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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CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti

first_img Share NewsRegional CARICOM cholera-response project underway in Haiti by: – December 16, 2011 Share Share CARICOM flag. Photo credit: flags.netPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is executing a project to improve sanitation infrastructure and to sensitize residents of a Cite Soleil community in Haiti in the practice of safe personal and community hygiene. The Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) project is being undertaken in support of Haiti’s national strategy to combat the cholera outbreak. The project will improve access to 25 toilet blocks and hand-washing stations for approximately 15,000 residents or 3000 families in the neighbourhood of Brooklyn, a section of Cite Soleil in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Additionally, an effective strategy for promoting proper hygiene practices is being developed as part of the cholera response activities. CARICOM is also providing medical supplies as part of its assistance to the government of Haiti in combating the cholera epidemic. The WASH Project is a response to the request by the government of Haiti for CARICOM’s assistance in the area of sanitation and hygiene, as part of the National Strategy to combat the Cholera Epidemic in Haiti. The area of Cite Soleil was recommended by the designated National Water and Sanitation Agency (DINEPA) for assistance in this regard. The project is being carried out with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AUSAID) and in collaboration with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) as the implementing agency. Director of the CARICOM Representation Office in Haiti, Ambassador Earl Huntley; senior project officer, CARICOM Haiti Support Unit, Lyndell Danzie-Black; CARICOM public relations consultant, Carlton James; IOM WASH project manager, Nicole Klaesener; and IOM community workers, participated in a ceremony on the premises of Radio Boukman, a community-based radio station, on 8 December, where details of the project were presented to the community. A highlight of the presentation was a short video feature of a Cite Soleil community renamed “La Difference” due to its pristine environment, a transformation brought about and sustained by the youth of that community. It is hoped that the CARICOM WASH project, which will also assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the neighbourhood through a plastic bottle recycling project, will contribute to a similar transformation in the Brooklyn community. The WASH Project is part of CARICOM’s continuing efforts to assist Haiti’s recovery efforts since the earthquake and the cholera outbreak. In addition to earlier and ongoing relief efforts, CARICOM, in collaboration with CARDI, has also provided approximately 40,000 kilos of seeds to the Government of Haiti. The seeds for corn, red and black beans were distributed to farmers in the region of Petit Goave. The Community’s continued assistance includes advocacy on behalf of Haiti, in particular through the good offices of the CARICOM Special Representative, P. J. Patterson, with regard to the reconstruction of Haiti, but also by CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers in their interface with external partners.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Grenada Records Increase in Tourist Arrivals for 2019

first_imgST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – The record-breaking tourism season in the Caribbean continues as Grenada joins the list of Caribbean territories that have recorded an increase in visitor arrivals thus far in 2019.Grenada recorded a slight increase visitor arrivals during the first six months of 2019 when compared to the same period last year, according to figures released by the island’s tourism authority.“On the heels of double-digit growth and a landmark total visitor arrival of 528,077 in 2018, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is delighted to report positive growth in total visitor arrivals of one per cent for the first half of 2019.“The destination welcomed a total of 318,559 visitors between January to June 2019 compared to 314,916 for the same period in 2018; this represents a 1.15 per cent growth,” the GTA said in a statement.It said the stayover market, which represents the sector’s most lucrative visitor, grew by 3.81 per cent with 82,399 visitors staying in hotels, guesthouses and villa accommodations. The average length of stay of these visitors from the source markets is 8.5 days.GTA said that the United States accounted for 45 per cent of the market share, followed by the United Kingdom with 17 per cent and the Canadian market with 12 per cent.“Our focus is on expanding our reach in our traditional source markets and we now have four international gateways in the US for the upcoming Winter Season including JFK New York, Miami International, Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina.”The GTA said that the cruise ship sector also experienced growth for the same period.“We were able to hold our own with a slight increase of 1.33 per cent in cruise visitor arrivals of 223,051 for the period compared with the phenomenal growth numbers of 220,125 last year. This is testimony of the hard work by the team to increase engagement with the cruise lines and keep Grenada top of mind with cruise executives,” the GTA added.The Yachting sector arrivals for the period remained flat with 15,318 compared to 15,420 in 2018.Grenada now joins St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Jamaica, all of which have also recorded an increase of visitor arrivals since the beginning of 2019.last_img read more

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City Manager Steve Hall Announced Today The Appointment Of Rich Hoey…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0City Manager Steve Hall announced today the appointment of Rich Hoey as Olympia’s new Director of Public Works. Hoey has served as Interim Director since January, 2011. A community reception to congratulate Hoey will be on Thursday, March 22, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Olympia City Hall in the Council Chambers, 601 4th Avenue E. A national search produced 70 candidates from around the country.  Ten were identified for initial interviews which were held this week. “After completing the initial interviews, it became clear that Rich is without question the best choice for Olympia,” says Hall.  “Rich’s understanding of our community, his compassion for public service and his support  and respect for employees are the perfect fit. There is no need to look any further – we have the best person right here.” “I’m extremely pleased and honored to serve as Olympia’s Public Works Director,” says Hoey.  “As a long-time Olympia resident, I have a passion to see our community thrive.  I’m very grateful for the opportunity to lead Public Works forward in providing vital community services and in creating a strong, vibrant and sustainable city.”center_img Rich Hoey joined the City team in April 2005 as Director of Water Resources. Prior to that, he worked for the Washington State Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water for 13 years where he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director. Hoey was a U. S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Slovak Republic for two years in the mid-1990s. He holds a Civil Engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a registered professional engineer in Washington State. Hoey and his wife Stacey Waterman-Hoey live in the South Capitol neighborhood with their two children, Aidan and Willa. The City of Olympia Public Works Department has 175 employees and a 2012 annual operating budget of $50 million. Public Works staff provide transportation, utility, and construction services to the community. Department staff also maintain much of the City’s vehicle fleet and 19 city buildings and facilities.last_img read more

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Dear Santa: Rotary Club Answers Wishes

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — Santa Claus is answering the letters from children.Spoiler Alert: It’s not really Santa. But this holiday season members of the Red Bank Rotary Club have taken on the responsibility of acting as Santa’s helpers by answering the letters left by kids in the designated “mailboxes” – letters that expressed the sweetness of the young as well as, at times, tugging at the heartstrings.The two locations, one at the borough’s U.S. Post Office, 171 Broad St., on the east side, and at the borough pocket park, Ralph “Johnny Jazz” Gatta Park, at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard/Shrewsbury Avenue intersection, collected about a total of 107 letters from area youth to the jolly, chubby North Pole resident.Among them were about 23 written in Spanish, which will be answered by employees of the borough Parks and Recreation Department, according to David Prown, a borough resident and club member. Unfortunately, there were a considerable number without return addresses and no way to send Santa’s response, Prown said.It was Prown who first proposed that the club undertake the holiday task. Prown, long known for his community activism and efforts for area youth, said he wondered “Whatever happens to these letters?”“I heard, generally, that they went unanswered,” he said, believing it would be a good project for the local Rotary Club. “And they were thrilled we were taking ownership,” he explained, referring to the parks and rec department.“What better way to bring a little joy into the holiday season?” asked club member Bill Donnelly, Middletown.The Red Bank Rotary Club responded to children’s letters to Santa Tuesday. Photo: John BurtonDonnelly, Prown and the others gathered Tuesday night at the Maple Avenue offices of the Kerr Agency, a commercial insurance firm to write the responses.“This is great. This is what it’s all about,” added club member and borough resident Ken Duffy.The Rotary Club’s motto has always been “Service Above Self,” members noted. And while the larger organization works on substantial fundraising and big projects, this little group of local members works on smaller efforts to help the community, Donnelly explained. “Our goal is to become the go-to people for small service efforts,” such as this, he said. “It builds a legacy of service.”The letters came from kids in Red Bank and those just traveling through, with some letters having return addresses as far away as Toms River in Ocean County.The plan for the club members was to take what personal information they could glean from the letters (the children’s names, names of siblings and parents, and so on) and incorporate it into the response. The returning letters are left pretty general and don’t make any promises, explaining how busy Santa and the elves are this time of year, telling the kids “I’m so proud to see you on the good/nice list” and how happy Santa Claus is in be visiting their homes next week.The youngsters for the most part ask for what you would expect from a 2015 Christmas list: iPhone 6, Xbox video game consoles, DVDs of “Frozen” and Hoverboards. A number of girls were hoping for Shopkins, cute, grocery-themed collectables that are very hot this year. Another boy asked for “Everything ‘Star Wars,’” closing the letter with “and hurry.”One child attached a Toys “R” Us discount coupon, so Santa could get a break on the cost. “You got to love this,” observed a chuckling Justin Sonta, Middletown. Another letter Sonta read and responded to, said “I was really good this year even when I’m fighting with my sister.”Club member Barbara Nevius, a Red Bank resident, read a letter from a little boy who was asking for warm clothes for himself and his two sisters, telling Santa it’s always cold in their home.Another young child asked for a box of pencils, Prown noted.“That touches you,” Prown said.“You kind of wish you could go and deliver these things to some of these kids,” Middletown resident and club member Justin Hoffman acknowledged.Any requests for clothing will be forwarded to the Red Bank Police Benevolent Association (PBA) which will try to answer the need, Prown said.Club members said this will become an annual effort for them. “It’s about doing little things that can have an impact,” Donnelly believes.last_img read more

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New law to protect consumers

first_imgThe DTI’s Zodwa Ntuli said the overall aim of the new law was to ensure fair, competitive and responsible markets that work well for consumers and promote ethical business practices. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is set to embark on a countrywide campaign to educate South Africans about the effects of the country’s new consumer protection law. “Consumers drive competitiveness and economic growth. Well-informed consumers stimulate innovation, better quality products and services, and competitive prices.” “The Bill will also ensure that consumers are able to make well-informed buying decisions and access a wide range of products and services based on honest and fair marketing,” Ntuli said in Pretoria this week. Consumer activism It also calls for the establishment of the National Consumer Commission, a body that would be tasked with investigating consumer complaints. Ntuli added that the DTI wanted to educate consumers not only about their rights under the new law, but also their responsibilities in ensuring the effective implementation of the law. Consumer information 13 February 2009 The Consumer Protection Bill has been passed by Parliament and is awaiting President Kgalema Motlanthe’s signature before becoming an Act. The new law provides for the accreditation of consumer groups that lodge complaints on behalf of consumers, and could provide financial support for consumer advice, education, publications, research and dispute resolution. SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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South Africa opens space weather centre

first_img22 December 2010 South Africa’s space weather centre, one of 13 in the world, has been opened in the Western Cape. There are hopes the facility will improve the country’s position in the global space sector and enable it to achieve its space-related ambitions. The centre, located at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory, was opened by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on 10 December. The department said the centre has been “designed to fulfil international requirements and provide a superior-class facility for space weather forecasts, predictions and warnings”. “This centre will contribute essential information for global space science and technology, as well as forecasts and predictions to protect our growing and future satellite industry,” Pandor said at the opening. The regional space weather warning centre for Africa has been running at the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory for years now, and the new centre will help it expand its services. An area within the existing observatory was renovated to the tune of R1.6-million (US$234 000) to create the dedicated space weather centre. The National Research Foundation funded the project, which began in May 2010. “This project will position our country as a leader in space weather for the African continent,” Pandor said. Real-time space weather data will be generated from the centre’s state-of-the-art server room on a 24-hour basis. The centre is staffed with three space weather scientists, including head Kobus Olckers. Although space weather does not have a direct link to conditions on earth, it can impact on the functionality of orbiting technology, like satellites, global positioning systems like GPS devices and even mobile phones. According to the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, space weather is caused by conditions on the sun and by solar winds, which can influence the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems. Space weather can endanger human life or health, according to the observatory. “This centre will play a crucial role in the monitoring of conditions over Africa as we approach the next solar maximum,” the National Research Foundation (NRF) said in a statement. During a solar maximum period, the sun’s magnetic field on the solar equator rotates at a slightly faster pace than at the solar poles, resulting in a type of intense storm. The last solar maximum was in 2000, and Nasa scientists predict the next one will happen in 2012. This upcoming burst of solar activity, anticipated to be the greatest since 1958, will most definitely affect mobile phones, GPSs and many other modern technologies on earth, according to Nasa. It will also result in Northern Lights shining at their brightest in 50 years – and they may even be visible from as far south as Rome, Italy. Thanks to the new centre, the Hermanus Magnetic Observatory will, for the first time, be able to continuously monitor space weather data coming from its various stations. The space weather centre was opened a day after the official launch of South African National Space Agency and the National Space Strategy, which is expected to boost the country’s involvement in space activities. However, it doesn’t look like South Africa will send an astronaut to space any time soon. “The opening of the space weather centre is an additional landmark in our attempts to strengthen the space sector,” said Pandor. “We know the strengths of the local space industry. We know that we need to improve our capacity. We want to improve South Africa’s global position in the space sector.” The government’s goal is to establish a fully operational space programme within the next five years. The 12 space weather regional warning centres elsewhere in the world are in the US, China, India, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, Poland, Russia, Australia and Japan.The Hermanus Magnetic Observatory The 78-year-old observatory has grown significantly over the last decade since the NRF took ownership, with its staff of scientists growing from nine to 40. Its postgraduate programme now has 24 MSc and PhD students. While it used to concentrate on geomagnetic studies alone, it now focuses on space physics as well. Its data is used by global and local institutions such as the International Real-time Magnetic Observatory Network, the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme, and Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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The Business of Augmented Reality

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts marshall kirkpatrick 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Out of the labs and into the marketplace, Augmented Reality (AR) became a hot topic in 2009. Technology that places data and images on top of our view of the world around us is increasingly common in media and marketing, but the bulk of the promise appears to be in the future.A group of AR industry leaders have announced the first-ever Augmented Reality industry event on June 2nd and 3rd in Santa Clara, California and ReadWriteWeb intends on being a big part of it. Event organizer Ori Inbar is a supporter of the ISMAR (International Symposium on Mixed & Augmented Reality) conferences but says those are more focused on research and this event will focus on industry and practice.Above: AcrossAir released a new version of its Augmented Reality mobile browser last week.The keynote speaker at the event will be award-winning speculative fiction writer and leading AR thinker Bruce Sterling. ReadWriteWeb will also have team members present and will be publishing an in-depth research report on the use of Augmented Reality for marketing prior to the event.Organizers have also put out a call for speakers – that could mean you.New to augmented reality?Check out some of our previous coverage of this emerging trend.Prepare Yourselves: Augmented Reality Hype of the RiseTop 5 Web Trends of 2009: Mobile and Augmented RealityAugmented Reality & The Web: Present and Future ScenariosAugmented Reality: 5 Barriers to a Web That’s EverywhereWe’re excited to attend this important event in June and we hope you’ll join us there. Tags:#Augmented Reality#Events Guide#news#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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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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WestJet pilots union to also represent Swoop pilots says arbitrator

first_imgCALGARY – A federal arbitrator has ruled that WestJet’s unionized pilots will also fly its new ultra-discount carrier Swoop that’s set to launch next week.Capt. Rob McFadyen, chairman of WestJet’s Air Line Pilots Association, says the decision means the airline can no longer outsource Swoop flying, a major disagreement in recent negotiations.Swoop will recognize the union as the exclusive bargaining agent for all Swoop pilots, who will be on the airline’s one seniority list and fly aircraft at Swoop terms and conditions.WestJet and the union will now make a joint application to the Canada Industrial Relations Board to amend pilots association’s bargaining certificate to include Swoop flying.The parties also agreed that WestJet and Swoop are common employers.The two sides scheduled mediation/arbitration dates over the summer to address all remaining issues.The threat of a strike by pilots was averted two weeks ago when the airline and union agreed to a settlement process and, if necessary, to use final and binding arbitration.WestJet CEO Ed Sims said it recognizes and respects the interim order that WestJet pilots should be able to operate Swoop aircraft.The Air Line Pilots Association is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 60,000 pilots at 34 airlines in the United States and Canada, including about 1,500 WestJet pilots and approximately 500 at WestJet Encore.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)last_img read more

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