Coronavirus: WHO urged to lift ban on Taiwanese reporters

first_imgNews April 29, 2020 Coronavirus: WHO urged to lift ban on Taiwanese reporters The international community is working together through the WHO to combat the pandemic, but the WHO – under pressure from China – continues to to bar Taiwanese media outlets and reporters from its events and press conferences on the grounds that the United Nations, of which the WHO is an offshoot, does not recognize Taiwan and its passport.From 2009 to 2016, when Beijing was seeking a rapprochement with Taiwan, the UN and WHO nonetheless issued accreditation without any problem to Taiwanese media outlets and journalists that requested it.RSF urges Beijing to stop pressuring the WHO, and asks WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres to put an immediate stop to this discriminatory practice, which deprives the Taiwanese scientific community and public of vital updates about the latest coronavirus discoveries.“Denying Taiwanese journalists access to WHO and UN activities is a flagrant violation of the right to seek and receive information that is enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “During a global health crisis, transparency and information-sharing are more necessary than ever and can undoubtedly save many lives.”Taiwan has in practice been independent since 1949 and is governed democratically, but Beijing claims sovereignty over the island and does everything possible to isolate it internationally. The WHO has been criticized for sidelining the Taiwanese authorities and media ever since the start of the pandemic although Taiwan’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is regarded as exemplary.Taiwan is ranked 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index while China is ranked 177th. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the World Health Organization (WHO) to lift its ban on Taiwanese journalists, which violates the universal right to information and is undermining efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic. Organisation ChinaTaiwanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesInternational bodies Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on Asia – Pacific RSF_en Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaTaiwanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesInternational bodies Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News News News PHOTO: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP Receive email alerts to go further June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Business travel may never fully return, hurting hotel stocks, Morgan Stanley says

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.)Business travel may never return to its pre-pandemic levels, hurting hotels over the long term, Morgan Stanley said Friday in a note to clients.The firm’s analysis is based on an October survey of around 200 corporate travel managers who oversee $8 billion in travel spend. The managers said they believe travel spend in 2021 will be 53% below 2019’s levels, and that beginning in 2022, 22% of meetings will be conducted virtually. Grand Hyatt at SFOSource: SFO Airport – Advertisement –last_img

Donna J. Hamblin

first_imgDonna J. Hamblin, age 69 of Moores Hill and formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, died Thursday, September 22, 2016 at University Hospital in Cincinnati.  Born May 20, 1947 in Hamilton, she is the daughter of Daria (Nee: Bredestege) and Kenneth Mitchell.  She married Jack Hamblin February 14, 1986 and he preceded her in death November of 2012.  A 1965 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Hamilton, she went on to graduate from the University of Cincinnati in 1974.  Donna worked at Procter and Gamble for 27 years, retiring in 2001 from the IT department. She was a member of Holy Family Church, was an Associate of the Srs. of St. Francis Convent and a volunteer at the Batesville Food Pantry.Donna had many interests.  She enjoyed traveling, with a trip to Hawaii with her nieces among her favorites.  An animal lover, she raised goats off and on and dearly loved all of her dogs she had through the years.  She was a long time Reds season ticket holder and a Cincinnati Bearcat Football fan, liked an occasional trip to the boat, cherry cokes, playing 500, shrimp and good ribs even better.  Her family teased her that anytime there was a get together, she and Jack would be the first to arrive and the first to leave.  Donna also kept in touch with many of her school friends who still meet periodically.  Family was important to her and while she adored her nieces and nephews, Donna had a unique relationship with the nieces.  She was affectionately called “aunt chicken” since she held their purses while they would ride the rollercoaster.  She would also take them shopping on their birthdays.Donna is survived by her mother Daria of Fairfield, Ohio; sisters Carolyn Berens of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Marian (Mike) Smith of Hamilton, Sr. Daria Mitchell O.S.F. of Fairfield, Ohio; brothers Kenneth (Ila) Mitchell of Slidell, Louisiana, Thomas (Mona) Mitchell of Hamilton; Jack’s children Renee and Sean, her son Robert Schwab as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband and father, she is also preceded in death by paternal grandparents Minnie and Robert Mitchell and maternal grandparents Gertrude and Frederick Bredestege.Visitation is Monday, September 26th, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 27th, at Holy Family Church with Rev. David Kobak O.F.M. officiating.  A graveside service will be held at 12:15 p.m. at Arlington Cemetery in Cincinnati.  The family requests memorials to the Batesville Food Pantry or the Associates Program of the Srs. of St. Francis Convent.last_img read more

Michael Emenalo defends Chelsea’s loan policy

first_img “That didn’t suit the reason for which we had already gone to get him. “So we felt it would be better for him to go and rediscover his confidence and he hasn’t just gone to any other team… he’s gone to Juventus. “These players go to top clubs and when they get there they prove we don’t recruit bad players, just like Salah did last season.” Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has defended the loan policy which saw more than 30 players depart the Barclays Premier League club on a temporary basis this summer. The reigning champions have allowed the likes of Juan Cuadrado – bought from Fiorentina for £23.3million in January – and Mohamed Salah to move to Juventus and Roma respectively, while Victor Moses joined West Ham for the 2015-16 season shortly after signing a new contract with the Blues. Nathaniel Chalobah and Marco van Ginkel are among the other senior players now operating elsewhere. Press Association The remaining loanees are mostly members of Chelsea’s youth academy and Under-21 ranks but the club, who are not breaking any rules, have been accused of unfairly stockpiling players. Emenalo insists the loan system has been put in place precisely to promote the development of talent. He told Chelsea TV: “We have the difficult job – one we happily accept because we are a big club – of trying to balance being successful with making sure we have the right players at the right time. “Sometimes we know there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor (Moses), who we want to keep with our squad but who maybe needs to play more football to get to the level we think he can get to, because he is very, very talented.” The Nigerian admitted Cuadrado had been allowed to join Juventus after suffering a crisis of confidence when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in the wake of Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat at Tottenham. At the same time, though, Egypt international Salah was sent to Fiorentina, for whom he would score nine goals, reinforcing Emenalo’s faith in Chelsea’s loan policy. “Sometimes the timing is not right for them,” he said. “For example we got (Juan) Cuadrado straight after a very difficult game at Spurs and we had to change our strategy for the rest of the season. last_img read more

Cleveland’s 3 major teams link to fight for social change

first_img LIVE TV COMMENT Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Written Bycenter_img Last Updated: 27th August, 2020 19:20 IST Cleveland’s 3 Major Teams Link To Fight For Social Change Cleveland’s three major professional sports franchises — the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians — are teaming up to fight social injustice. SUBSCRIBE TO US Cleveland’s three major professional sports franchises — the Browns, Cavaliers and Indians — are teaming up to fight social injustice.The move comes one day after the NBA postponed playoff games, and other leagues followed suit, amid a player-led boycott to protest the shooting of a Black man by police in Wisconsin.Cleveland’s teams announced an alliance to “develop a sustainable and direct strategy to address social injustice facing the city and all Northeast Ohio communities.”Kevin Clayton, vice president of diversity, inclusion and engagement for the Cavaliers, hopes the partnership and one-of-a-kind program triggers similar efforts elsewhere.“This collaboration is unique in all of sports,” he said. “Other cities are going to model after this.”That’s an off-shoot, and hardly the goal. The three-team union will focus on strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and citizens, promote nonpartisan voting activities and provide educational opportunities in the area.The key leaders for the effort include: Browns general manager Andrew Berry and first-year coach Kevin Stefanski; Cavs GM Koby Altman and coach J.B. Bickerstaff; and Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, GM Mike Chernoff and manager Terry Francona.Each team plans to use its own platforms to coordinate activities and promote “a call to action and positive outcomes.” The teams will also have some of their players involved in the alliance.For Berry, one of only two Black GM’s in the NFL and the youngest at 33, linking with the Cavs and Indians is another effort to promote change.Berry recently launched his “Be The Solution” campaign an idea born from watching the nationwide protests following the shooting death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and wanting to do more. He initially challenged team employees via an email to take action and join him by taking an active role — signing up for a cause, donating — and his message quickly spread.“We understand the platform our organization has to make a positive impact on these important issues,” said Berry, who was brought back to Cleveland after a year in Philadelphia.”When Coach Stefanski and I began discussing how we might be able to elevate and broaden that impact by expanding the dialogue to our counterparts in Cleveland, it quickly became apparent that partnering with the other teams in our city would help our region come together so we can collectively address the problems that we’ve all been working to help solve independently.” First Published: 27th August, 2020 19:20 ISTlast_img read more