A FRENCH town called Bitche has been cancelled by Facebook – because it sounds like a sexist insult. Now other French places with names including Arse, Anus, Condom, and Pussy also risk being cancelled by the Facebook algorithms. Officials in the small community on the River Horn, on the German border, on Tuesday confirmed that the page "has been censored" since last month. “We’ve appealed but this can take a long while,” said a town hall spokesman in Bitche, which has a population of just 5000." In the meantime, they have renamed their Facebook page ‘Mairie 57230’ – a combination of the word for ‘town hall’ and their postcode. Valérie Degouy, a spokesperson for Bitche, told local radio: “I appealed on 19 March but [the page] hasn’t reappeared again. I have tried every way to contact Facebook, through the different forms, but there is nothing more to do. "I tried to send a private message on the Facebook France page, I left about 10 messages every day. "I was … [Read more...] about French town of BITCHE cancelled by Facebook for its ‘offensive’ name… so will Orgy, Condom and Pussy be next?
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John Kerry has described the global climate crisis as an "unbelievable monument to the need for multilateralism" and urged China to "assume responsibility" for its part. Mr Kerry, America's first ever climate envoy, signed the Paris Agreement in 2016 on behalf of the US, and has said that "failure is not an option" when it comes to fulfilling its aims. The accord is a legally-binding international treaty, then adopted by 197 countries at a summit in the French capital, which has a goal of limiting global warming to well below 2C, and preferably 1.5C, compared to pre-industrial levels. Donald Trump pulled America out of the agreement when he was president but current commander-in-chief, Joe Biden, re-signed as one of his first acts in office earlier this year. Speaking to Sky News ahead of a visit to China, Mr Kerry said bluntly: "This is not a moment where any nation cannot step up to raise the ambition that Paris envisioned." Advertisement He said he … [Read more...] about US climate envoy John Kerry calls on China to ‘assume responsibility’ for its part in global warming
"That doesn’t work for us" is the objection DW Akademie trainers often hear when working with journalists in the Global South to implement best-practice rules for conflict-sensitive reporting . One cannot neutrally present the concerns of the other side, they say. And certainly not the suffering on the other side. Some topics are best left alone. There are weighty reasons for these objections. In armed conflicts , journalists risk their lives if they show understanding for the opposing side through their reporting. Media professionals are often persecuted when they report on social, economic or political conflicts, when they criticize the powerful or dare to question conventions. Journalists who work under precarious conditions are often subjected to pressure, e.g. in how funding is bestowed or withdrawn, to report in a specific way. So how can conflict-sensitive reporting in the Global South be achieved, despite all the obstacles? The media in the Global North do not say, … [Read more...] about We, ambivalent partakers
Tesco will this week move to strengthen the level of retail expertise in its boardroom by naming Thierry Garnier, the chief executive of B&Q's parent company, as a non-executive director. Sky News has learnt that Britain's biggest grocer will announce Kingfisher chief executive Mr Garnier's appointment alongside its full-year results on Wednesday. The recruitment of Mr Garnier, a former boss of the French supermarket giant Carrefour's international operations, will bolster the retail credentials of Tesco's non-executive directors, few of whom have held senior managerial roles in the industry. Tesco's annual results will highlight the impact of the pandemic on its business three months after it warned that the COVID-19 crisis had incurred a bill of more than £800m. The retailer has, nevertheless, been one of the big business winners over the last year as locked-down Britons shopped online and in-store in record numbers. Advertisement In December, … [Read more...] about Tesco to name Kingfisher chief Garnier as director
THE Queen is planning to INCREASE her royal duties within weeks it has been claimed. The 94-year-old is currently in an eight-day period of mourning for her husband of 73 years which is due to end on the day after her 95th birthday. But once the mourning period ends, the Queen is determined to get on with "as many royal duties as possible" in order to fill the "huge void" left by the death of Prince Philip. Although she has carried out many solo events over the years, especially since the Duke's 2017 retirement, there is now a major effort among senior royals to ensure she has support in the coming months, the Mail reported . Among those expected to be seen by her side as she ramps up her diary are the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl and Countess of Wessex and Princess Anne. The Iron Duke - who was married to the Queen for 73 years and described as her constant "strength and stay" - passed away peacefully last … [Read more...] about Prince Philip funeral update – Resilient Queen, 94, to increase royal duties within weeks with senior family by her side