Sein Hla Oo and Aung Pwint finally freed, but reports of Win Tin’s release denied

first_imgNews Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association express great joy at the announced release today ofjournalists Sein Hla Oo (photo) and Aung Pwint along with some 200 other political prisoners who have granted anamnesty by the military junta. Some reports said Win Tin was on the list of those being freed, but his familysaid he is still in Insein prison, where he has just begun his 17th year in detention. Over 13 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. More than two hundreds news staffs around the globe are thus sponsoring colleagues by regularly petitioning authorities for their release and by publicising their situations sothat their cases will not be forgotten.Currently, Sein Hla Oo is sponsored by Aftonbladet, Com Radio, Agencia EFE, Festival international du scoop et du journalisme, France Inter, Le Progrès de cornouaille, le courrier du léon, Libération, Nord Eclair, El Mundo, El Diario Vasco, El Triangle, Avui.Currently, Aung Pwint is sponsored by NRJ. MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation center_img Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association voiced “relief and joy” at the announced release by Burma’s ruling military junta today of more than 200 political prisoners including journalist Sein Hla Oo and documentary filmmaker Aung Pwint.”We hope these releases represent the start of a new period for the press in Burma,” the two organisations said. “The authorities must now adopt the necessary measures that will allow them to resume their work as journalists. We also point out that six other journalists are still being held by the Burmese authorities.”Aged more than 70, Sein Hla Oo was released from Myitkyina prison (1,000 km north of Rangoon) after being held for nearly 11 years in harsh conditions. One of his cellmates said his health got much worse while in prison. He reportedly has diabetes and kidney problems.Aung Pwint, whose release was confirmed by his son, was arrested in September 1999 and convicted of “illegal possession of a fax machine” and of “transmitting information to banned Burmese publications.”Some sources said Win Tin might also be among those released but others denied this. Friends and family and aides of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said he was still being held in Insein prison, where he reportedly received a visit from the interior minister today. Win Tin is Burma’s longest-held prisoner of conscience and 4 July was the 16th anniversary of his arrest.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association also point out that the Burmese junta is still holding five people who were arrested on 3 July for listening to the Voice of America and the BBC. News News to go further RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News July 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sein Hla Oo and Aung Pwint finally freed, but reports of Win Tin’s release denied Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

St. Thomas Lutheran Church plans fish fry

first_imgBrookville, In. — The St. Thomas Lutheran Church will hold a fish fry Friday, October 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Social Room. The church is located at 823 Franklin Avenue. A free will donation is requested.last_img


first_imgJohn Campbell has pleaded to soccer fans in Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they face a challenging chapter financially in their season.Finn Harps secretary John Campbell has issued a plea to soccer fans all over Donegal to come out and support Finn Harps as they embark on the final chapter of their season.Harps have been handed an exciting opportunity to progress to the semi-finals of the FAI Ford Cup after they defeated Wexford Youths on Friday evening.Harps were drawn to face non-league opposition in the last eight of the most prestigious cup competition in Irish soccer. Ollie Horgan’s side will face either Avondale or St.Michael’s away from home in the next round, while the draw offers a great chance to progress, the trip logistically and financially is a nightmare for Harps.Harps face Cobh Ramblers in Cork the week before they travel again to either Cork or to Tipperary the following week.After the FAI cup match, Harps then face another away trip this time to Terryland Park, in Galway.With no home matches in three weeks to provide income, Harps will pay out in excess of €10,000 on the away matches. Secretary John Campbell issued a statement pleading for financial support.“The FAI cup draw offers Harps a exciting opportunity in the competition, but there a few things that people should be aware of to keep it in perspective.We’ll face either the current Junior or Intermediate cup champions, and an away tie will be an extremely difficult fixture, however it does represent an exciting opportunity for the club.“But I’d ask all soccer supporters in Donegal, and the sporting public in general to ask themselves how they can help the club.“Inside a fortnight, we face away trips to Cobh in the league, possibly Cork again or Tipperary in the FAI cup and then Galway in the league. “As people can see that it is going to be a extremely expensive period for the team with outgoings of well over €10,000 and NO home matches to generate income.“We need YOUR support, we NEED your financial help, just as the Donegal Senior County Team do to maintain their fantastic challenge for the All-Ireland title.“So I’m asking people to reflect on the above and I’m asking both individuals and local businesses to support Ollie and the team financially.“You can start supporting the club by coming along to the league fixture between Finn Harps and Shamrock Rovers B this Friday at Finn Park, 8pm Kick-off. FINN HARPS OFFICIAL PLEADS WITH SOCCER FANS IN DONEGAL TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE CLUB was last modified: August 27th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ChallengingFinanciallyFinn Harps FCHome-page SportJohn Campbellnewslast_img read more

Conte praises former Chelsea man De Bruyne

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea boss Antonio Conte has praised Manchester City winger Kevin De Bruyne and admitted it was “a pity” he left Stamford Bridge.De Bruyne, 25, was signed by the Blues in 2012 from Belgian club Genk but played only nine games for the club, all of his appearances coming in the first half of the 2013-14 season.He was sold to Wolfsburg during that campaign and his outstanding form in the Bundesliga led to a club-record £55m move to City in August 2015.De Bruyne has scored 19 goals and made 24 assists in 59 games for City and will line-up against the Blues, rather than for them, on SaturdayConte said: “De Bruyne played with Chelsea and I think he’s a really great player.“It’s a pity that now he’s playing for another team, for sure, because he’s a fantastic player.“But now he plays with Manchester City and I wish for him the best after our game.” Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Using the Channel Mixer for a Better Black-and-White

first_imgCranking the green and dropping the red and blue brings the background way up for a super bloomy look: Cranking up the red channel and dropping the other two brightens up the skintones, increases contrast, and even brings down the exposure on that sign in the background: Much moodier now that the mysterious man’s face is in shadow. If you raise the blue and drop the green, it does a great job of darkening the background between the two men and removing some of that distraction: One example where using the channel mixer in After Effects is particularly useful is with close-up shots of talent. Notice how with the default black-and-white the lips don’t really have tonal definition.By lowering the red and blue channels and raising the green, the contrast in the skintones is raised and you start to see good definition, especially with the lips:The channel mixer in After Effects is a great tool for better flexibility with your black-and-white looks. Get finer control over skintones through the red channel and the ability to re-light shots.center_img Use the channel mixer to create great monochromatic looks that are much more dynamic than a plain desaturation!When working on a black and white color grade in your video editing projects, typically the only tools people reach for are desaturation and contrast. However, there’s a better way to get your black and white look, and to have a lot more flexibility in the final outcome.In this post we’ll share how to use the monochrome channel mixer in Adobe After Effects to give your video a custom black and white treatment.The channel mixer is an effect that mixes the amount of red, green, and blue in each individual RGB channel. It can be a little hard to work with in color, but there’s a “monochrome” checkbox at the bottom, and the black and white controls are a lot easier to use. When you’re in monochrome mode, only the red channel controls work, but you can control the brightness of each channel. With this you can basically re-light the shot. It’s easier to see with an example, so we’ll work with this shot:Here’s the basic black and white look; not bad, but a little bland: Here’s a look at what we can do with a little channel tweaking. Since most of the color in our skin is in the red channel, look what happens when we lower that channel, then raise the others to compensate for exposure:last_img read more

Hulkenberg avoids Sauber speculation, wants to focus on Indian GP

first_imgEven as there are reports that Nico Hulkenberg may move on to Sauber for the 2013 Formula One season, the driver himself insists his immediate focus is to win the elusive podium for Sahara Force India’s “proper” home race at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) later this month.Hulkenberg goes into the October 26-28 Indian Grand Prix with impressive performances in the second half of the season so far. The German came fourth in the first race after the break in Belgium, following it up with a seventh-place finish in Suzuka and sixth in Korea over the weekend. Hulkenberg, a reserve driver for Force India last year, will be driving at the BIC for the first time.”As a team it is a very special race for us — the proper home race and one of the busiest races of the year. As a target we have to aim for some good points. The last few races have shown the speed is there to do that and even get close to the podium,” Hulkenberg said from Yeongam, South Korea. He feels the tracks at the remaining races of the season — in India, Abu Dhabi, Austin (USA) and Brazil — give Force India an opportunity to overtake Sauber for sixth place in the constructors’ championship. Force India are on 89 points while Sauber are on 116.”The races coming up should suit us quite well, especially somewhere like Abu Dhabi with long straights and slow corners. Those are the sort of corners where our car has looked quite strong so far. We need to be up there in the points at all the remaining races (to beat Sauber),” said Hulkenberg, who got ahead of teammate Paul di Resta in the drivers’ standings after the result in Korea. He has 45 points from 16 rounds while di Resta has 44.advertisementThe 25-year-old also plays down speculation of his moving away to another team. “I really enjoy racing for this team, I know all the guys well. Right now my focus is on the current season and doing my best,” he said.Asked how the season has panned out after little track time last year, Hulkenberg said, “I think it took me a few races to get back into the groove because I was only the team’s third driver in 2011. Even though I was able to take part in some practice sessions, it is not the same as racing every week. Another thing is that we know our car very well now. We have understood where we can find some more performance and found some good directions with the set-up.”last_img read more

Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Looking flat out devastated when he left Cuneta Astrodome following their opening game against Columbian, Chris Ross had this fire in his eyes when he took on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT That couldn’t be more evident when his sights aimed for the bucket in the third period of the game. Ross, only five points in the first two frames, waxed hot for 12 more that quarter to help the Beermen erect a comfortable lead heading into the stretch.“I knew I had to be a little more aggressive because Alex and Terrence were out,” Ross told the press after San Miguel’s 99-91 victory over Ginebra in Sunday’s nightcap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just wanted to get going offensively and make plays for my team, so luckily my team was giving me the confidence to keep going, and I just kept going,” he said.Ross ended the game with 22 points—only second to Christian Standhardinger’s 26—to go with eight assists and six rebounds. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ The 33-year-old playmaker credits his prolific performance to a long break.“I went [back] to the States,” Ross said. “It was the longest off-season I’ve had in a while, so I got to get back to my old high school and just get a lot of shots in.”Ross made six pointers and figured as the spearhead of that Beermen charge in the third quarter which widened the gap by as many as 23 points.“Coming into the game, it was the trust they gave me,” Ross said. But he was also quick to had that he had help—in the form of Von Pessumal’s equally prolific marksmanship and Marcio Lassiter’s clutch basket.“Those guys are big time players. Von really had a good preseason … He came in a little bit stronger, gained a little more weight. He’s really been performing well for us in the tune-ups. And, you guys know what Marcio can do. So it was a fact of us kinda just waking up after that first game, coming out and playing well,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “We got it from everybody,” Ross added.Ross’ words of optimism, though, were also adorned with caution: That the Beermen are far from perfect.“This thing’s not going to be easy,” he said. “it’s going to take some time especially integrating Terrence (Romeo), and Christian and Paul (Zamar). And coach is giving Von more minutes, [along with] Kelly Nabong.”And as much as their offense was a big factor in the result, Ross pointed that their effort on the defensive end was just as crucial.“Our defense was really good today, and we know we’re going to get back to that if we want win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnotcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

10 months agoPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiot

first_imgPSG coach Tuchel unsure of future for Barcelona target Rabiotby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel admits Adrien Rabiot’s situation is in flux.The Parisians do not want to lose the 23-year-old and will fight until the end as they look to sign him to a long-term deal, though Rabiot’s agent – his mother Veronique – has reportedly been in Barcelona negotiating a move.”It’s not an easy situation for him,” Tuchel said about Rabiot.”He’s not the first player to have this problem in the dressing room, but he’s still working everyone else and is very professional.”It is what I expect of him and I am sure it will stay like that; we must be [professional], too.”The dressing room knows his situation.”It is a complicated market situation, he is our player and everything can happen.”It is a situation between the club and the player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement It’s not a farewell, just a happy/sad “see ya soon.” But it’s still going to feel pretty weird when it finally sinks in, after Canada Day, that the beloved Toronto live venue Massey Hall will really, truly not be opening its doors again for at least two years.Sunday’s farewell show will be the last of three sold-out performances by seasoned Massey veteran Gordon Lightfoot, who’s already trod the boards in that storied, 124-year-old concert hall at least 166 times in his 79 years on this planet. After a staff party planned for July 3 — during which Deane Cameron, CEO of the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, promises “you can be sure anyone who plays any kind of music will be up on that stage” — the tear-down begins towards a massive “revitalization” project that will include the restoration of 100 stained-glass windows ringing the theatre, the installation of removable seating on the floor, expansion of the downstairs Centuries lounge to create a secondary live venue beneath the main hall, and construction of a seven-storey tower to the south of the original building that will feature yet another 500-capacity live venue on the fourth floor. The plan is to reopen in the fall of 2020.As we prepare to bid temporary adieu to one of the cornerstones of our city’s endlessly lively music scene, the Star asked Canadian musicians who have been fortunate enough to play Massey Hall to share fond memories of the favourite shows they’ve seen and/or played there over the years. Unsurprisingly, we got a lot of enthusiastic responses. Twitter Facebook Login/Register With:center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Construction continues at Centennial Park

first_imgCity staff remind residents this continues to be an active construction area, and there is no public access availableThe budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view more on Capital Projects, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – The staff of the City of Fort St. John are reminding residents of the ongoing construction at the Centennial Park.Within the next few weeks, crews will be moving into phase 2, which will see the west portion under construction and the east section open for use, shares staff of the City.To prepare for the move, city staff share the Grounds Department have been removing plants from the Formal Gardens for use in other areas of the city.last_img read more