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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Limerick drug dealers cutting heroin with cattle medicine

first_imgDrugs epidemic threatens to engulf Limerick City Email Facebook Gardaí across Ireland take on viral dance challenge Man and woman arrested after Gardaí seize cash and suspected drugs worth more than €28,000 Previous articleLimerick man jailed for threatening to kill Garda detectiveNext articleIce cream vans used as cover for Limerick drug dealer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Youth arrested in connection with alleged assault on female Garda NewsLimerick drug dealers cutting heroin with cattle medicineBy Staff Reporter – November 4, 2016 3044 Linkedin HEROIN and cocaine sold by Limerick drug dealers is mixed with everything from talcum powder to cattle ringworm medicine.Forensic Science Ireland, based at Garda Headquarters, have confirmed the common belief that drug purity levels in Limerick can be less than 20 per cent with the other 80 per cent made up of a host of ingredients.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dublin purity levels are recorded at 28 per cent, which is well below the European average of 35-45 per cent.According to analysis of drugs seized by Gardaí, unscrupulous dealers are bulking or “cutting” cocaine with potent levels of levamisole which is used to kill parasitic worms in animals.Three out of every four cocaine seizures had levamisole present.Heroin found in Limerick had been cut to just 30 per cent but bulk seizures had purity levels of more than 40 per cent, indicating that local gangs are further cutting the drugs before distributing them on the streets.The State laboratory said that white sugars, caffeine, diazepam, paracetamol and creatine were also used in the drug mixes.Earlier this year, Kieran (40) and Brian Collopy (43) were jailed for eight years after they were found cutting, mixing and bagging €37,000 of heroin in mixing bowls and in the bath of a house in St Mary’s Park.The brothers were described as being at the “top end of the drugs pyramid”.Testing has shown that the drugs also contain benzocaine and lignocaine, which are local anaesthetics used in dentistry, as well as caffeine and phenacetin, a painkiller banned in a number of countries due to its cancer causing properties.There have been large quantities of Amphetamine seized in Limerick which have have had purity levels as low as 9.2 per cent.center_img TAGScollopydrug dealersdrugsGardaheroinlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Twitter Print WhatsApp Newcastle West Gardaí move Gardaí warn students of rental scamslast_img read more

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Foreclosure Inventory, Delinquencies See Declines in September

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Foreclosure Inventory, Delinquencies See Declines in September Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: DS News Webcast: Friday 10/24/2014 Next: Index Points to Moderate Economic Growth For Remainder of 2014 Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services Delinquent Mortgages Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosures Non-Current Mortgage Loans Seriously Delinquent Mortgages Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Foreclosure Inventory, Delinquencies See Declines in September Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Black Knight Financial Services Delinquent Mortgages Foreclosure Inventory Foreclosures Non-Current Mortgage Loans Seriously Delinquent Mortgages 2014-10-24 Brian Honea October 24, 2014 1,031 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago In September, foreclosure inventory in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than six years while delinquencies also significantly declined, according to Black Knight Financial Services’ “First Look” at September Mortgage Data released on Friday.The percentage of current residential mortgage loans in some state of foreclosure fell to 1.76 percent, its lowest level since February 2008, according to Black Knight. The overall number of mortgage loans in the foreclosure process totaled about 893,000 for September, a decline of 33 percent from the same month a year ago when about 1.33 million mortgage loans were in foreclosure.Month-over-month, foreclosure inventory dropped by 20,000, a 2.2. percent decrease, according to Black Knight.Residential mortgage loans that were delinquent, or “non-current” (30 days or more overdue but not in foreclosure), totaled about 2.9 million in September, Black Knight reported. This number represented a decline of 3.9 percent (about 117,000 loans), nearly erasing the increase delinquent loans experienced in August. The number of delinquent loans is down 12.2 percent since September 2013.The top five states for highest non-current mortgage loan percentage were Mississippi (14.4 percent), New Jersey (12.2 percent), Louisiana (11.2 percent), New York (10.7 percent), and Florida (10.6 percent), according to Black Knight. The five states with the lowest non-current mortgage loan percentage were North Dakota (2.4 percent), South Dakota (3.6 percent), Colorado (3.7 percent), Montana (3.9 percent), and Minnesota (4.0 percent).The number of mortgage loans that were 30 days or more overdue on payments or in foreclosure also took a dive in September, according to Black Knight. The number was reported at about 3.8 million for the month, a decline of 137,000 from August and 822,000 from September 2013.The total number of seriously delinquent loans (90 or more days overdue) fell by about 25,000 from August to September down to 1.1 million, the lowest total since August 2008, according to Black Knight. In September 2013, about 1.33 million residential mortgage loans were seriously delinquent. The top five states for highest seriously delinquent rates were Mississippi (5.3 percent), Alabama (3.6 percent), Rhode Island (3.53 percent), Louisiana (3.52 percent), and Massachusetts (3.3 percent), Black Knight reported.Foreclosure starts increased by 11.5 percent in September, up to 91,000, Black Knight reported. However, there was a decline in foreclosure starts year-over-year of 16.5 percent. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

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Peru Bolsters Strategy Against Narco-Terrorist Alliance in Coca-growing Areas

first_imgBy Pedro Hurtado Cánepa/Diálogo October 25, 2016 The Peruvian government officially ordered the Armed Forces to directly intervene in coca-growing areas of the country in its continued battle against criminal elements engaged in narcoterrorism. The measure took effect on October 11th, and will remain in force for 60 days. The order calls for the development and implementation of a new strategy in the region of the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley of the (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym), which includes areas located in the Peruvian highlands such as Ayacucho, Junín, Huancavelica, and Cusco, cities with high levels of poverty affected by terrorist violence from 1980-2000. According to a 2015 report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, there are 18,333 hectares of coca cultivation in the VRAEM alone. The document shows that Peru has at least 40,300 hectares in 13 production areas, which is surpassed only by Colombia. As a result of this new strategy, in early October, Fernando Zavala, president of the Council of Ministers, announced a state of emergency in different VRAEM districts. “This new strategy consists of the Armed Forces assuming control of internal security, and they will have the support of the National Police,” said Andrés Gómez de la Torre, a Peruvian expert on national defense and intelligence issues. Peruvian legislation establishes that the fight against drug trafficking is a function that rests with the police. “The intention of the VRAEM strategy is to look at the situation objectively and to have a unified command in charge of the Armed Forces Joint Command and joined by the National Police of Peru,” said Gómez, indicating that the new operations will be more proactive. Working together According to the Interior Minister, the National Police will continue engaging in those aspects in which it has exclusive inalienable jurisdiction, such as the investigation of crimes like illicit drug trafficking. For purposes of the legality of their actions and the full respect for human rights, law enforcement will be under the direction of the Peruvian Attorney General’s Office. Peruvian police officers will continue to be in charge of the arrest and prosecution of individuals, as well as public safety, among other duties. “The issue of drug trafficking in the VRAEM began 10 years ago, and it has become a war of attrition due to the multiple threats to national security,” said Gómez. “The remnants of Shining Path in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley are no longer the ideological or political apparatus of a terrorist group questioning the rule of law. They have now become allies with drug-trafficking mafias operating in the area,” said Minister of Defense Mariano González. For González, the current reality of terrorist groups in Peru is causing a rethinking of certain strategies and what the sector’s position is. “With this rule, the Armed Forces are empowered to fight drug trafficking,” he said. González admitted that among the risks in the fight against drug trafficking is the emergence of cases of corruption in the very same law enforcement agencies (due to the large amounts of money they handle). “Supervision processes will be established to prevent members of the Armed Forces from falling into temptation,” he said. Peruvian Congressman and retired Vice Admiral Carlos Tubino, believes that these measures should be accompanied by others geared towards enhancing military intervention in this jurisdiction, such as allowing the Armed Forces to directly carry out interdictions against drug traffickers. “There are currently 64 Army bases in the VRAEM, and they cannot do direct interdiction, seize drugs they find, or hand those involved over (to the courts),” said Vice Adm. Tubino. He believes that the Armed Forces should directly participate in confiscating drugs, drug paraphernalia, capturing individuals involved, and handing them over to the police. Defense Minister Mariano González will detail the new military strategy to congressional members at the National Defense, Internal Order, Alternative Development, and Drug Control Committee during the first week of November in order to determine its continuity.last_img read more

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BLOG: How Is Gov. Wolf Fighting Back Against the Heroin Crisis in the next Budget?

first_imgBLOG: How Is Gov. Wolf Fighting Back Against the Heroin Crisis in the next Budget? SHARE Email Facebook Twitter June 07, 2016 Budget News,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Since April, Governor Wolf has been traveling statewide to host roundtables with legislators on the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania. At each event, the governor has been joined by not only legislators but also local officials, law enforcement, health care professionals, individuals who have lost loved ones to addiction, and survivors of opioid overdose.These productive and powerful conversations have allowed local and state officials to come together and discuss the challenges that they are facing. The roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Fighting back against this public health crisis is a top priority for Governor Wolf and his administration.What is Governor Wolf proposing to do?Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities.The Wilkes-Barre Citizens’ Voice called this plan the “first and crucial step… toward recognizing, confronting and dealing with Pennsylvania’s drug problem once and for all.”What is a Center of Excellence?These centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid. Treatment is team-based and focused on the “whole person” — with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health with primary care.Patients of these centers:Have an opioid use disorderMay have co-occurring behavioral and physical health conditionsNeed help to navigate the care systemNeed guidance to stay engaged in treatment so as to avoid relapsingWhat will these centers do?The centers provide comprehensive care management and coordinates patient care.In order to best serve patients, the centers provide transitional and follow-up care. They provide patient and family support and offer referrals to other community and social support services that can help the patient.The team at a center include the patient, health care providers, family members, community-based care navigators, and community-based resources.Why is this important for the 2016-17 budget?The opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic is the most significant public health crisis of our lifetime.According to the Sharon Herald, our state’s awareness of and eagerness to fight back against this epidemic was “made very clear on Thursday when Gov. Tom Wolf said he was seeking $34 million in the state’s budget to address opioid and heroin abuse… the hope is these centers will become a pathway for treatment and save the lives of addicts who are living on the very edge.”The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.This funding is the next step on the state level to increase quality of and access to care.center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretarylast_img read more

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