Organisation Receive email alerts News News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further “It is unforgivable that the authorities should only have allowed Chen Yanbin a few months reduction in sentence for an offence of opinion,” said Reporters Without Borders.”Depriving him of his civil and political rights demonstrates that the government still seeks to prevent intellectuals from speaking out, particularly on the Beijing Spring of 1989″.Chen was ill-treated in 1993 and put into solitary confinement after supporting a protest by prisoners who were refusing to work more than eight hours a day.Elsewhere, cyberdissident Yan Jun was released on 4 April from a prison in Xian, north-west China. According to the ICPC, he has been able to return home and is in good health. Yan was arrested in April 2003 and sentenced to two years in prison on 8 December the same year for calling for a review of the sentence against students arrested after the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.Dissident journalist Liu Jingsheng, who was freed on 27 November 2004, was on 18 April prevented from holding a press conference for the Information Centre for the rights of Chinese citizens, which he had just set up. Human Rights in China said the authorities had told him to shut down the organisation. Liu is also denied his civil and political rights after being released two and a half years before the end of his sentence.The worldwide press freedom organisation pointed out that at least 31 journalists and 64 cyberdissidents and Internet-users are still imprisoned in China. ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders noted the release on 12 April, of Chen Yanbin, co-editor of the dissident review Tielu (Iron Currents), after 14 years and seven months imprisonment in Beijing. The journalist remains deprived of his civil and political rights for the next four years.According to the Independent Chinese Pen Center (ICPC), a former student in communications and foreign languages at Beifang University, Chen, now aged 38, was able to return to his home in the capital after being released from Beijing’s prison no. 2.He and a colleague Zhang Yafei were sentenced in March 1991 to 15 years in prison for “incitement to rebellion” and “spreading counter-revolutionary propaganda” in an underground magazine that was distributed in Beijing. ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News April 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident journalist Chen Yanbin released after more than 14 years in prison Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more
Dottie Cianci, coordinator of the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard, and Dave Carter, former president of the Ocean City Board of Realtors, inspect donated items during a food drive. By Donald WittkowskiMultimillion-dollar beachfront homes, trendy downtown boutiques and upscale sailboats traversing the waterways provide a decidedly affluent backdrop in Ocean City.But there are lesser-known parts of town where people are suffering, where poverty and hunger exist, said Gloria Votta, chairwoman of the Community Services Committee for the Ocean City Board of Realtors.“It would surprise people. It’s very surprising,” Votta said of the city’s poor population.For those people, the Board of Realtors is lending a helping hand through its annual community food drive in partnership with the Ocean City Ecumenical Council, an association of local churches that helps needy families.Food is given away for free to Ocean City residents by the Ecumenical Council’s Food Cupboard at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. The hours are 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday.Dottie Cianci, coordinator of the Food Cupboard, said more than 100 families will benefit from the food drive. It will help all demographic groups, including people who live in low-income housing, senior citizens and homebound residents. The Food Cupboard makes deliveries to senior citizens and homebound residents.“There are some people who simply can’t get out. I’m just so proud of this, because we just started it,” Cianci said of the delivery service.In addition to food, the Board of Realtors is also collecting household items, including detergent, paper products, soap and toothpaste.Originally scheduled to end on Feb. 28, the “Food is Love” drive has been extended through March 15 to give the Board of Realtors more time to collect items donated by the public. Votta said the food drive underscores the level of compassion the community has for needy families and senior citizens.“There is nothing this community will not pull together to do,” she said. “I think it’s one of the best places to live as far as a caring community is concerned.”Now in its seventh year, the food drive is among a series of charitable events organized by the Board of Realtors. The organization also holds clothing drives and a Toys for Tots campaign throughout the year.Food donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street. To arrange for food pickups, people may call the office at (609) 399-0128. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.In addition to nonperishable food donations, the board is also seeking household items, including liquid laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, shampoo, deodorant, soap and toothpaste.Dave Carter, president of the Board of Realtors, noted that some people choose to donate cash, which in turn is used to buy gift cards at local grocery stores. So far, about $500 in cash has been donated for the food drive, he said.Already, dozens and dozens of food items and household goods have been collected at the Board of Realtors office. The board’s conference room has been turned into a makeshift pantry – crowded with cans of soup, microwaveable dinners, canned goods, cereal and jars of peanut butter and jelly.“What you see here is only part of it. There are a lot of boxes we still have to pick up,” Carter said.Donations may be dropped off at the Board of Realtors office at 405 22nd Street.
The Saint Mary’s Poetry Club hosted Austin Segrest, poetry editor of “The Missouri Review” and the club’s first poet of its inaugural poet speaker series Wednesday. Senior Susan Head, a member of the Poetry Club, introduced Segrest, who was chosen to speak in the series under the guidance of English professor Dionne Bremyer, one of Segrest’s friends who has encouraged students in the Saint Mary’s community to attend literary events and bring more speakers to campus. Segrest, born in Birmingham, Alabama, said he studied classics at Emory University. Head said his poetry is influenced by many of the classical poets, such as Ovid and Virgil, and their use and creation of myth. Segrest said he was also influenced by his study of language, his time studying abroad in Rome, his love of music and dance, and his mother, the subject of most of his elegies. “I’m fascinated by the challenge of how we can approximate what music can do in words while still using sound,” Segrest said. “That whole adventure is endlessly fascinating to me.” Segrest said he felt excited to be at Saint Mary’s, detailing how he believes he is “traveling east to west through his life,” a metaphor coined by poet John Donne. “It is really great to be in a place where I can tell there is such a love and care for the written word, and it’s a real honor for my poetry and my writing to be a part of this. It really means the world,” Segrest said. Segrest said he has used psychoanalysis to revisit his personal and family past and to investigate the roots from which he sprung and the steps he has taken thus far in life. “My mother died when I was first coming into my own as a writer, so it was very influential on me, and it’s no surprise that it’s something I explored a lot in psychoanalysis,” Segrest said. “There were just a few confluences that came together in my life, like I had just graduated from Emory University, I was working a research job, and actually living with my mother; I had moved in back home and so I think there were a lot of intersections coming together that then came up in the therapy that followed.” Junior Elizabeth Kenney said she enjoyed Segrest’s reading and liked learning his background. “As a writer, I thought it was really interesting to hear about his techniques and the subjects he chooses to use in his writing,” Kenney said. “I liked the rhythm in his poetry and the honesty and how it sounded just like a conversation. I think he made an impression on many of the students in attendance, because he was so casual about his poetry but it reached very deep and touched on many topics people could relate to. “I thought his use of classical references were breathtaking, and having studied abroad in Rome, also, I liked making these connections and thinking of what the allusions mean for myself and then within his poems.” Founder of the poetry club, junior Claire Bleecker, said she began the club this year in order to learn more about poetry and to expose herself and other students to more types of this art. “We were excited to have Segrest come to Saint Mary’s, because I think it’s so important for young writers to know that becoming a poet is a plausible thing,” Bleecker said. “Poets aren’t just these mythological creatures but very genuine and kind people.” Contact Kelly Konya at [email protected]
7 Landsborough Street, North Ward“The new owners will just love the ambience, the birds and butterflies, and just how quiet it is,” Ms Elliott said.“The balcony overlooks the in ground pool and spa and wraps around to a large entertaining area that escapes the afternoon sun.”Mrs Elliott also points out the maintenance on the property is minimal. SECLUSION, style and an enviable location. That’s the calling card of this hidden gem at the end of a no-through street at the foot of Castle Hill. This designer residence commands ocean views all the way to Castle Hill. This recently renovated home effortlessly flows and lets the outside in with plenty of bi-fold doors throughout and a bi-fold window spanning the kitchen allowing for easy entertaining and cool breezes all year round. 7 Landsborough Street, North WardMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020According to Ms Elliott, doing the dishes is no chore at all given the views through the large picture window opening above the kitchen sink.“This is one of those homes that invites the outside in,” she said.“The huge gourmet kitchen features granite benchtop, modern appliances, breakfast bar and walk in pantry.” But it’s the sheer privacy of this home that will be a calling card for buyers. 7 Landsborough Street, North Ward“This house is off the beaten track, most people don’t even realise it’s there,” said listing agent Sally Elliott.Yet despite its sought-after seclusion, this stunningly secluded home is within easy walking distance of Townsville Grammar School, Queens Gardens, tennis courts and The Strand. “It’s very private and secluded with two very spacious internal living areas — one up, one down — plus a massive wraparound veranda on two sides,” said Ms Elliott.“The upstairs area of the house is fabulous with everything designed to open out for sea and port views. “Add to that the spectacular Castle Hill views at night and you’ve got a carnival of colours.” 7 Landsborough Street, North Ward“Even though it’s a large block, there’s nothing to mow and no truckload of palm fronds that need cleaning up,” she said.“The new owners are also going to love the storage, the large downstairs bedrooms, the upstairs master suite, and they’ll really love entertaining. “There is also a large study and additional two bathrooms, triple car accommodation and plenty of storage space. “All of this is positioned on a large private 1012sq m block complete with irrigation system in Townsville’s most sought-after area.”
• L.A. is in first place with 19 RBI from Justin Turner, 13 RBI from Corey Seager, and three wins from Clayton Kershaw.• San Diego’s Hunter Renfroe has a slugging percentage of .602 at Petco Park, .315 on the road.• The Padres lead the NL by striking out 936 times and have a league-worst .298 on-base percentage.• Colorado has five relievers who make more than $7 million this year, but it has an NL-worst bullpen WHIP of 1.45.• Center fielder Charlie Blackmon had an OPS of 1.000 last year. This year it’s .852. Sixty fun facts for 30 teams at the All-Star break:• Mike Trout has come to the plate 189 times with the bases empty, most in baseball.• The Angels are hitting .216 against left-handers, with 26 doubles.• In June and July, Ross Stripling has struck out 49 batters and walked three for the Dodgers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error • Arizona is 39-37 when it’s playing someone besides Colorado and the Dodgers.• Paul Goldschmidt was hitting .198 on May 22, is hitting .283 now.• Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto have combined to start 15 games for the Giants, who are still two games over .500.• San Francisco rookie reliever Reyes Moronta has given up 20 hits in 42 innings.• Oakland is 50-32 since April 14.• Matt Olson, making $507,000 this season, has 43 home runs in 612 plate appearances over the past two seasons for the Athletics.• Houston’s Alex Bregman is the only AL hitter besides Trout and Boston’s Mookie Betts, among qualified hitters, who has more walks than strikeouts.• The Astros, despite closer problems, have a league-best bullpen WHIP of 1.02, with 70 walks in 281 innings.• The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, at 39, has only one RBI for every 10 plate appearances.• Of the Texas starters, Cole Hamels has the lowest ERA, at 4.36.• Since Robinson Cano left the Seattle lineup, the Mariners are 36-22.• Seattle is 8-0 in extra innings and 26-12 in one-run games, and closer Edwin Diaz has 79 strikeouts in 48 innings.• The Cubs are approaching their fourth consecutive winning season. That hasn’t happened since 1967-72.• Ex-Angel pitcher Tyler Chatwood has walked 73 batters in 84 innings for Chicago.• The Cardinals, traditionally sound defensively, lead the National League with 77 errors.• Marcell Ozuna had a .924 OPS for Miami last year. With St. Louis this year, he’s at 693.• The Brewers, now in second place in the NL Central, are 19-22 since May 31.• Josh Hader has struck out 16.7 batters every nine innings, tops among NL pitchers with at least 30 appearances.• Pittsburgh’s Gregory Polanco ranks 27th in NL OPS, at .823, but leads the Pirates.• The Pirates are one game below .500 overall but nine games under .500 against National League teams.• Jared Hughes, of Santa Margarita and Long Beach State, has given up two home runs in 50 innings out of Cincinnati’s bullpen and has a 1.100 WHIP.• Reds’ third baseman Eugenio Suarez has an OPS of .973. Last year, it was .828. The year before, .728.• Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (Hart, UCLA) has thrown at least 100 pitches in 18 of his 20 starts.• The Indians’ bullpen WHIP led the AL last year but is seventh this year.• Two-time MVP Miguel Cabrera had only three home runs in 38 games for Detroit before a biceps injury June 12 likely cost him his season.• Shane Greene, the Tigers’ closer, has given up seven home runs in 40 innings.• Minnesota’s Joe Mauer has three home runs in 65 games.• The American League Central is 83 games below .500.• The Royals have four players with at least 100 plate appearances who are hitting below .200 – Cheslor Cuthbert, Alcides Escobar, Drew Butera and Erick Almonte.• Hitters have an .853 OPS against KC’s Jason Hammel. Next-worst figure is .802, by Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman.• Yoan Moncada of the White Sox has grounded into just one double play in 383 plate appearances.• Chicago’s hitters have seen fewer 2-0 and 3-0 pitches than anyone in the AL and are 13th in runs.• Atlanta has four hitters under 25 years old who have combined for 49 home runs: Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Ronald Acuna and Johan Camargo.• At 34, Anibal Sanchez has a 1.020 WHIP, a career-best.• Washington’s Sean Doolittle leads the NL in save percentage, converting 26 of 27.• Bryce Harper has walked or struck out in 180 of 414 plate appearances.• Philadelphia’s Seranthony Dominguez has pitched 33 and two-thirds inning with one home run and 22 hits and six walks.• The Phillies are 20-8 in one-run games. Last year, they were 21-36.• The Mets are hitting .228, which would be the fourth-lowest in club history.• They have scored two or fewer runs in seven of Jacob deGrom’s 19 starts. He is 5-4 with a 1.89 ERA.• Miami’s J.P. Realmuto is the only NL catcher with a slugging percentage over .500 and an OPS over .900.• The Marlins have lost 18 games by a margin of five or more runs.• The Red Sox are second in AL home runs. Last year, they were 15th, or last.• Only 20 MLB pitchers last year struck out more than 188 hitters. Chris Sale has 188 K’s at the break.• The Yankees have only one starting pitcher (CC Sabathia) and one regular hitter (Brett Gardner) over 30 years old.• Luis Severino has taken a loss in only eight of his previous 51 starts.• Toronto’s Marcus Stroman had a 3.09 ERA last year. This year, it’s 5.86.• Randal Grichuk, who the Angels drafted one pick ahead of Trout, is hitting .206 with a .700 OPS.• Tampa Bay’s Matt Duffy (Long Beach State) is hitting .317 after missing 2017 with injury.• The Rays are 9-12 in “bullpen games,” in which Ryne Stanek and Sergio Romo pitch the first and/or second innings. They are 49-47 overall.• Baltimore’s Manny Machado has 65 RBI, 29 more than any other teammate.• The Orioles’ .289 winning percentage would be second-lowest in franchise history, behind the 1939 St. Louis Browns, who finished 43-111.
Submitted by the Washington State LegislatureSeveral important anti-human trafficking bills have passed the Legislature and are on their way to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.“Reducing human trafficking, both labor and sex trafficking of minors, is a generational challenge,” Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said. “I have been working on trafficking policy in the Legislature since 1994 when former Rep. Velma Veloria began our work here. It’s always been a bipartisan effort with colleagues from both parties and in both chambers working together to find solutions to this scourge on our children and communities. But just this morning I read that the sex industry has grown significantly in the Seattle-Tacoma area – and with so many people still suffering, our work is not over. ”Four bills and one Senate Joint Memorial (SJM 8003) were passed during the 2014 legislative session, and cover a wide range of issues regarding human trafficking.“The joining of these two bills has resulted in better and more comprehensive legislation,” Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane. “This stronger bill is a result of two sides of the aisle to make a meaningful difference for the common good.”HB 1791, which was sponsored by Parker, adds sex trafficking to the existing definition of sex crimes, and was amended with language from SB 6017 (Kohl-Welles) to allow local law enforcement to recoup costs of investigating crimes related to prostitution and sexual exploitation of minors.“I understand it is a common practice for victims to be forced into cheap labor, prostitution, and sexual exploitation by means of coercion,” Sen. Karen Fraser, D-Olympia, said. “I sponsored SB 6339 that will make coercion a felony. I hope it will serve as both a deterrent and penalty for those guilty of these life-destroying crimes.”HB 1292 is a bill that will allow survivors of the commercial sex trade to petition a judge to vacate the penalty of prostitution from their record.“Having this record is a huge hurdle to survivors when they are trying to start anew,” said HB 1292 prime sponsor Rep. Tina Orwall, D-Des Moines. “This bill will help them to find jobs or go to school and allow survivors to move on from the pain of the past.”SB 6126 will align Washington with most other states and require courts to appoint an attorney to represent the nearly 10,000 children placed in foster care in Washington.“Ensuring children are placed in safe and permanent foster homes is of utmost importance to keeping them from running away,” said Chair of the House Public Safety Committee, Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Kirkland. “Often these runaway children end up on the streets, where it is easy for pimps to coerce or force them into being abused or trafficked.”An important request to the U.S. Congress also passed this session (SJM 8003 – Kohl-Welles), asking the Communications Decency Act be amended to better meet the challenges posed by new technologies.“The internet in particular plays an increasingly central role in trafficking,” said Chair of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, Sen. Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley. “Especially with regards to online advertising that basically sells minors for sex, our laws have not caught up with the abuse taking place through new technology.”“The passage of SJM 8003 this year will, I hope, provide not just Washington, but the whole nation, a means to address sex-trafficking we now are seeing on the internet,” Kohl-Welles concluded. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0