Daily Archives: March 14, 2008

Deaths walks with the Tibetian protesters towards Olympics

Clashes between protesters and security forces in Tibet’s main city of Lhasa have left at least two people dead, according to reports. Many people had been hurt and an unspecified number had died.A witnesses said they had seen at least two bodies on Lhasa’s streets. Rallies have continued all week in what are said to be the largest protests against Beijing’s rule in 20 years. “Some of them are still attacking Chinese properties – shops, restaurants, owned by ethnic Chinese,” he said.

This is the country that is going to host the next Olympic Games, the institution of peace and friendship!

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Read my lips: No Subtitles

An article from Ovi magazine

Here at Ovi magazine we try to champion many causes and issues, bringing attention to the forgotten, the ignored, the downtrodden and the outcast, and there are numerous ways these topics come to our attention. However, it isn’t often that we are directly affected by an issue that, at first, is merely personal irritating, yet you then realise it is massively discriminatory against one group of people; this time it is the deaf.

Whenever my Finnish wife watches a DVD she always has either the English or Finnish subtitles activated. She is not deaf or hard of hearing; she just misses the occasional word perhaps delivered by a strong accent, drowned out by a loud sound effect or it is just garbled too quickly for her to catch. Subtitles have never been an issue for me, but now I am particularly aware of how many DVDs are released without them.

Currently there is no legal obligation in the United Kingdom to provide subtitles on DVDs released in the UK, despite there being 8,945,000 deaf and hard of hearing people in the country. Almost nine million people are being discriminated against through this simple omission on discs and even the DVDs that do offer subtitling for the movie then ignore the extras, such as interviews and commentaries.

Last night we watched a free DVD that came with a magazine, a promotional tactic now regularly employed by many weekend newspapers, and, like them all, the disc didn’t have a subtitle option – of course, we could choose between Dolby 5.0 and Dolby 2.0. Comedy acts, sporting events and concerts rarely receive the subtitle treatment, but there is no reason why such a large potential market is ignored; surely the cost of adding the subtitles will be offset by the increased number of purchases.

In the April/May 2007 edition of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People’s (RNID) magazine One In Seven, the BBC’s Director General Mark Thompson was asked why DVDs that state ‘as seen on the BBC’ are often not subtitled, such as “The Vicar of Dibley” and “Auf Wiedersehen Pet”. He answered that some shows are produced by independent producers who make programmes for the BBC but retain the rights to exploit them afterwards, “We will always encourage independent producers to include subtitles in their DVDs but we can’t oblige them to do so.”

In Finland there are approximately 8,000 registered deaf and they benefit from DVDs coming with basic Finnish subtitles on every disc – in fact, there’s always Finnish, but no English – and the national broadcaster YLE provides a news broadcast with sign language. Sorry to go slightly off-topic, but why isn’t sign language taught in school? There are 70 million deaf people across the globe and sign language crosses all other language barriers – there are 61 million speakers of Italian, so signing could certainly become an alternative global language.

The RNID are currently campaigning to change the law regarding subtitles on DVD releases and the BBC recently promised that all DVDs of future programmes commissioned by the BBC will be subtitled. Until then, I suggest you use this fantastic website to check if a DVD comes with subtitles: www.DVD-subtitles.com.

If you want to take further action, then simply click on the link, enter your name and email, and send the pre-filled email to Lavina Carey, the Director General of the British Video Association (BVA).

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Celebrate Pi Day

A day celebrated by math enthusiasts all over the world to honor one of math’s most important constants. Pi, commonly known by the approximation 3.14159, is honored each year on March 14.

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Mexican drugs and weapons hunt

Soldiers seized assault rifles, grenades, marijuana and bulletproof vests bearing police insignia after a brief shootout in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. No one was wounded in the overnight exchange of fire with three suspects hunkered down in a house in La Mesa district, army Gen. Sergio Aponte Polito told reporters Friday. Most likely they were …stoned so they didn’t know what and where they were shooting. Troops seized 91 assault rifles, some with butts of gold and ivory – no modestly in spending here -along with 18 grenades, the bulletproof vests and more than 880 pounds of marijuana. The three suspects, aged 25 to 33, were arrested. The big question is how many will be sentence due to local corruption.

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Mugabe’s puppet policeman

Oh man, the unbelievable dictator’s chief of police, another murderer of the Mugabe’s gang that rapes, tortures and kills in Zimbabwe warned the opposition that he will NOT LET the opposition to take power in the elections next month.

The caricature mobster’s name is Augustine Chihuri and he said President Robert Mugabe’s redistribution of white-owned land would never be reversed, Mr. Mugabe says the opposition are “puppets” of Western powers who want to block land reform – which they deny. Chihuri is the third senior security chief to intervene in the 29 March elections on behalf of Mr. Mugabe.

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Iranians in general election

Voting has begun in Iran’s elections, with conservatives expected to win after opponents of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were barred from running. This is democracy …Iranian Style!!!

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