Huang Qi suspected of “illegal possession of state secrets”

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Huang Qi suspected of “illegal possession of state secrets” Receive email alerts News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today called for charges to be dropped against cyber-dissident Huang Qi who has been in custody since 10 June suspected by police of “illegally holding state secrets”.“With two months to go before the Olympic Games, this arrest is yet another provocation”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Help by sharing this information News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation Reporters Without Borders today called for charges to be dropped against cyber-dissident Huang Qi who has been in custody since 10 June suspected by police of “illegally holding state secrets”.His family said he had been arrested because of news posted on his website, which chiefly reports on the organisation of humanitarian aid.“With two months to go before the Olympic Games, this arrest is yet another provocation, which is in contradiction with the openness promoted by the government during the earthquake that shook Sichuan province on 12 May”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Huang Qi was only doing his duty of informing Internet users of the plight of victims of the earthquake”, the organisation added.Witnesses saw three people bundle Huang and two colleagues into a car in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, on the evening of 10 June. They were reported missing two days later. Police in Chengdu said they had received communist party orders not to give out any information about the case.Haung’s former wife, Zeng Li, has asked the lawyer Mo Shaoping to defend him. Mo has defended many human rights activists, including the journalist Li Changqing, former deputy news editor of the Fuzhou Daily, and Zhao Yan, formerly of the New York Times.Huang Qi founded the website 64 Tianwang, which posts news about human rights. The editor of the website www.64tianwang.com, Zhang Guo Ting, said it was possible that the case was linked to the latest article posted by Huang Qi about the arrest of a retired professor from the Technology University of the South-West, Zheng Hongling, aged 53, for “divulging news abroad“. March 12, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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BSB conference tackles topical bakery issues

first_imgThe British Society of Baking’s (BSB) annual conference is to take place on Tuesday 16 June at the Ardencote Manor Hotel, Claverdon, Warwick.Accommodation is available on 15 June, with a conference dinner and entertainment taking place that evening.Speakers at the conference include: Chris Beaney, president of the National Association of Master Bakers; Joanna Bruce, ADM; Matthew May, Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees; and Bob Whitehurst, Cereform.Topics at the conference include the role of salt in bread, the credit crunch, reducing fat in bakery, the National Craft Bakers’ Week, enzymes in food products and the National Bakery Skills Academy. There will also be a chocolate demonstration from John Slattery, of Manchester-based Slattery Patissier & Chocolatier.The event is open to members and non-members. Information and booking forms are available from BSB secretary Sharon Byrne – email [email protected] or [email protected] or call 01869 247098.last_img read more

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A line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can……

first_imgEvery year there are hundreds of incidents at road works sites that put road workers lives at risk and Local Authorities from around Ireland including Donegal County Council have joined forces to highlight the dangers that exist on a daily basis at road works sites.“Road works are a place of work for thousands of people and these workers have a right to expect a safe working environment” says Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council.“For this reason the message is simple – a line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can. We know drivers want to get home but so do our workers – see the cones obey the zones.” He added “we are urging drivers to slow down and obey set speed limits at road works. Motorists who don’t obey these speed limits are putting not only their own lives at risk but also the lives of road workers and other road users.“We are asking motorists to follow the temporary road signage on display, stay alert for road workers and machinery and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and not to break the red light or ignore the flagmans stop sign.”Donegal County Council is part of a national campaign being led by Local Authority Road Safety Officers from all over Ireland known as “Orange Cone Safety Zone Week”.Brian O’Donnell added “For some reason a small minority of drivers still find it acceptable to put road workers lives in danger by not driving at the legal speed limit when they drive through road works. “This campaign aims to remind road users that road works are like any other work place, and all workers have as much right to work in a safe environment, whether it is on a road works site or in an office. The message is clear – A line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can. We know you want to get home but so do our workers – see the cones obey the zones.”A line of cones won’t stop a speeding car but you can…… was last modified: April 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:accidentcouncildonegaltraffic coneslast_img read more

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Major extension approved for West Donegal school

first_imgRosses Community College in Dungloe has been granted approval for a large-scale extension which involves the addition of large-scale Special Education Needs base. The 650m2 extension includes three new Special Education Needs classrooms with an assisted user toilet/shower block.There will also be a practical activity room, a multi-sensory room, an office, staff toilets and a store room. Outside there will be a sensory garden, a secure hard and soft play area and nine additional car parking spaces.The upgrade announcement from the Department of Education has been greeted as welcome news for the school community.Local election candidate Evelyn Sweeney said: “This is fantastic news for Dungloe, the teachers and pupils at the school and for the wider community.”“The idea of the design will be to add the new structure to the existing building so it’s all part of the main school building which is at the heart of the inclusive ethos of the school,” she added. Ms Sweeney congratulated the school on their successful application to the Department of Education & Skills and for their vision of the future at Pobalscoil na Rossan. She also paid tribute to the Department officials who have worked on this application thus far.“We are in a fortunate position to have Donegal TD Joe McHugh as our Minister for Education and Skills who has been visiting schools throughout the county, listening to the issues of concern and working with education partners and stakeholders.“Nuacht ar doigh dó Phobalscoil na Rosann ar an Chlochan Liath. Ag súil go mór leis an tógra sea a fheiceál ag dul chún cinn,” Ms Sweeney said.Major extension approved for West Donegal school was last modified: April 16th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:Rosses Community Collegelast_img read more

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What’s the Environmentally Friendliest Way to Shop?

first_imgIs cyber-shopping terrible for the environment?  Some say yes, with all those trucks heading out into suburbia to deliver your latest gadget, fashion garment, or book. But online retailers insist it is the greener delivery route—much better than you driving to the store. So, who is right? And are there even better ways?RELATED ARTICLESAs Electric Cars Stall, A Move to Greener Trucks and BusesAre Traffic-Clogged Cities Ready for Congestion Pricing?Beyond Sprawl: The Solar Suburbs of the FutureDesigning the Cities of the Future This really does matter for. Online shopping makes up one in seven retail purchases worldwide. Its value in 2019 will be a staggering $3.5 trillion, a figure that is rising by more than a fifth every year. How much of the total carbon footprint of what you buy is attributable to delivery varies hugely. But wherever your latest purchase comes from—whether a Chinese factory or a field in your home state—transport from the store or warehouse to your home likely dominates the delivery footprint, says Alan McKinnon, a professor of logistics at the Kühne Logistics University in Hamburg, Germany, and author of a new book Decarbonizing Logistics. What logistics folks call the “last mile” is usually the most energy-intensive stage, McKinnon and colleague Julia Edwards have pointed out, “and typically generates more CO2 emissions than all the upstream logistical activities.”  It is also where the difference between online and in-store shopping is greatest— nd McKinnon says that most of the time, delivery is best. A typical home delivery round of online purchases in Britain consists of 120 drops on a 50-mile (80 kilometer) round. That round produces some 50 pounds (20 kilograms) of CO2, or just over 6 ounces (170 grams) per individual delivery. If you went to the store, the typical drive would be around 13 miles (21 kilometers) there and back, which would generate 24 times more CO2.  So you’d have to pick up 24 items to break even, he says. Theory vs. real world That’s the theory. In the real world, the difference is much less, says manufacturing technology specialist Dimitri Weideli, who did an environmental analysis of online shopping while a research associate at MIT in 2013. For instance, 12% to 60% of home deliveries have been reported to fail first time. Either the van has to make a second and even third run, or customers end up driving to an out-of-town warehouse to pick up the product. Also, typically, one-fifth of products are returned, for whatever reason. Every false move increases the carbon footprint. Just as bad, our growing love of speed deliveries almost triples the footprint of online delivery, says Weideli. That is because your supplier no longer has the flexibility to bundle multiple orders into a single delivery, and because it sends out vans less full and to travel farther per delivery than they would if you were willing to wait a bit longer for your purchase to arrive. Weidel says such “impatient” cyber-shoppers have the worst carbon footprint of all. But even allowing for them, in general, whether buying laptops or Barbie dolls or T-shirts, he wrote in an analysis he did as a research associate at the MIT Center for Transportation and Logistics in 2013, “online shopping is the most environmentally friendly option.” Of course, this assumes the comparison is with conventional shoppers who make special trips to the store for single purchases. Many don’t do that. We walk, bike, or take the bus. Or buy many items on a single shopping trip. In a bus ride, you share the emissions. On a typically half-empty bus, your share may still be greater than the emissions for a home delivery—seven times more if you are only buying one item, says Patricia van Loon, based on her research at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland. But since the bus would have been on the route regardless, you haven’t added to the actual emissions. EVs, drones, and robots If we can shop better, can online retailers deliver better too? That last mile is still a source of great (and costly) inefficiency for them, say logistics analysts. It’s where both dollars and carbon emissions can be saved. So they are trying. Amazon wants half its shipments to be “net zero carbon” by 2030. But how? Electric vehicles are one possibility. With no tailpipe emissions, they reduce transport’s contribution to urban smog. But their carbon footprint depends on how their electricity is generated. Right now, an electric vehicle is a lot greener in Vermont than in coal-burning West Virginia. How about drones? They would mostly deliver one package at a time. But even flitting back and forth from the depot, drones could sometimes still reduce carbon emissions relative to delivery trucks, according to Anne Goodchild of the University of Washington. They are likely to work best with light, urgent deliveries, such as medicines, food or mail, and in confined high-demand areas such as university campuses. But staying aloft for long with a heavy load is energy-intensive. Drones could be combined with trucks that drive to local transport nodes, and then hand over to drones for the last mile. Or perhaps ground-based robots? This year, both FedEx and Amazon announced plans to deploy these smart, autonomous hampers-on-wheels along our sidewalks, dodging pedestrians and crossing at the lights. Lowe’s already has plans to deploy with FedEx, and FedEx says it is talking to Pizza Hut and Walmart about doing their deliveries as well. Low-tech options Some say low-tech is still the best route to low carbon. Many European cities have companies such as Deliveroo using bicycle couriers for fast, zero-emission meal deliveries from local restaurants. The system could be extended for other goods. Ford recently developed software that could summon bike couriers to take parcels in a suburban London neighborhood the last mile from truck to front door.  Lockers in shopping malls also get around the last mile problem for online retailers. Customers are given a code and pick up their own package. But if you drive there, the carbon gain is lost. The new kid on the block is crowd-shipping—hitchhiking for parcels. Start-ups like Roadie promise to “connect people who have stuff with driver already heading that way.” Drivers make bids to deliver. Right now in some places, half of all crowd-shipping trips are made specially for the delivery, while another third take long detours. So the potential carbon saving disappears. But the more people join in, the more efficient it could be. The bottom line The bottom line? Online shopping can be greener than driving to the store. Novel last-mile alternatives to conventional delivery trucks stand to make it even more environmentally friendly. But the devil is in the details. If we bundle our orders, and avoid the speedy delivery option, we boost the environmentally friendly quotient. (Imagine if we were offered a “green shipping” button when choosing dispatch options?) Other tips for reducing delivery’s environmental impact: Do be in when the courier calls. Don’t buy on a whim and then take up the “free return” option. Oh, and don’t binge on stuff. Some say the real danger from online shopping is it encourages us to buy stuff we wouldn’t otherwise. The purchase that doesn’t happen has the lowest delivery carbon footprint of all. Fred Pearce is a British environmental journalist and author. This post originally appeared at Ensia. For more information, see Decarbonizing E-Commerce: A Path to Low-Carbon Shipping.last_img read more

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Leaders Don’t Hire Weak People

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now There are a lot of things that a leader can get wrong, but not many can cause as much damage as hiring poorly.New leaders, young and old, sometimes make the mistake of hiring people who they believe to be weaker than themselves. Some leaders are afraid that by hiring someone equally as strong as they are, their personal worth and value will somehow be diminished. Some are afraid that if someone on their team is a star, that person will eventually take their job–or worse, take their boss’s job.These same leaders try to be the “keeper of all knowledge” and “the holder of all relationships.” Knowledge is power; if your team doesn’t how to do anything well enough to do it on their own, you are never uneccesary. If your people never have relationships within the organization, there is no risk of anyone learning just how good they really are, and your position is safe. So thinks the weak leader.A leader’s performance is the sum total of the result of his team. The weaker the team, the poorer the results. By hiring weak people who don’t threaten his power, the weak leader assures that he is the indispensable man. But he also assures that his results are less than they should be, that he creates dependents, that his people are viewed poorly, that he deprives people of meaningful work, and that his team eventually grows to resent him.A strong leader hires people who are as strong or stronger than she is. She finds people with runway to join her team so she can build them up, creating the future generations of leaders. She gives them ever-increasing responsibility and opportunity for growth, helping them to perform at the highest level and giving meaning to their work. She makes sure to praise their work to others, knowing that this recognition will help them now and later. She may have high expectations, and from time to time she might be tough on them, but no one will ever say that she didn’t expect their best work, that they didn’t grow when they worked for her, or that she didn’t care about them.Great leaders hire strong. Weak leaders hire weak.last_img read more

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Threes, dunks and wheelchairs as North beats South in all-star game

first_imgPaul Lee was also a significant wheelchair contributor with his nine triples—an individual all-star record—to finish with 27 points for the North squad. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants MOST READ Santos mixed xx threes with several of his patented Spiderman dunks—which are usually banned during official PBA matches. The co-MVP award, he said, was just icing on the cake. “I thought the MVP would go to Japeth,” sais Santos, who finished with 34 points and 17 rebounds for the North squad. Aguilar, the Barangay Ginebra beanpole, provided the thrills and cheers the entire night with an array of slams, including one that brought the house down because it came over a particularly huge defender: Five-time MVP and South center June Mar Fajardo. “We talked about that with June Mar,” Aguilar said in Filipino. “We wanted as many dunks in as possible.”Aguilar finished with 32 points and eight boards. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Shinya Aoki puts Eduard Folayang to sleep to take back ONE lightweight belt Japeth Aguilar skies high for a jam during the PBA All-Star Game on Sunday. PBA IMAGESCALASIAO, PANGASINAN—The specialties of the house were triples and dunks. When a team couldn’t shoot one, it looked for the other. Looking to cash in on a promoter’s charitable promise, the North and South teams combined for a record 45 triples plus 37 dunks on Sunday night, the combined number of which translated into wheelchair donations from the PBA All-Star game at Calasiao Sports Complex here. ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Officially, the listed winner of the annual match was the North squad, which scored 51 points in the first quarter on the way to a 185-170 victory. But it was a triumph of charity as well. Two days after promoter Double V Productions pledged 44 wheelchairs for the combined dunks and triples from the Rookie-Sophomore vs Juniors exhibition, the showcase match drew 82 more wheelchairs for the Alagang PBA foundation. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAlso emerging a winners were Japeth Aguilar and Arwind Santos, who were named co-MVPs of the game. Not coincidentally, both were the top suppliers of dunks and threes, with Santos providing a little of both—on purpose“Of course, it makes it more meaningful that not only do we make people happy, we also get to donate to charity,” Santos said in Filipino. “So we really made a conscious effort to make threes and dunks.” Google Philippines names new country director Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

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Video: Jalen “Teez” Tabor Buys Local Homeless Man New Shoes

first_imghomeless man new with new sneakers.Periscope/_31FlavorzJalen Tabor, Florida’s All-SEC cornerback, is having a very interesting week. On Wednesday, the Gator defensive back was suspended for a practice fight with tight end C’yontai Lewis which reportedly involved swinging helmets. On Friday, he fulfilled a very cool promise to a local homeless man.Friday morning, Tabor tweeted that he saw the man, who had no shoes, and said he was going to buy him a pair.Seen a homeless man with no shoes on today , going to go buy him some shoes— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Trying to make his day a little better— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 19, 2016Gotta give back to those who are less fortunate than you— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016An hour later, he streamed the interaction on Periscope. He gave the man a pair of sharp blue sneakers, and $22 for food.LIVE on #Periscope https://t.co/eKdtYQ3qYz— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Sometimes in life you do nothing wrong but God wants to see how you handle adversity— Teez Tabor (@_31Flavorz) August 20, 2016Jalen Tabor is one of Florida’s best players, and definitely among the Gators most interesting personalities. This offseason, he’s made numerous headlines for his very outward trolling of SEC East favorite Tennessee, which has not won a game against Florida since 2004. The Vols are an interesting target for Tabor, however, as he was one of two UF players suspended for their game last season.After the reported fight with Lewis, Tabor will also miss this season’s opener against UMass at home. The Minutemen shouldn’t really stand a chance at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, but a practice fight is a pretty common occurrence in football, and one that rarely warrants a full game suspension, so one can imagine how bad it must have been.Last season, Tabor started nine of Florida’s 13 games, racking up 40 tackles, four interceptions, and scored two touchdowns off of the picks.last_img read more

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US trade gap rises 6th straight month to 9 12year high

first_imgWASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit rose for the sixth straight month in February, reaching the highest level since October 2008 and defying President Donald Trump’s efforts to rebalance America’s lopsided trade with the rest of the world.The Commerce Department said Thursday that the trade gap — the difference between what America sells and what it buys in foreign markets — widened to $57.6 billion in February from $56.7 billion in January. Exports of goods and services hit a record $204.4 billion; imports set a record $262 billion.The news comes amid a U.S. trade dispute with China that has rattled global financial markets and raised fears among U.S. farmers and businesses that depend on access to the Chinese market. The trade deficit in goods with China narrowed in February to $29.3 billion from $36 billion in January.The United States ran a $77 billion deficit in the trade of goods in February, the highest level since July 2008. That was partially offset by a $19.4 billion surplus in services such as education and banking, lowest since December 2012. The services surplus was dragged down $1 billion in payments for broadcast rights for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which count as a services import.Exports of cars and auto parts posted big increases in February as did imports of pharmaceuticals, crude oil and civilian aircraft.Trump campaigned on a pledge to take aggressive action to reduce America’s massive trade deficits. In March, he slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum but exempted most major countries except China and Japan. China counterpunched this week with tariffs on $3 billion in U.S. products.On Tuesday, the U.S. proposed slapping tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese imports, and Beijing responded within hours with plans to tax $50 billion in American products, including soybeans and small aircraft. The two countries have signalled that they will seek to settle their differences before the tariffs take effect.The president views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness and as the result of bad trade agreements and unfair practices by America’s trading partners. Most economists say they are caused by bigger economic forces, mainly the fact that the United States consistently spends more than it produces.The trade gap has continued to rise since Trump entered the White House partly because the U.S. economy is strong and American consumers have an appetite for imported products and the confidence and financial wherewithal to buy them.____Follow Paul Wiseman on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PaulWisemanAPlast_img read more

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