Cyber-dissident who has been tortured refuses to answer prosecutor in court

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific —————————– Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information The trial of cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong before court No. 11 in the southern city of Guangzhou was adjourned after three hours yesterday morning because of his “unruly” behaviour in court and his refusal to answer questions from the prosecutor. No date has been set for another hearing. He is charged with illegal business activities.Guo spoke out during the hearing, denying the charges, retracting the confession he previously made under torture, and criticising the court.“Judging by the fact that 90 per cent of the 175 interrogations to which I have been subjected during my 10 months in detention were about human rights issues, it is clear that this is a case of political persecution,” he told the court. “I doubt the fairness of this trial because of the presence in the courtroom of two prosecutors against whom I brought complaints and for this reason, I refuse to answer the questions of the court and the prosecutor,” Guo added, prompting the decision to suspend the hearing.His wife, Zhang Qing, is afraid that his courtroom comments could lead to reprisals against him in the coming days. “It is likely that he will be tortured again,” she said. She wrote to United Nations special rapporteur Manfred Nowak last month accusing her husband’s jailers of torturing him.His lawyer, Mo Shaoping, fears that the court will decide to make an example of him and impose an extremely severe sentence.Arrested in September 2006 for criticising the authorities on the Internet and because of his human rights activities, Guo has been repeatedly tortured while in detention. He has filed several complaints without ever getting a response. News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific The trial of cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong was adjourned after three hours yesterday morning because of his “unruly” behaviour in court.”It is clear that this is a case of political persecution, I doubt the fairness of this trial because of the presence in the courtroom of two prosecutors against whom I brought complaints”, he told the court. Follow the news on China News There has been a wave of violations of online free expression since the start of the year, Reporters Without Borders said today. A website covering corruption cases was shut down on 8 January, the Sichuan authorities are continuing to enforce an Internet ban on Tibetan poet Woeser, and the wife of Yang Maodong (Guo Feixiong), one of the 50 cyber-dissidents jailed in China, today said he is being regularly tortured.”The Internet is developing at breakneck speed in China but without any letup in censorship,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Both in Beijing and the provinces, the authorities still crack down on those who discuss sensitive political issues online. We are particularly shocked at the report of Guo Feixiong being tortured in prison. China continues to be a police state that sees the Internet as something to be censored and controlled. This must be resisted.”A lawyer held since 14 September 2006, Guo Feixiong is officially charged with “illegal business activities” but the real reason for his detention is his human rights activities. He is a member of the writers’ organisation, the Independent Chinese PEN, and regularly wrote for news websites. His wife, Zhang Qing, told Agence France-Presse he has been repeatedly tortured. She said he had been chained to a bed and beaten for 40 days in a row to make him confess.The authorities are continuing to enforce an online publication ban on Tibetan writer and poet Woeser, whose blogs were shut down last July. The police in the city of Mingyang, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, ordered a Tibetan website on 7 December to eliminate any reference to her writings.Finally on 8 January, the police in Xiamen, in the southeastern province of Fujian, closed down wwww.lixinde.com, a website founded in 2003 that published news about corruption cases and monitored the activities of local authorities. The police said it published “bad information.” One of its recent articles was headlined “Liaoning province committee secretary protects murky forces.” 29.05.2007 – Cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong given electric shock torture in Shenyang prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News June 2, 2021 Find out more July 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident who has been tortured refuses to answer prosecutor in court News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders today condemned the continuing mistreatment of detained cyber-dissident Guo Feixiong, who yesterday told his lawyer he was given electric shocks to the hands, face and genitals on 12 February in Shenyang prison in northeastern China and tried to kill himself the next day.Guo’s wife, Zhang Qing, told Agence France-Presse on 12 January he was being repeatedly tortured while in detention.A legal adviser who is also known as Yang Maodong, Guo has been held since 14 September 2006. He is officially charged with “illegal business activities” but the real reason for his detention is his human rights activities. He is a member of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, a writers’ organisation, and regularly wrote for news websites. Organisation 12.01.07 – Bad start to year for online free expression April 27, 2021 Find out more ————— to go further March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Round-up: Remy woe, Christensen future, QPR changes, Bees youngster beat Liverpool in friendly

first_imgLoic Remy has returned to Chelsea for treatment on an ankle problem – just 10 days after joining Crystal Palace on loan.Remy suffered the injury on Monday and Palace have confirmed that the Blues will oversee his treatment.Remy, who has not played in the Premier League this season, was in line to make his Eagles debut in their match against Middlesbrough on Saturday.“It is obviously a blow for the player and for us as a squad,” said Palace manager Alan Pardew.Andreas Christensen, on the other hand, has enjoyed a successful loan spell at German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, who want to sign him from Chelsea permanently – but the defender says he will not make a decision on his future until next summer.Christensen has impressed in GermanyMeanwhile, QPR defender Joel Lynch has returned to full training following an abdominal injury.Rangers have signed 17-year-old forward Kingsley Eshun on an 18-month scholarship deal.Head of recruitment David Magrone has left QPR, the club have announced.R’s manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and director of football Les Ferdinand have both defended the decision to loan Darnell Furlong to Swindon.Furlong will spend the rest of the season in League OneYoann Barbet returned to action as Brentford played Liverpool in a B-team friendly at Griffin Park.Chelsea Ladies skipper Katie Chapman has been a major factor in helping team-mate Millie Bright earn her first England call-up, Blues left-back Claire Rafferty has told West London Sport.And in cricket, Middlesex trail Nottinghamshire by 186 runs after a difficult day three at Trent Bridge.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Millennium Development Goals in UN spotlight

first_img23 September 2014 – In a time of international crises, it is again the time of the year when heads of state and government from across the world gather at the United Nations headquarters in midtown Manhattan, New York, for the annual General Assembly.With the 2015 deadline for the UN’s Millennium Development Goals rapidly approaching, the theme for the 69th general debate is “Delivering on and Implementing a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda”.The UN is expected to use the momentum created by the MDGs to rally governments and civil society countries behind its new international development agenda.Millennium Development GoalsAccording to the UN, the developing world has made huge strides towards achieving the MDGs. Global poverty is in decline, more children than ever are attending primary school, child deaths have dropped dramatically, many more people have access to safe drinking water, and initiatives to fight malaria, Aids and tuberculosis have saved millions.The MDGs are a set of eight concrete, measurable goals, adopted by world leaders in 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015. The eight MDGs – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/Aids and providing universal primary education and healthcare – have stimulated progress in some countries.Some see the MDGs as the most successful global anti-poverty push in history. The UN says its plans for after 2015 will focus on achieving a world of prosperity, equity, freedom and dignity for all. UN member states are reportedly discussing a new set of Sustainable Development Goals to complement or replace the MDGs.For its part, South Africa has made good progress towards the goals. The grants provided by its extensive social security system have gone a long way towards eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, while the Expanded Public Works Programme has provided skills and jobs to millions of South Africans.In education, South Africa has introduced no-fee schools and universal, compulsory primary education for those aged seven to 15. Major successes have also been achieved in MDG6, the fight against HIV/Aids.Rebalancing global power“Our work continues to promote the key goals of education, health, women’s empowerment, improved quality education – including access for girl children – and also in promoting public participation in governance,” South African President Jacob Zuma said after his arrival in New York on Sunday.He said South Africa has made significant progress and will continue to work towards the 2015 deadline. Halving the share of the population earning less than $1.25 per person, per day has been achieved, while the share of those experiencing hunger has also been halved.South Africa is doing well in MDG3, promoting and empowering women. The country has also recorded impressive progress in access to healthcare for all its people through the expansion of health infrastructure.In a statement released this week, the government said the post-2015 negotiations will take place in the context of the global rebalancing of economic power as a result of a loss of comparative advantage by developed countries, made more pronounced by the global economic meltdown.“This makes the negotiations of the post-2015 development agenda highly contested, with developed countries seeking to redefine development to support their economic recovery needs, while developing countries try to ensure that the outcome supports its own understanding of development.“In this regard, the general debate provides a platform for South Africa to advance its strategic priorities in the world’s pre-eminent multilateral forum.”Zuma is set to address the General Assembly today, as is US President Barack Obama.last_img read more

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CANBERRA CUP CROWN ON THE LINE

first_imgA record 430 touch football players will converge on the Deakin Playing Fields, Makin Place, Deakin for the 2006 Canberra Cup from 3-5 November 2006.The annual tournament, in its third year in existence, features local and interstate players competing in elite and social divisions.2006 marks the first appearance of social teams in the event, as organisers ramp up the participation potential of the sport to cater for varying ability levels.On the elite side, the tournament showcases the most talented Touch players in Canberra and has attracted a number of National Rugby League (NRL) stars for the 2006 event.Canberra Raider Michael Dobson, who has recently returned to Canberra from England after a stint in the English Super League with the Wigan Warriors, and Sydney Roosters playmaker Jamie Soward, will link up with the Canberra City Bears for the Canberra Cup.Rising Raiders star Bronx Goodwin, son of St George legend Ted, and Josh McCrone, a promising Jersey Flegg player with Canberra, will team with Dobson in a white hot Canberra City combination that is expected to press hard for the Open Mixed title.  Club teams from the University of Canberra Otters, Canberra City Bears, Woden Eagles, the Tuggeranong Vikings, and the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) will be competing alongside an array of social teams.First games commence Friday 3 November at 6.00pm and conclude at 9.00pm. The action recommences Saturday at 9.30 am through to 5.30pm. Final day action begins at 8.30am Sunday 5 November, and will include all divisional Grand Finals.Get down to Deakin fields on the weekend and see the best the sport of Touch Football has to offer as teams battle it out for the 2006 Canberra Cup crown.last_img read more

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2010 School Sport Australia Touch Championships

first_imgTo keep up-to-date with all of the latest news, scores and information, please visit the following websites:www.austouch.com.auhttp://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=0-4282-0-0-0&sID=188469 The Touch Football Australia Facebook page will also be updated regularly. To become a fan, search for Touch Football Australia on Facebook or click on the following link:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Touch-Football-Australia/384949403384?ref=tslast_img

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Predicting The Future Head Coaches Of College Football’s Best Programs

first_imgHead coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)We’ve transitioned from the college football offseason into the college football preseason. Soon, the actual season will be here. That’ll go quickly and, before you know it, it’ll be the offseason again.  Nick SabanHow much longer will Saban be at Alabama? Who will replace him?And what comes in the offseason?Coaching moves. Some will be fired, some will be hired. Some will leave their current job for better ones. Nothing lasts forever in college football, so even if you think your current program is set for the foreseeable future, there’s probably a decent chance that you’re wrong. Even the best in the sport have to deal with coaching moves once a decade or so. Who do you think is the next head coach of your college football program?We’ve made our guesses here, predicting the future head coaches of college football’s top programs. Start With Nebraska ??? >>> Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16last_img read more

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Red zone turnover deficiencies holding back Ohio State offense

OSU redshirt sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall (7) runs with the ball during a game against Indiana on Oct. 3 in Bloomington, Indiana. OSU won, 34-27. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorOhio State maintained its top ranking in the AP Top 25 Poll for the sixth straight week, but a sluggish start out of the gates has caused the Buckeyes to lose 23 of their 61 first-place votes from the preseason poll. But after getting a chance to review the game tape of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 victory over Indiana on Saturday, OSU coach Urban Meyer saw improvements. The coach was hesitant to use the word “great” to describe where the Buckeyes could be headed “because it’s all relative,” but Meyer said he thinks they might be turning the corner.Meyer said the perimeter blocking was the best it’s been this year, while noting the team played as hard as any time over the past two seasons. “I think we’re on the border of being very good,” he said on Monday. As for why the defending national champions have yet to cross that border to being very good, Meyer pointed to two areas that used to be the team’s strengths: red zone offense and turnovers. The team has put points on the board in just 75 percent of its trips inside the 20-yard line. In 16 tries, the Buckeyes have four field goals and only six touchdowns.OSU made three trips to the red zone against Indiana but came away with a measly six points on two field goals from redshirt senior Jack Willoughby. On their third trip, the Buckeyes found the end zone on a swing pass from redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones to junior running back Ezekiel Elliott, but an illegal block negated the score. The next play Jones was sacked, then two plays later a botched snap on third down moved the Buckeyes further back. Willoughby trotted out for his third field goal attempt but missed it. The mistake-ridden trip was a microcosm of the struggles inside the red zone all season long.Left guard Billy Price said he thinks the issues inside the 20-yard line actually stem from the offense’s big play ability. “As we look at our offense, we are a very explosive offense,” the redshirt sophomore said. “Given a confined space, it makes things difficult. It makes it easier for the defense because they don’t have as much ground to cover.”Price said the team needs focus on individual assignments, as well as tightening up its execution, especially for the running game.“We gotta get the running game going, that’s primary. That’s who our offense is. And then the red zone comes second nature to us,” he said. Meyer said the inefficiency inside the 20-yard line boils down to a “variety of problems,” such as turnovers and penalties.Turnovers, however, have been a major factor holding the offense back, even outside the red zone. Following the victory over the Hoosiers, in which the Buckeyes coughed up the ball three times, Meyer said the “turnovers have to change.” Redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall contributed two fumbles, while Jones threw one interception.Through five games, OSU is minus-four in turnover margin — which places them 101st in the country. In three of five games, the Buckeyes have had multiple turnovers. Tight ends coach Tim Hinton said last week that the team is working on fixing the issues. “We’ve had too many turnovers,” he said. “We’re certainly addressing that very hard.” Meyer is confident that the lack of production in the red zone and turnovers can be corrected as the season progresses. “Those are fixable,” he said. “When you start getting effort and attitude … that’s where red flags start showing up, and I don’t feel that at all. This one has the characteristics of having a great team. Last year’s obviously was a great team, 2012, great team. I didn’t say exceptional skill everywhere, but great team.”  OSU is set to continue Big Ten play on Saturday against Maryland. Kickoff is slated for noon at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Football Runpass option highlights the difference between Haskins and Barrett

Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) runs the ball in the third quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorOhio State might be the No. 2 team in the country, with a 7-0 record and have its best throwing quarterback in recent memory in redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins. But the team is lacking one thing every team led by head coach Urban Meyer has always had: a run game.In the Buckeyes 30-14 win over Minnesota, Ohio State failed to reach 100 rushing yards for the first time since its loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff two seasons ago.Much of this can be attributed to Ohio State’s lack of a dual-threat quarterback, with J.T. Barrett amassing 798 rushing yards in his redshirt senior season last year, much of which was through the run-pass option, or RPO.Barrett was often the answer to short third-down plays, and the extra threat with his feet allowed more space for running backs J.K. Dobbins and Mike Weber. So much more space, in fact, that Dobbins ran for 1,403 yards and 7.2 yards per carry as a freshman.The RPO seems to have been majorly lost with Barrett’s departure, but Meyer said that is not necessarily true.“A lot of those passes are RPOs, like when you see Parris [Campbell] in the flat or K.J. [Hill] on a hitch, those are all RPOs,” Meyer said. “You’re reading someone, you trigger, you throw the ball. So I’d say there’s at least 10 to 12 called runs that the ball is being thrown.” This season, Haskins has 30 rushes for 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. Against Minnesota, Haskins had a career-high nine carries and totaled just six yards, losing yardage on three sacks.However, the RPO for Haskins is still completely different than the play-calling Barrett had under Meyer. Instead of Haskins running the ball himself when an RPO is called, he is looking for an opportunity to hand the ball off, finding a hole for whichever running back is in the game, whether its Dobbins or Weber. However, instead of Dobbins and Weber putting up the same types of numbers they combined for last season, the Ohio State rushing game has struggled, ranking as the No. 51 rushing offense in the NCAA with the yards per carry average for both backs decreasing from a season ago. The defensive schemes Ohio State has seen over the first seven games of the season has indicated that opponents view the rushing offense, without a dual-threat option behind center, as one-dimensional.“I don’t want to give you a number, but there’s some pass yards that are run plays,” Meyer said. “They’re loading the boxes, we’re not going to run the quarterback.”To make up for it, Haskins threw 412 yards and three touchdowns, giving him back-to-back 400-yard passing games. The Ohio State program has had three 400-yard passing games in its history, two coming in the past two weeks.While Barrett gave the offense a strong weapon on both fronts, Haskins has been making up for lost ground by drastically out-throwing any season Barrett ever had. In the RPO, Meyer said he understands this difference, and that’s why there has been such a shift in the offensive numbers.“We went back and studied everything, and had that conversation about these are 10 run calls that we’re flipping the ball out there and making plays with it,” Meyer said. “That’s kind of what Dwayne gives you. Maybe J.T. gave you something else, where it was more of a run-run option; this is a run-pass option.”The Buckeyes will travel this Saturday to face a Purdue rush defense that has been middle of the road so far this season, allowing 146.8 yards per game and four yards per carry to opposing backs.It remains to be seen if the Ohio State offense will move toward the run aspect of the run-pass option, or if the offense can continue to survive on the historic pace that Haskins’ passing game is working on. read more

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Coentrao asked to be omitted from Portugal squad

first_imgFabio Coentrao asked to be omitted from the Portugal squad for this summer’s World Cup after an unexpected injury problemThe Real Madrid loanee, who currently plays for Sporting Lisbon, has made himself unavailable for selection after enduring a chaotic season back in his homeland.The 30-year-old penned a heartfelt statement on his Facebook account insisting that he will never abandon his country and hopes to represent Portugal again at international level – just not this summer.“Last week, after a lot of consideration, I told the National Team that after a very tiring season, I feel I am not in the condition to represent the Seleção at the World Cup,” wrote Coentrao, as reported on The Sun.Cristiano Ronaldo, PortugalAli Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“I will never turn my back on my country, and hope to be able to represent our national team more often in the future. Until then I am and I will always be one to cheer on from the outside, see you soon.“Good luck guys.”The defender has made over 50 appearances for Portugal, although he was also absent from their triumphant Euro 2016 campaign two years ago in France.last_img read more

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Vinicius called me son of a b…ch – Real Betis defender Marc

first_imgReal Betis defender Marc Bartra and Real Madrid forward Vinicius after a heated argument claims the defender insulted him and his mother during their encounter Sunday night.Bartra warned Vinicius that he has much to learn in the game as he spent more time on the ground than actually playing in the field.“Vinicius was on the ground longer than he was on his feet, so I asked him not to throw himself to the ground like that,” Bartra revealed, according to Marca.“He called me a son of a… well, let’s just say that he talked about my mother three times.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“He has a lot to learn and I don’t think that his behaviour is right for a Real Madrid player.”In a tension-filled match between the Seville side and embattled Los Blancos, former Madrid player Sergio Canales cancelled out Luka Modric’s early strike after which Dani Ceballos netted a free-kick against his old club to secure a 2-1 win for the visitors.last_img read more

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