Dissident journalist Chen Yanbin released after more than 14 years in prison

first_img 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 morelast_img read more

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Jamestown Leaders Seeking Public’s Input Part Of Police Reform Initiative

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Ok, first off, you have parents’ that would rather be friends with their children rather than be a good parents’ and be parents’! It’s not the police’s fault that parents have raised their children up to be unlawful pieces of crap! And secondly, you’ve got child protection laws that says you can’t spank your children when they need to be spanked! And, now theirs a law that says you have to believe a child, even if, their story has been fabricated to get back at the parents’ for disciplining them! And then, you have the welfare system removing the father’s from the homes and destroying the nuclear family! I’ve always told my children when they were growing up” if you do something to break the law and get arrested you’re safer in jail”! You have more parents’ that don’t take their families to church than who do! Our government has allowed schools to teach our children that if you’re putting a whopping on you they’ll get in trouble! Maybe all the law makers need to literally take a walk in the police officers shoes and see for themselves what it’s like to be a police officer! Compliance with the police is key! I support our law enforcement! BLM BLUE LIVES MATTER! Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Leaders in Jamestown are asking for the public’s input by taking an online survey part of the city’s police reform initiative.Officials with the Jamestown City Council Public Safety Committee say the survey is intended to solicit feedback from the community about the Jamestown Police Department.The link to answer the survey is: surveymonkey.com/r/jpdreformCities in New York State are required under a directive by Governor Andrew Cuomo to develop a plan that reinvents and modernizes police strategies and programs in their community based on community input. Each police agency’s reform plan must address policies, procedures, practices and deployment, including, but not limited to use of force. Police forces must adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding.The survey will be open from now until Nov. 1.For questions on the survey can be directed to the Mayor’s Office by calling (716) 483-7600 or emailing [email protected]last_img read more

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Students get to rally on Capitol Hill for the RFS

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Renewable Fuels Standard has been a top priority for corn farmers in Ohio and around the nation. And, along with farmers with a vested interest in pushing for the RFS, 10 Ohio college students accompanied more than 300 ethanol supporters at a recent rally on Capitol Hill calling attention to the issue.“It was a very eye-opening and exciting experience for me and everyone else I would say. Everyone out there, for the most part, came from small town America where the week before they were in boots and then the next week they were all in suits letting their voices be heard in our nation’s capital. It was a very humbling event for me to see so many farmers standing up for their farms and families and doing their best to make a difference for the ag Industry,” said Amanda Bush from Morrow County, a student at The Ohio State University who went on the trip with the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association. “Actions speak much louder than words, and to have that many farmers willing to leave their home farms for a week to fight for their heritage had to make a difference. I am so glad I was able to be a part of it, because it showed me just how important this industry is to not only the farmers, but everyone.”The students got to spend time with board members from the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association and the Ohio Corn Marketing Program on the trip to advocate for their policy making priorities, visit U.S. Department of Agriculture and learn about trade with the U.S. Grains Council. Other students in attendance included: Sydney Snider, Grant Price and Mary Siekman, from The Ohio State University; Micaela Wright, Lindsey Overmyer, Connor Headings, and Taylor Dill from Wilmington College; and Greggory Hahn and Bethany Carlson from Northwest State Community College.The key event on the trip was the rally over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal cutting the RFS for corn ethanol by 3.75 billion gallons through 2016, which represents nearly 1.5 billion bushels in lost corn demand. The students joined farmers from Ohio and around the nation at the event.“Our message to the EPA is clear and unequivocal: Don’t mess with the RFS,” said Martin Barbre, NCGA Chairman. “We are gathered here today because we all understand what’s at stake.”Rally attendees heard from Senator Mark Kirk, Representative Tammy Duckworth, farmers, and ethanol industry leaders on the importance of ethanol to strengthening rural economies and protecting our environment and national security. Following the rally, corn farmers visited their congressional offices to drive home the importance of ethanol and the RFS.last_img read more

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Facebook: Again, We’re Not Doing a “Facebook Phone”

first_imgsarah perez Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook#mobile#news#NYT#web New rumors about a Facebook-branded phone resurfaced this week. Again, Facebook has shot them down. According to multiplepublications, mobile manufacturer HTC was readying either one or two so-called Facebook phones for launch at next month’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The smartphones would be the first to display Facebook’s branding and colors, and would offer deep integration with Facebook services.What Was the Rumor?Both BGR and City A.M. published rumors about the upcoming phones, with some hazy details on what the devices would offer. In BGR’s case, the source was a tipster who served on a recent focus group for what he or she believed was a “Facebook phone.” Based on the questions asked during the focus group session, BGR believed the new phone would offer always-on GPS and possibly automatic check-ins, location-aware coupons for Facebook Deals, a ticker-style message notification system on the device’s homescreen and more.City A.M. offered a similar report, noting that the tweaked version of Android on the phones will prominently display Facebook News Feed messages on the homescreen. It would also have integration with Facebook contacts, letting you call or email friends using the contact information they’ve stored on Facebook. City A.M. also identified the manufacturer as HTC.But a Reuters news report from today has squashed these Facebook phone rumors…. yet again. (This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of a Facebook-branded device, actually. But last time, the manufacturer was unknown). According to a statement made by Dan Rose, head of business development at Facebook, at a company event in London, “the rumors around there being something more to this HTC device are overblown,” he said. He also flatly denied the phones would support Facebook branding.But HTC is Doing Its Own Facebook Phone?So, wait. Rewind. HTC is launching a phone (or phones) featuring deep Facebook integration?Apparently so. “This is really just another example of a manufacturer who has taken our public APIs (application programing interfaces) and integrated them into their device in an interesting way,” Rose said, which essentially confirms that this device (or devices) do exist and that HTC is behind them.But you just can’t call it a “Facebook phone” because Facebook didn’t make the phone itself. And it’s not blue. And there’s no Facebook logo on it.The phones, the earlier reports say, will be unveiled next month. And both the older and newer reports say that two top-level Facebook engineers, Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos, are involved. We’ll have to wait until next month to find out what the truth is, it seems.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Pehlu case: activists seek probe on police inaction

first_imgAfter Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s promise to file an appeal against the acquittals in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, civil rights groups in Rajasthan have urged the State government to register cases of criminal negligence against the police officials, including the Investigating Officers, whose “faulty investigation” had led to the court acquitting the six accused for lack of evidence.People’s Union for Civil Liberties – Rajasthan president Kavita Srivastava said the Home Department, besides filing an appeal in the High Court, should ensure a court-monitored reinvestigation and retrial in the case. “This judgement will only end up emboldening those who take law in their hands, like the so-called cow vigilantes, who will now carry out targeted attacks on Muslims with impunity,” said Prem Krishna Sharma, a High Court lawyer and PUCL member.last_img read more

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BC legislature dress code proposal includes contemporary modifications

first_imgThe Canadian Press VICTORIA — A report by the acting clerk of British Columbia’s legislature proposes an updated dress code modelled on what is considered professional and contemporary business attire.Kate Ryan-Lloyd’s report makes 14 recommendations covering what’s appropriate attire at the legislature for politicians, staff and employees, including members of the media.Ryan-Lloyd says she hopes her report strikes the proper balance for dress expectations in the unique and modern environment at the legislature for politicians and others who work in the building.Speaker Darryl Plecas ordered a review of the legislature’s dress policy in March after several female reporters and an New Democrat staff member wore short sleeves to work in response to legislature staff telling some women to cover their arms.Plecas immediately approved preliminary dress guidelines ahead of the review of guidelines, stating business attire for women can include clothing that shows their arms.  Ryan-Lloyd’s review says politicians must amend the legislature’s standing orders for dress if they approve of her recommendations.last_img read more

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Washougal officials put EMS levy on Tuesday ballot

first_imgWashougal officials will turn to the public again for help funding emergency medical services.City councilors put the emergency medical services levy up for a public vote to replace the expired levy, which cost 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.The measure up for vote Tuesday would impose regular property tax levies of 50 cents of less per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2018-2023.The levy gives the city a stable, dedicated funding source to help pay for the emergency medical services. Levy funds can only be used for providing emergency medical services.The levy provides funding for dual-function paramedic/firefighters and local ambulance transport service, and will allow for a paramedic ambulance to remain stationed in Washougal.The money can also go toward replacing ambulances and equipment; offsetting rising fuel costs; continuing mandated training; continuing community CPR and first aid training; and providing training and support to firefighters and first responders.To pass, the levy requires a supermajority, meaning it must receive 60 percent of votes to be in favor and a turnout of 40 percent of voters voting in the last general election.For Washougal, this means the levy must receive a minimum of 1,770 “Yes” votes to pass, according to Cathie Garber, county elections supervisor.last_img read more

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Chaos and Confusion at Marketplace As Haitians Gather to Register

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:belongership, confusion, haitians, registration Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Nov 2015 – Resident Haitians are under the wrong impression and hundreds have turned out to become Turks and Caicos Islanders to ultimately gain the right to vote.Hundreds have been amassing at an independent voter registration drive with documents ready to apply for Belonger status, but that is not available through the civilians conducting the drive .The miscommunication and misunderstanding, Magnetic Media is told drew the legal Haitian population out in hopes of getting both the Belonger Card and the right to vote in 2016.So far no officials have been on site to clean up the mess and it appears that the civilians behind the voter registration drive are collecting documents on behalf of Immigration department.Magnetic Media visited the Department of Immigration and it was confirmed that there are no officers there on behalf of the Department. It was less clear whether these individuals on the ‘drive’ are authorised to function as a conduit for the One Stop Shop of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment.Some reports reaching our newsroom is that there is ‘funny’ business taking place with the rush of Haitian residents turning up at the drive. However when we spoke to PDM Deputy leader, Sean Astwood he said he could not say if there was anything illegal happening. Astwood is on the scene, quietly observing.It remains concerning though that neither the Government, the Ministry, Immigration or Elections Offices or the Opposition Party have checked on or halted the collection of documents for Belonger Status candidates. Immigration advised that no one but them is authorised to collect such documents and vowed to check the situation out.Haitians who responded to the hearsay are not moving off of the lines at the Markeplace despite clarifications coming from leaders in their community. Some told Magnetic Media they will remain until 11pm as they believe this is their chance to get Belonger Status and to get registered to vote. Six Haitian men rescued; boat sank Recommended for you 69 Haitians apprehended in Exuma More Haitians captured in Eleutheralast_img read more

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