China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on China for the immediate release of citizen journalist Qin Yongmin, 65, who has been serving a 13-year prison sentence since last summer and whose state of health has deteriorated as a result of abuse. RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsViolence News Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsViolence Chinese citizen journalist and activist Qin Yongmin is “constantly forced to perform hard manual work”, put “under regular surveillance by other prisoners” and even receives “death threats”, which is akin to “physical and mental torture” in view of his age and declining health. This was revealed by his wife in an appeal for help addressed to the UN and human rights organizations, after visiting her husband early December in Qianjiang City Prison (Hubei, center).”Such abuse of an elderly person in poor health is equivalent to a death sentence,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) East Asia Bureau, who called on the international community “to pressure Beijing to immediately release Qin Yongmin and all other imprisoned journalists and freedom of information defenders, at least 10 of whom are at risk of dying in detention.”Former metallurgist, Qin Yongmin is a long-time dissident who advocates for peaceful democratic reforms in China, including freedom of the press. Detained since March 2015 for “illegal assembly” and using “the Internet and foreign media” in an attempt to “overthrow the authority of the Chinese Communist Party”, he was sentenced in July 2018 by a court in Wuhan City (central) to a term of imprisonment of 13 years. Before his arrest, he had already spent 22 years in prison and labor camps.Ranked 176th place out of 180 in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index, China is one of the world’s largest journalists’ prisons, with more than 60 professional and non-professional journalists behind bars. In 2017, two freedom of information advocates, the Nobel Peace Prize and RSF Award Winner Liu Xiaobo, and blogger Yang Tongyan died due to mistreatment during their detention. Journalist Huang Qi, another RSF award holder imprisoned since 2016, is also a victim of torture that makes him fear for his life. Receive email alerts Organisation to go further January 8, 2019 – Updated on January 9, 2019 RSF urges China to free senior citizen journalist, victim of torture Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News News
News “I am very happy to be joining Reporters Without Borders and its team, one that is both energetic and constructive,” Deloire said. “As a journalist, I have always tried to give content and strength to freedom of information. Now I will work to continue Reporters Without Borders’ development and to do everything possible to protect this freedom and those who embody it.” The Reporters Without Borders board of governors, chaired by Dominique Gerbaud, announces the appointment of French journalist Christophe Deloire to succeed Jean-François Julliard as Reporters Without Borders director-general. He will take up the post in July. RSF_en A registered non-profit organization founded in 1985, Reporters Without Borders is one of the leading independent NGOs promoting and defending the freedom to report and receive news and information. It monitors and denounces media freedom violations, urges governments to stop censoring, gives moral and financial support to persecuted journalists and provides war reporters with material assistance designed to improve their safety. Reporters Without Borders has an active network of 150 correspondents in all five continents and 10 international bureaux (in Berlin, Brussels, Geneva, Madrid, Montreal, New York, Stockholm, Tunis, Vienna and Washington DC). Its headquarters is in Paris. Aged 41, Deloire has been director of the Paris-based Journalists Training Centre (CFJ) since 2008. After graduating from the Higher School for Economic and Commercial Sciences (ESSEC) in Paris in 1994, he did his national service at TF1 television’s bureau in Berlin and then began working as a journalist for newspapers and TV stations, above all Arte and LCI. He worked for the French newsweekly Le Point from 1998 to 2007, initially for its society section and then its politics section, doing investigative stories and features in France and abroad. An editor with the French publishing house Flammarion until 2009, he is the author of several best-selling books (including L’Enquête Sabotée in 2004, Sexus Politicus in 2006 and Circus Politicus in 2012) and has made a documentary. May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Christophe Deloire appointed Reporters Without Borders director-general Related documents Christophe Deloire appointed Reporters Without Borders director-general (Arabic/بالعربية)PDF – 79.25 KB Organisation Help by sharing this information “We wanted someone who knows the media from the inside, who stands up for freedom of information and who is also a good manager,” Gerbaud said. “We found that combination in Christophe Deloire, who has reenergized the Journalists Training Centre in the four years he has been running it. A former investigative reporter who writes well, defends his views with passion and is an Internet and new technology enthusiast, he has everything it takes to give new impetus to Reporters Without Borders.”
The L.V. Rogers Bombers needed a shootout to get past Mt Baker Wild in the final of the Prince Charles Comets High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament in Creston.The teams were tied after regulation time, forcing a shootout to determine the overall champ.,LVR did not allow a goal through the round robin, blasting David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 6-0, Grand Forks Wolves 4-0 and J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 5-0. The Bombers are the defending Kootenay High School AA Boy’s Soccer Champs.LVR finishing in the top ten at the 2012 tournament in Burnaby.
People in Donegal have been left to drink water like this….while Irish Water bosses pay themselves bonusesTHE IRISH Water crisis kick-started by the Donegal County Council row over the body has taken yet another turn – 299 staff are to get average bonuses of €7,000…for doing their jobs.Staff who meet the criteria of their employment contracts will get the cash, the organisation has admitted.It follows a row over massive fees paid to consultants, and being probed in the Dail this week. Irish Water MD John Tierney told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that so far, no bonuses have been paid but every employee has the opportunity to receive a bonus based on their performance.Minister Phil Hogan has defended the latest scandals, despite criticism from Labour minister Joan Burton.Local Sinn Féin election candidate, Noel Jordan slammed councillors who saved the council this week.“The people of Donegal had watched intently as it seemed certain that our local representatives would, at last, make a stand in defence of struggling families and vote down an unfair council budget. “Many people believed the promises that many councillors were willing to sacrifice their seats in a symbolic stand against austerity.“When it came down to it however, only Sinn Féin councillors and some Fianna Fáil councillors had the backbone to see it through.“I am particularly disappointed with local independent councillor John Campbell, who despite promising to make a stand, went back on his word, joined with Fine Gael and accepted the budget with some piecemeal adjustments.“How can Councillor Campbell call for a boycott of water taxes when he voted for our county’s water assets to be transferred to Irish Water? Where is the credibility in that?“The people of south Donegal deserve better representation than they’ve been given over the last number of years. I hope to change that.” ANGER AS IRISH WATER STAFF PROMISED €7,000 BONUSES – FOR DOING THEIR JOBS was last modified: January 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:000 BONUSES – FOR DOING THEIR JOBSANGER AS IRISH WATER STAFF PROMISED €7
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater head coach Bong Ramos and team manager Joel Co gave one piece of important advice to beleaguered center Rabeh Al-Hussaini.Both had the same message to Al-Hussaini, who hasn’t reported to the Elite’s practice for several days now, and that is he should be able to deal with his personal problems while still having time to fulfill his duties with the team.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES “As a player, he has to separate his personal problems no matter how heavy it is,” said Ramos in Filipino. “If this happened to me I will find time to fix the problem and at the same time, I’ll put the practices first then, do whatever I have to do to fix the problem.”Al-Hussaini has reportedly already received 30 percent of his salary in the form a cash advance and that the 6-foot-7 big man is also wishing for a buyout, something Blackwater ownership isn’t willing to give.“No way we’re giving to buy him out, he already had a 30 percent advance from his one-year salary and then more than month he went AWOL (absent without leave),” said team owner Dioceldo Sy in a report on ESPN5.Co added that Al-Hussaini even told the team that he’s committed to the club and help the squad improve its fifth-seed finish, 7-4, in the Governors’ Cup—Blackwater’s best conference in franchise history.“We had a team lunch, just before Christmas, and he told us of his problem and he somehow made a commitment to coach and to everybody in the whole team that we’re going to move forward and pick up from where we left off,” said Co.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Manny Pacquiao gets visit from MMA star Cris Cyborg Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Co said he and Ramos already talked with Al-Hussaini during the holiday season telling him that they understand the problem but he still has a responsibility as professional basketball player.“Coach Bong and I talked to him and he told us his problem, and we respect that, but regardless of what’s happening we made him understand that this isn’t easy,” said Co in Filipino after the team’s Saturday practice at Reyes Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“We made him understand that as a professional, regardless if you’re a professional athlete or in the corporate world, of course, you should find a away to separate your problem with your work. A similar thing happened to me before and I brought my problem to work and that is really a recipe for disaster,” added Co.Al-Hussaini, Co said, last reported to the team right before Christmas when the players were given the signal to go on break for the offseason. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
A surge in oil prices helped the energy sector boost Canada’s main stock index Tuesday, as North American stock markets regained some of the ground lost Monday.Broad losses kicked off the week as trade tensions between the U.S. and China flared up over potential action by the U.S. on technology export and investment restrictions, but trade fears eased up Tuesday, said Craig Jerusalim, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.“The market rebounded today partially off the overreaction yesterday, and there was some downplaying of the trade concerns, and that’s clearly helped lift some of the North American equity markets. Canada’s particularly strong on the back of higher commodity prices.”Crude was the major commodity mover as the August crude contract closed up $2.45 or 3.6 per cent at US$70.53 due to a variety of factors.Oil moved on strong fundamental demand, the production outage that started last week at Syncrude Canada is finally starting to bite, and the most prevalent reason is new pressure from the Americans for its allies to stop buying Iranian oil, said Jerusalim.“Those three things together have resulted in the oil price being up well over three per cent today, which is a big single day move,” he said.U.S. President Trump has already made major steps to disrupt Iranian oil exports with the announcement he would pull out of a nuclear deal with the country and restore sanctions, so the latest move is just added pressure, said Jerusalim.“There was just more rhetoric and commentary coming from different sources of additional pressure. So it wasn’t new news, it was just the rhetoric being ratcheted up slightly.”The increase was enough, however, to counter negative pressure on oil after Saudi Arabia said it was planning record oil production for July of about 10.8 million barrels a day.The rise in energy helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 96.13 points at 16,280.09, after losing 266.18 points a day earlier.The S&P/TSX capped energy index was up 2.9 per cent on the day to lead index gains on the market.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 30.31 points at 24,283.11. The S&P 500 index was up 5.99 points at 2,723.06 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 29.62 points at 7,561.63.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.15 cents US, down 0.02 of a US cent.The August gold contract ended down US$9 to US$1,259.90 an ounce. The July copper contract was even at US$2.99 a pound and the August natural gas contract was up one cent at US$2.93 per mmBTU.
“LNG Canada formally welcomes Petronas as our fifth Joint Venture Participant following a deal close this month,” said LNG Canada spokesperson Susannah Pierce. “You’ll continue to see LNG Canada as your day-to-day liaison with the community, First Nations and our stakeholders, so nothing changes in that regard.”“Petronas shares our strong commitment to the community, First Nations and government, and brings decades of LNG experience in construction and operations to LNG Canada, which will benefit our project as we move closer to a Final Investment Decision,” added Pierce.The announcement comes less than a year after Petronas and its partners scrapped plans to build a $36-billion LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert.LNG Canada has said that hopes to announce a final investment decision on the project during the second half of this year.With files from The Canadian Press. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – LNG Canada says that Petronas is now an official partner in the consortium that is proposing to build a $40 billion liquified natural gas export terminal in Kitimat.At the end of May, the Malaysian state-owned energy giant announced that one of its subsidiaries had signed an agreement for a 25 percent stake in LNG Canada, which was subject to regulatory approvals.In a Facebook post on Monday, LNG Canada officially welcomed Petronas as the fifth partner in the joint venture, which also includes Shell, PetroChina, Mitsubishi Corp., and Kogas Canada.
Gurgaon: India has neither forgotten nor will forget the Pulwama terror attack and the country’s leadership is “capable and courageous” to mete out effective responses to such acts, NSA Ajit Doval said Tuesday. Speaking for the first time about the attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed on February 14 in Jammu and Kashmir, the national security advisor (NSA) asked the paramilitary force to “constantly” enhance their professionalism, training, physical capabilities and quick response skills. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “What should we do? What should be our way, our aim and our response and time to respond? The country’s leadership is both capable and courageous to (do) that,” Doval said. “The country will tackle all such challenges and we have the courage to do this,” he said while addressing Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on the paramilitary force’s 80th raising day celebrations at its group centre here. Doval began his 16-minute speech by paying tributes to the 40 personnel who were killed when a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist blew up his explosives-laden vehicle alongside their bus, which was part of a convoy going from Jammu to Srinagar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The country has not forgotten and will not forget the terror attack, Doval said, referring to the Pulwama incident. The NSA reiterated that the leadership of the country is fully capable to deal with any act of terror and also against those who abet it. Doval, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is believed to be the person behind the planning of the air strike on a JeM camp in Balakot in Pakistan. The strike was carried out by the Indian Air Force (IAF) in retaliation to the Pulwama terror incident, which was one of the worst attack on security personnel in Kashmir in three decades. The Pulwama attack was a “very sad incident”, Doval said, adding that the country will always be indebted to these personnel and their families. He asked CRPF personnel to “not look back” as they have a golden future ahead. “If your morale is high, then the country’s future is safe,” the retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and chief of the Intelligence Bureau (IB), said. World history is replete with examples when weak internal security mechanisms led to loss of independence, constitutional crises and collapse of governments, he said. Doval said after World War II, out of the 37 nations that faced such crisis, 28 suffered it because of internal security problems. Therefore, the CRPF, as the lead internal security force of the country has an important role and onerous responsibility in ensuring peace, and law and order, he said. Doval praised the force for its quick response in moving from one conflict or combat theatre to the another in a short time and for being a very “credible” force for the Indian government when it comes to ensuring law and order anywhere in the country. He said anywhere in the country if there is a internal security challenge, “you will find CRPF’s tackling it” The CRPF, with about 3 lakh personnel, has 246 operational battalions, and was raised in 1939 as the Crown Representatives Police during British rule. It was re-named as the CRPF in 1949. It was granted the President’s colour this day in 1950 by the first home minister of the country, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.It is the highest honour bestowed on a force in recognition of exceptional service rendered by it to the nation, both during war and peace. This is the second time that Doval attended as chief guest a martial event conducted by any of the Central Armed Police Forces since he was appointed the NSA by the Modi government in 2014. Doval had reviewed an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) parade in 2015 when the force guarding the China border marked its 54th years of raising. During the event, the NSA also decorated CRPF jawans and officers with gallantry medals that were announced on the occasion of the Republic Day this year.
After missing out last season, the Ohio State baseball team is making its return to the Big Ten Baseball Tournament at Huntington Park on Wednesday. “I’m really excited to play in the Big Ten Tournament and have an opportunity to win the Big Ten Championship,” coach Greg Beals said. The Buckeyes (25-25, 13-11) clinched a tournament berth with a series win at Minnesota over the weekend. OSU secured the No. 4 seed with a 3-0 win Saturday behind a strong outing from freshman starter Greg Greve, who threw eight shutout innings. “I liked most that we decided our fate on the field ourselves,” Beals said. “We needed to win Saturday and played probably our cleanest game of the season all year long.” It was the first time in program history that OSU won a series at Minnesota. “When you think about all the great teams OSU has had and to have never won there before, it’s crazy to think about,” Beals said. “For us to accomplish that this year, it’s something great.” Beals credited his seniors for helping give the team momentum down the stretch. “It’s senior leadership,” Beals said. “They can see the light at the end of the tunnel and they’re trying to push that light further and further away. They want to play as long as they can and they’re just playing with great determination.” OSU, making its 14th tournament appearance in 15 years, has to travel just a few miles away from campus for a chance at the Big Ten Championship. “We’re playing in home in Columbus,” Beals said, “and it is as friendly an environment as it can be for a conference tournament.” OSU will face a familiar opponent in its opener against the No. 5-seeded Golden Gophers (22-22, 13-11). Minnesota, which was the Big Ten coaches’ preseason favorite to win the league, is the reigning conference champion and has the most tournament championships and appearances, with nine and 27, respectively. “Our game plan against this Minnesota weekend was solid,” Beals said. “We’re going to go out and run the same plan again.” Senior pitcher Drew Rucinski, who will start against the Golden Gophers, said it shouldn’t be too difficult facing a team again so soon. “It’s a little bit tougher,” Rucinski said. “But it’s just another team lineup that’s trying to hit the ball. They’ve got to hit the ball just like I’ve got to throw the ball.” Greve, who the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week, said he is excited for his first experience in tournament play. “I can’t wait,” Greve said. “It’s been our goal all year to make the tournament, and now we have to go out and make the most of this opportunity.” Illinois (25-25, 15-9) and Michigan State (34-19, 15-9) were awarded the top seeds of the tournament after finishing as Big Ten regular-season co-champions. The Fighting Illini were given the No. 1 seed after winning their season series against the Spartans. No. 3 seed Purdue (36-18, 14-10) is making its fourth straight tournament appearance, the longest active streak of any Big Ten team. Purdue faces No. 6-seeded Penn State (32-20, 12-12), which returns to the tournament for the first time since 2008. The double-elimination tournament, which started in 1981, will run Wednesday through Saturday. OSU and Minnesota will open up tournament play at 12:05 p.m. Wednesday.
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco feels that they ultimately paid a heavy price for their mistakes in their 4-1 defeat to Barcelona at the Nou CampThe Giallorossi conceded two own goals with Barcelona’s Gerard Pique then adding a third for the hosts. Edin Dzeko had given Roma a glimmer of hope when he scored, but Luis Suarez then hammered home from 14 yards to restore their advantage.Speaking after the match, Di Francesco felt that the overall results was not a fair reflection on their performance. But the Italian conceded that making the mistakes they did against Barcelona was always going to prove costly.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I think the result is unfair on us given the way we played against a team like this. We scored an incredible own goal – Daniele De Rossi’s – and made mistakes in our own area. We made a game of it but were too slow in dropping off and reading certain situations. Ultimately, we needed to score when we had the chance to do so, like through [Diego] Perotti at the start of the second half or when we won the ball off their keeper. We needed to be more clinical because Barcelona are unforgiving.” said the Roma coach, according to the club website.“The players who started the game did well and so did our substitutes, [Stephan] El Shaarawy, [Gregoire] Defrel and [Maxime] Gonalons. Max played well, regardless of his mistake on the fourth goal. We were good in the first half and set out to score after the break with focus and determination. We managed to win the ball back but our decision-making let us down. And people always go on about how good our goalkeeper is but their goalie saved all our efforts tonight.”