a marriage of two great companies. TBS brings in that cable power.’ No matter what it comes down to, money or not, one thing was clear: Expanding to 96 teams was the point of contention. All the possible problems that would come with it were raised. Everything from attendance at regular season games to the players missing too many classes with what would be an increased number of rounds. But the biggest issue was that it might have ‘watered down’ college basketball, said the critics of expansion. Opponents to the idea figured that if it went to 96 teams, why not just let anyone in? Teams would have less incentive to create a competitive regular season schedule. And then there might be some teams that don’t really deserve to be in the tournament at all. ‘If you open it to 96, there would be some teams that would be mediocre.’ Smith said. The competition for the championship should be the elite of the elite.’ Smith’s opinion stood in complete contrast to the opinions of many coaches. And perhaps no one would have disagreed more than Boeheim. Since the talk of expansion started, Boeheim has been one of the most outspoken proponents of opening up the tournament. Ninety-six teams wouldn’t have been a problem for Boeheim. That just means that instead of 64 or 68 good teams, there’d be 96. For many coaches, Boeheim included, the parity of college basketball was all the evidence needed to prove that expansion was necessary. There’s simply more teams that have chances at getting to the Final Four. ‘I think there are 96 good teams,’ Boeheim said. ‘And if they’re not good teams, they’d get beat in the first round, and you’ll be down to 64 anyway. That’s a fallacious argument, it makes no sense.’ Many of those who were opposed to expanding to 96 simply did not want to see the tournament get changed. But what they forget, Boeheim said, is that every time the tournament was expanded, it only got better — not worse. ‘When they expanded it from 16 to 32, it got better. 32 to 48, it got better,’ Boeheim said. ’48 to 64, it got better. So why’s it going to get worse? That’s nonsense.’ Not nonsense to some. There was still concern that too much expansion would bring too many ramifications for the conference tournaments. If 96 teams would be let in, then the significance of winning the conference would lessen. If the significance lessened, so would the attendance. Though coaches understood that side of the argument, they still preferred expansion. And for the most part, coaches across college basketball agreed with Boeheim’s opinion. All agreed that there were more good teams that should get the chance to participate. ‘There are a lot of really good teams, not a lot of great teams,’ Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg said. ‘They should all get a chance to play. I think 68 is a starting point, but I’m not saying 96 was right.’ For now, that’s all 68 will be — a starting point. There are no plans to expand anything further just yet. The NCAA found a way to appease both sides of the argument. Expand, but not too much. Sixty-eight was the number that all the conferences could agree on. The NCAA expects to go with 68 for the near future, but there’s no guarantee that at some point, there couldn’t be greater expansion. But until that point, whenever that might be, there will be no more debate about too much expansion or just some expansion. All of that is settled. All of that is over. For now, less is more has won out. ‘It’ll be at 68 for a while,’ Smith said. ‘You’re always going to have people that want expansion, but the intensity of those discussions won’t occur. We need to allow it to progress with 68.’ [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemanlast_img read more

Matfield back in Springbok squad

first_img26 August 2014The Springboks’ most capped player of all time, Victor Matfield, has overcome injury and been named in the Springbok squad for their Australasian leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship.The 2007 Rugby World Cup winning lock was included in the 30-man line-up when the squad was announced on Monday by Bok coach Heyneke Meyer.Also named in the squad were Willem Alberts, whose place is subject to a fitness test in Johannesburg on Thursday, and Marcel van der Merwe, who was called up to replace injured prop Frans Malherbe.SurgeryVan der Merwe will join the rest of the touring party in Johannesburg on Thursday. Malherbe, meanwhile, will have to undergo surgery on a fractured ankle and is likely to miss the rest of the season because of the injury.With Matfield and Alberts, if passed fit, returning for the two-week tour to Australia and New Zealand, Warren Whiteley and Juan Smith will drop out of the squad. Smith, however, will remain on standby if Alberts is deemed unable to tour.‘Awaiting a final verdict’“Victor is over his injury and has been declared fit to travel with us for the next two tests, while we’re awaiting a final verdict on Willem,” Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer said in a statement.“It will be good to have them back. Willem has been part of the squad for the last number of seasons and Victor showed he can still add a lot of value when he returned to the Bok fold earlier this year.“Losing Frans is a huge setback and my heart bleeds for him, because he’s done well since returning from a long injury lay-off recently which saw him miss the June tests.“It’s also a big disappointment for Frans, whose involvement with the squad was cut short because of injury last November as well, but Marcel has been with us before and will slot in seamlessly. He provides specialist tighthead cover as Tendai Mtawarira, Gurthro Steenkamp and Trevor Nyakane are specialist looseheads.”ImpressedMeyer added that Whiteley had impressed him immensely during his week with the Springboks and that Smith had made a massive contribution during his time with the squad in the last fortnight.“Warren and Juan know exactly where they stand and it was great to work with them, even if it was only for a limited period of time,” said Meyer.The Springboks returned from Argentina on Monday and will reconvene in Johannesburg on Thursday. They are scheduled to depart for Perth on Saturday.SPRINGBOK SQUADForwards: Willem Alberts, Bakkies Botha, Schalk Brits, Marcell Coetzee, Lodewyk de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Francois Louw, Victor Matfield, Teboho Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Gurthro Steenkamp, Adriaan Strauss, Marcel van der Merwe, Duane VermeulenBacks: Damian de Allende, Jean de Villiers (captain), Bryan Habana, Cornal Hendricks, Francois Hougaard, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morne SteynSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Video: Using Riak with Node.js

first_imgRiak with node.js Webinar from Basho Technologies on Vimeo.If Scala is more your cup of tea, check out this video on how Yammer uses Riak and Scala. Also, Meyer’s blog post Why MapReduce is Easy might be helpful to some of you. Tags:#hack#How To Why You Love Online Quizzes Riak is a NoSQL database influenced Dynamo and written in Erlang. We explored some of its uses here. It’s sponsored by a company called Basho, which just hired NoSQL expert Mathias Meyer last month.In this video, Meyer and fellow developer advocate Sean Cribbs talk about using Node.js with Riak. It’s not an introductory talk on Riak – some experience with the database is assumed. 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finley How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

How Professional Persistence Works in Sales

first_imgThe call that you make to your dream client may or may not result in a conversation. Even if the outcomes is not what you want, that call still matters.The voice mail that you left isn’t likely to get you a meeting, but that voice mail is still important. The voice mail may be the first time your dream client hears your voice—and maybe the first time they recognize you have ideas worth exploring.The follow-up email to reiterate the message you left on your prospect’s voicemail may be skimmed before being deleted, but because you kept your promise and followed through on the commitment you made on your voice mail, you have now begun the process of building trust through reliably doing what you said you would do.The LinkedIn connection request, provided it isn’t followed up by a 4 paragraph pitch within 4 minutes, may get some contact’s attention and it may result in their engaging with you. But even if they don’t, they have seen you again, and they are now beginning to recognize your persistence in pursuing a conversation.The blog post you printed and scanned to send you dream client with the most important ideas highlighted provided ideas that were worth their time, and they took note that you were the one that sent it to them. Your contact now knows your name.The next phone call might be the beginning of a conversation, or it may be the one after that that results in engagement. It may take more time, and greater persistence on your part, especially as it pertains to making every interaction valuable for your prospect, regardless of the medium. But eventually, should you stay the course of professional pursuing your dream client, you will get your meeting, they will be willing to explore change, and you will create an opportunity. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more