Taiwan: Abusive libel suit against Financial Times correspondent

first_img Organisation Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more News Taiwanese conglomerate China Times Media Group filed an abusive libel suit against Financial Times correspondent who reported on Chinese meddling within the editorial department of its daily newspaper. News July 24, 2019 Taiwan: Abusive libel suit against Financial Times correspondent TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News Help by sharing this information RSF_en China Times Media Group filed a defamation lawsuit last week against Financial Times correspondent Kathrin Hille after she published an article alleging China’s meddling in daily newspaper China Times’ editorial direction. The journalist, who has been covering China and Taiwan for over a decade, was also the victim of harassing phone calls and messages after the article was released.The media group belongs to food manufacturer Want Want, a conglomerate with large operations in China and whose chairman Tsai Eng-Meng doesn’t conceal his sympathy for the Beijing regime. The group has also sued Taiwan’s state-owned press agency Central News Agency (CNA) for quoting the article.“China Times is abusing the regulation to harass a seasoned journalist whose works it dislikes,” says Cédric Alviani, head of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) East Asia bureau, who believes the Financial Times report “quite plausible, considering the flaunty pro-China allegiance of the Want Want group.”In a report published in March, RSF quoted a research paper showing how editorial practices at China Times changed dramatically after it was bought by Want Want in 2008. In April, the group also threatened to sue Apple Daily, one of the four largest daily newspapers in Taiwan, for reporting that one of its companies had been subsidized by the Chinese authorities.Taiwan, a democracy over which the People’s Republic of China claims sovereignty, has seen a significant increase in Beijing’s hold over its media environment over the past years. In May, Taiwan’s National Security Bureau also alleged that some local media outlets were receiving instructions from Beijing.Taiwan is currently ranked 42nd out of 180 in the 2019 RSF World Press Freedom Index, while China remains near the bottom of the ranking at 177th. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival TaiwanChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go furtherlast_img read more

Bioenergy conference

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaNo single renewable energy source, such as biofuel, solar or wind, will break the United States’ fossil-fuel habits. But industry experts, scientists and policymakers will discuss how all three combined could at the 2009 Southeast Bioenergy Conference August 11-13 in Tifton, Ga.Keynote speaker and world-renowned engineer and author Robert Zubrin will discuss his plan to break the decades-long economic grip foreign oil has had on the U.S. economy. He outlines his plan in his newest book “Energy Victory.” Speaker Jack Boykin of Cello Energy will discuss his new biofuel process. Several entrepreneurs will host a workshop on August 13 to demonstrate how to make ethanol and biodiesel on the farm.As part of the outdoor trade show, Tesla and Gaia Transport will display the cutting-edge renewable energy vehicles they entered in the prestigious X Prize competition. “I believe that now is the most exciting and profitable time to take advantage of renewable energies, and the Southeast Bioenergy Conference is one of the most comprehensive and affordable ways to learn how,” said Craig Kvien, a professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and conference organizer.Registration is $175 before July 31, and $225 after. College students get in free. For more information, go to the Web site www.sebioenergy.org. Or, call (229) 386-7274. Other topics for the fourth annual conference include terrorism, new batteries, vehicles and farm equipment, conservation strategy, finance, job growth and Southeast bioenergy development.last_img read more

P&O Ferries Flagging Out Dover-Calais Fleet to Cyprus

first_imgPan-European ferry and logistics company P&O Ferries has decided to flag out its Dover-Calais fleet  from UK to Cyprus flag amid Brexit-related concerns.Specifically, by switching its flag to Cyprus the company aims to benefit from the tax arrangements in place in the European Union. “In advance of Britain leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019, we undertook a review of the flag status of our ships on the English Channel. For operational and accounting reasons, we have concluded that the best course of action is to re-flag all ships to be under the Cyprus flag,” a spokesman for P&O Ferries said in a statement.“The Cyprus flag is on the ‘white list’ of both the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding, resulting in fewer inspections and delays, and will result in significantly more favourable tonnage tax arrangements as the ships will be flagged in an EU member state.”The UK’s National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has condemned the move.“This is pure opportunism from P&O, whose long term aim has always been to switch the UK fleet to a tax haven register, as they have already done with most of the Irish Sea and North Sea fleet.  We demand immediate assurance from P&O that the pay and terms and conditions of over 730 RMT members in Dover are not under threat from this move,” RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said.“If P&O think they can use Brexit as a smokescreen for introducing the low cost crewing model on the vital Dover-Calais route then they have got another think coming.”According to P&O Ferries, there are no plans to make any other changes, including the terms and conditions of any of the seafarers, as a result of the new arrangements.The reflagging concerns six ships and comes as the UK nears what is likely to be a no-deal Brexit from the European Union.last_img read more

Cisse eyes Marseille move

first_img Cisse would relish a switch to Marseille, a club he joined on loan from Liverpool in 2006 before making the move permanent. “It would be a dream to go back,” said Cisse. “Or play for any club which can make me shine.” Cisse is hoping a move back to Europe can enhance his chances of representing France at the World Cup finals next summer. “I have Les Bleus in my heart,” he said. “If I’m in a good team and if I do a good job I think it’s possible. “I have a crazy mind and when I have a goal in mind I do everything to achieve it.” Djibril Cisse is eying a move back to Marseille after admitting playing in the npower Championship with QPR appears “complicated”. Rangers’ two-year spell in the Barclays Premier League came to an end on Sunday with a goalless draw at Reading and Cisse, whose loan spell at Qatari club Al Gharafa expires at the end of the season, is already talking up a move away from Loftus Road. The 32-year-old told France Football: “Given how it has gone for them from a sporting viewpoint, (a return to QPR) does seem complicated.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Social media fuels fear of flying

first_imgThe rise of social media is fueling the public’s perception that flying is not safe.Thanks to mobiles, Facebook and other platforms, all aircraft problems, even the most insignificant, are broadcast to the world.Yet last year the airline industry had the second safest year on record.Every airline passenger or visitor to an airport is now a photojournalist or commentator. Last year more than two trillion digital photos were taken, 85 per cent of them on mobile phones.Putting that number in perspective, in the history of print film only 2.5 trillion photos were taken, which means that almost as many photos were taken last year than in the entire history of the analogue camera business.And if it’s not a photo, it’s a video with 300 hours uploaded to YouTube every minute and 5 billion videos watched each day. The last few seconds of the FlyDubai Boeing 737 crash in Russia in May captured on CCTV and the chaotic Emirates 777 passenger evacuation videos from August have been watched millions of times.Add to that coverage the extremely popular Mayday (Air Crash Investigation / Air Diasters) TV series is in its 16th season (140 episodes) with a 17th announced for another 10 episodes.The series is seen in over 150 countries and in 26 languages and is a huge hit with a fascinated public.Compounding the perception that flying is not safe is the understandable continuous coverage of missing flight MH370, which disappeared almost three years ago, in the Southern Indian Ocean off Western Australia.Numerous MH370 debris finds by wreck-hunters such as Blaine Gibson garner massive attention across the globe with each discovery fueling new theories as to what happened to the aircraft. And the long-running investigation into the shoot down of MH17 in June, 2014, is still to reach a conclusion as to the culprits. According to German airline Lufthansa’s research, up to 70 per cent of passengers have some fear of flying, and for more than 30 per cent of travellers an airline’s safety record is the major consideration when booking.But the industry’s numbers for 2016 are amazing.Only 19 fatal accidents involving 325 deaths when the industry carried 3.7 billion passengers on 36 million flights, according to the International Air Transport Association estimates.Flashback 52 years ago, there were a staggering 87 crashes killing 1597 globally when airlines carried only 141 million passengers — just under 4 per cent of today’s number.There is no question flying is safer and one of the reasons is the International Air Transport Association’s Operational Safety Audit introduced in 2003.Since then, 409 airlines have completed the comprehensive audit and those airlines’ crash rate is 77 per cent lower than airlines that do not do the audit.Completing IOSA every two years is a condition of joining IATA, the leading industry body.An IOSA audit examines every aspect of an airline’s safety — on the ground and in the air — and ensures it has industry best practice with a continuous expert safety review process. It also ensures the airline has the systems to keep up with the latest safety developments.last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, partners work to develop next generation agriculturalists

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Two projects to attract middle and high school students to careers in agriculture have been announced by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. One project entails Central State University agriculture students introducing ag careers to middle schoolers. In the second, the Ohio FFA Foundation will develop curriculum to recruit high schoolers into ag-related careers.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation awarded $85,000 in grants for the two projects. They are part of the foundation’s new Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture program, funded by foundation’s Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning. The Fisher Fund is named after former Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.Farm Bureaus in Clinton, Fayette, Greene and Warren counties will partner with Central State University to pilot the “Agricultural Career Exploration” project, in which CSU students will visit middle schools and give hands-on lessons that explore agricultural career options. A task force composed of secondary teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum coordinators, university faculty, Ohio Farm Bureau members and ag-related employers will design the curriculum. The pilot project will be in at least 15 school districts and reach at least 1,000 students. The goal is to further expand the program across the state.The Ohio FFA Foundation and the Ohio Department of Education are partners on the second project, “Ohio FFA’s Career Pathways for Gen Z.” The program’s goal is for Ohio FFA Foundation to recruit students from Gen Z (those born between 1995 and 2010) for careers in food, agriculture and environmental sciences. The project will have two components. One is the development of high-quality, engaging curriculum to be used for workshops with Gen Z students statewide. The second will have students create their own project with the help of an educator. Once fully developed, the curriculum will be available on a website for educators and students to access.The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is dedicated to solving the challenges facing Ohio by preparing the next generation of leaders, funding innovation in our communities and ensuring a healthy environment. To learn more about the foundation, visit ofbf.org/foundation.last_img read more

Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video Projects

first_imgShare your creative vision with your crew using this free storyboard template.When it comes to filmmaking, there’s no better way to share your creative vision than to use a storyboard. While shot lists and detailed scripts are important, storyboards visually tell your crew what you’re trying to accomplish. So, whether you’re looking for a free storyboard (download below) or if you’re interested in learning more about how to use a storyboard to your advantage, we’ve created this post to help you, the filmmaker. Let’s begin with some basics.What is a storyboard?In s nutshell, a Storyboard is a document that has most of the information a cinematographer would need to shoot a specific shot for a film or video project. Storyboards are often identified by their thumbnail images. In fact, when it comes to big budget features like Lord of the Rings, there are often teams of artists that work tirelessly to create visually stunning storyboards that can inspire the entire filmmaking crew. However, if your drawing skills are anything like mine, then your thumbnails aren’t going to be “visually stunning.” Nonetheless, they can still help convey important framing information to your cinematographer, lighting director, and set designer.In addition to visual thumbnails, storyboards often have important camera information like lens option, stabilization preferences, and lighting diagrams. Depending on the size and scope of your video project, a storyboard can be as simple as a collection of thumbnails with numbers, or as advanced as a highly detailed diagram of the production layout. The free storyboard template featured in this article would be categorized as a more detailed storyboard when compared to most found on indie productions.Confusing storyboard = confused crewWhen it comes to filmmaking, there’s no such thing as too much pre-production. By filling out a storyboard for each and every shot, you will save your crew and yourself a lot of wasted time trying to figure out what to shoot next.When is a Storyboard Used?Chances are, if you’re working on a legitimate production (from a narrative feature to corporate video) there will be a storyboard. Practically speaking, you should use a storyboard anytime you are working with a crew on something other than a journalistic style documentary. As a director, producer, or cinematographer, you’ll quickly find that if you fail to put your creative vision on paper (or digital screen), confusion will occur which will cost you time on set and altogether lead to a less-than-awesome end result.Image from ShutterstockHow is a Storyboard Used?Storyboards aren’t always easy forms to fill out. This is because a storyboard really forces you to take the ideas in your head and put them on paper. This step can be frustrating because often the ideas in our head don’t transfer well on screen. However, if you work it out before you show up on set, it will definitely pay off.A lot of times filmmakers (especially new filmmakers) will refuse to fill out a storyboard because they feel like it limits the creative process. In reality, a storyboard does the opposite. By filling out a storyboard, you’ll have a jumping-off point when you get on set so that you can focus on being creative and not simply getting all the shots you need.To fill out a storyboard, simply fill out all of the appropriate boxes. Each storyboard represents one shot, so to save paper you might want to work in a digital format, which is included in the download below. If you don’t know certain information (like the height of the tripod), don’t worry — just leave the field blank.Try it for yourself! You can download our free storyboard template by clicking the text below. There are two templates included in the download: One to fill out by hand and another to fill out on a computer. You can use Preview on a Mac or Adobe Acrobat on a PC to edit the computer template.Download Free Storyboard Template for Film and Video ProjectsInterested in learning more about storyboarding? Check out a few of the following posts:The Benefits of Storyboarding Your Next FilmStoryboarding Your Film: Tips for Your Next Project10 Tips for Creating Storyboards from DreamworksWhat’s your favorite way to storyboard? Share your experience with us in the comments below.last_img read more

There are people who consider me a jerk: Salman

first_imgSalman Khan has made Rs 170 crore from Dabangg – he is still counting – Rs 24 crore from Bigg Boss 4, and Rs 15 crore from the three endorsement deals he signed earlier this year. He is the hottest mainstream star in Bollywood at the moment.Salman insists he is more professional in his approach todayClick here to Enlarge And if some people, by his own admission, consider him “a total jerk” he is fine with it, because he knows there are others who “love me to death”. Decoding Salman would, of course, be more complex than just that.He chose to play it vague when asked to define the real Salman. “It depends on the person in front of me. When I have to react, I do so depending on the magnitude of what has happened. I don’t hold a grudge, except maybe for a second. Otherwise, I’m very good in my space,” he says in an interview to India Today.Gen-Now’s Bad Boy superstar insists he is more professional in his approach today. “Earlier, I would do films even when I knew they were bad because of many reasons – I needed to buy a house; some of those movies were being made by friends; or even to atone for a previous film having done badly. Now, I’ve learnt what to do and what not to,” he says.He would also have you believe that he has left his wild days behind and learnt from his mistakes. “A mistake, according to the definition of the word, is something that is not done deliberately. If you learn a lesson, it means you’re still growing. My mistakes have made me stronger and taught me the value of life and relationships,” he says.advertisementSalman says he is a director’s actor. “I obey what the director tells me to do and give it my 150 per cent.” If the focus right now is on the small screen clash – it’s his Bigg Boss 4 versus Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati 4 – Salman takes such comparisons in his stride. “When we launch movies, we space them out because ticket prices are steep. But on TV, you can watch us for free and enjoy all the shows simultaneously. So, where’s the competition? Mr Bachchan has a unique style, which he brought in last year, and now I have mine,” he says.The blockbuster Dabangg is special, but he is pragmatic about its success. “The movie could have gone either way. If it hadn’t worked, people would have said the seventies’ genre doesn’t click anymore,” he says, referring to the retro treatment director Abhinav Kashyap gave to the film.Salman says he doesn’t have a solid plan for the life after movies. “I could paint, farm or raise kids,” he says.So does that mean he is finally mulling marriage? “I’m not ready. Nevertheless, whenever I’ve been in a relationship, I have always wanted to get married. But I would get cold feet. I would panic if I started thinking about it too much,” he admits.Tongue firmly in cheek, he says he has been in a relationship with “all the people you know about”, and adds: “What’s the point in naming them? Everyone is happy, everyone is married.” Everyone? “Well, not Somy (Ali),” he admits. And what about Katrina Kaif? “She is still too young to get married,” he declares boyishly.You sense a bit of Salman will perhaps never grow up. We ask him about all those reports about him being scared of his father, writer Salim Khan. “It’s respect, actually. Even now when he calls on the phone, I stand up. I can’t form two straight sentences in front of him. I still stutter and stammer, I still forget (in front of him). But he’s a chilled-out person. We party and drink together when we are having fun,” he signs off.last_img read more