first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders has appealed to the UN special envoy for Burma, former Indonesian foreign minister Ali Alatas, to intervene on behalf of imprisoned journalist Win Tin during a three-day visit to Burma beginning today in which he is to meet Gen. Soe Win, the prime minister. May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has appealed to the UN special envoy for Burma, former Indonesian foreign minister Ali Alatas, to intervene on behalf of imprisoned journalist Win Tin during a three-day visit to Burma beginning today in which he is to meet Gen. Soe Win, the prime minister. RSF_en News August 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN special envoy asked to intervene on behalf of Win Tin RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Follow the news on Myanmar We are confident you will give us positive response.Respectfully,Reporters Without Borders Help by sharing this information US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturecenter_img Dear Mr. Alatas,Reporters Without Borders would like to draw your attention to the case of U Win Tin, a Burmese journalist and adviser to the National League for Democracy (NLD), who has been imprisoned since July 1989. In particular, we request that you press for his release during your official visit to Burma and your meeting with the prime minister, Gen. Soe Win.Now aged 75, U Win Tin has been imprisoned for 16 years for peacefully opposing the government. He has been deprived of his basic rights, including the right to a fair trial and the right to acceptable prison conditions. His detention highlights the way Burma’s judicial system has been co-opted to put a stop to peaceful free expression.Imprisoned above all because of his involvement with the NLD, U Win Tin received additional jail terms for trying to alert the United Nations about human rights violations in Burmese prisons. The authorities also accused him of writing articles and poems for circulation within the prison, where the possession of pen and paper is banned. His already poor health has been aggravated by ill-treatment, including torture, lack of medical care, detention in a cell without bedding (one normally used for army dogs) and deprivation of food and water for long periods.Many of Burma’s 1,350 political prisoners are prisoners of conscience who have been jailed for their peaceful use of the right to free expression. Many are old or ill, or have been given such long sentences that they have no hope of being released before reaching the age of 70 or 80. The authorities continue to arrest and hold political activists in secret, denying them access to lawyers and due process, and to harass former political prisoners and activists. Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts We appeal to your to use your influence with the Burmese government to get Win Tin released. We think this is a timely moment for you to intercede because, since the start of August, Win Tin has qualified under Burmese law for release for good conduct. As a former journalist yourself, you will undoubtedly be receptive to our request. May 26, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Newslast_img read more

first_img Community News Subscribe Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News The right to speak and be heard is an inalienable right, and The Hear Center is working hard through low-cost community services and outreach to make sure everyone gets their chance.Especially in the upcoming Better Hearing and Speech Month this May.A community and family-based agency located at 301 East Del Mar Blvd., The Hear Center has been helping the speech- and hearing-impaired learn to better their lives through therapy, and various hearing and speech services.Better Hearing and Speech Month is a yearly event when the American Language-Hearing Association raises awareness on hearing and speech problems and encourages people to analyze their own and to take action if they think they might have a problem.Contrary to popular belief, hearing loss is not just a condition of the aged. Millions of people of all ages worldwide suffer from many forms of hearing loss, and The Hear Center asks everyone to be aware of the signs:– Frequently asking people to repeat themselves– Turning an ear to the direction of sound to hear it better– Understanding a conversation better when you look directly at the person. Seeing their facial expression and lip movement can help someone understand another better if there is a hearing problem– Being unable to hear all parts of a group conversation– Experiencing pain or ringing in the ears (tinnitus)– Listening to the TV or radio at volume levels higher than other people normally listen toIf you know of anyone showing any of these telltale signs, The HEAR Center suggests a visit to our audiologists, a health professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing problems.Please call us to schedule a free hearing screening in honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month.Better Hearing and Speech Month is not just an event for the speech- and hearing-impaired, it is a reminder for everyone to be aware and take action.To find out more about Better Hearing and Speech Month, visit or www.hearcenter.orgFor more information about The Hear Center and the services it provides, visit or call (626) 796-2016. 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuffcenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Health May You Hear And Speak Better May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Pasadena’s Hear Center wants everyone to speak and be heard By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Thursday, April 18, 2013 | 3:11 pm Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

first_imgIndiana’s unemployment rate remains at 3.6 percent for May, and the national rate also stands at 3.6 percent. The monthly unemployment rate is a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicator that reflects the number of unemployed people seeking employment within the prior four weeks as a percentage of the labor force.Indiana’s labor force had a net decrease of 10,677 over the previous month. This was a result of a decrease of 2,312 unemployed residents and a decrease of 8,365 employed residents. Indiana’s total labor force, which includes both Hoosiers employed and those seeking employment, stands at 3.40 million, and the state’s 65.0 percent labor force participation rate remains above the national rate of 62.8 percent.Also, this month had the lowest unemployment insurance claims in the reference week (12th of the month) in 2019.Learn more about how unemployment rates are calculated here: 2019 Employment ChartsEmployment by SectorPrivate sector employment has grown by 32,900 over the year and decreased by 1,200 over the previous month. The monthly decrease is primarily due to losses in the Leisure and Hospitality (-1,000) and the Financial Activities (-900)sectors. Losses were partially offset by gains in the Manufacturing (900) and the Private Educational and Health Care Services (900) sectors. Total private employment stands at 2,742,100, which is 10,000 above the December 2018 peak.Midwest Unemployment RatesMay 2019 Midwest Unemployment Rates  EDITOR’S NOTES:Data are sourced from May Current Employment Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics – U.S. Bureau of Labor StatisticsMay employment data for Indiana Counties, Cities and MSAs will be available Monday, June 24, 2019, at noon (Eastern) pending U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics validation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgVasco Regula Dear Editor: As a registered Democrat, there are few times where I agree with my Republican friends on issues. But I am intrigued by Republican Senate candidate Bob Hugin, who says he’s a different kind of Republican.He’s pro-choice, supports marriage equality, and supports equal pay. He also sounds like a reasonable person on immigration as well and he supports a path to citizenship for DREAMers. In the current political environment, it’s encouraging to see a different kind of Republican who is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in even if it bucks the party norms. Instead of partisan politics as usual, he wants to work with Democrats and Republicans to make things better for our state.We need more bipartisanship in Washington, not less. For years we’ve seen both parties engage in partisan exercises, and for years we’ve seen them fail to solve problems. Bob Hugin says he will be a different kind of Republican who will get results. I’m willing to give him a chance.last_img read more

first_imgPortugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo is having a stellar 2020.Having recently found the net for the 50th time for Juventus, becoming the fastest player to ever do so, the 35-year-old has gone on to score in every single game since the start of the year.Against AC Milan in the Italian Cup semi-final on Thursday night, that record looked set to end as Juventus looked to be heading for defeat in the first leg.Ante Rebic had put Milan ahead in the 61st minute, knocking the ball past Gigi Buffon in the Juventus goal.However, a red card to Theo Hernandez handed the Turin side the advantage again and they piled forward in search of an equaliser.And in the 90th minute a cross from the right was volleyed spectacularly by Ronaldo but his goal-bound effort was stopped dead in its tracks by the outstretched arm of Milan defender, Calabria.A long wait followed with the referee consulting the VAR screen before awarding the late penalty to Juventus.Ronaldo stepped up and fired home his second Coppa Italia goal of the season and his 24th overall in front of the record 73,000 crowd.The second leg takes place on March 4.Check out Ronaldo’s effort and late penalty belowBefore you call Ronaldo “Penaldo”,this was what led to the penalty, I’m sure your GOAT can never do this!😆#MilanJuve— FUTA’S Own PR♥️ (@kunleofofo) February 13, 2020last_img read more

first_imgA Palm Beach Gardens man was arrested Thursday, after his girlfriend’s toddler apparently got a hold of the man’s gun and shot himself.The 3-year-old’s mother told investigators with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office that she heard a loud bang late Wednesday and ran into the bedroom, where she found the toddler with a bloodied hand while he was standing next to the weapon.Her boyfriend, 21-year-old Juan Gomes Quintero, told investigators he was cleaning the .40-caliber Springfield in his bedroom at the home near West Palm Beach and left it loaded in his nightstand.Investigators concluded the child must have pulled the gun from the drawer and fired a bullet through two of his fingers.They subsequently arrested Gomes Quintero, who has a Palm Beach Gardens address, on charges of culpable negligence, unsafe storage of a firearm and tampering with evidence.A judge ordered that he remain jailed in lieu of $12,000 bail. In addition, he is not allowed to have contact with the child or the child’s mother.The boy’s mother, who works in nursing, told investigators that she carried her son to the bathroom, where she cleaned and wrapped up his fingers.She then took the child to Palms West Hospital, where he was treated and released.The mother later called Gomes Quintero to tell him what happened, as he was not in the home when the incident happened. He allegedly told her that he went to the house and grabbed the gun, along with a mirror that had a bullet hole in it.He said that he threw the mirror behind the home, and then left the gun, his wallet, and two cellphones in the car that he had crashed earlier that day near Haverhill Park.Gomes Quintero said he bought the semi-automatic pistol about a month ago and typically kept it in the bedroom closet.last_img read more

first_imgThis Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 photo provided by 2K Games shows Ronnie Singh, 2K digital marketing director, as he accomplishes the facial mapping process through a PS4 camera during a video shoot in Novato, Calif. (AP Photo/2K Games)LOS ANGELES (AP) — “NBA 2K15” is angling for a slam dunk with an innovative new way to put players in the game.The developers of the interactive basketball franchise are adding the option for gamers to digitally graft lifelike 3-D renditions of their faces onto virtual players in the series’ latest installment, set for Oct. 7. The process uses the camera for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One game consoles to create faces for wannabe Kobe Bryants and Kevin Durants.“It’s all done using the processing power of the next-gen systems,” said Jeff Thomas, vice president of sports development at “NBA 2K” developer Visual Concepts. “We’ve been talking about doing this for a number of years, but it really wasn’t possible until we knew the processing power of the next-gen machines. It took some time to get it right.”The technology utilizes the stereoscopic cameras for Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One consoles to amass several angles of gamers’ faces. It then renders photorealistic 3-D models on screen that can be tweaked and placed onto the bodies of virtual players in the game’s career and online modes. The process requires a well-lit room and takes about three minutes.“That doesn’t sound like a lot of time,” said Thomas. “But if you think of things in milliseconds like you do when you make games, with the computer processing power inside that box, three minutes is like an eternity. That just shows how much math and things are required to compute these points in 3-D space, then construct a model that looks like you.”The face mapping marks the latest effort by a game creator to add virtual representations of players in a game, following similar endeavors, like EA Sports crafting virtual athletes based on still images of players’ faces, and developer Rare harnessing Microsoft’s Kinect camera to fashion cartoony avatars for its motion-detecting title “Kinect Sports Rivals.”When demonstrated for The Associated Press with a PS4 camera and console, the process required two attempts to generate an accurate hairless model, which was then further detailed with skin textures, hair and eye color. The available modifications are based on Visual Concept’s own library of facial features of actual NBA and Euroleague players.“That means there can’t be any more alien players,” said Thomas. “You used to be able to pull and tug players’ faces and create crazy noses and stuff. Because we’re referencing real people, it only allows you to create human-looking players. I think that’s a big deal. The combination of these techniques will give you a really solid-looking image of yourself.”For privacy-minded players who don’t want their console capturing a map of their face or those without a PS4 or Kinect camera, Thomas said they’ll still be able to create players from scratch using the game’s customization system, as in past editions of the series. He also noted that while the system can scan female faces, the game — like the basketball league — doesn’t include female bodies.Thomas expects the proprietary technology to evolve in the future and is hopeful it will be implemented in other games from 2K Games, which also publishes the “NHL 2K” and “WWE 2K” series, as well as the “BioShock” and “Borderlands” first-person shooter franchises.“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Thomas. “I think in the future that every triple-A title is going to want to have some sort of tech like this. It’s so much more engaging to actually look at yourself when you’re playing a video game compared to some random character.”___Online: AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at read more

first_imgEverybody was there. Endless shoes, sneakers and boots bordered the embankment. Cars were lined up dropping off kids and neighborhood friends and classmates would skate together after school until it turned dark. On weekends we skated all morning, went home for lunch, warmed up, then piled on the winter clothes again, and off we went! When the pond would begin to freezeafter several days of extremely frigidweather, very often during the latter partof November, we would begin our endlesscalls to the Fair Haven Police Departmentasking, “Is Schwenker’s Pond safe enoughto skate on?” “Can we skate yet?” Once we were ready to go, with skates tied around the back of our muffler encircled necks, we ran through the hedges, crossed Lake Avenue and jostled down the hill. When we landed on the western side of this beautiful frozen wonderland, the fun was just about to begin. Conveniently, an ancient, just the right size, upright tree trunk was there for us to sit and get our skates on. Years of past skaters had left their initials carved in the wood, many surrounded with hearts and dates, so this tree trunk had quite a story to tell. Maybe we packed a picnic lunch ofpeanut butter and jelly sandwiches andKool-Aid. A whole summer’s afternoon atSchwenker’s Pond would provide us withan adventurous day in this peaceful Edenof nature’s bliss. So “kudos” to you, Mr. Rice, and the town of Fair Haven for a wonderful visionary idea! One of the things I loved and remembered the most was the scary sound of the ice cracking while it was expanding and contracting. When the answer was, “yes, safe toskate,” we would whoop and holler “let’sgo!” Contributed by Maria Innacelli Mullevey, Red Bank I can’t forget to mention the small fires that burned in a hollowed-out tree on Chestnut Street where the pond met the shore. By today’s standards of fire and children’s safety, this wouldn’t even be a considered thought, but way back then there was this great, tall, hollowed-out tree near the front of Schwenker’s Pond and Chestnut Street. When our toes were close to being frostbitten we would skate over to the tree. A fire would be burning under the watchful eyes of parents and we would take a respite to warm our frozen mittens and frigid feet. Marshmallows were impaled on found sticks and hot chocolate was shared from random thermoses brought by parents and neighbors. Rosy cheeks, smiles and the warmth of community emanated from this place of long ago. center_img The waterfall draining to Shippee’s Pond to the Navesink River under River Road ran fast and clear. On hot summer days when we weren’t at the beach, we brought our bamboo poles and worms to try and catch some sunfish or carp. We fed stale bread brought from home to the multitude of mallards that swam near us that eagerly snapped it up looking for more. Now in the summertime, Schwenker’sPond was a whole other story. Then there was a game we playedcalled “Whip.” Maybe 10 or more kidswould hold hands and skate down thepond with a very strong skater at thelead. Then at the leader’s whim, he or shewould yell “whip!” That lead skater wouldcome to a swift halt, swing us around andthen we’d break our grip and glide happilyto our newfound destination. “Wow, let’sdo it again!” As I end my joyful reminiscing of a long ago childhood that I wish for my grand- children today, I can only tell a story of what life was like for their grandma in the 1950s and ’60s. Today, memories are captured on mobile phone cameras. This can be a good thing – and I do this myself – but there is nothing that can replace a good old-fashioned storytelling of how simple life used to be. Even today, when I drive past Schwenker’s Pond, a smile appears on my face. I would like to congratulate and encourage the town of Fair Haven and Mr. Brian Rice to move forward with their creative plan to revitalize Schwenker’s Pond as a “pocket park” that would serve the community well. Strolls along this pond would be a peaceful respite for many and the glory of all four seasons would be enjoyed. I was so happy to have read the recent article in The Two River Times by Chris Rotolo concerning the revitalization and transformation of Schwenker’s Pond. I grew up in Red Bank on Mori Place, a little tree-lined, dead-end street off Harrison Avenue. Our house backed up to a tall privet hedge that connected us to Lake Avenue. Access to Schwenker’s Pond was a breeze – just pass through the neighborly gap in the hedge, cross Lake Avenue and you were there! Mrs. Schwenker was a kind elderly citizen of Fair Haven who allowed the neighborhood kids to pass through her property and down the hill. I have to admit it though, I never once laid eyes on her. While blissful kids skated from the front of the pond at River Road all the way to the back of the pond at Chestnut Street, tired skaters rested for a while on a fallen tree that had frozen into the ice, until it was time to make their journey back to River Road. It wasn’t uncommon to peer into the glistening glory of the clear ice to observe golden carp swimming about as we stopped to watch their voyage, maybe to Shippee’s Pond. last_img read more

first_imgNelson Leafs and West Kootenay Wildcats each lost opening round games as the B.C. Hockey Minor Hockey Championship tournaments kicked off Sunday on various locations around the province.The Nelson Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to Kelowna at the Peewee Tier III tournament in Quesnel. Nelson returns to action Monday against Creston.On Vancouver Island, the West Kootenay Wildcats ran into a tough North Shore squad as the local squad lost 3-0.The Cats get a chance to bounce back Monday with a game against Prince George.In Midget Tier III Championships in Osoyoos, Kaslo/Nelson opens play Monday against Whitehorse.In Nakusp, the local squad plays host to the Midget Tier IV tournament. Nakusp plays Chetwynd Sunday and Saanich Monday.last_img

first_imgDHL Western Province 19 (13)Tries: Damian de Allende, Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis, Penalties: Catrakilis (3), Kurt Coleman Province’s victory in 2012 came after the Sharks had beaten them twice in the round robin stage of the competition. This time around the roles were reversed, with the Sharks having lost twice to the team from Cape Town in 2013 before defeating them in Saturday’s final. 28 October 2013 In a very physical game, the men from Natal dominated the tackles, breakdowns and lineouts. All three of those aspects have in recent years been the strengths of Western Province and Stormers rugby and when the home team ceded superiority to the Sharks in those areas, they effectively surrendered the game to the fired-up visitors. McLeod, like Lambie, also kicked exceptionally well. His little dinks just over the Western Province defensive line caused plenty of problems for the home team and he also cleared from the base of the scrum efficiently. Western Province, though, is a team of character and they fought manfully, but could not overcome the committed gang tackling of the men in black and white, their slick handling and a team engine that ran full out for the duration of the contest. The Natal Sharks captured the Absa Currie Cup for the seventh time at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening after a stirring 33-19 victory over Western Province. The tension-filled clash was a wonderful advertisement for South African rugby, and for the third year in succession the underdog came out the winner. At the very least, it’s an indication that there is reasonable parity and depth in the top tier of South African domestic rugby. Effective game planProvince’s ability to slow down the opposition’s ball and win turnovers at the breakdown, along with solid set piece ball, is the foundation of their game, but the Sharks had clearly done their homework well and prepared an effective game plan to counteract the Cape team’s strength, and, most importantly, they were able to implement that game plan. The Sharks 33 (19) After going through the round robin stage of the competition unbeaten, with eight wins and two draws, Western Province, with home ground advantage, were favourites to lift the title, even though, with the return of Springbok players to the Currie Cup, the Sharks boasted 11 Springboks in their starting line-up to six for Western Province. Remarkably, the sixth team in the A-Division of the tournament, Griquas, beat the Sharks in Durban to kick start the 2013 tournament and went down by just a single point to the eventual champions in the return fixture in Kimberley. That’s remarkable because Griquas were relegated to the B-Division on the weekend, losing out to the Pumas. Intercept tryHis halfback partner Charl McLeod also turned in a fantastic performance. He got the Sharks onto the scoreboard through an intercept try that covered 65 metres and later in the match added a second five-pointer after a superb cleanout by Bismarck du Plessis and Stephan Lewies cleared the way to the tryline for him.center_img Considerable gapThe gap between the teams on the day was, however, considerable. Had Lambie landed a few more kicks and had not one or two tries been disallowed, thanks to the television match official, it could have been a huge victory for the Sharks. Fullback Gio Aplon proved once more that size is not everything and was well backed up by the fleet-footed Cheslin Kolbe, but Francois Steyn kept Springbok captain Jean de Villiers still in the midfield with a rugged defensive effort. There were tears in his eyes as he received his medal after the game, and it was well deserved. Their victory was built upon a superior kicking game, led by flyhalf Patrick Lambie and fullback SP Marais, which kept the hosts pinned in their own half. Kick offsThe kick offs were one of the areas in which the Sharks clearly outperformed Western Province and they made a big difference to the outcome of the contest. Recent Currie Cup historyThere have been five different winners of the title in the last seven years, with the Sharks, with three titles, the only team to have lifted the Currie Cup more than once. As it was, the Currie Cup final was an entertaining spectacle to the end and the role of referee Jonathan Kaplan should be recognised. Refereeing his last game, he controlled the contest superbly to end his wonderful career, which included a world record 68 tests, on a high note. Favourites’ tagThe favourites’ tag was justified, however, as Province had beaten the Sharks, with all of the Durban-based team’s Springboks on board, 25-18 in the 2012 final in Durban. SCORERS Up front, lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, long identified as a future Springbok, turned in a man of the match winning performance that suggested that his time to don the green and gold is now. He stole three Western Province lineout balls, made numerous tackles, carried the ball up strongly and was imperious in receiving kicks off. Lambie controlled the contest superbly with excellent decision making, kicking and passing at the right times. The only blot on his copybook were three missed kicks at goal. However, five successful penalties, two drop goals and a conversion, to go along with his fine all-round performance, more than made up for any misses. Tries: Charl McLeod (2), Conversions: Pat Lambie, Penalties: Pat Lambie (5), Drop Goals: Lambie (2)last_img read more