With Internet still disconnected, concern mounts about fate of monks and civilian detainees

first_img Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific News News September 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 With Internet still disconnected, concern mounts about fate of monks and civilian detainees Follow the news on Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further Although fixed-line phones and some mobiles are still working, the complete absence of Internet in Burma is making it harder and harder to send photos and video footage about the situation in Rangoon and the rest of the country. Nothing is being reported about what is happening to the thousands of prisoners of conscience.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association call on the international media to use every possible means to try to break through this news blackout, especially about the fate of the detainees, who risk being tortured. The two organisations also urge UN envoy Ibrahim Gambari to publicly condemn the measures taken by the military junta to block the free flow of news and information.After restoring the Internet for a few hours yesterday, the authorities have again disconnected it. Yesterday afternoon, troops took up position around the headquarters of the leading ISP, Myanmar Infotech, whose website (www.myanmarinfotech.com.mm), like all websites with the .mm country domain suffix, is currently down. It seems that government officials are able to send email messages, after verification of their content, from inside the department of posts and telecommunications building, which is controlled by troops.“Military prior censorship, long applied to the print media, is now being applied to the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders and the BMA said. “This case of prior control of all information sent by Internet is unique in the world.”As a result, no photos or video footage have been published about the fate of the 700 monks held by the military, about the hundreds of civilians, including Generation 88 leaders, who have been imprisoned, about the fate of Aung San Suu Kyi and others National League for Democracy leaders, about the situation inside the monasteries now controlled by the army, or about Insein prison, north of the former capital, where hundreds of prisoners of conscience are held.Because Rangoon is now under tight military control, no journalist has been able to verify whether hundreds of monks are indeed being held inside the Rangoon Technological Institute or in a disused race course known as Kyeikkasan Interrogation Center. The news website Irrawaddy quoted a monastery official as saying monks had been forced to take off their robes and wear prisoner uniforms.Today, some peaceful demonstrations were reported in Pakokku, Sittwe and Taung Goke with thousands of participants, but no images emerged because of the Internet blackout.The news blackout is fueling rumours about the number of victims and about divisions within the regime. “One should not believe either the regime’s propaganda or the crazy rumours going around the country,” a journalist in Rangoon said. Receive email alerts News MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturelast_img read more

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Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewal

first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewal The following senior judges’ current service will expire on September 30 and they are seeking service renewal. Any persons having knowledge bearing upon the fitness or qualifications of any of the senior judges on this list to continue service as a senior judge should send written comments to Thomas D. Hall, Clerk, Florida Supreme Court, 500 South Duval Street, Tallahassee 32399, or by e-mail at [email protected], or by telephone to the chair of the appropriate review board as noted on or before April 15. Supreme Court Justices (Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente, chair, (850) 488-8421): James E. Alderman and Ben F. Overton. Review Board One (Judge Charles Kahn, chair, (850) 487-1000, ext. 170):Russell A. Cole, Jr., Thomas R. Ellinor, Erwin Fleet, Marvin H. Gillman, R. A. Green, Jr., Mattox S. Hair, James L. Harrison, Richard L. Hood, L. Arthur Lawrence, Jr., Michael D. Miller, George H. Pierce, John D. Southwood, and Joseph Q. Tarbuck. Review Board Two (Judge Chris Altenbernd, chair, (813) 272-3430):Horace A. Andrews, Robert E. Beach, E. Randolph Bentley, William L Blackwell, Fred L. Bryson, Charles T. Carlton, Stephen L. Dakan, Paul W. Danahy, Jr., Daniel E. Gallagher, Thomas M. Gallen, John M. Gilbert, Roland Gonzalez, Oliver L. Green, Jr., Helen S. Hansel, William L. Hendry, William Clayton Johnson, Elvin L. Martinez, Robert F. Michael, Jr., Cecelia M. Moore, Jack R. Schoonover, Radford W. Smith, Ralph Steinberg, J. Tim Strickland, Kirby Sullivan, Edward F. Threadgill, David Seth Walker, and John D. Wessel. Review Board Three (Judge Gerald Cope, Jr., chair, (305) 229-3200):Jack Block, Eli Breger, Thomas M. Carney, Phillip Cook, Robert M. Deehl, John W. Dell, Charles D. Edelstein, Richard Y. Feder, Seymour Gelber, William E. Gladstone, Edward S. Klein, Gerald J. Klein, Richard V. Margolius, Joseph Nesbitt, Gerard J. O’Brien, Jr., Thomas K. Petersen, Leonard Rivkind, Stephen D. Robinson, Michael H. Salmon, Alan R. Schwartz, Raphael Steinhardt, Herbert Stettin, and David L. Tobin. Review Board Four (Judge Fred Hazouri, (561) 242-2078):Richard B. Burk, David C. Clark, Patricia W. Cocalis, Walter N. Colbath, Jr., Robert O. Collins, J. Leonard Fleet, Robert J. Fogan, Howard H. Harrison, Jr., Bernard R. Jaffe, Barbara S. Levenson, Hubert R. Lindsey, Gerald Mager, James A. McCauley, James W. Midelis, John A. Miller, Estella M. Moriarty, W. Herbert Moriarty, Robert H. Newman, William C. Owen, Jr., Jerry Pollock, Deborah Dale Pucillo, Edward Rodgers, and C. Pfeiffer Trowbridge. Review Board Five (Judge Robert Pleus, chair, (386) 947-1500):John C. Adkins, John W. Booth, Warren H. Cobb, Ted P. Coleman, S. Joseph Davis, Jr., Murray Goldman, J. Lewis Hall, Jr., Wallace H. Hall, Charles M. Harris, Fredric M. Hitt, William C. Johnson, Jr., Lawrence V. Johnston, III, Frank N. Kaney, Robert P. Kaye, Robert E. Lee, Jr., Jere B. Lober, C. Vernon Mize, Jr., Melvin Orfinger, Earl W. Peterson, Jr., Frederick T. Pfeiffer, Rom W. Powell, Charles N. Prather, Edward J. Richardson, Dorothy J. Russell, Harry Stein, Richard O. Watson, Richard G. Weinberg, J. William Woodson, and Freddie J. Worthen. Comments requested on senior judges seeking service renewallast_img read more

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Betclic spoofs Portugal’s stale Christmas advertising

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles Betclic aims for highest French profile with Ligue 1 betting partnership July 1, 2020 French online betting group Betclic has launched its new Portuguese market multi-media marketing campaign to promote its Christmas offerings whilst parodying Portugal’s stale holiday advertising period.Competing for airtime and attention against Portugal’s biggest retail brands, Betclic launches its ‘Jinglebet’ campaign produced by Lisbon creative marketing agency Coming Soon.Seeking to expand its profile and coverage within Portugal, this summer Betclic marketing appointed Coming Soon as its lead creative account, tasked with developing Betclic’s new brand identity for Portuguese audiences.Repositioning its brand, last August Betclic launched ‘Censored’ – the bookmaker’s first integrated campaign for Portugal featuring popular comedian António Raminhos poking fun at state-owned betting operator Placard’s limited digital offerings.Backing Coming Soon’s work, Ricardo Domingues, Head of Portugal at Betclic, said  “Betclic has a huge potential for communication, and for a few months now it has been trying to make a difference with out of the box campaigns that have worked very well with players. . I believe Coming Soon, which has provided the creativity of a team that has been working very well for so many years, is the right bet to continue our bold and differentiating positioning as well as brand growth.”Betclic’s new executive team has earmarked growth within Portugal as a key corporate directive, a market in which the bookmaker has operated since 2016 with limited presence.At present, Betclic is one of four international bookmakers who have maintained a presence in Portugal following the government’s 2016 gambling reforms which saw a number of operators leave the market after the introduction of an ‘unworkable’ 8-16% tiered betting turnover tax.last_img read more

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Anchiornis: Foot Feathers Confuse Bird Evolution Story

first_imgThe paper on Anchiornis huxleyii was published in Nature,1 along with a News article about it in the same issue by Lawrence Witmer.2  In addition, popular reports were printed by the BBC News, Live Science and Science Daily.    The popular reports are focusing on Xing Xu’s claim that this fossil removes the last argument that birds could not have evolved from dinosaurs because this fossil gets rid of the “temporal paradox” – the fact that the alleged “feathered dinosaurs” were all younger in the fossil record than Archaeopteryx, the earliest known bird.  Anchiornis has been assigned to strata dated 1 to 10 million years earlier than Archaeopteryx, effectively removing that objection.    Other than that, this fossil is confusing.  It has long feathers on all four legs – even on the hind feet.  The feathers get shorter closer to the body.  Scientists can’t figure out if the feathers allowed the creature to fly or glide.  If not, what function did they perform?    The animal had elongated hind legs.  It seems that foot feathers would have interfered with flying and with walking on the ground.  Some modern birds have feathered feet but not long, pennaceous feathers.  Based on this new discovery, and on the previous fossils Microraptor gui (11/16/2005, 03/27/2007), and Pedopenna (feather-foot; see New Scientist 19 Feb 2005), evolutionary biologists are trying to piece together a story of feathers first evolving on the extremities and then moving inward toward the body.  That begs the question of what the feathers evolved for in the first place.  The authors try to explain,Extensive feathering of the pes [foot] is also seen in some modern birds, and serves an insulating or protective function.  In most cases the feathers are not organized into a coherent planar surface as in Microraptor, Pedopenna and Anchiornis, which indicates that the pedal feathers of these fossil taxa may have differed from those of extant birds in having an aerodynamic function.  This would imply that a four-winged condition played a role in the origin of avian flight, as suggested by previous studies, although this conclusion is not universally accepted.  However, the significant differences noted above between the large pedal feathers of Anchiornis and those of Microraptor suggest that these feathers might have been less aerodynamically effective in Anchiornis than in Microraptor.It would seem that going from four wings to two wings represents devolution, not evolution, unless two wings are shown to be more efficient for flying.  Even so, the sudden emergence of a four-winged animal would seem improbable for natural selection.  Anchiornis adds to the puzzle by causing doubt that the feathers were aerodynamically effective.  Yet distal feathers don’t seem to provide much of an insulating or protective function.  Why would natural selection produce structures as complex as feathers for no purpose?  Witmer explained,More to the point, it now looks as if we’ll have to accept that avian evolution indeed went through – at the risk of overstatement – a four-wing stage, only to eventually lose the long foot feathers.  What this means for the evolution of the avian flight stroke is now an open question.  Likewise, we’ll need to seriously consider how these otherwise seemingly very adept and agile runners (Anchiornis has extremely long and slender hindlimbs) could manage with long feathers on their feet.What does Anchiornis mean for evolutionary history?  “The presence of a troodontid in the earliest Late Jurassic indicates that all groups of derived theropods had originated by this time,” the paper said.  The common ancestor of these groups (Troodontidae, Dromaeosauridae and Avialae) therefore remains to be discovered earlier in the fossil record.  Witmer took it as a plug for evolutionary theory that similarities in early representatives of these groups (e.g., the foot feathers) shows that paleontologists are converging on the common ancestor.  “It’s getting hard to tell members of one group from another,” he said.  “On the bright side, in this year of Darwin, that fact provides a comforting affirmation of the evolutionary prediction that species in different groups will become increasingly similar as we approach their common origin.”1.  Hu, Hou, Zhang and Xu, “A pre-Archaeopteryx troodontid theropod from China with long feathers on the metatarsus,” Nature 461, 640-643 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature08322.2.  Lawrence M. Witmer, “Palaeontology: Feathered dinosaurs in a tangle,” Nature 461, 601-602 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461601a; Published online 30 September 2009.This is an opportunity to compare hype with fact.  The news media and the discoverers are all chirping that they have an example of bird evolution here.  A transitional form between dinosaurs and birds has been found, and now the naysayers need to bow at the feet of the Charlie idol and admit they were wrong.  It should be noticed that the Darwinists did not predict finding a dino-chicken with long feathers on its feet.  What is this thing?  Look at the predictions they had made.  The ancestor of birds either learned to fly from the ground up (cursorial) or the tree down (arboreal).  The cursorial hypothesis appears down and out if this animal had anything to do with it.  Witmer just wondered how this animal could manage to run with feathers on its feet.  Put some long feathers on your feet and see if it helps your takeoff.  The arboreal hypothesis might still be a contender, but it is 09/06/2007 for the convoluted tale).    There remains no clear picture of the evolution of flight – particularly of powered flight and all the systems required to support it.  There are only an assortment of odd, extinct creatures that paleontologists try to sort into man-made categories.  Remember that it’s not just the taxonomic categories that assume evolution; it’s the geological categories and the dating methods.  Evolutionary paleontology has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Since the outcome is never in doubt, every find becomes part of the ever more complex story of evolution.  They insulate their story from falsification by contorting any and all data to fit the story somehow.  It is not science.    All right then, what are creationists saying?  Creationists do not accept the dating scheme, the millions of years, the creative power of natural selection, or the phylogenetic stories.  The strata diagram in the paper shows alternating bands of andesite, shale, siltstone, agglomerate and tuff.  To accept the column, one has to believe that only one kind of material was deposited for many tens or thousands of years (longer than all human history), then another kind for more thousands of years, then another, then a repeat of the first type of material, over and over.  Alternative mechanisms could allow for these layers to be deposited rapidly.  The time interval between Anchiornis and Archaeopteryx and the other creatures could therefore be so small as to make them contemporaneous.  These are questions evolutionists never ask because they are married to the Geologic Column.  The whole Darwin story would collapse if it were called into question.  Evolutionists need to get off the Lyellian bandwagon and recognize the paradigm-shaking powers of catastrophism.  It could rewrite the history of the Liaoning deposits.    Anchiornis, then, represents another species that went extinct among a majority of past species that went extinct.  It was not evolving into something better.  If anything, it was evolving downward.  Combine this with what we know about the Cambrian Explosion, the young material in dinosaur soft tissue, and the capacities for rapid geological change in catastrophes, and it is the Darwinists who need to explain themselves, not their critics.  Hint: every time you find a Darwinist begging the question in his or her story, stop them right there.  Say, “Excuse me, I do not accept that assumption.  What do you mean there were ten million years between those two strata?  Prove it.  Were you there?  I do not accept your line that this was a transitional form on the way to birds.  Don’t you realize that taxonomists classified the maniraptorans and troodontids based on evolutionary assumptions that dinosaurs and birds are related by common ancestry?  I do not accept those assumptions, therefore I do not accept the classification scheme and the story built on it.”  Make them explain their story from first principles using observations and testable data.  Then ask the hard questions: “Do you realize how many beneficial mutations would be required to make a feather out of a scale or piece of fuzz?  How can you possibly believe it happened?  Don’t you know that birds have exquisitely designed bones and wings and respiratory systems for powered flight?  Have you seen a hummingbird or eagle?  You expect me to believe that some dinosaur fell out of tree and gave rise to the cormorant and falcon?  How is that even remotely imaginable, given the complexity of DNA codes and proteins and biochemical systems?  A few oddball species interpreted within your scheme are not convincing.  There should be thousands upon thousands of transitions showing every step along the way if your story were true.  Why don’t you admit with anti-creationist Stephen Jay Gould that the presence of systematic gaps in the fossil record is the trade secret of paleontology?  Come back when you can trade in facts, not dredge up isolated oddballs to force-fit into an increasingly implausible tale.”(Visited 67 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Surface Pro 3: Meet Microsoft’s New Tablet Hybrid

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The low range of the Intel-based Surface 3 tablets starts with a Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $799 and increases from there. The most expensive Surface 3 will release with a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. See the full specs and prices below.Core i3 – 4 GB RAM – 64 GB Storage – $799Core i5 – 4 GB RAM – 128 GB Storage – $999Core i5 – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB Storage – $1,299Core i7 – 8 GB RAM – 256 GB Storage – $1,549Core i7 – 8 GB RAM – 512 GB Storage – $1,949It’s clear from the specs and price points that Microsoft is not looking to directly compete with Apple’s iPad or various Android tablets. At 12-inches, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is more the size of a laptop than a tablet. For decades, Microsoft’s bread and butter has been building the Windows operating system for PCs, and the Surface Pro family is essentially how Microsoft (re)imagines the evolution of PC; at first blush, Surface 3 doesn’t look to compete in the more mobile-centric world of tablets. The Windows Pro 3 series ships with Windows 8.1, the company’s latest operating system for PCs and Microsoft Surface devices. Earlier this year, Microsoft released an update to Windows 8.1 that allowed it to run on a variety of hardware, from low-end chips and small amounts of RAM all the way up to the top of consumer grade hardware specifications.The Surface 3 comes with a thinner TypeCover with an improved trackpad which is 68% larger than in the previous version of Surface keyboards. Tags:#Microsoft#PC#Surface#Surface 3#Surface Pro#tablet#Windows 8#Windows 8.1 The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement At Microsoft, the PC never really dies. Like a hydra, it just grows more heads.Microsoft unveiled a new line of Surface Pro tablets on Tuesday designed to catch the eye of business users everywhere. Microsoft wants to push the message that Surface Pro 3 is both a tablet and a laptop, designed for the needs of both consumption and productivity.“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP of Surface, at a launch event in New York City.The Surface Pro 3, which goes on sale today, features a 12-inch touchscreen tablet/computer and is relatively thin and light at 9.1 millimeters and a weight of 800 grams. The Surface Pro 3 comes with a stylus pen and the kickstand from previous versions of the Surface; the kickstand features a new “friction” hinge to accommodate angles between 22 and 150 degrees, while the stylus is designed to look and feel like a real pen and translates handwritten content into digital font script.last_img read more

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a month agoChelsea striker Abraham: Great doing this with your mates

first_imgChelsea striker Abraham: Great doing this with your matesby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham is delighted to be playing with his academy teammates in the first-team.Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori joined Abraham on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 5-2 win over Wolves.”It’s great doing it with your mates,” said Abraham. “We have scored 11 goals and they have all been from academy English players.”We are all delighted. The manager believes in us. We just have to keep taking our chances.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Watch ESPN’s E:60 Special On Ohio State Running Back Ezekiel Elliott

first_imgEzekiel Elliott and Urban Meyer pose for a picture.ESPNBetween J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, we still don’t know who will start at quarterback for Ohio State. There is no doubt, however, who will be getting the rock from the backfield. Running back Ezekiel Elliott might have been Ohio State’s best offensive player during the amazing run of post-season wins against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon, totaling 696 yards (9.16 yards per touch) and scoring eight touchdowns in those three games.Before becoming an Ohio State star, Elliott dominated as a three-sport star at John Burroughs High School in St. Louis. Elliott was the subject of ESPN’s latest E:60 special, which aired earlier this evening. It has been posted online by executive producer Andy Tennant. Ohio State fans who missed this are going to want to set aside the next 20 minutes for this fantastic feature. [ESPN]last_img read more

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Usher Features On UNCF An Evening Of Stars

first_imgActor-comedian Anthony Anderson, co-star of NBC’s Guys With Kids, hosts the 34th annual United Negro College Fund An Evening of Stars Educating our Future Presented by Target.The show premieres nationwide on Saturday, January 26 (check local listings for stations and times) and airs on BET Networks on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at 10:00 p.m. EST. The nationally televised variety show focuses public attention on America’s need for more African American college graduates and UNCF’s work getting students to and through college.The show features Grammy-Award winner and founder of the Usher’s New Look Foundation, Usher, presenting a four-year college scholarship to Milwaukee, Wisconsin high school senior, Ammon Lyle. Additionally, superstars Steve Harvey, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan will present scholarships to deserving college and college-bound students.The national audience will be electrified by performances and appearances by some of the hottest names in entertainment including Chaka Khan, Yolanda Adams, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Tyrese Gibson, Melanie Fiona, Eric Benet, Tracee Ellis Ross, Keenan, Ivory Wayans and many more.“I hope everybody tunes in and donates from the bottom of their hearts and the bottom of their pockets,” said Anderson. “Unfortunately, over 60,000 students apply for scholarships and financial aid every year and UNCF is able to award scholarships to just 15,000 who need help going to college. That’s why I’m a part of what UNCF is doing and I’m here for the long run.”“UNCF is delighted that stars like Usher, Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey, Yolanda Adams, Kevin Hart and Chaka Khan have agreed to make our cause their cause,” said UNCF president and CEO Michael L. Lomax , Ph.D., “performing for the UNCF An Evening of Stars national audience and introducing UNCF’s “rising stars” — the high-achieving students who, thanks to UNCF, are getting the education they need to compete in the 21st century economy. The country is facing a crisis in African American education, and UNCF, BET and our galaxy of rising and established stars are determined to do something about it.”“We are very excited to be a part of this inspirational night,” says BET Networks Chairman and CEO Debra Lee . “Historically black colleges and universities hold a special and important role in the African American community and we are honored to help raise funds and awareness to support the education of the next generation of leading African American professionals.”UNCF, the country’s largest and most effective minority education organization, supports the education of more than 60,000 students each year. A recent study by UNCF’s Patterson Research Institute showed that UNCF’s 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) out-perform many non-HBCUs at enrolling and graduating low-income students. UNCF’s largest scholarship program, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, has a 90 percent graduation rate among its 13,000 low-income minority students, a rate significantly higher than the national college graduation rate.
UNCF An Evening of Stars, formerly the Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, first aired in 1979, and since that time has become one of the longest-running and most successful televised events in U.S. history. Over its 34-year history, UNCF An Evening of Stars has raised more than $200 million that has helped hundreds of thousands of students attend college and graduate. In recent years, UNCF An Evening Of Stars has featured a who’s who of remarkable talent, including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Ne-Yo, Nancy Wilson, Beyonce, Anita Baker, Jill Scott, Whoopi Goldberg, Fantasia, Joss Stone, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Bolton, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Al Jarreau, Hall and Oates, Ziggy Marley, Maroon 5, and scores of others. UNCF An Evening of Stars received NAACP Image Awards for its 2006 tribute to Stevie Wonder, its 2008 tribute to Smokey Robinson and its 2010 tribute to Lionel Richie. Learn more about UNCF An Evening of Stars at www.UNCF.org.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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William Shatner Jann Arden first Indigenous NHL player among 125 appointments to

first_imgAdvertisement Armstrong, who says she is “thrilled and honoured” with the recognition, remembers a time when she had to fight with editors and publishers to cover the issue she has dedicated her career to.Canadian journalist, filmmaker and human rights activist Sally Armstrong will be made an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Andy Hincenbergs/ CBC)She broke the story of how women were being gang-raped during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia for Homemaker’s magazine, bringing an issue she says was ignored into the spotlight. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Canada’s newly minted Governor General, Julie Payette, has announced 125 appointments to the Order of Canada in a list that includes famous faces such as William Shatner and Jann Arden as well as two former Supreme Court justices and the Catholic priest Father John Walsh.Since its inception in 1967, almost 7,000 people from all walks of life have been invested into the Order of Canada. This year’s nominees will be awarded their honours at ceremonies to take place later in the year. Dates have not been set.Journalist and documentary filmmaker Sally Armstrong, who also happens to be the mother of CBC host Peter Armstrong, will be made an Officer of the Order for her groundbreaking work “highlighting human rights and the struggles of women in the world’s conflict zones.”last_img read more

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