Reporters Without Borders keeps UNESCO consultative status, condemns disinformation

first_img Help by sharing this information News Dear Secretary-General,As you perhaps know, during its 189th session which ended this week, the UNESCO Executive Council examined the implementation of directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with NGOS that were adopted by the General Conference during its 36th session last November.The aims of these new directives included reinforcing and simplifying the system of partnerships with NGOs by reclassifying them into two categories instead of three.As a result of the reservations expressed by certain member states, the Executive Council did not adopt a proposal to give Reporters Without Borders associate status, as UNESCO’s director-general had proposed.I would nonetheless like to confirm that UNESCO’s partnership with Reporters Without Borders since 1992 will continue under the consultative status envisaged by the same directives.There is therefore no substantial change in the relationship between us and you will obviously continue to enjoy the same privileges as before.I am confident that this partnership will enable our two organizations to continue to promote freedom of expression and the development of independent media.I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you soon.Sincerely,Eric Falt Reporters Without Borders denies reports that it was “excluded” from UNESCO during this UN body’s most recent executive council session for a supposed “lack of ethics.” False reports to this effect have been circulated by certain media, especially in Latin America, without any attempt at verification.“Our partnerships with UNESCO have been effective and productive,” Reporters Without Borders director-general Olivier Basille said. “Assistance with the installation of a mobile Internet centre for people displaced by the earthquake in Haiti and the continuing publication of the Handbook for Journalists for the past 20 years are some examples.“The rumour that we have been ‘excluded’ from UNESCO is pure disinformation. There was never any question of this. We keenly regret that we were not promoted to the rank of ‘associate NGO’ because of the ill will that certain delegations have long felt towards us. We will continue to actively work with UNESCO on behalf of freedom of information.”During UNESCO’s most recent executive council session, held from 27 February to 10 March in Paris, certain countries blocked Reporters Without Borders’ promotion to “associate NGO” status, a promotion that UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova had said she was recommending in a letter to us on 3 February (copy available). The status which Reporters Without Borders obtained with UNESCO in 1996 and which has been renewed twice, in 2002 and 2006, has never changed. Reporters Without Borders continues to enjoyed UNESCO’s confidence, which was reiterated after the last session.As part of an internal reform, UNESCO has changed the relations it can have with NGOs. Until now there were three kinds of relationship: “operational,” “associate” and “consultative.” Now there are just “associate” and “consultative.” It was against this backdrop that it was proposed that Reporters Without Borders’ status should be changed from “consultative” to “associate.” During the last executive council meeting, a number of European and other western countries withdrew from the chamber in protest against Syria’s presence among the delegations participating. As a result, when the question of Reporters Without Borders’ status came to be discussed, Venezuela, with the support of China and Cuba, in particular, was able to easily block the promotion sought by Director-General Bokova (see message from the UNESCO below). More seriously, the false reports of our exclusion prompted the repetition of old defamatory attacks on Reporters Without Borders by the Cuban government news agency Prensa Latina. These accusations of “spying” and “activities on behalf of the US government” – whose violations of freedom of information we have often criticized – are typical of the usual paranoia of repressive regimes and their supporters.Reporters Without Borders acknowledges that a former Reporters Without Borders secretary-general signed a cooperation agreement with a controversial humanitarian organization – the Center for a Free Cuba – which has its origins in the Cuban dissident movement in exile. This agreement was cancelled in 2008 when that secretary-general resigned. Reporters Without Borders is capable of recognizing its mistakes and evolving, unlike its most fanatical detractors. Will they have the courage to retract their lies?______________Message from the UNESCO to Reporters Without Borders – 13th May 2012(see original message in French version) March 13, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders keeps UNESCO consultative status, condemns disinformation RSF_en Organisation last_img read more

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CCO EXCLUSIVE: SCOTT DANKS WILL REMAIN AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMAN

first_imgSCOTT DANKS WILL REMAIN AS DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIRMANIn an exclusive interview with the CCO, Vanderburgh County Democratic Chairman Scott Danks announced that he has no immediate plans to step down as a party chairman.Danks had previously announced his desire to resign as party chairman due to the required time commitment to affectively re-structure, re-organize and energize the party.Following Danks’s announcement, he was inundated with request from party members, officeholders and candidates to stay on. Moreover, many of these individuals offered to assume various task to relieve Danks and other members of the Central Committee of some of the workload.Danks said the next 30 days will be very time-consuming with the Democratic party’s golf scramble on September 18th and the party’s annual dinner on October 6th. Thereafter, Danks, his Central Committee and other highly active Democrats Will be able to focus on rebuilding the party.Danks said he is “very passionate towards the Democratic Party and getting Democrats elected to office” and that “I will stay on until our goals are accomplished”.However, Danks further indicated that if a highly qualified person who can demonstrate a willingness and ability to make the necessary time commitment to the chairmanship position and who has the support of the current Democratic office holders comes forward that he would certainly consider “passing the torch”. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Warriors’ Steve Kerr: ‘I’m just devastated for’ Kevin Durant

first_img“We got stops. Our defense was bending down the stretch, but we didn’t break,” Kerr said. “The last stop was tremendous, amazing defense on that last play from all five guys.”The Warriors will host the Raptors in Game 6 on Thursday at 9 p.m. ET. Kevin Durant’s return to the court lasted less than a half.The Warriors star strained his calf in the Warriors’ second-round series against the Rockets and missed the next nine games. He returned Monday in the potential decisive matchup of the NBA Finals against the Raptors in Toronto and played 12 minutes before re-injuring his leg. NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ thrilling Game 5 win over Raptors “I just told the team I didn’t know what to say,” Kerr said. “On the one hand, I’m so proud of them. Just the amazing heart and grit that they showed. On the other, I’m just devastated for Kevin. It’s a bizarre feeling that we all have right now. An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.””An incredible win and a horrible loss at the same time.”- Steve Kerr struggled to express his emotions after Game 5.#GameTime | #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/pnrOxqli5Z— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 11, 2019The 30-year-old star left the floor after he came up limping following a drive to the basket with a little more than 9:45 to play before halftime. He was then helped back to the locker room by teammates Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala.Steph Curry and Andre Iguodala accompanied Kevin Durant to the locker room after he appeared to re-injure his calf. #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/Psx6Gvul5l— NBA TV (@NBATV) June 11, 2019Durant scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting and grabbed two rebounds before exiting. He’ll undergo an MRI on Tuesday, the team announced.The Warriors ended up holding off the Raptors when Kyle Lowry missed a game-winning 3-point attempt at the buzzer. Durant did not return to the game, which Golden State went on to win 106-105, and he was seen leaving the arena on crutches.Durant leaving Scotiabank Arena on crutches pic.twitter.com/eccyf5bB8f— Phil Barber (@Skinny_Post) June 11, 2019Warriors coach Steve Kerr discussed Durant’s injury when he met with reporters after the victory. Related Newslast_img read more

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Barton ‘on the verge of Blackpool move’

first_imgQPR’s Joey Barton is on the verge of a season-long loan move to ­Blackpool, according to the Daily Mirror.It is claimed Barton is open to the idea of joining the Tangerines and that Blackpool are keen to sign him in order to get one over their neighbours Fleetwood Town.Barton, who is banned for the first 12 matches of the season, has been training with Fleetwood and it has been suggested that he could join them on loan.The Mirror also say Wigan star Victor Moses is set to join Chelsea for £9m.It is claimed that Latics chairman Dave Whelan has agreed to a deal worth less than the £10m he insisted it would take to prise the former Crystal Palace forward away from Wigan.Moses is now tipped to discuss personal terms and complete his move to Stamford Bridge.This page is regularly updated.See also:Blackpool ‘reject chance to sign Joey Barton on loan’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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South Africa’s 2030 plan to ‘turn the tide on Aids’

first_img23 July 2014 South Africa is set to make major increases in the scale of an already massive HIV/Aids treatment and prevention programme as the country pushes to meet ambitious new targets for turning the tide on HIV/Aids by 2030, says Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Speaking during his department’s budget vote in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the new targets were in line with those set both by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) and by delegates currently attending the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Motsoaledi said the conference had gone beyond existing international goals by declaring that the world needed to “bring an end to HIV/Aids” by 2030, adding that this had been defined as follows: “It means 90% of people know their status; 90% of those that are HIV positive are on treatment; 90% of those on treatment are virally suppressed.” South Africa’s next step would therefore be “to increase coverage in the manner proposed by the 90% approach. This means testing most, if not all, of the population annually, initiating everyone who is positive on treatment regardless of CD-4 count and supporting all those that are on treatment. “In summary, it will mean mass testing in every possible setting: schools, universities, workplaces, churches and communities,” Motsoaledi said. The minister also announced that, as of January 2015, HIV-positive patients would start receiving free antiretroviral treatment once their CD4 count fell below 500, instead of current threshold of less than 350. At the same time, the Department of Health will shift all HIV-positive pregnant women from the World Health Organisation’s “option B” treatment model – the current norm in the country – to the “option B+” treatment model. Under the “B” model, HIV-positive pregnant women receive free antiretroviral treatment while they are breastfeeding, and stop receiving treatment once they have finished breastfeeding if their CD4 count is lower than 350. “Option B+ simply means every pregnant HIV positive woman goes on lifelong treatment, regardless of their CD4 status,” Motsoaledi said, adding that these interventions represented a milestone in the country’s fight against HIV/Aids. While research has shown that the treatment of as many people as possible is itself a highly effective form of prevention, the minister said, the country’s massive treatment programme would be accompanied by a wide range of prevention techniques. These will include programmes for mass education and communication, social mobilisation, HIV counselling and testing, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, and the management of sexually transmitted infections in general. They will also include massive condom distribution, the provision of safe blood transfusion, and a widescale medical male circumcision campaign targeting 4-million men by 2016. The minister also announced that government would be undertaking a massive campaign to decentralise the management of multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in the country. “Presently, we have 100 such decentralised sites, and we intend to increase them to 2 500. This will happen through a rapid establishment and scale-up of nurse-led MDR-TB treatment management teams at municipal ward level.” He said his department also aimed to screen all 150 000 inmates in the country’s correctional services facilities for MDR-TB, as well as all 500 000 miners and the 600 000-strong peri-mining communities in six districts identified as having a high level of mining activity. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Oppn. ‘marak shakti’ to blame for Swaraj, Jaitley deaths: Pragya

first_imgBJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ (killing power) to harm BJP leaders, adding the ‘evil power’ was behind the recent deaths of former Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. BJP veteran Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Sushma Swaraj on August 6. Taking umbrage at the BJP MP’s remarks, the Madhya Pradesh Congress said she has lost her mental balance and advised her to undergo treatment in a mental asylum. “While I was contesting the [Lok Sabha] elections, a Maharaj ji told me that bad times are upon us and the Opposition is up to something using some ‘marak shakti’ against the BJP. I later forgot what he said but now when I see our top leaders leaving us one by one, I am forced to think, wasn’t Maharaj ji right?” she said. Ms. Thakur was addressing a condolence meeting at the State BJP office to pay tributes to Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur. The latter had died on August 20. She refused to talk on the issue when reporters asked about her remarks. “Sadhvi Pragya’s statement is extremely objectionable. It shows that she has lost her mental balance,” said Shobha Oza, State Congress Media Cell chief.‘Abusive words’ “Sometimes she uses abusive words for Gandhiji or for Nehruji. Now she said so about the Congress. She needs to be treated as soon as possible. A mental asylum is the right place for her,” Ms. Oza told reporters. Ms. Thakur, who defeated Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, has made many such controversial remarks and had to apologise for some of them. She was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.last_img read more

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Tabal delivers first gold medal for PH, rules women’s marathon

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES GOLD! Mary Joy Tabal rules women’s marathon in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ/INQUIRERPUTRAJAYA, Malaysia Rising up through emotional ups and down, Mary Joy Tabal just crowned herself the queen of the 29th Southeast Asian Games marathon.The 28-year-old Tabal broke down in tears right after crossing the finish line, literally beating the Vietnam contestant by a mile, to deliver that gold medal she hoped would open the flood gates for Team Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I went through a lot of hardships. In training. In everything. But the I know in my heart that I really have to deliver,” said Tabal in Filipino. “I can’t let disappoint my country.READ: Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong 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“To my fellow athletes, if we really do our best, we can do it,” added Tabal who clocked two hours, 48 minutes and 26 seconds, almost seven minutes clear of silver winner Hoang Thi Thanh.Tabal said she was feeling cramps on her tibialis or shin muscle during the first loop around the Putrajaya government complex that lined with gleaming office skyscrapers. READ: Patafa reinstates TabalTabal, who trained for three months in Italy, hugged Athletics chief Philip Ella Juico and Philippine Sports Commissioner Ramon Fernandez right after draping herself with the Philippine flag at the finish line.“Thank you to all people who believed in me and for all your support,” said Tabal who has had strained relationship with the national athletics body for the past two years. “That’s why on the first loop I tried to warm up, then in the second loop I saw the other runners being left behind,” added the Rio Olympian and silver medals in the 2015 SEAG.READ: Patafa cuts Tabal, runner says ‘I just want to run for PH’ The race was held on well paved city streets with four and half loops on the main street on a cloudy day and weather cooled down by the previous night’s heavy downpour.“I felt that God was gifting me with this victory and all I needed to do was take it,” said Tabal.Her compatriot in the men’s side, Jeson Agravante didn’t finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At least, there’s the promise of a dogfight PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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a month agoStrachan: Arsenal fullback Tierney just like Van Dijk

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Strachan: Arsenal fullback Tierney just like Van Dijkby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is convinced by the quality of Arsenal fullback Kieran Tierney.Arsenal’s £25million signing from Celtic is set to make his Premier League debut in tomorrow night’s clash with Manchester United. He said: “Kieran is seriously a wonderful kid and his understanding of danger is magnificent.“He reminds me of Van Dijk in that way. The first time I watched Virgil and Kieran play, I thought, ‘Are you lucky, or are you brilliant at reading the game?’.“I’d love to see some analysis on how many times he intercepts or clears the ball in the box.“He thinks like a forward, so he understands what they’re going to do.“You could have six attackers and just him, and Kieran could still sniff the danger and get the ball.“So he’ll certainly help Arsenal get to the top four.“He’s more than just a good player — he has incredible spirit, strength, ability, and versatility, he’s perfect for Arsenal.“He mostly played at left-back or wing-back for Celtic.“But he can also play just as well at left centre-back or on the left of a three, which is how Unai Emery has got them playing just now.” last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Attended Class With 4-Star DT Recruit Boss Tagaloa Today

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins.COLLEGE PARK, MD – OCTOBER 03: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines reacts to a first half call against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium on October 3, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)We already know that Jim Harbaugh will go to many lengths in his recruitment of blue-chip athletes. Today, Harbaugh visited De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif., to check in a pair of four-stars: defensive tackle Boss Tagaloa and tight end Devin Asiasi. Not only did Harbaugh meet with both players, he also sat in class with Tagaloa, who posted a picture of the coach on his Snapchat account.  Here is Jim Harbaugh attending class with Boss Tagaloa @_BT75 today. pic.twitter.com/hhc7Ggcwlq— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 19, 2016Also, a screenshot of a Facebook post from a De La Salle faculty member also mentions Harbaugh’s presence.Apparently Jim Harbaugh participated in a class lesson at De La Salle while visiting Devin Asiasi and Boss Tagaloa pic.twitter.com/2diNOFBHei— The Victors News (@TheVictorsNews) January 19, 2016Looks like Coach Harbaugh had himself a nice day in school.last_img read more

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Not many people know that Im brother of Ayushmann Aparshakti Khurana

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Aparshakti Khurana believes the many film-goers are still oblivious to one key fact of his life: that he is the brother of Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana. The 31-year-old actor, who started his career as a radio jockey and later became an anchor on Indian television, made a successful switch to films with 2016 blockbuster “Dangal”, featuring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim and Sanya Malhotra. He followed up with films like “Badrinath Ki Dulhania”, “Stree” and most recently “Luka Chuppi”. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Unlike his big brother Ayushmann, who made a debut as a lead hero with “Vicky Donor” in 2012, Aparshakti has mostly played supporting parts in the films, but he is fine with it. “Whenever I meet people, they call me Bittu of ‘Stree’ or Omkar of ‘Dangal’. And I believe not many people know that I’m the brother of Ayushmann. When they do get to know that we are brothers, then sometimes they are shocked and sometimes they say ‘Yeah, you sound so similar’ or ‘you look similar’. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary “I think it happens also because we both share different space. His space is completely different than mine. I have had a different journey than he had,” the actor told PTI. Aparshakti says that his career trajectory is also not similar to other Bollywood star kids or brothers, who have almost always been launched as a lead. “My journey is different from other star brothers, kids or sisters. I think that is one of the main reasons that people don’t question me on this. So far, the media and the audiences have not really roped me into the ambit of nepotism. “No one has really come up and said that I have been launched by someone. I’m still playing the friend of a film’s hero. No star kid has ever done this role but I have done it in five films.” The actor says he does not believe in planning anything and he just goes with his gut when it comes to making decisions. “There was a time in my school and college days when I really used to plan and they never shaped up, both at the personal and professional front. And I think whenever you plan things and they don’t happen, then you feel heartbroken. I have stopped planning things. I have stopped planning life, be it personal or professional,” he says. “I don’t really sit down and think like ‘I’ll do these things now.’ I just do things the way I want to do and the way they come to me,” he adds. After “Luka Chuppi”, the actor will be next seen in “Jabariya Jodi”, “Street Dancer” and “Kanpuriye”.last_img read more

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