Organisation December 7, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Bloggers invited to compete for special DEUTSCHE WELLE “free expression” prize with Reporters Without Borders Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, today announced the start of its sixth annual international Best of the Blogs award, The BOBs. From today until 14 February, Internet users can nominate outstanding blogs in 11 different languages and 17 categories by going to the Best of the Blogs website, www.thebobs.com.There is a special category, sponsored by Reporters Without Borders, for blogs that defend freedom of expression. “We are very honoured to be involved in this prestigious competition,” said Lucie Morillon, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Internet and Freedoms desk. “By showcasing quality blogs, it is demonstrating the potential of online news and information and supporting free expression on the Internet.”What are The BOBs?The BOBs – Best Of The Blogs – is an international competition for journalism-style blogs. Including such categories as “Best blog,” “Best videoblog” and “Best podcast,” as well as the “Best freedom of expression blog,” it awards prizes in each of the competition’s 11 languages. This year there is a special prize for blogs and podcasts about climate change and, for the time, a prize in the “Best blog in Bengali” language category.The juryThe international jury of journalists, blog specialists and a Reporters Without Borders representative is joined this year by Chinese artist and blogger Ai Weiwei. “Blogs have been the most efficient tool for the democratic movement in China,” Ai Weiwei said, adding that they offer a “kind of virtual democracy” for countries where freedom of expression is restricted. Claire Ulrich, a journalist, blogger and editor of the Global Voices website in French, replaces Gilles Klein as jury member for French.Competition timetableThe jury will select the finalists from the nominations submitted by Internet users. The winners will be chosen from the finalists between 15 March and 14 April by a combination of online voting and jury selection. The names of winners will be announced at the re:publica Internet conference in Berlin on 15 April. The prizes will be awarded during the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum in Bonn in June. Special Reporters Without Borders prizeThe prize is awarded for blogs that defend freedom of expression. Last year’s winners in this category were:- the blog of Zeng Jinyan, the wife of Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia, who has been jailed in Beijing for nearly two years (http://zengjinyan.spaces.live.com/)- Change For Equality, the website of the campaign to collect 1 million signatures for the repeal of laws that discriminate against women in Iran (http://www.sign4change.info/) RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Nominate a blog :http://www.thebobs.com
Regarding military sports, Major Vaca said that Ecuador is one of the best teams worldwide, thanks to support from the Armed Forces’ Joint Command. The Ministry of Sports has granted economic financial assistance ($300,000 per year) since 2012, because military sports tournaments were included in the new Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Act. After nine days of competition, the Armed Forces’ military pentathlon male and female teams, returned to Lima, Peru, after winning second place in the South American pentathlon competition, which was conducted at the Military School in Chorrillo from September 7 to 15. The military pentathlon team undergoes comprehensive training in double shifts from Monday to Saturday at the Eloy Alfaro Military School (Esmil). Currently, they are still training to participate in the Military Pentathlon World Championship, to be held from November 9 to 18 this year in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Last year the team finished in third place at the Pentathlon World Championship in Finland, and it is considered the most accomplished team in recent years. The head coach, Captain Juan Carlos Arias, stated that the team consisted of five male and four female athletes, who participated in five competitions: rifle range (200 m), obstacle course, swimming, grenade launching, and cross country (8 km race), finishing in second place in the overall team classification, after Brazil. Major Byron Vaca, High Performance chief of the Ecuadorean Military Sports Federation (FEDEME), stated that the preparation for the Brazilian World Championship will be the most demanding so that athletes can improve and surpass their records, therefore, efforts will be focused on physical, technical and tactical aspects. By Dialogo September 20, 2013 So far, FEDEME is preparing 64 athletes, namely officers, volunteers, crewmembers, and air technicians from Land, Naval and Air Forces, respectively.