Statue of Chinese Nobel peace laureate to be unveiled in Taipei

first_imgNews TaiwanChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Events ImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeNobel Prize June 28, 2018 Statue of Chinese Nobel peace laureate to be unveiled in Taipei to go further Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom A statue of Chinese writer and Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo will be unveiled by the “Friends of Liu Xiaobo” and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Taipei on 13 July, the first anniversary of his death in China from a cancer left untreated in detention. The Friends of Liu Xiaobo is a group led by Wu’er Kaixi, a Chinese-born activist and member of RSF’s Emeritus Board. Designed by the Taiwanese artist Cheng Ai-Hua and funded by subscription with support from RSF, the statue will initially be installed in a public space near the famous Taipei 101 Tower, an area that attracts many Chinese tourists.Another statue of Liu was temporarily installed on 12 June outside the Times Square shopping centre in Hong Kong and has been removed since. In Canada, the home of many people of Chinese and Taiwanese origin, Amnesty International Canada, PEN Canada and the Toronto Association for Democracy in China have announced plans to unveil a statue in honour of Liu in June 2019, on the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre.A tireless advocate of freedom of expression and the freedom to inform, Liu embodied the resistance to oppression in China. RSF awarded him its Press Freedom Prize in 2004, six years before he became a Nobel peace laureate.He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in 2009 for calling for peaceful political reform in his “Charter 08” manifesto, which had been posted online the previous year. When he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010, he dedicated it in his prison cell to the “wandering souls of 4 June,” in reference to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.Widow still detainedLiu died less than three weeks after it was reported that he had been transferred to a hospital with terminal liver cancer. He was isolated and closely watched during his final weeks in the hospital and the Chinese authorities did not heed the many international calls for him to be allowed to receive treatment abroad.International concern is now focused on his widow, the painter, poet and photographer Liu Xia. Although not accused of any crime, she has been under house arrest in Beijing ever since her husband’s Nobel award was announced in 2010.Last month, the Berlin-based dissident Liao Yiwu released the recording of a phone conversation in which Liu Xia can be heard expressing her despair about the Chinese government’s refusal to let her travel to Berlin.Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, China continues to be one of the worlds biggest jailer of journalists. TaiwanChinaHong KongAsia – Pacific Events ImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeNobel Prize Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 10, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival June 7, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more


Steve Kimock & Friends Announce 25th Anniversary Northeast Run

first_imgVeteran guitarist Steve Kimock has announced a special Steve Kimock & Friends Northeast run in celebration of the group’s 25th anniversary. The lineup for the upcoming 2019 fall run with feature longtime collaborators from throughout Kimock’s impressive career, including keyboardist Jeff Chimenti, bassist Reed Mathis, Steve’s son and drummer John Kimock, along with unannounced special guests.Steve Kimock & Friends will open up the run at Ridgefield, CT’s Ridgefield Playhouse on Wednesday, September 25th, followed by performances at Beverly, MA’s Cabot Theatre (9/26); New York City’s (Le) Poisson Rouge (9/27); and Ardmore, PA’s Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, September 28th.The show announcement notes that the band will also share some new music throughout this run, along with a plethora of material from Steve’s extensive catalog.Head to Steve Kimock’s website to grab your tickets now!Below, you can get a taste of what’s to come with a video of Steve Kimock & Friends performing “Five Before Funk” at Sweetwater Music Hall earlier this year. Subscribe to Kimock’s YouTube page for more new video content coming soon.Steve Kimock & Friends w/ Jeff Chimenti, Reed Mathis, John Kimock – “Five Before Funk”[Video: Steve Kimock]last_img read more


​Sampension invests in German, Irish green bonds and plans more

first_imgDanish labour-market pension fund Sampension has announced an investment of DKK300m (€40m) in green bonds issued by Ireland and Germany, and it expects to put more into the “still limited” market for these environmentally-friendly securities.Sampension and the group of pension funds it manages – the Architects’ Pension Fund (AP) and the Pension Fund for Agricultural Academics & Veterinarians (PJD) as well as engineers’ fund ISP – have made the investment.Roughly half of the total was invested in German green bonds issued by development bank Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), with the other half going into Irish Sovereign Green Bonds (ISGBs).The DKK262bn pension fund said it expects to make more investments in green bonds over the next few years, adding that the German government recently announced plans to set aside DKK375bn for an investment fund with the aim of boosting sustainable schemes. Jesper Nørgaard, Sampension’s deputy CIO, said: “The market for both green, social and sustainable bonds is still limited.”However, looking just a few years ahead, he predicted there would be far greater breadth in this type of investment.Sampension said the Dutch government issued DKK45bn of green bonds this summer, and the Danish government had discussed the possibility of releasing its own green bonds – a plan the fund said was expected to become a reality next year.“Responsible investments and long-term, stable returns go together. This means that when a green or sustainable investment yields the same or higher as other bonds with the same risk, then of course we invest in it,” Nørgaard said.Separately, large Nordic pension funds including ATP, Danica Pension, PFA Pension, MP Pension, PenSam and AP2 put money into the first green bond to be issued in Danish kroner by the World Bank, which was announced two weeks ago.The bank said the DKK3bn AAA-rated issue, which carries a 0.2% annual coupon, marked its re-entry into the Danish krone market for the first time since 1997, and added that the 20-year issue was the longest maturity green bond issued by a supranational agency in the market.George Richardson, World Bank capital markets director, said: “We are pleased to be back in the Danish market with our first DKK-denominated green bond.“Investors are looking to connect their investments to development solutions that address climate change and other global challenges that make a difference for people around the world. We appreciate the strong support from Danish investors,” he added.Commenting on its investment, ATP said: “As a pension fund with liabilities in Danish kroner and being a dedicated green bond investor, ATP highly appreciates the issuance of IBRD’s inaugural DKK green bond.”According to the Danish central bank, Danmarks Nationalbanken, citing Moody’s data, green bonds only accounted for around 1% of the total global bond market at the end of September, with an outstanding value of just under €700bn, despite the green bond market having quadrupled over the last four years.In Denmark, issuance of – and investment in – green bonds has also increased, but on a lower scale the bank reported.Outstanding green bonds stood at just over DKK40bn, with the insurance and pensions sector holding the majority of Danish investors’ green bond holdings of around DKK37bn, the bank said.last_img read more