Launch of Chinese-language version of Reporters Without Borders website

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is launching a Chinese-language version of its website, rsf-chinese.org, to mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. It joins the English, French, Farsi, Arabic and Spanish-language versions of rsf.org, the world’s most visited press freedom website. “In just over a year’s time, the eyes of the world will be turned towards Beijing, where the 2008 Summer Olympics will be taking place,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is vital to give Chinese Internet users both inside and outside China the possibility to access detailed and objective information about press freedom in China.”The organisation added: “We appeal to the Chinese authorities not to block rsf-chinese.org and to stop censoring Chinese-language news websites.”Rsf-chinese.org will provide news and information in simplified Mandarin about press freedom in China and elsewhere in the world and about online censorship. The information available to visitors to the site will include the portraits of the world’s 34 Press Freedom Predators, the list of 13 Internet Enemies and the World Press Freedom Index. ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison to go furthercenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News May 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Launch of Chinese-language version of Reporters Without Borders website Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Tucker Floyd re-enacts the Battle of Pickett’s Charge

first_img Floyd drew number four. He was lucky that he got to “die’ near the wall.“When the soldiers were shot, they would holler and scream and fall over,” he said. “When the one that was carrying the Confederate Flag was shot, another soldier would run and try to grab the flag before it hit the ground. The flag was not supposed to hit the ground.”Floyd said it was hard to understand the reasoning behind Pickett’s Charge.“The Confederate soldiers just marched toward the wall,” he said. “The Union soldiers were behind the stone wall and the Confederate soldiers were out in the open field like sitting ducks,” he said. “But they just kept marching and firing. That’s the way it really was. They kept marching to die.”After the battle, Floyd said that even though it was only a re-enactment of the battle, there was still the feeling of defeat, a sense of terrific loss.“I can’t imagine what the real battle would have been like,” he said.Prior to the battle, Floyd was a courier and, for two days, carried messages by horseback to different locations in the camp.The re-enactment at historic Gettysburg was his first large-scale battle but it won’t be his last.He is a member of Ferrell’s Battery Georgia Light Infantry and has participated in re-enactments at the Battle of Tallassee and the Battle of Olustee at Baker, Florida where he got to shoot a cannon.Floyd was introduced to Civil War re-enactments by Pike Countain Joe Murphy who is a member of Ferrell’s Battery.“I’ve always liked history and Joe got me really interested in re-enactments,” Floyd said. “Bob McLendon at the Conecuh River Depot helped me get outfitted and Darrell Lanier of Deepstep, Georgia invited me to go to Gettysburg with him.“I want to go to as many re-enactments as I can. You can read about history but it’s something else to be a part of it. And, I want to be a part of history.” Published 11:00 pm Friday, August 9, 2013 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Tucker Floyd re-enacts the Battle of Pickett’s Charge Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Re-enactments at historic Gettysburg draw spectators to the site year after year.As the battle raged and men fell all around him, Confederate infantryman Tucker Floyd lay on the ground gulping water from his canteen.The noise of the cannons was deafening. Men screamed in pain and agony as volleys from the rifle muskets of the Union soldiers found their marks.For 30 minutes or more, Floyd lay “dead” in the hay field as the battle of Pickett’s Charge raged around him. By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Contemporary displays The kiosk at the corner of East Walnut and Market streets in Troy could just as easily be a red… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Articlecenter_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration For Tucker Floyd, a senior at Pike Liberal Arts School, participating in the re-enactment of Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg during the Civil War Sesquicentennial was the opportunity of a lifetime and an experience that he will never forget.“You can read about the Civil War but being in the ‘battle’ was a real different experience,” Floyd said. “It gave me an idea of what it was like to be in a battle like that. As we were marching toward that stone wall, I was wondering what those Confederate soldiers were thinking. I knew that I wasn’t going to get my legs shot off or that I wasn’t going to die, but still I was nervous.”Before the Confederate re-enactors “charged” the wall, they drew numbers from one to five.“The numbers told you when you died,” Floyd said. “Those who drew number one died first. If you got number two you died on the road. With number three you died at the fence. Number four you died about 20 yards from the wall. Only 170 made it to the wall.” Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson He could see the Union soldiers firing volley after volley at the advancing Johnny Rebs. He watched as the Confederate soldiers died in the failed attempt to reach the low stone wall and overtake General Meade’s men.Floyd silently applauded as a small number of Confederate soldiers reached the stone wall. But the rifle fire soon became sporadic and then faded. The battle was over. The battle was lost.Pickett’s Charge was an ill-fated infantry assault ordered by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee against Maj. Gen George Mead’s Union positions on Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863, the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg. The Confederates sent about 12,000 men “charging” forth with half to suffer their fate. The farthest point reached by the attack is referred to as the high-water mark of the Confederacy and is thought to be the turning point of America’s Civil War. Email the author Sponsored Content Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? 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Old-School ‘Mindset and Culture’ Is Sidelining Traditional Utility Companies in Global Transition to Renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:For a risk-averse industry that has been slow to embrace change, overhauling the DNA of electric utilities stands as a bigger challenge than outdated regulations in the face of a market transformation driven by a renewable energy surge that is pushing down power prices, said Fintan Slye, CEO of EirGrid plc., which operates Ireland’s electric transmission system.Like their counterparts in the U.S., incumbent utilities in Europe are dealing with a rise in variable renewable energy and the emergence of upstart companies looking to cash in on a changing landscape in which customers are taking on a larger role in generating power and helping to maintain balance on the electric grid.“I think regulation certainly needs to change and evolve, but I don’t think that it is the thing that is holding the industry back,” Slye said Sept. 18 at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s The Future of Energy Summit in London. Instead, he pointed to issues with the “mindset and the culture and the approach in a lot of the incumbent companies, and trying to get that to a point where these new business models can, I suppose, flourish.”“We’re at a point where just because something worked for the last 50 years doesn’t mean that it’s the approach and the thing for the next 10,” Slye said.More: ($) As utilities face uncertain future, their biggest challenge may be themselves Old-School ‘Mindset and Culture’ Is Sidelining Traditional Utility Companies in Global Transition to Renewableslast_img read more

UPL Committee examines foreclosure companies

first_img Senior Editor The Bar’s Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee is seeking input on whether nonlawyer foreclosure companies are committing UPL.The committee will hold a public hearing at 10:30 a.m. on January 15 during the Bar’s Midyear Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami.“It’s an industry that has popped up over the past several years and it’s causing a lot of problems,” said Bar UPL Counsel Lori Holcomb. “We’ve prosecuted several of these people.”Janet Morgan, staff counsel in the Ft. Lauderdale office who has investigated several complaints, said the foreclosure assistance companies get the names of homeowners sued in foreclosure from public records. They then direct mail advertise or contact the homeowners in some other way to pitch their services.“Generally, they tell these people in some fashion they can help them save their house or get their house out of foreclosure and they need to sign up with them right away,” Morgan said.It can be an irresistible urge to someone about to lose their home.The homeowners are typically charged $750 to $850 for help, although at least one company charged a homeowner $1,275, Morgan said.What happens next can vary. Morgan said some companies do very little. In some cases, they try to negotiate with the lender or the lender’s lawyer. Or they give the homeowner advice on how to respond to the suit. Some companies have even drafted customer’s answers and motions, with or without lawyers, or have taken other actions in the foreclosure suit, she said. (Even if a company had a lawyer draft a motion, it’s against Bar rules and case law to pass that through to a client for whom the lawyer does not directly work.)What help did homeowners get for their money?“They either ended up losing their houses anyway, or they handled it themselves after the company did nothing,” Morgan said, “and they were out the company’s fee which they could ill afford to lose.”“The Bar’s position is that the foreclosure companies are essentially negotiating the settlement of a lawsuit, which is the unlicensed practice of law,” Morgan said. “They are generally causing harm to the customer, to the people who are coming to them for help.”One elderly man nearly lost more than just the fee. Morgan said the man had always relied on his wife to handle the finances, but after she died, he was left with the finances for the first time. Unbeknownst to him, his wife had taken a second mortgage with the same lender, requiring two separate payments. When the man paid the correct total amount, but mistakenly in a lump sum using only one loan number, the mortgage company began to show one loan in default, and the other with extra payments.The mortgage company filed a foreclosure suit, and the man, who was unaware of his valid defense, sought assistance from one of the nonlawyer foreclosure companies. The nonlawyer company did not recognize the underlying error, and treated his case like a standard foreclosure, nearly resulting in the loss of the home.Fortunately, before the house was lost, the homeowner consulted a lawyer, who was able to straighten out the problems.“Not only aren’t these foreclosure companies trained to look for all the possible defenses, they’re not supposed to be giving legal advice anyway,” Morgan said.She added that most of the companies reported to the Bar were located in Broward County, and that the Bar’s enforcement activities have closed several down.After the public hearing, the Standing Committee on UPL can draft a proposed opinion and submit it to the Florida Supreme Court, which has final say. The committee is seeking input on whether any of the following actions constitute the unlicensed practice of law when performed by a nonlawyer on behalf of a party to a mortgage foreclosure action pending before a Florida court:• Negotiating with the lender or lender’s attorney to modify, reinstate, or restructure the mortgage loan which forms the basis of the foreclosure action;• Drafting documents which memorialize the negotiations as the representative of a party to the foreclosure action;• Reviewing and explaining to the party to the mortgage foreclosure action documents drafted by the lender or lender’s attorney, which memorialize the negotiations;• Inducing the party to the mortgage foreclosure action to rely on the nonlawyer to handle all aspects of the foreclosure action for the party; and/or• Preparing pleadings and other documents to be filed in the court in connection with the mortgage foreclosure action.• Whether a nonlawyer who negotiates the modification, reinstatement or restructure of a mortgage loan outside of the foreclosure context engages in the unlicensed practice of law.Anyone who wants to submit written comments may submit them to Jeffrey T. Picker, assistant UPL counsel, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson St., Tallahassee 32399-2300. December 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News UPL Committee examines foreclosure companiescenter_img UPL Committee examines foreclosure companieslast_img read more