Reporters Without Borders today condemned a Taipei court’s decision on 24 April ordering United Daily News reporter Kao Nien-yi to pay a fine of 30,000 Taiwanese dollars (770 euros) every day until he revealed his sources for a report about a financial scandal. The order was enforced three days running before being suspended today.“The judicial system must guarantee journalists the right to protect their sources so that they can work freely,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government must include journalists in the list of professions that enjoy the right to professional secrecy under the law.”Kao’s story was about insider trading allegedly involving businessmen, government officials and companies. He is suspected of getting his information from a senior official who was investigating the case. Kao was already questioned over a similar case in 2003.The United Daily News and Kao said they “both regard the fine as a serious violation of press freedom and have decided to appeal.”Taiwanese law contains no provision for the protection of journalists’ sources, but grants other professionals such as lawyers and doctors the right to refuse to divulge confidential information. The judge acknowledged that Kao should have the right to protect his sources, but said the law did not accord him that right. He therefore convicted Kao of “protecting criminal activities and disrupting the financial market.”The Association of Taiwanese Journalists said in statement on 25 April that the confidentiality of sources was an essential right and that Taiwanese law should guarantee it. June 29, 2020 Find out more TaiwanAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en November 20, 2020 Find out more Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage Organisation Follow the news on Taiwan News TaiwanAsia – Pacific News RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” Receive email alerts April 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Daily fines for reporter who refused to disclose his sources Help by sharing this information News News Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom May 18, 2020 Find out more
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Donegal woman Margaret Gordon is celebrating the launch of her new short story book – The Fairies of Drumboe Woods.Inspired by folklore and her local area, the story is a precious tale of mystery and magic.The main character is Grace, an inquisitive child who sets out to investigate the appearance of fairy doors in her local woodland of Drumboe, which is familiar to many in the Twin Towns. Inspiration for Margaret’s story was never too far from home, she said: “Fairy doors really did appear in Drumboe Woods in 2018, and have had a positive impact on the lives of children and their families.“I walk in the woods most days and have observed children pull their parents around the paths of Drumboe Woods, like they are all on a treasure hunt. They count the doors, check out the jewels and colours, and I have no doubt, imagine what the fairies are like, behind the doors.” As a retired social worker, Margaret has a keen interest in the parent-child relationship and the importance of family. She has brought her own experience of being a mum and working with children into the book to celebrate family bonds.Margaret said: “We often take for granted the relationships we have with parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. But these relationships give us a sense of who we are, where we fit into families and communities, giving us a sense of belonging.“In The Fairies of Drumboe Woods, Grace looks to her mother and grandfather for historical information about Drumboe Woods. Sometimes we take for granted the wealth of information and knowledge the generations before us, have to share.”Margaret is from a family of 10 children and loved to escape into a good book as a child. Now, she still celebrates the power of reading:“As a parent, I read books with my child long before he was able to appreciate the stories. I’ve long believed that spending time reading with children, forms and strengthens a close bond, fostering a love of words, a love of stories and imaginative play. These qualities surely enhance the experience of unexpected surprises, like the mysterious appearance of the fairy doors in Drumboe Woods,” she said.The Fairies of Drumboe Woods IllustrationThe Fairies of Drumboe Woods is a fictional story about a mysterious presence, but people in Ireland have long-believed in the supernatural creatures.Margaret said: “In Ireland, there is a longstanding history of the presence of fairies in our folklore. Fairy forts and fairy rings still exist today. While most people do not believe in fairies, there are innumerable examples of construction companies deliberately avoiding fairy forts and rings. Even in the 21st century, it is quite likely that they would go around a fairy ring or fort, rather than dig it up.” Could fairies really live in Drumboe Woods? You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book to find out.The Fairies of Drumboe Woods is on sale now online and in Eason’s Letterkenny, The Book Centre in Ballybofey and The Four Masters Bookshop in Donegal Town.Donegal woman captures imaginations with fantastical book was last modified: April 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookfairies of drumboe woodsfinn valleymargaret gordontwin towns
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Hiland FFA Chapter visited The Ohio State University recently, experiencing a Men’s Hockey Game, ag campus, and the football stadium.The chapter took a tour of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences campus and explored buildings, discussing what was in each and their purpose. Members discovered that an ag engineer made the slow vehicle sign, which is on slow moving vehicles such as farm equipment.Later that night, the chapter watched the OSU Hockey Game. The Buckeyes took on the Canisius Golden Griffins. Ohio State won 4-1 and the crowds went wild.25 FFA members went to the game: Natalie Byler, Sierra Conway, Bailey Engstrom, Nikyta Engstrom, Claire Farquhar, Carson Feikert, Marlin Hershberger, Kyle Huprich, Alex Jamison, David Mast, Hunter Mast, Ryan Mast, Blaine Miller, Morgan Miller, Violet Miller, Regina Nisley, Will Stoltzfus, Parker Stutzman, Sheila Troyer, Tallie Troyer, Brandon Raber, Lexi Raber, Cheryl Yoder, Diane Yoder, and Max Weaver.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market dave copeland Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Making my students switch from MS Word to Google Drive not only eliminated the headache of incompatible versions and big email attachments. It’s made them better writers.When I started teaching college writing and journalism classes five years ago, the choice was to have students submit assignments the way I had 15 years earlier — as hard copy — or as a Word document. Neither situation was ideal. Paper, is, well, paper. Word seemed more efficient, but I soon realized different students had different versions of Word and were working on different operating systems.Far too often I’d give up and have a student submit work by copying from a problematic file and pasting it into an email. That eliminated Word’s biggest advantage over paper: the ability to insert legible comments in the margins and track changes.All that changed a year ago when I started requiring students to submit assignments using Google Drive, which was still called Google Docs then.They were reluctant at first but we quickly ended the problem of lost documents, unreadable attachments and massive files clogging our email. The students didn’t have to buy additional software and, at most, I spent half of class showing them the basics of using the app.But along the way, we also found an additional, unexpected benefit: It made learning to write easier for many of my students.Google Drive Makes It Easier To Think With Your FingersLike every decent writer, editor or writing instructor I have ever met, I like to “think with my fingers.” That is, show the person what they’re trying to explain by simply banging out a phrase, sentence or paragraph into the documented being reviewed or edited.The problem in the instructional sense is that that usually means the student looks over the professor’s shoulder as he rips apart the paper.With Google Drive, we can be sitting on opposite ends of the same table or opposite ends of the continent. They will see my changes in live time and start to see why I’m making the changes. If they don’t like the changes I suggest, they can simply use the “Restore Previous Version” feature. And if they have a question about what I’m doing, they can open a chat box and we can discuss in real time.Good For GroupsIn most of my writing classes, students workshop first drafts. In some classes, they work collaboratively on a writing project (last year, for example, my first-year writing class researched updates to the school’s Wikipedia page). With Word and paper documents, that meant sacrificing valuable class time or having students try to find out of class times when they could all meet.That is no longer a factor. Google Drive lets students make and respond to comments and editing changes when it works for them, which gives us more in-class time to work on direct instruction.Making The School Newspaper More EfficientI also serve as the adviser to the Comment, the student-run newspaper at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Up until last year stories were submitted to a central email address as Word, with all the problems I previously mentioned, plus an added layer potential mishaps.With Word documents being saved on different hard drives, student editors and page designers often ended up working on older versions of a story. In the best case scenarios, editors would have to re-edit a story once they found the most up-to-date version. In the worst case scenario, the wrong version of the story would be published, or different versions of the same story would end up on the site and in the print edition.After experimenting with Google Drive last year, the paper started using is exclusively for copy this semester. Editors always know they are always working on the most recent version of the story and they can discuss edits with reporters remotely, which has made the paper’s tiny office much less crowded this year.We got an added boost when Trello, which we also adopted to manage story ideas, announced just before the start of our semester that they students could now attach Google Drive documents directly to the Trello cards they create for each story they’re working on. Related Posts Tags:#Google#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…
Check out this awesome mixed media Kindle commercial plus a behind the scenes look.We are a huge fan of mixed media productions here at Premiumbeat. The fact that most videographers are creating projects entirely on a computer makes mixed media a nice breath of fresh air. On that note, we just came across this awesome commercial shot for the Kindle Paperwhite in China and it was mesmerizing. The commercial seemed rather simple to make, but it is incredibly effective and luckily we found a behind-the-scenes video to show us how the process was done. So if you haven’t seen the commercial here it is:Behind-the-ScenesNot only is the commercial clever and creatively built, but it also has an organic feel that makes it almost seem fake…which led us to investigate. As it turns out the commercials smooth pacing isn’t a result of fancy editing but amazing timing during production. The project was the brainchild of director Lucas Zanotto who specializes in mixing classic media with motion graphic design.The following video takes us behind the scenes of the commercial shoot:Have any other mixed media videos to share? Share in the comments below.
Barcelona captain Messi: Lyon not the strongest nameby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona captain Leo Messi says they cannot underestimate Olympique Lyon.The two teams will meet in the Champions League round of 16.”Lyon was not the strongest name [in the hat], but it will be complicated,” said Messi.”They were equal when they played [Manchester] City; they will be difficult to advance against.”It’s a long way away, a lot of things can happen between now and February.”We don’t know how they’re going to be, how we’re going to be, but we know it’s going to be a complicated game.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Man Utd legend Neville: Board must find transfer specialistby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville believes the club will take time to build a world-class transfer department for next season.Jose Mourinho was replaced last week by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has become caretaker manager until the end of the season. But Neville thinks the club’s recruitment, led by chief executive Ed Woodward, needs to be fixed.”Ole’s job in the next six months is to be head coach, head scout, head of recruitment and making sure he feeds back really good information into the recruitment department of what the club needs,” he told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville Podcast.”My concern over the last three to four years is who has been signing the players.”That needs cleaning up and I am certain the club in the next six months will appoint the right people who are best in class to run that side of things.”Manchester United have to start getting it right otherwise they will struggle, but it was a good start yesterday.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – The Trudeau government is on track to run deficits nearly $8 billion deeper than expected over the next two years, the federal budget watchdog said Monday in a new report.The parliamentary budget officer estimated the Liberals will post a $22.1-billion shortfall this fiscal year, which would be $4 billion more than the projection of $18.1 billion in the federal government’s February budget.For 2019-20, Jean-Denis Frechette’s team predicted a $21.4-billion deficit, $3.9 billion higher than the government’s forecast of $17.5 billion.“We believe that the deficit is going to rise somewhat above what the government was assuming in the budget,” Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer, said in an interview.The report’s release comes two months after the Liberal government introduced a budget that predicted deficits across the planning horizon, until 2022-23, with no timetable to return to balance. During the 2015 campaign, the Liberals had vowed to keep annual deficits at no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has argued the shortfalls will help Canada make investments to raise long-term economic growth.Any hope of returning to the black any time soon is remote, the budget office said Monday. It predicted there’s approximately a five per cent chance the federal budget will be balanced or will show a surplus in 2020-21.The blows to the federal bottom line will come from several sources, the independent budget office said.“Our higher deficit forecast largely reflects our higher projections for public debt charges, direct program expenses and children’s benefits,” the PBO wrote in its report.The analysis predicted the government will spend a total of $19.5 billion more than it had forecasted in the budget to service the federal debt between 2017-18 and 2022-23. Askari noted the discrepancy between the estimates is mostly due to the fact the PBO used a higher projected interest rate for its calculation than the budget predicted.The government’s fiscal position is also expected to take a hit — a total of about $1 billion over the next five years — from a higher-than-anticipated cost for its budget commitment to expand benefits for the working poor, through its Canada Workers Benefit. The details were included in a separate report also released Monday by Frechette’s office.The federal budget projected the Canada Workers Benefit, a rebranded version of a program introduced by the Harper government, would have a fiscal impact of about $831 million between 2018-19 and 2022-23. The PBO believes otherwise, saying it will come in at $1.84 billion over that period.Most of the extra cost, the PBO said, will come from the government’s effort to make more people eligible for the benefit and to allow the Canada Revenue Agency to automatically enrol those who qualify. That tweak alone is expected to add 300,000 more workers.The PBO also predicted the federal government’s forthcoming carbon price tax would lower the country’s real gross domestic product by 0.5 per cent, or $10 billion, in 2022.The carbon price is set to rise from $10 per tonne per year until it reaches $50 per tonne in 2022.“Implementation of the federal government’s carbon pricing levy will generate a headwind for the Canadian economy over the medium term,” Frechette’s report said.To make its assumption, the budget office based its estimate on an analysis by the Ecofiscal Commission.“The carbon levy will generate significant revenues over the medium term,” the PBO said. “As has been noted by the Ecofiscal Commission, the impact on the economy will depend on how those revenues are used.”Among Monday’s projections, the PBO also predicted that over the next five years, Canada would generate about $70 million less in revenue from cannabis taxation than the federal government is expecting.Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre called the PBO’s findings “damaging” for the government, citing the impact of larger deficits, higher debt payments and a carbon tax that he says will erase at least $10 billion per year from the national economy by 2022.“In other words, we will be spending — under this government’s plan — more for nothing,” Poilievre said in Ottawa.“More debt interest, higher taxes and smaller GDP. That is the Liberal plan. It is a failed plan and we need a change.”A spokeswoman for Morneau disagreed, saying that since the Liberals came to office, the economy has created more than 600,000 jobs and the unemployment rate has been near its lowest level in about 40 years. On the PBO reports, Chloe Luciani-Girouard said in an email that findings can vary because they’re sometimes based on different methodologies.Morneau told reporters Monday that while he respects the work of the PBO, the financial expectations remain the same as those laid out in the budget.“We’re in a very positive situation economically, with more Canadians working, with a strong level of growth, and we’ll continue to have an approach to fiscal conservatism that shows a declining debt-to-GDP over time,” said Morneau.He defended the government’s carbon-pricing plan as the right approach to ensuring Canada has both a good economy and a healthy environment over the long term.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter
EDMONTON, A.B. – Alberta Opposition leader Jason Kenney says it’s time to take immediate action on the oil-price differential before it leads to further job cuts and losses to the province’s core industry.Kenney says he will work with Premier Rachel Notley’s government to fast-track a new law that would order companies to cut production by 10 percent.He says it’s a drastic solution but one that is necessary. Alberta oil is now selling at sharply discounted prices due in part to bottlenecks in pipelines.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd says her department is open to all ideas.But she says opinion is divided on whether legislated cuts to oil production are the answer.Premier Rachel Notley has been searching for solutions to get more oil to market and her government is now in negotiations to buy rail cars for increased transport.