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Worldwide protests, including outside Chinese embassy in Paris, to coincide with Olympic Games opening ceremony

first_imgMore than 300 people, including members of the Reporters Without Borders Canadian section, parliamentarians and a former Canadian government minister, gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Ottawa yesterday to demand more freedom in China before the start of the Olympic Games.Chinese pro-democracy activists demonstrated outside the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles on 7 August, unfurling a large sheet showing the Reporters Without Borders design of Olympic rings as handcuffs. A Reporters Without Borders supporter climbed the facade of a building opposite the embassy and hung one of the organisation’s “Beijing 2008″ campaign flags. Parts of a radio programme which Reporters Without Borders broadcast clandestinely this morning in Beijing were played over a loudspeaker. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Reporters Without Borders representatives including its secretary-general, Rafael Jiménez Claudín, gathered outside the Chinese embassy in Madrid and tried to hand in a letter calling for the release of imprisoned Chinese journalists. An employee refused to take the letter, calling Reporters Without Borders an “enemy of the Chinese people.” In comments to journalists, Jiménez Claudín responded that “the main enemies of the Chinese people are certain leaders who (…) do not recognise civil liberties.” In London, Reporters Without Borders activists joined members of pro-Tibet groups and Chinese pro-democracy activists in a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy. August 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Worldwide protests, including outside Chinese embassy in Paris, to coincide with Olympic Games opening ceremony ChinaAsia – Pacific Despite a large police presence, the demonstrators were able to gather outside Le Fouquet’s restaurant at the corner of Avenue Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V, from where they marched without incident to the corner of Rue de la Trémoille and Avenue George V, opposite the Chinese embassy. News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more In Italy, Reporters Without Borders staged a demonstration yesterday outside the town hall of Rome’s 4th district. Another demonstrations was held today outside the Palace of the Province, with many journalists looking on. The demonstrators began unfurling the Reporters Without Borders flag, showing the Olympic rings as handcuffs, on the facade of a building until they were stopped by the police. Exiled Chinese dissidents, leading human rights activists and members of the Tibetan community were among those who participated in a Reporters Without Borders demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Washington DC. They also included US congressman Thaddeus McCotter, who is a staunch supporter of press freedom, and North Korean dissident Jin Jae-Ho, who has been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest against China’s treatment of North Korean refugees. Reporters Without Borders hails the protests by human rights activists in capitals around the world today as the Olympic Games opening ceremony was taking place in Beijing. “The presence of thousands of demonstrators proves that the issue of respect for human rights continues to be at the heart of the Beijing Games,” the press freedom organisation said. “We appeal to the Chinese authorities to release political prisoners and to undertake to carry out concrete improvements in respect for rights and freedoms while the games are taking place,” the organisation added. “It is not too late.”In response to a call from Reporters Without Borders, the 2008 Games China Collective, pro-Tibet groups, members of the China Democracy Party and representatives of the Burmese and Vietnamese communities, several hundred demonstrators marched in Paris from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. today to condemn human rights violations in China.The Paris police had issued orders forbidding any demonstration near the Chinese embassy, but a Paris court quashed the orders this morning at the request of Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures “The presence of thousands of demonstrators proves that the issue of respect for human rights continues to be at the heart of the Beijing Games,” the press freedom organisation said. News Around 100 people took part in a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy in Berlin. Diplomats inside saw the demonstrators march by. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

ITV to appeal after court rules in favour of UK pensions regulator

first_imgA UK court has ruled that the country’s pensions regulator was right to use its power to get broadcaster ITV to support its Box Clever pension scheme. Published today, the judgement follows a two-week hearing in January.The scheme has 2,800 members and a deficit of about £115m, the Pensions Regulator (TPR) said in a statement about the ruling today.ITV will be seeking to appeal the decision, according to a spokesman for the company.“ITV continues to believe that the case brought against it is unfair,” he said. Mike Birch, TPR’s director of case management, said the regulator was pleased with the ruling.It sent “a clear message to companies with defined benefit schemes that we will not hesitate to use our anti-avoidance powers where we believe it is reasonable for them to provide financial support,” he added.Alan Herbert, chairman of the Box Clever scheme trustees, said: “This is another step forward towards securing the pension benefits of nearly 3,000 former Box Clever employees and their dependants.“It’s been a long and incredibly complex journey”.The dispute between TPR and ITV goes back to 2011, when the regulator made what has been described as a landmark decision to issue “Financial Support Directions” to ITV to require it to financially support the scheme.The broadcaster referred the decision to the Upper Tribunal with considerable back-and-forth since then. January’s hearing was the “substantive hearing” of the case, according to law firm Eversheds Sutherland, which has been advising the trustees of the Box Clever scheme for more than nine years.It said the long-running case was the first challenge to TPR’s anti-avoidance powers to be heard in full by the Upper Tribunal.Box Clever was formed in 2000 as a joint venture between the TV rental businesses of Granada, now ITV, and Thorn, now Carmelite. In 2003 it collapsed. Before that, employees of the joint venture were transferred into a new Box Clever scheme with the intention they would receive the same benefits as they would have gained from their previous pension arrangements.TPR has argued that ITV “extracted significant value” from the joint venture before the collapse.According to the regulator, the Upper Tribunal ruled that it was reasonable for ITV to provide financial support for the Box Clever scheme in the circumstances of the case.It today said the judges held that: “By their choice of structure for the Joint Venture, the Shareholders extracted considerable cash from the business with no risk of recourse to their assets.“They retained an ongoing interest in the merged business with the possibility of further value being generated if the business was successful, but without having to bear any responsibility if the business, whose strategy they continued to determine, subsequently failed.”The ITV spokesman said: “The Tribunal repeatedly stressed in its judgment that no blame or criticism should be attributed to ITV concerning the transaction, 18 years ago, that formed the Box Clever joint venture. “There were sound reasons for implementing that transaction, which was, in good faith, regarded as being in the best interests of Granada’s shareholders, employees and consumers.”Emma King, partner at Eversheds Sutherland, said that “in spite of its best efforts to avoid its moral responsibility to pension scheme members almost all of ITV’s arguments have been rejected”.last_img read more

More woe for AVB as Chelsea lose again

first_imgBayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1Chelsea’s place in the knockout stage of the Champions League is in serious doubt after Manuel Friedrich’s injury-time goal in Germany.Friedrich’s header from Gonzalo Castro’s corner took Bayer Leverkusen to the top of Group E and through to the next phase of the tournament, which Chelsea will miss out on if they lose to Valencia at Stamford Bridge in their final group game.AdChoices广告This result will do nothing to ease the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas, whose side have now lost four of their last seven matches and again looked disorganised at the back.Didier Drogba put them ahead early in the second half, getting the better of Friedrich and firing into the bottom corner after being found by Daniel Sturridge.But Chelsea’s recent defensive shortcomings were evident again, not least when they failed to deal with a routine ball into the box and Sidney Sam’s cross was headed in by Eren Derdiyok.It was Derdiyok’s first touch after coming on as a substitute and gave Leverkusen a deserved equaliser, although they were fortunate not to concede a late penalty when Drogba appeared to be fouled by Lars Bender.Had that decision gone their way, Villas-Boas’ men might well have got the victory that would have taken them into the last 16.And to make matters worse for them, Friedrich came up with a last-gasp winner – but the bigger picture remains the same, as the Blues would still have faced Valencia needing a draw to qualify.Drogba’s goal came after a cagey first half in which ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack very nearly scored against his former club.Ballack, sporting Petr Cech-style headgear to protect a broken nose, headed Castro’s right-wing corner against the bar.Chelsea’s best chance of the opening period came when Sturridge threaded a perfect pass through to Drogba, who rounded keeper Bernd Leno but in doing so took a heavy touch, and as a result fired high and wide from an acute angle.But when Sturridge set him up again three minutes after the interval, Drogba made no mistake.Leverkusen responded in determined fashion and Ballack came close to scoring on two more occassions.His overhead kick was tipped over by keeper Cech, who seconds later produced a fine point-blank save to deny Ballack after Andre Schurrle’s header had found its way through a crowd of players.Chelsea looked dangerous on the break and the impressive Sturridge sprinted half the length of the pitch before shooting at Leno’s legs.After surviving that scare, the home team levelled on 72 minutes with the help of some shoddy defending.After Castro’s delivery into the box caught Chelsea napping, an unmarked Sam lifted the ball beyond the onrushing Cech, and Derdiyok headed over John Terry and into the net.And worse followed for the visitors when Friedrich climbed above substitute Alex and powered in a magnificent header from 12 yards out.Valencia, who walloped Genk 7-0, will head to west London the week after next knowing they have a great chance of progressing, but the Premier League side’s destiny remains in their own hands.As well as a win for Chelsea, a goalless or 1-1 draw would take them through. Any other result would send them out.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more

L.A. city begins repaving The Row’s street

first_imgRepavement on The Row began Monday morning in order to make 28th Street safer and more aesthetically pleasing, said Logan Lachman, an Undergraduate Student Government Greek senator who worked with the City of Los Angeles to initiate construction.Pave the way · It will take about four weeks to repave 28th Street, according to Undergraduate Student Government officials. – Nathaniel Gonzales | Daily Trojan“The Row was really bad — there were a bunch of potholes,” Lachman said. “To have that many potholes, people were tripping and falling.”Construction workers, funded by the city, will repave 28th Street between Hoover and Figueroa streets and then will begin reconstructing the sidewalks if time permits, Lachman said. The process is scheduled to take four weeks.Crews will be working from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, during which time cars cannot be parked on the section of the road where workers are repaving.Some students who often travel on The Row agreed that the rough road needed improvement.“I know people were agreeing that [the road] was just kind of obnoxious,” said Lindsey Howie, a senior majoring in communication. “I think it will just make things a lot easier just with parking, biking and walking on The Row.”Howie said, however, that she wished an e-mail or some form of communication was sent out to notify residents on The Row of the construction.“They probably should have communicated it a little better and let people know that they are going to be shutting part of The Row down,” Howie said.Lachman said repaving the road was for safety concerns as well as aesthetic reasons.USG has attempted to improve The Row for years, Lachman said, though past senators have not been successful.  USG made a push last year to completely close The Row off to vehicle traffic, but that did not come to fruition.“This has been around for a few years,” Lachman said.Yet, some students said they believe the sidewalks on The Row need more immediate attention than the road.“I do think that it’s good that they’re paving,” said Stacy Jones, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering. “[But] the sidewalks were a bigger issue than the streets and the potholes … Girls talk about the sidewalks as they go out to The Row, they don’t want to trip.”last_img read more