Foreign journalists blocked from reporting on world’s biggest electronic waste site

first_img RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation Follow the news on China Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Foreign journalists blocked from reporting on world’s biggest electronic waste site News April 27, 2021 Find out more Two foreign TV crews have had footage seized by henchmen of the owners of a huge electronic waste recycling centre in Guiyu, in Guangdong province in southern China over the past two weeks. “It is absolutely unacceptable that Chinese or foreign journalists should be banned from working in Guiyu, believed to be the world’s biggest toxic waste site,” said Reporters Without Borders.“We strongly condemn the determination of some local owners, with the backing of the authorities, to prevent access to information by force, and the problems for the press in probing the hidden face of China’s economic miracle,” it said.“We urge the authorities in Guangdong to ensure the press free access to Guiyu.”French freelance journalist Michael Sztanke and two colleagues were surrounded by around 30 men just after they finished filming at Guiyu on 1st March 2006. They were forced to hand over some of their video tapes.“We spent 45 minutes trying, unsuccessfully, to negotiate with them, Sztanke told Reporters Without Borders.”Then things got out of hand and they stole the tapes and told us not to come back to the region.”A few days earlier, a Japanese television crew were set upon by several hundred owners and workers Guiyu. The Japanese journalists had both their tapes and video equipment seized.Police did not intervene on either occasion.Guiyu is a community of four villages on the banks of the Lianjiang river, some 200 kilometres north-east of Hong Kong. More than 100,000 people, who are paid the equivalent of around 1.50 euros a day, use their hands to strip down and sort electronic equipment, in defiance of the most elementary public health regulations.“The working conditions on the sites are horrible. In Guiyu, in south-east China, I have seen vats of acid spilling into the rivers. They were so corrosive they could dissolve a coin in one hour,” said Kevin Bridgen, a scientist working for Greenpeace International.“Many of the chemicals used in the electronic industry are dangerous and can be harmful to health even at very low concentrations,” he said.center_img to go further Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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These are the suburbs where homes are selling the fastest

first_img9 Gowrie St, BrendaleIf you snooze, you’ll lose in these suburbs where properties sell quicker than most buyers can get a chance to see them.There are 26 suburbs within the greater Brisbane region, where houses or units sell within 20 days or less of hitting the market.The fastest seller in the house market was Brendale, about 17km from the CBD, where a house could sell on average within just nine days.Only 13 houses changed hands in the small northside suburb in the past 12 months, according to CoreLogic.And with little on offer and a reasonably affordable median house price of just $465,000 it’s not hard to see why.There are only two houses listed for sale in Brendale on realestate.com.au.One is a three-bedroom home at 8 Doonside Parade which is listed for offers of more than $425,000. The other one is a five-bedroom home at 9 Gowrie St, listed for $525,000.Donna Roughan of Pine Rivers Property Services – Strathpine said while Brendale was better known for commercial activity, the pocket of residential homes had started to attract the same “kudos’’ as nearby suburbs such as Eatons Hill. Ms Roughan was marketing 9 Gowrie St, after having sold it to the current owners a few years ago.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoShe said the market value of the property had increased substantially since then and believed that Brendale had become more popular because it was closer to up-market suburbs in the area such as Albany Creek and Eatons Hill.Ms Roughan said those areas had experienced an increase in amenity and infrastructure in recent years which also made it a more desirable location.“I just think people are coming five minutes further out and finding Brendale is a nice place to live.”9 Gowrie St, Brendale, one of only two houses listed for sale in the suburb.She said in the past quarter buyers had begun commenting on how quickly homes were selling in the area and that no sooner had they come on the market than they were under contract.The fastest selling unit market within the greater Brisbane area was Wishart on the southside, about 16km from the CBD, where units sold on average after 11 days on the market. The median unit price was $440,000 and there are no units listed for sale on realestate.com.au at the moment.The only other suburb where units sold in such a short period was Boondall with a median unit price of $416,000 and an average 20 days before a buyer was found.BRISBANE’S FASTEST SELLERS:BRENDALE (House) – 9 daysWISHART (Unit) – 11 daysFERNY HILLS (H) – 14 daysCARINA (H) – 14 daysCHAPEL HILL (H) – 15 daysJINDALEE (H) – 16 daysCHERMSIDE WEST (H) – 16 daysGEEBUNG (H) – 16 daysARANA HILLS (H) -16 daysSTRATHPINE (H) – 16 daysSALISBURY (H) – 17 daysMOOROOKA (H) – 18 daysALBANY CREEK (H) – 18 daysBRAY PARK (H) – 18 daysGRIFFIN (H) – 18 daysMANSFIELD (H) – 19 daysSTAFFORD (H) – 19 daysTINGALPA (H) – 19 daysMARBURG (H) – 19 daysPINE MOUNTAIN (H) – 19 daysKALLANGUR (H) – 19 daysPETRIE (H) – 20 daysBOONDALL (U) – 20 daysCARINA HEIGHTS (H) – 20 daysKEPERRA (H) – 20 daysROCHEDALE SOUTH (H) – 20 daysSource: CoreLogiclast_img read more

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Today is Primary Election Day

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Today is Primary Election Day, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is reminding Hoosiers to participate by casting a ballot.Cities and towns around the state are holding primary elections today, and Hoosiers can go to Indiana Voters to look up which candidates will be on their ballot. Voters will be required to enter their county of residence, name and date of birth to access their personal information. Voters can also find information on their polling location and election night results.“I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit IndianaVoters.com to educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” said Secretary Lawson. “An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool.”Hoosiers may also call the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE to speak directly to a representative for information, polling locations and to file grievances. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Election Day.Voters may also click here for additional information, including information regarding Indiana’s photo ID law. Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government-issued ID before casting their vote at the polls. For more information on Photo ID click here.last_img read more

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Pick 6: Some old geezers to watch this season

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald laughs with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) in the second half of an NFL preseason football game in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. The Cardinals won 20-15. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)Anyone who pays attention to the NFL knows that Tom Brady is 41 as he heads into the season. He’s hardly the only geezer, in football terms, still on the field or hoping to be when the season kicks off next month.Indeed, Brady isn’t even close to the oldest guy suiting up these days. His former teammate in New England, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri, is 45.There are plenty of players currently on rosters who are older than Rams coach Sean McVay, now 32. Hey, that’s in the midst of the prime competing years for most positions.Here’s a look at six 30-somethings who could be impactful this season. We’re steering away from the kickers, who tend to age a lot more slowly than anyone else.Drew Brees, Saints quarterback — There are no signs of Brees slowing down at age 39. He’s in the perfect offense, which he knows so well he could probably run it from a rocking chair.Helping mightily are skill position players such as Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram when he returns from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances, Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., and Benjamin Watson (37 himself).Also aiding Brees: A defense can’t throw anything at him he hasn’t seen — again and again.“I understand that I don’t have a whole lot of time left,” says Brees, who’ll be 40 in January and whose contract expires after the 2019 season. “You’ve got to work and have high expectations and sacrifice and do maybe even more now than I ever have.”Andrew Whitworth, Rams left tackle — Whitworth was a stud for Cincinnati for 11 seasons, but the Bengals must have believed he was through in 2016 because they let him walk as a free agent. Now 36, he comes off an All-Pro first year in which the Rams were dominant on offense.Despite all those years in the trenches, Whitworth looks as sharp and powerful as the day he came out of LSU in 2006. He has a shot at his first Super Bowl with a supremely talented roster around him.Julius Peppers, Panthers defensive end — Like Brees, Peppers will someday wind up with a bust in Canton, Ohio. At 38, he’s no longer an every-down player, but he’s an every-day leader.Peppers can provide ample force as a pass rusher if he’s mixed in efficiently, something Carolina is quite good at with its D-line. That’s essential in the league’s best division, facing Brees and Matt Ryan twice a season.Peppers was placed on the physically unable to perform list in July, but the Panthers don’t seem too concerned about his availability — or production — when the games count.Terence Newman, Vikings cornerback — Now this is really impressive: a DB who will be 40 before the season kicks off, yet can handle the speed- and agility-based duties in an increasingly fast-paced game.Newman enters his 16th pro season — he was the fifth overall selection by Dallas in 2003 — and this will be his fourth year in Minnesota. The league’s oldest defensive player likely will see some time at safety on a game-changing defense. To see any time at all in an NFL secondary at such an advanced age is stunning.“You have to figure out something else that you want to do, once you get to my age,” Newman said when he re-signed in May. “I think this will be my last year. No matter what happens, this will be it for me.”Vernon Davis, Redskins tight end — Once among the elite tight ends of the NFL, Davis remains at 34 enough of a force on the field and a positive influence off it to be a factor for Washington. He averaged 15.1 yards a reception for the Redskins a year ago, third best in his distinguished career.Alex Smith often targets his tight end — Travis Kelce became a star catching Smith’s passes in Kansas City — and Davis knows just about everything about playing the position.L.P. Ladouceur, Cowboys long snapper — At 37, this is his 14th year with the Cowboys; how many fans would recognize the Canadian in Big D without his jersey on?Long snappers always are unsung, fitting the cliche of only getting noticed when they mess up. Ladouceur almost never does, and he’s now the longest-tenured Cowboy with Jason Witten retired.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Seattle’s Breanna Stewart named WNBA MVP

first_imgIn this photo taken May 2, 2017, Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart (30) and guard Jewell Loyd (24) react as they pose for WNBA basketball official photos during the team’s annual media day, Tuesday, May 2, 2017, in Seattle. T(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Stewart was given the award Sunday prior to Seattle opening its best-of-five semifinal playoff series against Phoenix. Stewart finished with 372 total points in the voting, easily outpacing Dallas’ Liz Cambage, who finished second with 231 points. Stewart received 33 of 39 first-place votes. Washington’s Elena Delle Donne finished third in the voting and Los Angeles’ Candace Parker was fourth.“I think each award I’ve won for its respective level means a lot, but to be the MVP of the WNBA, the best league in the world, it’s at the top,” Stewart said before Game 1. “And to do it with this franchise, this team, my teammates I couldn’t have imagined it any other way.”Stewart was the league’s rookie of the year in 2016, but had her finest professional season this year. She averaged 21.8 points and 8.4 rebounds as Seattle went 26-8 in the regular season. She had 22 games of 20 or more points scoring.Stewart, who earlier this month was announced as the AP Player of the Year, is the second Seattle player to win MVP. Lauren Jackson was named MVP three times in her career.Stewart said it’s been a transformative year for her, beginning with the revelation late last year she was sexually abused as a child. She has partnered with RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) to raise awareness and has met with members of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.“This year was made possible by going through really hard things. It’s been the story of my life,” Stewart said. “Any successes along the way was made possible by people lifting me up through struggles and by me having the courage and focus to turn my pain into fuel.”Her latest cause is voter registration. Stewart had custom shoes created for Game 1 in an effort to draw attention to getting young voters registered for the upcoming November elections.“This year in particular for me is a story of transformation and introspection,” Stewart said. “From #MeToo to equality, finding my voice and elevating my game became intertwined in my journey. My hope is as a country we can do the same thing.”Natasha Howard was given the league’s most improved award and Sue Bird received the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship award also on Sunday before the game. SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has been announced as the WNBA MVP after a season where she finished second in scoring and led Seattle to the best record in the league. FILE – In this June 10, 2016, file photo, Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart shoots over Connecticut Sun’s Morgan Tuck during the second half of a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)last_img read more

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Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among Black women

first_imgIn this Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, right, talks with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File) Retired professional tennis player Zina Garrison defended tennis player Serena Williams after Williams was hit with three code violations that led to a $17,000 fine at the U.S. Open final, saying some of the chair umpire’s calls were unfair. (Sept. 10)“If I’m upset about something, I should get to express that to you,” Martin said.During Saturday’s championship loss to Naomi Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for violating a rarely enforced rule against receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested that and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.Many people, Black women among them, echoed Williams’ contention that she was punished while men on the tennis circuit have gotten away with even harsher language.Serena Williams argues with the chair umpire during a match against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the women’s finals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in New York, on Sept. 8, 2018. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)“A lot of things started going through my head in that particular situation. You know, first and foremost, what was going to be said about her the next day? The typical angry black woman, you know … when she really was just standing up for herself and she was standing up for women’s rights,” said former tennis champion Zina Garrison, who is Black. “A woman, period, is always, when we speak up for ourselves, then you have the situation where people are saying, you know, they’re too outspoken. They’re acting like a man, all of that. But then a Black woman on top of that, the angry Black woman, who does she think she is?” Willingham isn’t a tennis star, but she is a Black woman. She and others like her say Williams’ experience resonates with them because they are often forced to watch their tone and words in the workplace in ways that men and other women are not.And if they’re not careful, they say, they risk being branded “Angry Black Woman.”“So much of what she experiences we experience in the workplace, too,” said Willingham, a professor of criminal justice at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. “As Black women … we’re expected to stay in our lane, that lane that has been created for us. Any time we step out of that lane, then we become a problem.”The stereotype of the “Angry Black Woman” is alive and well, said Felicia Martin, 36, a federal employee who lives in Brooklyn. She recalls once seeing a white female co-worker cursing and throwing things and not facing repercussions, while she’s been told to calm down for expressing her own upset in a normal tone of voice. NEW YORK (AP) — When Serena Williams told the umpire at the U.S. Open final that he owed her an apology, that he had stolen something from her, and then she got penalized for her words, Breea Willingham could relate to her frustration and anger. Martin and others pointed to a cartoon by an Australian artist as the clearest example of the stereotype facing Black women. Mark Knight of Melbourne’s Herald Sun depicted Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed Black woman jumping up and down on a broken racket. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who is actually Japanese and Haitian — “Can you just let her win?”“I was deeply offended. This is not a joke,” said Vanessa K. De Luca, former editor in chief of Essence magazine, who wrote a column about the U.S. Open furor.The cartoonist “completely missed the point of why she was upset,” De Luca told The Associated Press. “It was about her integrity, and anybody who doesn’t get that is perpetuating the erasure that so many Black women feel when they are trying to speak up for themselves. It’s like our opinions don’t matter.”Some Black women say they have to worry perpetually about how they’re coming across to make sure they’re not dismissed as angry or emotional. Serena Williams hugs Naomi Osaka, of Japan, after Osaka defeated Williams in the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki) “It’s exhausting,” said Denise Daniels, 44, of the Bronx, who works in professional development for educators. “It does diminish from the work satisfaction that other people get to enjoy because it is an additional cost.”Willingham thinks that was part of Williams’ experience on Saturday as well, but that it was also about a career’s worth of frustrations that she has had to endure, such as when the French Open banned the type of catsuit she wore.“I felt it for her. I felt she was fed up, she was tired of this,” Willingham said. “How much is she supposed to take, really? How much are any of us supposed to keep taking?”___Associated Press video producer Noreen Nasir contributed to this report from Washington.___Deepti Hajela covers issues of race, ethnicity and immigration for The Associated Press. Follow her on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/dhajela. For more of her work, search for her name at https://apnews.com.last_img read more

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