Australian public channel website ABC blocked in China

first_img News to go further Organisation Australian public channel ABC complained on Monday about the recent blocking of its website in China. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the increasing censorship of foreign media in China. June 2, 2021 Find out more PHOTO: ABC / POWER AND INFLUENCE: THE HARD EDGE OF CHINA’S SOFT POWER Receive email alerts RSF_en News Access to the website and mobile applications of Australian public channel ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has been cut off in China for ten days, said the board of the group on Monday, September 3rd.The Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, which is controlled by Chinese President Xi Jinping, confirmed that it has classified ABC as a media “damaging [China’s] national pride” that should be banned.ABC’s critical coverage of China, especially its publication of a 2017 report denouncing the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Australia, appears to have triggered Beijing’s recent shutdown of the Australian channel.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces China’s increasing censorship of foreign media. “Given the Chinese government’s stranglehold on the media, foreign websites such as ABC are the only platforms providing independent information to Chinese citizens,” reminds Cedric Alviani, director of the RSF East-Asia bureau. “By adding ABC to its blacklist, which already counts more than 8,000 domain names, Beijing again demonstrates its commitment to keep Chinese citizens in ignorance.”According to official sources, over two million people are involved in China’s censorship and internet surveillance effort. Its “Great Digital Wall” keeps 800 million Chinese netizens away from countless foreign news websites, including Wikipedia, the New York Times, BBC and Bloomberg News.China stays at the bottom of the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries). June 7, 2021 Find out more September 5, 2018 – Updated on September 10, 2018 Australian public channel website ABC blocked in Chinacenter_img Follow the news on Asia – Pacific ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific InternetFreedom of expression Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific InternetFreedom of expression News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Newslast_img read more

Existing-Home Sales Down Month-Over-Month, But Up from a Year Ago

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Existing-Home Sales Down Month-Over-Month, But Up from a Year Ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Existing Home Sales Home Sales NAR National Association of Realtors 2015-02-23 Scott Morgan  Print This Post Tagged with: Existing Home Sales Home Sales NAR National Association of Realtors Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Real Estate Investor Acquires Mortgage Servicer for $1.3 Billion Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 2/24/2015 About Author: Scott Morgan Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Existing-Home Sales Down Month-Over-Month, But Up from a Year Ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago There’s good news and bad news for January’s existing-home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors. On the one hand, sales in January, for the fourth straight month, were ahead of the pace of sales a year ago. On the other hand, existing-home sales in all major regions declined last month to their lowest rate in nine months, with the West and Northeast getting the worst of it.The NAR’s latest look at existing-home sales shows that while sales nationally were 3.2 percent higher this January than last, single-family transactions were down almost 5 percent to 4.82 million. This is the lowest since last April’s 4.75 million.Existing-home sales in the West fell the most (7.1 percent), followed by the Northeast, which fell 6 percent in January. The South fell 4.6 percent and the Midwest 2.7 percent. Sales in each region, however, were higher than a year ago ‒‒ particularly the South, which is more than 5 percent up on last year’s sales.Lawrence Yun, NAR’s chief economist, blames typical new-year unpredictability for part of the drop. But a bigger factor is the one-two punch of low inventory ‒‒ down a half-percent from a year ago ‒‒ and higher sale prices across the country.”Low housing supply and the ongoing rise in home prices above the pace of inflation appeared to slow sales despite interest rates remaining near historic lows,” Yun said. “Realtors are reporting that low rates are attracting potential buyers, but the lack of new and affordable listings is leading some to delayed decisions.”This rise marks the 35th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains, which Yun said is another bright light amid improving labor markets and the economy in general. Keep in mind, however, that mortgage rates in January were a still-low 3.67 percent, according to Freddie Mac. Yun will withhold final judgment until rates rise and their impact on affordability is fully tested.Restrictions in lending, whether for single-family houses or condos, are a continued bugaboo for industry insiders. NAR President Chris Polychron, executive broker with 1st Choice Realty in Hot Springs, Ark. said that the Federal Housing Administration’s overly restrictive approval process limits buyers’ access to condos.”Condominiums offer an affordable option and are the first step to homeownership for many homebuyers,” Polychron said.NAR has been lobbying the FHA to develop more flexible and affordable financing policies for those looking to buy condos. According to NAR’s latest report, existing condo and co-op sales declined 3.5 percent, from 570,000 to 550,000 units from December to January. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago February 23, 2015 850 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 1st February

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 1st February Facebook Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest By News Highland – February 1, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleLYIT reach Trench Cup finals weekend – Aidy Glackin ReactionNext articleSeamus Coleman says thanks on a special night News Highland Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday 1st February:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

One-shot wonderful: Taylor finds redemption

first_imgEVAN SCHWARZ/Herald photoThere was something distinctly cathartic about watching Kammron Taylor jump onto the Kohl Center scorer’s table pumping his fists triumphantly to the Kohl Center crowd. And not just to him, but for Badger fans everywhere who have seen the senior guard’s late-season struggles prove oh-so-costly for No. 4 Wisconsin. So when Taylor took the inbounds pass from Marcus Landry, came off an Alando Tucker screen, paused at the top of the key and then cold-bloodedly drained the game-winning 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds remaining to deliver a 52-50 victory over Michigan State on Senior Day, you couldn’t fault the UW players and faithful for feeling as if all the trials and tribulations of the past 10 days had been washed away.”It was a picture-perfect ending for Kam to hit that shot,” Tucker said. “In the manner that we won, everybody is confident now.”Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan wasn’t ready to say that Taylor’s shot was a sign of good things to come for the Badgers, but couldn’t help but feel excited for his senior point guard.”There are no automatics in life, and you are not promised tomorrow,” Ryan said. “So if it’s an omen, we’ll find out, but what a great way to walk off the court here for the last time.”Taylor, who was 1-of-8 on the day and had made just five of his last 26 attempts, didn’t hesitate to take the final shot.”My feelings are at the highest they’ve ever been since I’ve been here at Wisconsin. To go out on a note like that, hit the game-winning shot in front of your home fans and my family, it felt good,” said Taylor, who finished with eight points. “I wasn’t shooting it very well, but you can never lose confidence in your shot.”The victory gives Wisconsin (27-4, 13-3 Big Ten) the school-record most regular season and conference victories in a season and gives the team much-needed confidence heading into the Big Ten tournament, where the Badgers will likely see Michigan State (21-10, 8-8 Big Ten) for the third time in four games.Wisconsin’s Alando Tucker led all scorers with 26 points, while confirmed Badger-killer Drew Neitzel led the Spartans with 22. Michigan State reserve big man Goran Suton chipped in 16. The contest was reminiscent of Wisconsin’s contest against Ohio State a week ago, with a plethora of whistles, turnovers and missed shots. While the Badgers were able to stay out of foul trouble for the most part, the Spartans had three players pick up four fouls, with freshman phenom Raymar Morgan fouling out in the game’s final minutes.”We can’t play without Morgan and [Travis] Walton in there,” MSU head coach Tom Izzo said. “I thought we were going to have to forfeit the game there for awhile; … Morgan’s been our second-best player here for the last month, and we needed him in there, especially against a guy like Tucker.”With the Badgers up one, Neitzel gave the Spartans the lead with a jumper with 1:31 remaining. On the ensuing possession, Taylor missed a jumper at the free-throw line badly, drawing groans from the crowd and forcing UW to make a key defensive stop at the other end to set up the man of the hour’s final second heroics. During the timeout, Ryan drew up a simple screen and roll play between Tucker and Taylor to get the ball into his top players’ hands. It was nothing fancy but proved effective. “It was a ball-screen play that you see in basketball on a Saturday; you’ll probably see 200 of them,” Ryan said. “But none bigger than that one.”In a extremely tight game where neither team could build a lead larger than six points, Taylor owned the end of the game, but it was Tucker who owned most of the rest, finding some redemption of his own with 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting, after a pair of sub-par scoring games. The senior poured in half of UW’s points and was the only Badger player to score more than two baskets.Tucker scored 12 in the second half, including scoring nine straight Badger points (also assisting on Taylor’s other 3-pointer) to keep the Badgers afloat and in the game. Contrast that with Tucker’s second-half performance in East Lansing, where the senior managed only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.”Mike (Flowers) came to me and said, ‘You’re a big-time player, and this is where you have to step up,'” Tucker said. “That’s the confidence that my teammates give me, and I have that total confidence in myself that I have to be able to step up and take over at times.”It was Tucker’s play that dictated the simple strategy that Ryan had for the Badgers’ final shot.”We weren’t going to leave this game without making sure the ball touched him,” Ryan said.While the end was all the seniors could’ve asked for in a home finale, they expressed that nothing short of a mythical national championship will leave the group feeling satisfied when they hang up their cardinal and white uniforms.”That’s what you play for the whole year,” senior Jason Chappell said. “Anything less, we’re not going to be happy. Until we end up with a win in our final game, then we won’t be happy.”last_img read more