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‘US should respond to public demands for greater police accountability – United Nations 6 December 2014

In the wake of a grand jury decision in New York yesterday not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed man, in July, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to do “anything possible to respond to demands of greater accountability.'

“We are obviously aware of what is going on here in our backyard,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric responding to questions at the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters. He said the Secretary-General’s thoughts are with the families of Mr. Garner, a Staten Island resident, and the people of New York.


“I think the case is again focusing on the attention of accountability of law enforcement officials,” he added, welcoming the announcement by the US Justice Department of opening a civil rights investigation in the case.

“I think I would just add that we’ve seen a lot of demonstrations here in New York. [Mr. Ban] would urge the [protestors] to demonstrate peacefully, and for the authorities for the respect of those demonstrators to do so peacefully,” the spokesperson said.

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A Small Section of the World: A Taste of Costa Rica by Dr. Steeve Coupeau 16 November 2014

One of the best films in this 2014 Edition is A Small Section of the World. Directed by Lesley Chilcott, this film tells the story of Asomobi, a women-led coffee cooperative that put Costa Rica on the map for its coffee. The cooperative was formed because of a lack of opportunities. At the beginning, the women had no land, facing discouragingly low coffee prices. Yet they took up the challenge of producing coffee.


Coffee was a good choice as it connects people of different cultures. A few years later, the Asomobi brand is fully developed as the company now exports to Trieste-based world known coffee brand Illy. DOCNYC runs through November 20, 2014.

Winners of the 42nd International Emmy® Awards announced at IEMMY Gala by Dr. Steeve Coupeau 24 November 2014

NEW YORK, November, 24 2014 - The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 42nd International Emmy® Awards tonight at a Gala event attended by over 1000 international television professionals and hosted by British Comedian and writer Matt Lucas at the New York Hilton.


2 Special Awards and 10 Emmy statues were presented by the International Academy during the evening. Winners span 8 countries: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. For the first time a US primetime program produced 50% or more in a language other than English, won an Emmy. This will be a permanent category moving forward.   Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery presented the International Emmy Founders Award to Mad Men  creator, Matthew Weiner.  

Photo Credit: Steeve Coupeau

The 10 International Emmy Award Winning programs and performances are: The Exhibition (Arts Programming),  Stephen Dillane (Best Performance by an Actor), Bianca Krijgsman (Best Performance by an Actress), What If? 2 (Comedy),  Frihet bakom galler  (No Burqas Behind bars) (Documentary),  Utopia (Drama Series), El Señor de los Cielos  (Non-English Language US Primetime Program), Educating Yorkshire (Non-Scripted Entertainment), Precious Pearl (Telenovela), and Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter (Generation War) (TV Movie/Mini-Series).


“In the turbulent world we live in today, television’s unique power to show the beauty and drama of the human story is even more important and impactful,” said International Academy President Bruce L. Paisner. “ These outstanding programs and performances are an inspiration to audiences worldwide.”