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Jailed netizen with cancer needs proper medical treatment

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first_img Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more The official reason for his arrest by the police, who confiscated his computer, was his participation in this “illegal” demonstration. According to confidential sources, he is being held in Beijing. As the case has been classified as a “state secret,” he cannot be represented by a lawyer. Xiao has been the target of court summonses, arrests and other forms of harassment in the past.A Beijing court announced on 10 April that two activists who were arrested in early 2011 for criticizing forced evictions on social networks and providing legal aid to victims – Ni Yulan (倪玉兰) and her husband Dong Jiqin (董继勤) – have been sentenced to 32 and 24 months in prisons respectively on charges of fraud and disturbing public order. Ni is permanently handicapped as a result of being mistreated during an earlier spell in prison in 2002.In neither Xiao’s case nor Ni and Dong’s were defence rights respected. The trials were held behind closed doors, the details of the charges were kept secret and the defendants were not represented by lawyers – all of which constitute procedural violations under Chinese law. Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Xiao, Ni and Dong and the quashing of their convictions.A petition for Xiao’s release circulating on Twitter has so far received few signatures. US-based human rights activist Ge Xun (葛洵) blames this on the Chinese government’s Internet censorship.The European Union has called for the release of Ni and Dong, and the French foreign ministry has expressed deep concern about the case. March 12, 2021 Find out more News to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en ———-3rd April 2012 – AUTHORITIES LIFT MICROBLOG RESTRICTION BUT STILL HAVE INTERNET COMMENTS IN THEIR SIGHTSReporters Without Borders deplores the three-day ban on posting comments on other people’s accounts in the two main Chinese microblogging services, Sina Weibo et Tencent QQ, which was finally lifted today. The authorities had imposed the ban on 31 March ostensibly to combat “harmful rumours.”The media freedom organization is disturbed by this kind of restriction, which is indicative of the government’s feverish concern about the information circulating on the Internet in China, and is liable to be reimposed the next time an overly sensitive subject is widely discussed online.The microblog comments ban was part of a large-scale operation launched by the authorities in Beijing in a bid to suppress online rumours of a coup d’état in the wake of the charismatic politician Bo Xilai’s dismissal as secretary of the Communist Party committee in the southwestern city of Chongqing on 15 March.The official New China agency reported that six people were arrested on the night of 30 March for “fabricating and spreading false online rumours” and 16 websites were closed.Li Delin (李德林), a financial reporter for the magazine Capital Week (证券市场周刊) who has been missing since 23 March, was arrested for the same reason, according to Radio Free Asia. Describing the situation in Beijing on his Weibo microblog on 19 March, Li wrote: “There are lots of military vehicles, Chang’an Street is under constant control. You can see lots of plainclothes policemen at all the intersections and there are even metal barriers in some places” » (“军车如林,长安街不断管制。每个路口还有多名便衣,有的路口还拉了铁栅栏。”). The authorities are stepping up the pressure on microblogs as the number of users is growing fast and is currently put at about 300 million. The latest example is a drive to end anonymous blogging. Since 16 March, anyone wanting to start a microblog is supposed to provide their real name and phone number and those already registered have been told they will be unable to continue blogging if they do not provide the required information.Last November, Sina and Tencent undertook to implement government directives on online surveillance and to combat pornography, fraud and the dissemination of rumours and false information online. A few months before that, microblog sites had to hire moderators in order to be better equipped to implement directives from government censors.China has one of the world’s most sophisticated systems of Internet censorship and surveillance and is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” Organisation News In the name of respect for human dignity, Reporters Without Borders calls for the jailed netizen and activist Ni Yulan to be transferred at once to a hospital capable of treating her thyroid cancer properly.Ni’s daughter voiced concern about her health yesterday after visiting her in a Beijing prison on 19 October.”Jailing Ni Yulan again was already evidence of judicial persecution but refusing to transfer her to a proper hospital would be an act of unacceptable cruelty,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the authorities to allow her to be hospitalized without delay.”After being beaten and tortured by the police following her arrest, Ni was given a two-year jail sentence in April on charges of fraud and disturbing public order. It is the third time the activist lawyer has been jailed in the past decade.Her husband, Dong Jiqin, is also serving a two-year jail sentence on the same charges.Photo credits: ROBERT J. SAIGET / AFP______________13/04/2012: Beijing tries to suppress information about politically-charged affair Ever since the purge of the leading politician Bo Xilai, who has just been removed from the Communist Party Central Committee and Politburo, Beijing has been reinforcing online censorship in a bid to suppress discussion of the subject.The latest terms to be added to the list of banned Internet keywords include not only “investigation” and “political struggle” but also the words “tomato” and “hotpot” – “bo” and “xi” in Mandarin – which are being used together online to make coded allusions to Bo Xilai.Reporters Without Borders condemns the active cooperation that Chinese Internet companies such as the Baidu search engine are giving the regime’s censorship policies. The official news agency Xinhua reported on 10 April that Baidu, Sina and Tencent had undertaken to “resolutely support and cooperate with relevant government departments in measures to fight and clear up online rumours.”Xinhua added that they would also “earnestly fulfil their responsibility to society, follow the law, increase management of the Internet and adopt effective measures” against rumours. More than 210,000 microblog posts have been removed since mid-March.The main Chinese microblog services, Sina Weibo and Tencent QQ, were censored from 1 to 3 April, when many users found that the comments posted by others in their accounts had been removed. In a related development, the Sina Weibo account of Liu Xiaoyuan (刘晓原), the artist Ai Weiwei’s lawyer, has not been accessible since the evening of 11 April. The authorities asked Sina to block Liu’s account for three days because of “inappropriate content.” According to Liu, it was because he referred to the Bo Xilai affair. He received a message from Sina saying, “We ask you not to post this kind of information or else you will lose the right to a Weibo account.”Reporters Without Borders has learned that Xiao Yong (肖勇), a cyber-activist specializing in corruption issues, was arrested in Guangzhou on 2 April for posting photos on social networks of a 31 March demonstration at which human rights activists demanded more government transparency and called on senior politicians to publicly disclose their assets. ChinaAsia – Pacific October 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed netizen with cancer needs proper medical treatment News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

Lucas Torreira ‘very close’ to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal

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first_imgLucas Torreira ‘very close’ to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal Advertisement Comment Lucas Torreira is on the verge of swapping Arsenal for Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira is very close to joining Atletico Madrid from Arsenal, according to reports in Uruguay.The Gunners have been willing to offload the midfielder this summer in order to bolster their transfer budget to fund moves for Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar.Torreira, who was signed from Sampdoria for £26 million in 2018, has attracted interest from several Serie A clubs this summer.But according to ESPN Uruguay, a source close to Torreira has confirmed that the midfielder is on the verge of moving to Atletico.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Torreira is keen on joining up with Diego Simeone at Atletico and the Uruguay international has rejected the chance to move to Fiorentina or Torino.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt’s reported that negotiations between Arsenal and Atletico are ‘advanced’ but not yet complete. Lucas Torreira has not yet made an appearance for Arsenal this season (Getty Images)On Monday, reports in Spain claimed that Simeone has personally contacted Torreira in order to persuade him to make the move to the Spanish capital.Torreira is yet to feature for Arsenal this season and Mikel Arteta has left the midfielder out of his side’s two Premier League games so far.Atletico are hoping to agree a loan deal with Arsenal which will include an option to buy.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Lazio remain in talks with Arsenal over a deal for Shkodran Mustafi. The Serie A club are willing to offer €10 million (£9.1m) for the German defender.West Ham and Newcastle United are also interesting in signing Callum ChambersFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 22 Sep 2020 9:30 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link13kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Chart opens LNG station for Bisek-Asfalt in Poland

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first_imgImage courtesy of ChartU.S. LNG equipment maker Chart Industries said its unit, Chart Ferox, has opened an LNG vehicle fueling station in Kostomloty, Poland. The station has been engineered and built by Chart Ferox for Bisek-Asfalt that owns and will also operate the facility.It will service Bisek-Asfalt’s own fleet, as well as other companies in the region, Chart said in its statement.Commenting during the opening of the LNG fueling station, Bisek-Asfalt’s chairman Michal Bisek, noted the company intends to expand its fleet of LNG trucks to 50 within the next 12 months.It was also noted that Chart has been selected by the company for the construction of the next LNG facility.Bisek-Asfalt recently signed a deal with its compatriot Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG) for the delivery over 1,000 tons of LNG as fuel for its current fleet. The two companies also agreed to develop a new LNG station. PGNiG will supply LNG from the President Lech Kaczyński LNG terminal in Świnoujście.last_img read more

Protecting and enhancing our environmental assets and natural resources

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first_imgNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 10In 2030, rural communities are thriving and prosperous, cities are compact and energy efficient, the public know the dangers of climate change and unconstrained consumption of natural resources is no more. Our priorities, instead, are on the protection and rehabilitation of South Africa’s natural assets.   •  Overview•  Document downloads•  Quality basic education•  Health care for all•  Safety & freedom from fear•  Economy & employment•  A skilled workforce•  Economic infrastructure•  Vibrant rural communities•  Sustainable human settlements•  Accountable local government•  Natural environment•  South Africa in the world•  Efficient public service•  Inclusive social protection•  Nation building, social cohesion Environment – DownloadsFind out more about the National Development Plan.• National Development Plan – full text• National Development Plan – Chapter 5: Environmental sustainability – An equitable transition to a low-carbon economy• Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 10: Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources• New Growth Path: Green Economy Accord• Infographic: Environmental sustainabilityEnvironment – The visionThe National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa’s transition to an environmentally sustainable, climate-change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society is well under way.Thriving rural communities provide an economic and social base for a significant number of people. Urban development is more compact and energy efficient. In 2030, growing public awareness of the consequences of climate change and unconstrained consumption of our natural resources has led to a refocusing of priorities towards the protection and rehabilitation of the South Africa’s natural assets.Objectives for 2030:• A target for the amount of land and oceans under protection (today about 7.9-million hectares of land, 848 kilometres of coastline and 4 172 square kilometres of ocean are protected).• Achieve the peak, plateau and decline trajectory for greenhouse gas emissions, with the peak being reached around 2025.• By 2030, an economy-wide carbon price should be entrenched.• Zero emission building standards by 2030.• Absolute reductions in the total volume of waste disposed to landfill each year.• At least 20 000MW of renewable energy should be contracted by 2030.• Improved disaster preparedness for extreme climate events.• Increased investment in new agricultural technologies, research and the development of adaptation strategies for the protection of rural livelihoods and expansion of commercial agriculture.Environment – The challengesSouth Africa faces the challenge of deteriorating environmental quality due to pollution and natural resource degradation, destruction and depletion.Specific challenges include:Inadequately informed decision-making and governanceInformation management systems for environmental sustainability are still inadequate. South Africa’s environmental governance regime is world class, but capacity constraints remain, particularly in compliance monitoring and enforcement.Natural resource degradation and depletion of ecological infrastructureCompeting land uses cause overexploitation and degradation of natural resources. This unbalances the ecosystem, depletes the quality and quantity of water resources, and reduces soil formation and pollination – natural assets that are essential to the economy.WasteIncreasing quantities of waste, poor waste management and lack of access to waste services lead to pollution, health risks and environmental degradation. (Waste includes hazardous waste, healthcare waste, mine dumps, industrial leachate and sludge, and solid waste.) Levels of recycling and re-use are low and waste is not valued as a resource with economic potential.Air pollutionSouth Africa’s continued reliance on fossil fuels creates air pollution hotspots, especially in winter. Most worrying are pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrates, which cause respiratory illness.Water pollutionSouth Africa is a water-stressed country. It faces an even drier future and climate uncertainty, with cycles of droughts and sudden excessive rains. The health of aquatic ecosystems is declining. Our oceans are increasingly polluted with wastewater, while inland freshwater quality is being degraded by chemical and bacteriological pollution and silting.Adapting to changing climateSouth Africa is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which could have dire effects on socioeconomic conditions, water, food security, health, natural resources and ecosystems.Environment – Action requiredAccording to the National Development Plan, an environmentally sustainable low-carbon future can only be achieved if South Africa decouples economic growth from natural resource degradation and depletion. This will require new skills and technology to implement programmes to grow the economy without increasing South Africa’s emissions profile.Specific action includes:• An independent Climate Change Centre, in partnership with academic and other appropriate institutions, is established by government to support the actions of government, business and civil society.• Put in place a regulatory framework for land use, to ensure the conservation and restoration of protected areas.• Carbon price, building standards, vehicle emission standards and municipal regulations to achieve scale in stimulating renewable energy, waste recycling and in retrofitting buildings.• Carbon-pricing mechanisms, supported by a wider suite of mitigation policy instruments to drive energy efficiency.• All new buildings to meet the energy-efficiency criteria set out in South African National Standard 204.• Channel public investment into research, new agricultural technologies for commercial farming, as well as for the development of adaptation strategies and support services for small-scale and rural farmers.Environment – Key medium-term goals for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources.• Ecosystems are sustained and natural resource are used efficiently• An effective climate change mitigation and adaptation response• An environmentally sustainable, low-carbon economy resulting from a well-managed just transition• Enhanced governance systems and capacity• Sustainable human communitiesEnvironment – Key medium-term targets for 2019South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources.GRAPHIC: MARY ALEXANDER Researched, edited and compiled by Mary AlexanderUpdated December 2015last_img read more

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead an SA delegation to the AU Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethopia

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first_imgPresident Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, to lead a high-level South African delegation at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Union Heads of State and Government, scheduled to take place from 10 to 11 February 2018. The AU Assembly is to be preceded by the 34th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council that will take place from 7 to 8 February 2019.The theme of the Session is: “The Year of Refugees, Returnees and International Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa”. It presents an invaluable opportunity to reflect on and address the root causes of forced displacement in Africa.The Summit is expected to deliberate on a number of other important issues, including the institutional reform and financing of the continental body; Peace and Security on the Continent; developments related to the African Continental Free Trade Area; and negotiations for a new cooperation agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries and the European Union Post-2020. South Africa intends to submit its Instrument of Ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area during the Summit.In addition, consideration will also be given to the election of the Chairperson of the AU for 2020 – a position that will rotate to the Southern Region; the election of five Members of the AU Peace and Security Council; the appointment of one Member of the AU Commission on International Law; and of one Member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.Important meetings immediately preceding the Summit on 9 February are the 28th Forum of Heads of States Participating in the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), the Meeting of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change (CAHOSC) and the Meeting of the Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee of the AU Development Agency/NEPAD.A meeting of the African Union High-Level Committee of Heads of State and Government on Libya has also been convened for 9 February 2019 by its Chair, HE President Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Republic of the Congo.President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu; the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, the Minister of State Security, Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies; the Minister of Finance, Mr Tito Mboweni, the Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Siyabonga Cwele, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Nomvula Mokonyane, the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo and the Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.Media enquiries: Khusela Diko – Spokesperson to the President – 072 854 5707ISSUED BY THE PRESIDENCY OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICAlast_img read more

Transfer LIVE: Juve made Pogba move after landing Ronaldo

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20 days agoChristian Pulisic already considering his Chelsea future

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first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic already considering his Chelsea futureby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Christian Pulisic is considering his future.Pulisic may seek an exit in January if he continues to be left out of the side by Frank Lampard, says the Daily Mail. The 21-year-old has been an unused substitute for the last three Premier League games before being omitted from the squad entirely for the Champions League win at Lille. Pulisic joined Chelsea in a £58million move from Borussia Dortmund this summer and immediately impressed in the UEFA Super Cup with an assist in the defeat to Liverpool before starting three of the first four Premier League games. Yet despite setting up another goal in the Carabao Cup thrashing of Grimsby has not featured in the league since August. Pulisic wants to stay and fight for his place under Lampard but will consider his options if he feels he is not being given a fair chance to prove himself. last_img read more

18 days agoEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on merit

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first_imgEngland coach Southgate insists Chelsea pair Abraham and Tomori in squad on meritby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEngland manager Gareth Southgate insists Chelsea pair Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori are in his squad on merit.The pair have been included in the England squad on merit and not in an attempt to lock down their international futures, Southgate has said.Abraham, whose father is Nigerian, has never been capped in a competitive game for England but has made two friendly appearances for the Three Lions. Abraham’s Chelsea teammate, Tomori, was born in Canada and is also eligible for Nigeria through his parents.”I don’t think it’s ethically right just to give a player a cap to make sure they can’t play for somebody else,” said Southgate. “So, the two boys that are in the squad this time, Fik [Fikayo Tamori] and Tammy, are in on merit. I’m not going to guarantee that they’re going to get on the pitch, but they’ve both been part of our junior system right the way through.”Fik came in a little bit later than Tammy but has been part of the youth team that won the World Cup and as far as we’re concerned, born in England, Tammy, the two boys have been developed through English football, they’re English players and I’m sure they have huge desire to play for England at senior level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately

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first_imgA team of researchers with the University of Queensland in Australia has found that a group of kangaroos living along the Sunshine Coast in that country have some distinct genetic variations—they are not a separate species from the other kangaroos (they are still close enough that they can interbreed when given the chance) but instead have genes that show they evolved separately from others in other parts of the country. In their paper published in PLOS ONE, the team describes the genetic studies they undertook and their hopes that additional study of the unique kangaroos will offer some insights into how such animals adapted to a changing environment. Journal information: PLoS ONE Lefties are all right with kangaroos Explore further Citation: Changing environment caused some isolated kangaroos to evolve separately (2015, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-environment-isolated-kangaroos-evolve.html The discovery was made as the team was studying eastern grey kangaroos hoping to learn more about their genetic history—they collected 317 fecal and tissue samples from 39 sites throughout Queensland and New South Wales and brought them back to their lab for analysis, in all a total of 256 samples were successfully sequenced which included 108 unique haplotypes. That allowed them to see that one small group had a distinct genetic variation. It also allowed them to trace the lineage back in time, which showed the kangaroos branching off after the last ice age.Grassland became more widespread during the last ice age, the team notes, allowing the kangaroos to move about at will. But then, as temperatures warmed, some of those grassy areas became rainforest, cutting off travel and essentially trapping one small group of kangaroos in areas along the Sunshine Coast. The separation over those thousands of years led to some genetic differences compared to those that were not trapped. But of course, it was not as simple as that, the kangaroos had to do something to survive, the team notes—it appears they migrated to what is now North Queensland and other locations farther south.Learning more about how one group of kangaroos survived major changes to their environment, the team explains, may offer clues regarding the fate of the species (and perhaps others as well) as the planet heats up and wild grasslands give way to urban development. © 2015 Phys.org More information: Coghlan BA, Goldizen AW, Thomson VA, Seddon JM (2015) Phylogeography of Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Macropus giganteus, Suggests a Mesic Refugium in Eastern Australia. PLoS ONE 10(5): e0128160. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0128160 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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