Organisation Receive email alerts MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more July 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The press victim of tensions between the two countries On 29 July, the Burmese military government issued a list of at least thirteen Thai journalists who are barred from entering the country. This order, sent to Burmese embassies around the world, states that the journalists are to be arrested if they attempt to enter the country using false identities. They are: Suvit Wat, Supaluk Kanchana Khundee, Ubon Rittular Anfong, Kavi Chongkittavorn, Thepchai Yong, Tairai Sunthon Prahart, Anchalee Phatrak, Fonkhon Adonyanon, Dr. Chanvit Kasit, Lomoliam Ynic, Lomta Larynhit, Nainmaha Saitthai, and Sailop Phubua.________________________________________________________ Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) and the Burma Media Association (BMA, the organisation of Burmese journalists in exile) strongly condemned the recent obstacles to press freedom by the Burmese and Thai governments, particularly in the frontier zone between the two countries. “Once again Burmese and Thai journalists are victims of the tensions between their respective governments”, declared Robert Ménard, General Secretary of RSF. The two organisations have asked the Thai and Burmese Interior Ministers, Purachai Piumsombun and Colonel Tin Hlaing, to ensure that the restrictions on journalists’ work be removed at soon as possible.The first obstacle came from Thailand, which, on 28 June 2002, declared personas non grata in its territory two Burmese journalists: Maung Maung, chief editor of the official daily The New Light of Myanmar and Ma Tin Win, author of a series of articles on the Thai monarchy deemed to be ‘insulting’.On 12 July, it was Burma’s turn to blacklist the names of fifteen Thai journalists accused of propaganda against the Burmese military junta. These reporters were not quoted by name but Kyaw Win, deputy chief of military intelligence, said they belong to the newspapers The Nation, Bangkok Post, Thai Rath, Thai News, Daily News, Siam Rath, Matichon, Khao Sod and to a radio station.On 16 July, the Thai National Security Council banned foreign journalists from entering the refugee camps along the Burma-Thai border. The authorities invoked critical articles on how the camps are run. They also criticise the press for fostering tensions between the two countries by reporting on the refugees’ criticisms of the Burmese junta. The Bangkok government has however denied that this measure is aimed at calming its relations with Burma. Lastly, in Thailand once more, Khin Maung Soe, a reporter at Radio Free Asia, was interrogated at the end of June by the police in the frontier zone while he was investigating a rape committed by Thai policemen on a Burmese refugee. MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Follow the news on Myanmar News News May 12, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en News Help by sharing this information to go further
27 Nov 2018 Baker-Finch backs Girls Golf Rocks with Open legacy Tags: Get into golf, Girls Golf Rocks, girls’ golf, The Open, The R&A Ian Baker-Finch, who enjoyed a memorable triumph at The Open in 1991, is making a donation to Girls Golf Rocks after returning his Gold Medal to The R&A.The former Champion Golfer’s medal will go on display in the clubhouse at the scene of his famous victory at Royal Birkdale, with the proceeds from The R&A being donated to charitable programmes and golf initiatives which the popular Australian supports.Girls Golf Rocks, which is run by England Golf and the Golf Foundation to get girls into golf, is being supported alongside charities in Australia which support young people with cancer.Girls Golf Rocks offers girls, aged 5-18, taster sessions, weekly coaching and playing opportunities. Last year over 1600 girls enjoyed a taste of golf and more than 1200 went on to take coaching courses.Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “This is a very generous gesture by Ian and The R&A. We would like to thank them for their support in providing funds for our Girls Golf Rocks programme which will help to inspire many young girls into playing golf.”Baker-Finch’s Gold Medal will now be showcased alongside other prestigious memorabilia from the ten Championships which have been played at the renowned North West links since 1954.“Many of my charitable activities have focused upon improving the lives of young people and particularly those who are undergoing care and treatment for cancer-related illnesses in Australia,” said the 58-year-old“These charities are very close to my heart and I know these funds will make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families. I would like to thank The R&A for its generosity in helping to support these initiatives.”Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “One of Ian’s most enduring qualities is his unstinting acts of kindness and we were delighted to support these charitable activities which clearly mean a lot to him.“His memorable victory at Royal Birkdale remains one of the great stories in the cherished history of The Open and it is entirely fitting that his Gold Medal should be displayed at the club where he lifted the famous Claret Jug.”Challenge is a Melbourne-based charity which provides support services to young people diagnosed with cancer and their families and has been in operation since 1983. It opened the Challenge Family Centre in 2011 to complement the existing support offered by the organisation.Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, who passed away earlier this year after cancer-related illness, was an ambassador for Challenge and supported its work for many years.Redkite was founded as The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia in 1983 and provides essential support to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family.Caption: Ian Baker-Finch returns the Gold Medal from his victory in The Open at Royal Birkdale in 1991 to Clive Brown, Chairman of the Professional Events Committee at The R&A. (Credit: The R&A/Getty Images)
Submitted by Olympic National ForestOlympia, WA – Olympic National Forest’s Mount Ellinor Trail remains closed due to concerns about human- goat interactions. The trail was closed as a precautionary measure to ensure public safety in July when four separate hiking parties reported encounters with aggressive mountain goats. The goats have grown habituated to people and are inappropriately assertive in their efforts to obtain food and salt from humans.Wildlife specialists from Olympic National Forest have been working closely with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympic National Park, and mountain goat experts to monitor the situation and determine appropriate actions. Their goal is to reopen the popular trail as soon as possible, but public safety is the first consideration.Since the closure, the goats have been monitored regularly. Up to twenty goats have been observed in the area, including seven kids. A high degree of human-habituation and evidence that the goats are obtaining food and or salts from people has been observed. A comprehensive, science-based plan for managing the human-mountain goat conflicts is being developed. The plan addresses goat numbers, distribution, and behavior. An aversive conditioning plan designed to discourage the goats from approaching people is also being implemented; the plan includes throwing rocks, sounding horns, spraying chemical deterrents, and marking them with projectiles.Acting Forest Supervisor Amanda McAdams stated, “We will reopen the trail as soon as it is safe but we need to give our strategy time to work. People need to become a part of the solution and not the problem; they can do this by not feeding the goats or allowing them to lick salt from their skin or backpacks.” Public education is critical since humans can encourage or discourage the goats from their actions. “Co-existence is a two-way street. We want people to keep the goats wild. The goats also need to be taught to respect our personal space and not to approach people,” she added.For more information, please contact the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200. Facebook1Tweet0Pin0
Facebook30Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is honored to recognize six newly tenured faculty who have worked 24 years at the college combined. Tenure is a three-year process in which faculty members must satisfactorily perform required assignments that are instructional, as well as non-instructional, within their assigned area of discipline. Assignments include instruction, designing a curriculum, service work, and more. Their performance is under review by a Probationary Review Committee that reports to the Board of Trustees. At the end of three successful years, the Board grants the award of tenure.Marie DunnChemistry ProfessorMarie Dunn thinks “chemistry is awesome” And loves making a difference as a teacher. Photo courtesy: SPSCCMarie Dunn thinks “chemistry is awesome” and continues to share her enthusiasm with her students every quarter. Dunn strives to witness her students’ “ah-ha” moments when figuring out how molecules interact to create the materials that influence our lives daily. After teaching high school for six years, Dunn did some soul searching and decided to continue her education in order to teach where she could really make a difference–at a community college. In her free time, Dunn teaches music lessons and plays flute for the South Puget Sound College Orchestra and the Tacoma Concert Band. She is looking forward to touring Europe next summer with the Tacoma Concert Band.Marie Dunn received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Utah and her Master of Science in Chemistry from Central Washington University.Shelley HornMedical Assisting ProfessorShelley Horn has been working at SPSCC since fall quarter 2014. She teaches a number of medical assisting classes including Medical Terminology, Medical Office Exposure Control, Clinical Procedures, Diagnostic Procedures, and Pharmacology for Medical Assistants.Daniel MainWelding ProfessorDaniel Main’s favorite part of teaching is getting to know his students. Photo courtesy: SPSCCDaniel (Dan) Main has always enjoyed learning and helping others reach their goals. Main has 17 years of welding education experience and first welded when he was 12 years old in his dad’s garage. Seeing his parents be self-reliant doing building and repair projects is what initially sparked his interest for the valuable skill of welding. Main’s favorite part of teaching at a community college is “getting to know the students, seeing their successes and following their careers.” When he is not teaching welding, you can find him wood working, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.Daniel Main received his Associates in Arts from South Puget Sound Community College and Bachelor in Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.Charles SchoolerMusic ProfessorCharles Schooler loves bring able to bring the local music community to college. Photo Courtesy: SPSCCCharles (Chip) Schooler became interested in conducting as a young high school student. He started pulsing time by holding a pencil as a baton while listening to the few symphonic recordings his parents owned. Schooler quit the basketball team for the opportunity to become the student conductor for his high school pep band. SPSCC has given Schooler “the opportunity to bring the local music community into the college and to grow the college’s offerings to enhance the musical needs of our community.” Schooler stated that, “It has been an awesome experience to work in a new environment and embrace the challenges that come with new responsibilities. I am grateful to be a part of SPSCC.”Charles Schooler studied conducting with Leonard Pearlemann at the University of Arizona and with Marvin Rabin and William Jones as a conducting fellow at the American Orchestral Institute.Sarah PattersonWelding ProfessorSarah Patterson has been working at SPSCC since fall quarter 2014. She teaches Welding Theory, Thermal Cutting and Gouging, Oxyacetylene Welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, Print Reading for Welders, Gas Metal Arc Welding, Flux Cored Arc Welding and Tungsten Arc Welding.Ting SongCivil Engineering/CAD ProfessorTing Song always wanted to teach in the field of engineering. Photo courtesy: SPSCCTing Song has “always wanted to teach in the field of engineering.” She is passionate about engineering education and strives to teach the subject in a better way than how she was taught at her university. Song enjoys that most of her students take multiple classes with her, giving her the chance to “really get to know all of [her] students and connect with them.” Song uses her prior experience working as a civil engineer for over two years in China and applies it to her teaching style. In her free time, she likes to cook food that reminds her of home and spend time quality with her husband and son.Ting Song received her Bachelor in Civil and Environmental Engineering degree from Tianjin University and her Master in Engineering Education from Utah State University.
After researching numerous websites about social media in South Africa, two big movements are readily apparent: the Brand South Africa campaign and interest in the 2010 Fifa World Cup.I have never seen a similar branding campaign for a country before, so it was interesting to learn how the country is creating a unified, positive marketing movement for an entire country.A campaign of this nature will certainly help stabilise local marketing efforts, and plays an important role in the prevalence of World Cup news and information on many Websites.Fifa soccer is a huge event worldwide and puts everyone’s eyes on the host country, much like the Olympics do. By teaching South Africans to unify their overall message, and incorporate a bit of the soccer mania, the country is poised to become a centre of attention, all while keeping focus on the offerings of South Africa.The Brand South Africa site even gives tips on how to take advantage of the coming World Cup. The Brand South Africa campaign as a whole delves deeper into social media with a full toolkit of Web 2.0 applications, including videos, a Twitterfeed, Podcasts, Share buttons, and a blog.In terms of using social media to advance a brand, this whole campaign has overarching possibilities because if the country of South Africa as a whole is looked upon favorably, it follows that the companies and the economy should benefit as well.So in terms of social media being used advantageously, South Africa really took the use of new tools to a high level.In addition to a nationwide branding campaign, the South Africans went a step further with an entire “series of campaigns aimed at mobilising South Africans to get involved in creating the country they want to live in” comprised of a “network of organisations that have come together to inspire and mobilise South Africans to become active citizens for good”.Known as the Movement for Good, this campaign provides tips on how all South Africans can help spread the good name of SA. Furthermore, within the Movement for Good, there is the Social Networking Platform For Good.On this website, people can join the campaign and receive SMS messages providing details and information on how to take action to show South Africa in the best possible light. (SMS was the chosen medium of delivery because only 10% of South Africans have access to the Internet, while many citizens have mobile phones.)Overall, this campaign is interesting because it allows the citizens to share their stories and thoughts about South Africa through the blog and by uploading videos and participating in social networks.Conversation is a cornerstone of social media and active participation from somebody other than a PR or marketing person is key to a successful campaign. But more interesting is that these campaigns are about an entire nation participating in social and traditional media.There is no blog of the United States like there is a blog for South Africa. Nor does the United States have a Facebook page. So in that regard, South Africa is using social media in one of the most interesting ways that I’ve ever seen – marketing the country, as a whole, as a unified brand.Although other countries have tried similar campaigns, South Africa’s approach is unique because of the social media implications and I will be curious to see if other nations follow suit. – Georgetown University
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National FFA Organization recently announced the results of the National FFA Evaluations. Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter was selected as a 3-Star National Chapter for the National FFA Chapter Award Program. A 3-star is the highest award a chapter can be recognized for in the National Chapter process. In order to be considered for such an honor, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter had to place in the top 10% in the state of Ohio. In May, the chapter learned that they were in the Top 10 in the state and would have their application forwarded to national evaluations.Additionally, the Miami East FFA Chapter was named a Models of Innovation Finalist in the area of Student Development for the National Chapter Award Program. The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is a Top 10 in the nation in Student Development. Two chapter members will now present at the National FFA Convention in Louisville to be named the National Winner in Student Development and will be recognized on stage.Nathan TeetersThis is the 15th straight year that the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter will be recognized at the National FFA Convention in their National Chapter Award program. Two students will receive the plaque on stage during the National FFA Convention, October 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.The National FFA Chapter Award program recognized FFA chapters for developing and conducting a detailed Program of Activities (POA). These activities and projects provide opportunities for members to achieve in the areas of student, chapter, or community development. Every year, chapters are recognized as having earned a one-, two-, or three-star rating on their National Chapter application.Emily Beal, Kelsey Kirchner, and Nathan Teeters will compete and be recognized for a being a National Proficiency Finalists. They have placed in the Top 4 in the nation in their respected areas. Beal is a finalist in the area of Goat Production for her goat herd sales and growth. Kirchner is a finalist in the area of Agricultural Sales – Entrepreneurship for her business, Kelsey’s K-9 Kookies and marketing at multiple farmers markets. Teeters is a finalist in the area of Emerging Agricultural Technology for his job placement at Buckeye Ag Testing, Troy. They each earn a cash prize, plaque and recognition on the main stage at convention. Beal, Kirchner, and Teeters will interview for the title of National Proficiency Winner and a trip to Costa Rica in the summer of 2016.Kelsey KirchnerKolin Bendickson and Daniel Bodenmiller will receive the American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 31. This is an honor that only 3,500 FFA members across the country will accomplish. Their applications were forwarded to the National FFA because they have been a successful leader, been involved in various community service activities, earned at least $10,000 from their Supervised Agricultural Experience program, and been an active member of the FFA.Additionally, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter is guided by strong leadership provided by the 2015-16 officer team. The team met over the summer in a Summer Officer Retreat to plan for the upcoming school year and FFA activities. The officers are: Emily Beal, President; Kelsey Kirchner, Vice President; Katie Bodenmiller, Secretary; Katie Bendickson, Treasurer; Emma Linn, Reporter; Hunter Sharp, Sentinel; Alyssa Westgerdes, Student Advisor; and Nathan Teeters, Chaplain. Their advisor is Marie Carity. The Miami East Ag Ed Program is a satellite program of the Miami Valley Career Technology Center.The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 610,240 student members as part of 7,665 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it isEmily Bealan integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.
Chelsea blown away by Lille in UYLby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille managed an impressive win over Chelsea in the UEFA Youth League.The French outfit were the more clinical of the two teams as they played out a tight contest at the club’s training ground.The likes of Marc Guehi, Billy Gilmour and Ian Maatsen were involved for Chelsea.But they were wasteful in front of goal and eventually conceded a penalty late in the first half.It was converted by Noah Fatar, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead at half time.Lille doubled their lead through Fadiga Ouattara, who came off the bench and scored with his first touch. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@FloridaGatorsFlorida guard Zach Hodskins may be becoming the most popular walk-on in the country. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was born without a portion of his left arm, went viral on YouTube a few years ago for his awesome skills on the court. He walked on to the Gators ahead of last season, and had appeared nine games across the two seasons before tonight, when he scored his first collegiate points. They didn’t come on an open bunny or at the free throw line. Against Jacksonville State, he hits a defender with a nasty spin move and scores at the [email protected] @dustinhart_ @GatorsMBK Here’s Zach at full speed! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/I4J6ESYJG0— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Here it is in slow motion.Sweet spin move to lay up – and the foul – for Zach Hodskins! #GoGators cc @GatorsMBK pic.twitter.com/mOvovSrlHJ— Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) December 23, 2015Zach’s story is an awesome, and sure to be inspirational for other aspiring players. We can’t wait to see this over and over on the highlights this week.