The “Voice of the Voiceless” for Tibet

first_imgNews In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival IndiaAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Tibetan Media: How do you get information from inside Tibet? Getting information from inside Tibet is very difficult right now. We obtain it indirectly from calls from our connections in different parts of the world. There are many people, especially Tibetan monks in southern India, who come from Tibet and we get news through them as well. All the information we receive is checked and double-checked. Because being the first to send information is not important for us. Sending right information, true information, that is very, very important. So we check and cross-check with different sources throughout the world and all of the Tibetan research centres, such as the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. IndiaAsia – Pacific News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Receive email alerts India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News April 27, 2021 Find out more News to go further January 14, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The “Voice of the Voiceless” for Tibet Help by sharing this information June 10, 2021 Find out more No independent news or information can be reported by the print media, broadcast media or new media in Chinese-controlled Tibet. But outside the country, especially in India, where hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have found refuge, independent news media produce and disseminate alternative news. Despite jamming by China, radio Voice of Tibet functions as a voice for the Tibetans who cannot speak for themselves. Reporters Without Borders met the station’s editor-in-chief, Karma Yeshi, in Dharamsala, in northern India.Can you tell us a little bit about the history of Voice of Tibet?It was founded in Norway by Norwegian Human Rights House, the Norwegian Tibet Committee, and Worldview Rights. Initially, we had only two 15-minute programmes, five days a week and our office was in Oslo. In 1997, we moved our office from Oslo to Dharamsala. Then, in 1999, to reach out to the Chinese people, we started a 15-minute programme in Chinese. Now, we have a 45-minute programme – 30 minutes in Tibetan and 15 minutes in Mandarin Chinese – which we broadcast up to five times a day during the week. We also have a website, so that people in Tibet and throughout the world can listen to the station online.Where do most of your listeners live?Our main target is Tibet, and China. So we beam our programme from different transmitters, targeting Tibet and China. Then we have another transmitter targeting our audience in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Our signal is fairly good in parts of Tibet and northern India but unfortunately it is very poor in Lhasa and Shigatse because the Chinese jamming is very powerful. So that is our biggest challenge. Our programme is doing well in southern India, where the largest Tibetan community lives, and it can be heard here in Dharamsala too. And then, people in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and some parts of China also log on to our website and listen to our Chinese programme on the online service. So we have an international audience of Tibetans and Chinese living outside China.Can you tell us about Chinese jamming of your short-wave signal in Tibet?When we broadcast our news on our own frequency, which is specifically booked for Voice of Tibet according to international telecommunication law, China is not supposed to use the same frequency as it is one of the law’s signatories. But China, you know, can play any game. So they are violating the international convention they signed. They cannot stop us from broadcasting from exile, just as we cannot stop their jamming. We have to use our tactics to overcome their jamming. So we often change our frequency but that means we lose our audience.The Chinese newspaper Global Times accuses Voice of Tibet of supporting Tibetan independence. How do you respond?Radio Voice of Tibet is a platform for all the Tibetan people and Tibet-loving people. We do stories on all kinds of subjects whether exile government news, Dalai Lama news or Tibetan NGOs. We do stories about India-China relations and Tibet, China-US relations and Tibet. Voice of Tibet does not have any political leaning. Our aim is to provide a platform for everybody. These Chinese accusations are baseless. We don’t have any political position as such, whether we are Middle Way supporters or independence supporters.What feedback do you get from your listeners in Tibet?Getting feedback from inside Tibet is becoming more and more difficult. But we meet people who have recently arrived from Tibet and we ask them, “Do you listen to radio Voice of Tibet?” Sometimes they say yes and sometimes no. There are people who say, “Please broadcast the Dalai Lama’s teachings more often.” Many Tibetans have learned to listen to international radio stations, in part because it is one of the few ways of listening to the Dalai Lama. March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

La Hacienda closed after fire code inspection

first_img La Hacienda closed after fire code inspection La Hacienda Event Center square.jpg La Hacienda Event Center was forced to close by Midland County officials over the weekend following findings of fire code violations by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.But an employee of the venue who answered the phone on Tuesday afternoon said the venue had reopened. An owner and an attorney for the business did not respond to messages seeking comment as of this writing.The State Fire Marshal’s Office found problems with the sprinkler and fire alarm systems, blocked or difficult-to-open exit doors, and wiring issues, agency spokesman Jerry Hagins said. Hagins said the state inspectors turned over their findings to Midland County officials, who ordered the closure until the problems were fixed and re-inspected.State and Midland County officials could not confirm as of this writing that inspectors had cleared the reopening.CBS-7 first reported the Saturday closure of La Hacienda for multiple fire code violations, quoting Israel Guardiola, an attorney for La Hacienda, who said the venue was seeking clarity on the necessary fixes. The news station reported crews were working on overhead sprinklers.The annual Permian High School Band Cabaret Concert originally slated to be at the La Hacienda venue on Thursday has been moved to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Midland Horseshoe Pavilion.More Information Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterestcenter_img  CBS7 coverage Facebook By admin – February 27, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMan charged with sexual assault of teenage girlsNext articleOC board approves tuition, fee increase adminlast_img read more

Man charged with assaulting OPD officers

first_img Pinterest Local NewsCrime Man charged with assaulting OPD officers Twitter By admin – April 3, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Omar Orlando Gonzalez A man was arrested on multiple felony charges early Monday, after he resisted arrest and assaulted officers, according to Odessa police.An OPD release stated Omar Orlando Gonzalez, 35, was arrested and charged after fighting with officers attempting to handcuff him, taking an officer’s taser and leaving two with bodily injuries, during an incident shortly after 1 a.m. outside Delux Inn motel on South Grant Avenue.The release states officers arrived on the scene and were pointed to Gonzalez, after complaints were made about a disturbance in the area parking lot. The release accuses Gonzalez of having dilated pupil and being intoxicated on a substance other than alcohol when officers made contact.When officers tried to handcuff Gonzalez, he supposedly resisted, pushed officers away and ran, the release stated. When officers caught up to him, he supposedly continued to fight, and grabbed an officer’s taser, kicking one officer several times, and a second officer in the groin, before being taken into custody, the release detailed.Cpl. Frank Robles was left with bodily injury, while Cpl. Coty Watts sustained a fractured finger on his right hand, according to an affidavit of probable caused released by OPD upon request Tuesday.Gonzalez was charged with two counts of assault on a public servant with bodily injury, third-degree felonies, taking a weapon from a peace officer, a third-degree felony, evading arrest with prior convictions, a state jail felony, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor public intoxication. Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSection of U.S. Highway 285 to be down to one lane MondayNext articleFire crews from across Ector County battle wind-fed grass fire adminlast_img read more

CAB wins ruling on de Dietrich €4.6m Ponzi cash

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire CAB wins ruling on de Dietrich €4.6m Ponzi cash Google+ Google+ Previous articleSoccer – Harps Finances Comply With License RequirementsNext articleLast night winning Lotto ticket sold in Donegal Town News Highland Pinterest Twitter Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The High Court has ruled that €4.65m seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) from a Donegal-based suspected fraudster is the proceeds of crime.Francois de Dietrich, who ran his scam from Ballybofey offices, has already had more than €20M seized in the North.The money seized was uncovered in 11 bank accounts in the State, Belgium, Estonia and Luxembourg following a year-long investigation by the CAB, the garda fraud bureau and international authorities.Donegal people will now be paid back some of their investment on a pro-rata basis when PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was appointed liquidator on both sides of the Border to Etic Solutions Ltd, owned by Mr De Dietrich, has completed its inquiries.The probe, which also involved the PSNI, the Financial Services Authority in the UK and police forces in Estonia, Belgium and Luxembourg, identified 400 investors in Etic Solutions.Inquiries established that many of the investors were still awaiting a return.The Ballybofey company was put in liquidation and Mr De Dietrich left Donegal. He is hiding in France.The Ballybofey company was put in liquidation and Mr De Dietrich left Donegal. He is believed to be somewhere in France.Mr De Dietrich did not appear in court but a solicitor acting for him said that his client, although consenting to the making of order, denied any wrongdoing. News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – December 22, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebooklast_img read more

Improvements to Covid rate in some parts of Donegal

first_img Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – April 9, 2021 Previous articleFurther calls for responsibility for LUH car parking fees to change handsNext articleLUH bucks national trend with Covid admissions News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Twitter Letterkenny and Milford have the fourth and fifth highest Covid rates in the country according to the latest Local Electoral Area figures.Tullamore in county Offaly continues to have the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country at 672, which is more than four times the national average as of Monday.Although still returning high rates, improvements have been recorded in Inishowen as well as the Letterkenny and Lifford/ Stranorlar LEAs.The Glenties and Donegal LEAs are the only areas in Donegal with rates below the national average.However the rate in Glenties, which had a very low rate two weeks ago, has doubled.North Inishowen had a rate of 183 and 31 cases compared to a rate of 307 in the previous data.South Inishowen recorded a fall, going from 426 to 313 and 70 cases.The Covid rate in Milford has increased slightly from 385 to 407 and 56 cases.A small decrease was recorded in Letterkenny in the latest data at 410 compared with 416 and 124 cases in the previous data.The rate in Lifford/Stranorlar has dropped to 205 and 53 cases compared with 317 previously.Glenties reocorded a rate of 142 and 34 cases in the latest data compared with a previous rate of 63.Donegal had a rate of 64 and 17 cases, a slight increase on the previous figure of 60. Facebook Facebook Improvements to Covid rate in some parts of Donegal Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Weber State Men’s Basketball Announces Big Sky Conference Schedule

first_imgJuly 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball Announces Big Sky Conference Schedule Tags: Big Sky Conference/CenturyLink Arena/Eastern Washington/Northern Arizona/Southern Utah/Weber State Men’s Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Tuesday, Weber State men’s basketball announced its Big Sky Conference schedule which sees them both start and end the league slate against Eastern Washington.The Big Sky Conference is playing a 20-game conference schedule this season and the conference tournament will be March 11-16 at the CenturyLink Arena of Boise, Idaho.The Wildcats’ conference season will commence at Cheney, Wash. against Eastern Washington December 29 with the Wildcats ending the conference season March 9 at home against Eastern Washington.This game will serve as the Senior day/night for the Wildcats, depending on the time the Big Sky will designate for the tip-off.The home opener for the Wildcats is January 3 against Northern Arizona.Games against in-state rival Southern Utah are January 5 at the Dee Events Center and February 7 at Cedar City. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Worley secures FEED contract for North Platte field development

first_imgthe North Platte field development includes a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) in water over 1,300 metres deep TOTAL E&P USA has awarded the contract. (Credit: FreeImages/QR9iudjz0) Australian engineering firm Worley has secured a front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the North Platte field development in the Gulf of Mexico.The contract has been secured from TOTAL E&P USA, which is the operator of the North Platte Development.Located nearly 275km off the coast of Louisiana, the North Platte field development includes a semi-submersible floating production unit (FPU) in water over 1,300 meters deep.The development marks the reentry of TOTAL, as an operator, into Gulf of Mexico operations.The contract secured by Worley will bring together its recently acquired capability for the floating production unit topside design with Intecsea experience for the design of the hull, mooring and subsea pipelines.Worley’s Houston office will lead the FEED component of the project, with support from the company’s Hyderabad office in India.The contract extends Worley’s involvement in TOTAL’s deepwater Gulf of Mexico project, following the completion of the pre-FEED phase in August 2019.Worley integrated solutions and major projects group president Karen Sobel said: “We are delighted to continue supporting TOTAL’s return to Gulf of Mexico operations through the North Platte development.“This project provides Worley with an opportunity to bring together our complimentary capability in both topside and hull design to offer complete, capital efficient and lightweight deep-water solutions. It’s an exciting prospect for our customers and our business.”North Platte field production to average 75,000 barrels per dayAt the plateau level, oil production from the North Platte field is expected to average 75,000 barrels per day.TOTAL anticipates making its final investment decision on the North Platte field development in 2021.Separately, Worley has been chosen for commissioning and start-up services for YCI Methanol One’s methanol plant development in Louisiana.The $1.8bn greenfield plant is expected to have a production capacity of 1.7 million metric tonnes of methanol per year.It will be developed and operated by YCI Methanol One, a business venture between Shandong Yuhuang and Koch Methanol.last_img read more

Entrepreneur Provides Place to Buy Sheets in Ocean City

first_imgKim Sherman opened Sheets by the Seashore on Oct. 1 at the Stainton’s Gallery of Shops on the 800 block of Asbury Avenue. Kim Sherman is hoping that necessity is the mother of invention.What started last summer as a search in Ocean City for a place to buy a “nice” set of sheets resulted in the Oct. 1 opening of Sheets by the Seashore in the Stainton’s Gallery of Shops on the 800 block of Asbury Avenue.Sheets by the Seashore in the Stainton’s Gallery of Shops.The shop sells linens and other bedding necessities, such as pillows, blankets and bathrobes.“Our main target was to attract the visitors who have to bring their own sheets and may have forgotten or who don’t prefer the sheets the rental has provided,” said Sherman, owner of the new shop. “We provide a reasonably priced sheet that offers quality as well.”But Sherman said that after a blockbuster Fall Block Party this weekend, she realized that the demand for a place to buy sheets without making a trip to one of the big box stores on the mainland extends beyond visitors to second homeowners and year-round residents.Ocean City has a year-round population of only 11,701, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. But the island has almost 20,000 taxable properties, including second homes and vacation rental properties — there are lots of beds in town in need of sheets.“We believe we are on to something from the results of the Block Party,” Sherman said.She and business collaborator Billy Strine work in real estate in the Philadelphia area. Strine owns a home in the Gardens and what should have been a simple search in town for some sheets proved to be an odyssey.“There is no where on the island to get a ‘nice’ pair of sheets,” Sherman said. “You may find some but they overpriced, made of compromising quality and “pot luck” choices of colors and sizes.Sherman’s shop offers what she calls “durable but lightweight” sheets — the equivalent of 600-count, according to the packaging. The product saves on drying time and is great for travel, she said.“So if the visitor falls in love with them, they could  bring them season after season,” Sherman said. “These sheets are a great alternative to renting (sheets). Now the visitors time can be spent doing the things they came down to do.”Specials listed at the store offer two sets of king- or queen-sized sheets for $75 or two sets of full or twin sheets for $50.“This is our first go-’round as retail merchants,” Sherman said. “We are listening and keeping our ears open for feedback. We want to make our consumer happy.”Stainton’s provides a central cashier for more than 70 small vendors on the remodeled first floor of the landmark department store that first opened 100 years ago and anchored Ocean City’s downtown until it closed in the 1990s. The cooperative allows folks like Sherman to venture into retail without having to staff the shop.“We have a lot to learn, but we are excited to provide a great shop in town that has been a long time coming,” Sherman said.last_img read more

Children Celebrate Black History Month at Ocean City Free Public Library

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleMelinda Kovacs lives in Linwood. But she makes it a point to head over to the Ocean City Free Public Library, to enjoy all the activities offered for her 2-year-old son Finn. And despite soggy weather Wednesday, she wanted her son to attend a program that was in celebration of Black History Month.She brought Finn to listen to Taimi Kelley, a children’s librarian, read some works from African American authors. It was part of the National African American Read-in. The first readings were for Finn and other children ages 2 and 3. Later in the afternoon, there were readings for children ages 4 and 5. Kovacs, who used to live in Ocean City, said she wouldn’t miss it. Finn, loves all of the activities they attend at the library.“We have been coming since he was a baby,” Kovacs said. “He loves it.”But the significance of the readings and the celebration of Black History Month, made this event educational and important, she said.“I don’t know how much Finn would understand of the history at his age, but he is playing the instruments, learning and having fun,” Kovacs said. “We definitely want him to grow up in a diverse environment. We want to take him to all of the events where he can learn people come in all shapes and sizes.”Finn Kovacs gets musical with shakers at the children’s event.Because the children are so young, the message of Black History Month is done more with music and dancing, along with two readings, Kelley explained.Kelley got everyone moving, dancing, clapping and finger – snapping, to music. She put two containers of instruments on the floor for kids to choose from. Some of the toddlers rushed and scooped up shakers and mini-drums, to play to the music.“It is really about parents and their children enjoying the day, and what the children may have learned today,” Kelley said. Finn had a good time playing with the shakers, beating on a mini-drum, some tiny symbols and then listening intently as Kelley read a book.Carol Rose, of Ocean City, and her grandchildren Jake,5, on the left, Jack, 4, and Saylor, 2, enjoy the event.Carol Rose, of Ocean City, brought her grandchildren Jake,5, Jack, 4, and Saylor, 2, for the readings.“It is education, entertaining and really an absolutely great learning experience,” she said.Kelley even taught the children some words in African.“Funga Alafia, ashy, ashy,” she said to the children and asked them to repeat it. She told them it means “with my heart I welcome you.”Some of the children repeated it, clapped and smiled.One of the books Kelley read titled: “I got the Rhythm,” is about the joy of music and how a little girl hears rhythm from the whole world. It is written by Connie Schofield-Morrison. Her brother Frank Morrison did the illustrations.“Freight Train,” by Donald Crews, is a children’s picture book. It describes the inner workings of a large cargo train.Kelley explained that the books, with vivid pictures, and a fun story, really lend themselves to a fun lesson for the children and hopefully one that will teach them as well.Shauna Schull, of Upper Township, said her son Cayden, 3, was having a great time. Adult Programming Librarian Julie Brown remarked after the program that the event is such a success in part, because Kelley really puts her all into her readings.“Taimi is wonderful. She gets so many people out to her programs because of the great job she does,” Brown said. “She really puts her heart into the program. People come from other areas to see her programs and you could see the kids really enjoy it.” Later in the evening was an Open Mic for people to participate by bringing their favorite short passage from a book, poem, or speech by an African American author to read aloud.For more information about the Ocean City Free Public Library visit Doyle, of Somers Point, and her grandson Cole, 1, have a good time. Children’s librarian Taimi Kelley reads books by African American authors, at the Ocean City Free Public Library Feb. 7, 2018 in honor of Black History Month.last_img read more

Library’s Spring Book Sale is Coming Up

first_imgBy Tim KellySure signs of spring: beach tag sales are picking up, second homeowners are getting their places opened up and cleaned for the season, and the latest Book Sale of the Friends and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library is about to take place. “They are a fantastic organization, and they really do a great job,” Library Director Karen Mahar said of the Friends and Volunteers. “We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group helping to support what we do.”The annual spring book sale takes place Friday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, March 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is held in the atrium outside the main entrance to the library.Hardbound books, paperbacks, fiction, nonfiction, children’s titles, even audio books are available. All proceeds are used for the benefit of one of the nation’s great public libraries.“The book sales are really our only means for raising funds,” said Patti Phillips, one of three co-chairs for the event (along with Elaine Wilson and Debbie Moreland) so we hope the community will turn out and support the event and the library.”Phillips said the group is passionate about the event because it enables people to increase the size of their personal libraries while helping the one in Ocean City.“We have quite a few teachers and former teachers who belong to our organization,” she said. “That’s one reason why we are so passionate about books and about literacy.” Karen Mahar, Ocean City Free Public Library director, calls the Friends and Volunteers of the Library a “fantastic organization.” A great deal of planning and sweat equity goes into the sale, Phillips explained.The books sold at the event come from a variety of sources. Some are books taken out of circulation from the library shelves, while others are donated from groups and individuals.  The human resources needed to keep the group going are fairly significant, Phillips noted. “We need approximately 50 people each day so that we can have 10 volunteers working in shifts,” she said. “It really is an organization-wide effort.”Sponsored by the Volunteers and Friends of the Free Public Library, the book sale also receives a big assist from the city, which donates the use of the tables where the books are displayed, delivers and installs them and then breaks them down post-event.“We receive a great deal of cooperation from the city,” Phillips said.The group’s mission is to focus public attention on the library and to help get the word out on its services, programs and facilities and to foster financial support, she said.New members and volunteers are always welcome. The group holds general membership meetings the second Monday of each month in the library’s Chris Maloney Lecture Hall. In addition to the book sale, the group prepares reading gift bags for new mothers at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point, gift bags for Ocean City’s kindergarten students, sponsors speeches by popular authors and holds “High Tea” socials, among other events and activities in support of the library. The volunteers also organize the Dollar Books and free books tables at the library.“We’re very lucky,” Mahar said. “The Friends and Volunteers are great advocates.”Friends and Volunteers of the Library Spring Book Sale flyer. Register for a free class to test your culinary skills. last_img read more