U.S. broadcasts diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics over human rights abuses

The US announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on Monday, a move that had received non-partisan support from critics of China’s human rights record.

While US athletes will continue to compete, President Joe Biden’s administration will not send an official representation to the Games in China amid “the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses”, White House press secretary Jen said Psaki, told reporters.

Psaki was referring to China’s reported treatment of Uighur Muslims in this northwest area, known as genocide from both Biden and former President Donald Trump’s administration.

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“The Team USA athletes have our full support. We will be 100 percent behind them if we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the Games,” said Psaki.

“The US diplomatic or official mission would be faced with these games [People’s Republic of China’s] egregious human rights violations and atrocities in Xinjiang, and we just can’t do that, “she said.

“We will continue to take action to advance human rights in China and beyond,” she said.

The expected move was preventively criticized on Monday by the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Zhao Lijian. “It is a travesty of the Olympic spirit, it is a political provocation and an insult to the 1.4 billion Chinese,” he said, according to a translation of his remarks.

“If the US insists on going the wrong way, China will take necessary and decisive countermeasures,” said Zhao.

The Chinese government under President Xi Jinping has been condemned by dozens of countries for its actions in Xinjiang and its crackdown on pro-democratic protesters in Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020.

More recently, Beijing has come under fire after having disappeared for weeks Tennis star Peng Shuaiwho disappeared after publicly accusing a former Chinese Communist Party senior official of sexual assault.

The women’s tennis association announced last week it will suspend tournaments in China immediately due to concerns about the treatment and safety of Peng and other players.

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Civil rights leaders and Beto O’Rourke plan Selma-style march to Austin

National proxies, Texas Democrats and political leaders, including former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, are organizing a three-day march next week commemorating the 1960s civil rights movement in central Texas, in hopes of putting more pressure on Republicans voting for new elections are pushing restrictions in Texas.

“It is time to nationalize what is going on in Texas,” said Rev. William Barber, co-chair of the new Campaign for the Poor, which grew out of a group organized by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. became.

Barber, who led North Carolina’s campaign against election restriction laws, said the 27-mile march in Texas would begin Wednesday morning in Georgetown and end on July 31 at the Texas Capitol Building in Austin, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where the late U.S. – MPs John Lewis and others were beaten by the police.

Dozens of civil rights groups in Texas and across the country have already pledged to join the march in hopes of getting Congress to pass national laws to protect voter rights amid a series of Republican-led efforts at state houses across the country.

“This is a crucial moment for democracy,” said O’Rourke in an interview with the Houston Chronicle, which promoted the march. “If you want to be in this fight and not just sit on the sidelines, you have to be in Austin by the 31st.”

O’Rourke’s Powered By People Political Action Committee is one of the organizers promoting the event.

He said that showing up in sufficient numbers can help Congress enforce a national voter protection law that would replace Texas’s restrictive electoral laws. In a US Senate in which the Democrats have a slim majority, election protection laws in Congress have stalled.

In particular, Barber said she wanted the Senate to end its filibuster rules, pass new voting laws, and a national minimum wage of $ 15, among other things.

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Texas Republicans say Democrats and others are wrong when they accuse them of promoting laws that suppress suffrage and disenfranchise people of color. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who heads the Texas Senate, said Wednesday that the legislation extends early election times in most Texas counties and does not include earlier provisions that shorten early Sunday election times or make it easier to hold elections tilt.

“It’s not about voter suppression,” said Patrick during a press conference on Wednesday.

That said, the Texan Senate’s newest voting law, Senate Bill 1, ends nightly voting hours as offered in Houston and San Antonio in 2020. It would also ban drive-through polling stations in Houston and prevent election officials from sending postal ballot applications to voters who did not request them – something Houston officials tried during the pandemic.

Though the Texas Senate passed SB1, the bill can’t go into effect as the Texas House Democrats fled the state last week, leaving that chamber without enough members to pass legislation.

O’Rourke said the march was timed to aid the Democrats. who pledged to stay in Washington, DC until the end of the special session of the legislature, which ends on August 7th.

“We wanted to make sure that while they were waging this urgent and necessary battle in DC, we opened another front in this battle,” said the El Paso Democrat.

The Texas march begins every morning at 8 a.m. and ends in the early afternoon to avoid the midday heat. O’Rourke said he would march the entire distance.

In the run-up to the march, the groups plan a joint service on Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Community of Faith Church in Houston, together with Barber’s Greenleaf Christian Church in North Carolina and the Friendship-West Baptist Church in Dallas.

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Cleopatra Leisure Acquires N.A. Rights To ‘Vurdalak Blood’

Cleopatra Entertainment Acquires North American Rights to ‘Vurdalak Blood’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Cleopatra conversation has acquired the North American and English-speaking territorial rights to the horror film.Vurdalak blood“Which will be released on VOD platforms in October.

Based on Aleksey Tolstoy’s short story “The Family Of The Vourdalak” from 1839, the film takes place in the uncertain hours after a vampire hunt, in which it is unclear whether the hunter himself was turned into a creature of the night. Will his family find out in time or will their mood make them easy prey for the novice nightwalker?

Following its recent international film festival, the project was spotted on the BiFAN NAFF co-production market where it was a work in progress selection.

The film, directed by Argentine genre filmmaker Santiago Fernandez Calvete, is a co-production by Aramos Cine and 108 Media. There are German Palacios, Tomas Carullo Lizzio, Naiara Awada, Lautaro Bettoni and Alfonsina Carrocio.

The rights agreement was brokered by Cleopatra Founder and CEO Brian Perera, Tim Yasui VP / GM of Cleopatra Entertainment and Jordan Nutson of 108 Media Corp on behalf of the filmmakers.

The International Olympic Committee will be on site as the exclusive hospitality provider until 2028

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has designated On Location as the exclusive global hospitality provider for all Olympic and Paralympic Summer and Winter Games through 2028.

On Location offers fans and Olympic stakeholders hospitality packages that include tickets, travel, accommodation and unique hospitality on site and in the host city. Families and friends of athletes who take part in the Games will also be supported by the hospitality provider with expanded support for travel, a special ticket inventory and access to accommodation.

The reform is part of the vision of the Olympic Agenda 2020 + 5, which aims to simplify processes and increase efficiency and sources of income. Previously, the IOC worked with various authorized ticket resellers (ATRs) from multiple territories or countries to provide tickets and other accommodation to customers. On Location will work with the Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024, Milano Cortina 2026 and LA28.

“One of the recommendations of the Olympic Agenda 2020 + 5 is to provide additional turnkey solutions that could be made available to the OCOGs to simplify the complexity of running the Games,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “This new solution will offer fans around the world a simplified and safer process for participating in the Games. The centralization of the project also contributes significantly to better supervision and thus to good governance. It will also directly support the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, all National Olympic Committees and, above all, their athletes. “

“At On Location, we strive to provide our customers with exceptional live event experiences that create unforgettable memories,” said Paul Caine, President of On Location. “We are honored to join the International Olympic Committee in reshaping hospitality at future Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we are committed to delivering exclusive hospitality experiences to stakeholders, partners and fans around the world that each host city has in a unique way to celebrate.”

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Trevor Lawrence reaches take care of Fanatics over memorabilia rights

Trevor Lawrence is the favorite, ranked # 1 overall on the NFL Draft, and wins a contract valued at nearly $ 37 million.

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Add fanatics to the sports companies partnering with quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

The e-commerce giant announced a multi-year deal on the rights to Lawrence’s collectibles on Friday, the day after the 21-year-old Clemson star was selected as number 1 on the National Football League draft. Fanatics will be selling autographed Lawrence items from his time at Clemson and now with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the NFL. Financial terms of the agreement were not specified.

The list of fanatics memorabilia, including NFL quarterback Tom Brady, National Basketball Association striker Zion Williamson, and WNBA star Sabrina Ionescu.

“I’m very excited to be joining the Fanatics team, especially since they are based here in Jacksonville,” said Lawrence in a statement, adding that he “wants to give fans even more access to the game through memorabilia and exclusively signed items.”

Victor Shaffer, Executive Vice President of Fanatics, added, “We look forward to providing fans in Jacksonville, Clemson and beyond with an unparalleled shopping experience and opportunities to celebrate both his college days and the beginning of his NFL career . “

The Fanatics deal is officially Lawrence’s first as an NFL player, but it’s already tied to companies like sports drinks maker Gatorade, Adidas, and a cryptocurrency company. Block folio. After Lawrence was drafted, the company presented him with $ 25,000 that was held in a crypto account.

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence prepares for a throw during Jordan Palmer’s QB Summit NFL Draft Prep at a park on January 25, 2021 in Orange County, CA.

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The Jaguars turn to Lawrence to revive a franchise that has only made the playoffs twice since 2007. The Union fired Coach Doug Marrone, who last led the team to the postseason in 2017 and replaced him with longtime college coach Urban Meyer.

Lawrence was the first of five quarterbacks drafted in the first round. The New York Jets, followed by BYU’s Zack Wilson, and the San Francisco 49ers designed North Dakota State’s Trey Lance with the third overall win.

Chicago picked Ohio State’s Justin Fields 11th overall, and the New England Patriots ranked Alabama’s Mac Jones 15th. It’s the sixth year in a row that at least three quarterbacks have been drafted in the first round.

The NFL draft will continue over the weekend, with rounds two and three on Friday and four through seven on Saturday.