Woman sentenced to a year’s forced labour over one ironic tweet

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese authorities to rescind the sentence of one year of “reeducation through work” that has been imposed on a 46-year-old woman, Cheng Jianping, for relaying a comment on Twitter. It is believed to be the first time that someone has been sent to a labour camp in China because of a tweet.“Cheng Jianping just retweeted an ironic comment on a subject that touches the sensitive chord of Chinese nationalism,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This was not organized dissident activity. Unable to control Twitter, it seems the Chinese authorities are trying to set an example in order to get the microblogging platform’s users to censor themselves. They are cracking down harder on netizens everywhere.” 365 days for 140 characters Cheng was arrested on 28 October, the day she was due to get married, for a tweet she had posted on 17 October under the pseudonym of Wang Yi (@wangyi09). It was a retweet of a satirical comment about the tension between China and Japan and the anti-Japanese demonstrations taking place in China, and ironically suggested that protesters should attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo. Cheng has more than 5,000 followers on Twitter.Cheng Jianping’s tweet Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further November 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Woman sentenced to a year’s forced labour over one ironic tweet News March 12, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Access to Twitter is blocked in China but Internet users can get round the Electronic Great Wall of China by using proxies. Twitter and Facebook hacked Another blogger, Tibetan writer and intellectual Tsering Woeser, has meanwhile been the victim of hacker attacks again because of her posts about the human rights situation in Tibet. Her blog (www.woeser.middle-way.net) and her Twitter, Gmail and Facebook accounts have all been hacked in recent weeks. She reports that photos and personal information on her Twitter profile were changed. Only her Twitter and Facebook accounts have so far been restored. Using “subversion” as pretext Another netizen to have been singled out recently because of what he posts online is Li Tie (李 铁), a 48-year-old pro-democracy activist based in the central city of Wuhan, who was arrested on 15 September. The initial charge was “inciting subversion,” which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, but it was changed on 22 October to “subverting state authority,” which is punishable under article 105 of the criminal code by life imprisonment or a minimum of 10 years in prison. The police are reportedly now pressuring the family not to hire their own lawyer for Li and instead use a state-appointed lawyer.According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Li was threatened by the authorities in the past and was told to stop organizing meetings to commemorate Lin Zhao (林昭), a poetess who spent nearly a decade in prison before being executed. In April, it was “suggested” that he should not meet with his friends or post any article “for an indefinite period.”Li wrote for Democratic China and Boxun and like Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波), who is serving an 11-year sentence, he was a Charter 08 signatory Persecuted for defending public interest The fate of Zhao Lianhai (赵连海), the creator of the “Kidney Stone Babies” website, is unclear. Although he originally said he would appeal against the 30-month jail sentence he received on 10 November, Chinese Human Rights Defenders reports that he did not meet the 22 November deadline. He is also said to have recently refused to meet with his lawyers and the government news agency Xinhua reported yesterday that he had filed a request of an early release on health grounds.Zhao was convicted of “inciting social unrest” for running a website about the milk powder sold by the Chinese company Sanlu that was adulterated with melamine, and for calling for judicial proceedings against the authorities implicated in the scandal (read the article). Hundreds of thousands of Chinese infants, including Zhao’s son, fell ill after consuming the milk powder and six new-born babies died.center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more News She was sentenced on 15 November to a year of forced labour in the Shibali River “reeducation through work” camp in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan, on a charge of “disturbing social order.” Her lawyer, Lan Zhixue, has appealed against the sentence, an administrative order that was issued without any form of trial.To our knowledge, Cheng is the first person to be imprisoned just for posting a comment on Twitter.Her fiancé, Hua Chunhui, who was held for five days, says he has not been allowed to visit her. He reported that she began a hunger strike on 15 November in protest against her sentence, although she suffers from tuberculous pleurisy, a chronic lung condition.He said on his Twitter account (@wxhch): “I don’t know how (she) spent her first days in the labour camp, whether she is still on hunger strike, whether she is being subjected to inhumane treatment or what her state of health is. I don’t know (…) I am going to fight so that they respect my legitimate right to visit her.”Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo (@dickc) commented in a tweet: “Dear Chinese Government, year-long detentions for sending a sarcastic tweet are neither the way forward nor the future of your great people.”Dick Costolo’s tweet Follow the news on China RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alertslast_img read more

Prostitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streets

first_imgLinkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook Print Twittercenter_img NewsLocal NewsProstitute was pregnant as she worked Limerick streetsBy admin – November 18, 2012 594 Previous articleIreland defeat Fiji at Thomond ParkNext articleHome help cuts “must be reversed” admin THEY had been promised a ‘completely different life’But prostitutes operating in the Catherine Street area of Limerick city in October 2011 and again last May ended up on criminal charges before Limerick District Court last week. 20-year-old Alexandra Chera and 23-year-old mother of one, Larisa Sturzea, who was pregnant while working as a prostitute, had been promised a “totally different life than what it turned out to be”, when they left Romania and came to Ireland.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up They were charged with loitering to solicit or importune others for the purposes of prostitution on dates in May. Both women pleaded guilty to the charges.Murish Gavin solicitor for Ms Chera said his client was a 20-year-old woman who “was promised a totally different life than what it turned out to be and now she just wants to finalise these matters and go home”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly convicted Ms Chera of the prostitution charge and applied the Probation act after he heard that she had made contact with certain services with a view to returning to Romania shortly.However, the court heard that Ms Sturzea, who had since moved to Dundalk, was not in a position to return to Romania as her three-month-old child was subject of a HSE care order. However she did have access and contact with the infant.Judge O’Kelly heard that the accused had now “regularised her life” and he adjourned the matter until May 9 and remanded her on continuing bail. Emaillast_img read more

Defoe Scores Two Penalties as Sunderland Holds Liverpool

first_imgHowever, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will surely see it as two points dropped after his side led twice, had 71% of the possession and had 15 shots on target.Only an inspired performance from Black Cats keeper Vito Mannone denied Liverpool further goals, before Mane needlessly stuck out an arm to block Seb Larsson’s free-kick, costing his side dearly.To make things worse for Liverpool, Sturridge, who scored only his second Premier League goal of the season, limped off late on after clashing with Papy Djilobodji.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Two Jermain Defoe penalties meant Sunderland twice came from behind to earn a point against second-placed Liverpool.The Reds took a deserved lead when Daniel Sturridge flicked in a header after Dejan Lovren’s mishit shot.Sunderland equalised six minutes later as Defoe scored from the spot following Ragnar Klavan’s trip on Didier Ndong, before Sadio Mane put the visitors back ahead with a close-range finish.However, Mane then handled in his own 18-yard box and Defoe converted the penalty to snatch an unlikely point.The result leaves Liverpool five points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, who play their game in hand on Wednesday at Tottenham (20:00 GMT kick-off).last_img read more

Kuru Kururu residents benefit from $2M donation

first_imgCentral Demerara Lions Club in collaboration with Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Humanitarian Assistance Programme (HAP) jointly donated over million in medical supplies, footwear and clothing to residents of Kuru Kururu, on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway.Over 250 residents benefited from this medical outreach and warmly welcomed the initiative.The recipient of the wheelchair along with members of the medical outreachGuyana Times was told that eye screening was conducted on 110 persons that enabled 80 residents to be in receipt of eye glasses. A large quantity of clothing and over 250 pairs of footwear were donated to the people of Kuru Kururu.In addition, medical check-ups were done on the residents and medical care was given to over 200 residents.Over 250 residents received dental services, which included extraction and filling. Upon the group’s learning of a resident’s medical condition that required a wheel chair, such was donated to the elderly man.A medical bus was used to facilitate the dental services that featured a long line of persons waiting to access the service.The medical outreach featured a number of members from each of the charity groups. President Dwarka Singh from the Central Demerara Lions Club expressed gratitude of being able to undergo such a massive project and pledges to continue the work of charity. President Rajesh Seebaran of Central Georgetown Rotary Club and Mr Stephen of HAP, Director from the USA echoed similar sentiments.last_img read more

Senate Berates Economic Management Team for “Poor Report” on Economy

first_imgThe EMT comprises, among others (from left) Finance Minister Samuel D. Tweah, Jr.; Commerce Minister Prof. Wilson K. Tarpeh and Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray.Over a dozen Senators on Tuesday, November 7, made public their strong disagreement over a three-page report from the Economic Management Team (EMT) on the state of the economy; the alleged missing L$16 billion and the status of the infusion of the supposed US$25 million into the economy to strengthen the depreciated Liberian dollar.The angry lawmakers, including Senators Thomas Grupee, Matthew Jaye, Varney Sherman, Nyonblee Karngar-Lawrence, Henrique Tokpa, J. Gbleh-bo Brown and Dan Morais, said the report lacked detailed explanations on the specifics on the economy, but instead it is filled with financial graphs which they cannot understand to interpret to their constituents who elected them.In a soft-but-firm tone, Nimba County Senator Thomas Grupee rebuked the Chairman of the EMT, Finance Minister Samuel Tweah for speaking from his head and not from a prepared text, taking into consideration the severity of the matter.Senators Brown, Jaye and Lawrence, said the “graphs are laughable, because the EMT did not take into account their professional backgrounds.”Tough-talking Senator from Grand Cape Mount County, Varney Sherman, said the current state of the economy is too alarming for the Economic Management Team to be toying with.“I have been here for the past four years and I don’t remember us having public hearing and anything good come out of it. Why? Because the people who come to talk to us give us generalities and no decision can be made by us. The status of this economy is very serious. We call our experts here – people who’re supposed to advise us – and they come and talk to us from the top of their heads… How can you expect me to understand the status of the economy on three pages,” Cllr. Sherman said.Bong County Senator Henrique Tokpa said based upon his professional background he understands the graphs but  his other colleagues who are from different backgrounds need a simple explanation on the monetary and fiscal policy and the impact of the US$25 million infusion in the economy.The lone female Senator in session, Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, described the three-page report as unprofessional, far below standard and does not fall within the best financial practice.She asked that Senators Morris Saytumah and Jonathan Kaipay, whose arguments were in defense, be allowed to give a general perspective on the economy and through questions-and-answers, the Senators’ specific questions will be addressed.However, Min. Tweah apologized for not making reference to the summary compiled by the team but said copies had been made available for members of the Senate.The Economic Management Team comprises of the Central Bank Governor, Nathaniel Patray, Finance, and Development Planning Minister, Samuel Tweah, Commerce Minister, Wilson Tarpeh and Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority, Thomas Doe Nah.For a way forward, after berating the EMT, River Cess County Dallas Gweh proffered a motion for the EMT to be discharged in order to bring a detailed report on the economy, including the alleged missing L$16 billion, the state of the economy, the infusion of the US$25 million and the impact as well as which institutions benefited or how it was infused.The motion, which was amended by Senators Morris Saytumah and Peter Coleman, also said about 33 copies of the report should be submitted to the Secretary of the Senate, latest on Friday, November 9 and then return on Tuesday, November 13 in the Senate Chamber, by 11 am.The issue of EMT remaining under oath was disregarded by Senate President Pro Tempore Albert Chie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Sharks vs. Golden Knights: Ex-Senators teammates now playoff foes

first_imgSAN JOSE — Vegas Golden Knights forward Mark Stone was surrounded by a gaggle of reporters Wednesday morning when he was asked a question, almost apologetically, about Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson.Like our Sharks Facebook page for more San Jose Sharks news, commentary and conversation.“I’ll answer it if you want,” Stone said. “You’re not going to get much.”So how was Karlsson able to create so much space for himself and be so effective in the notoriously tight-checking playoffs two …last_img read more

Reality TV adventures in SA

first_imgExpedition Unlimited is a collaboration between South African Tourism and the Netherlands’ VSB Fonds and National Committee for International Co-operation and Sustainable Development. A new reality TV show, Expedition Unlimited, is showcasing the South African adventures of five models and five young people with physical disabilities on Llink television in the Netherlands. In the first episode, broadcast on 10 November, five teams, each comprising one model and one disabled person, were assembled. Over the next nine episodes, the teams perform a series of challenges – including a specially developed tandem bicycle route – at scenic locations across South Africa. 14 November 2008 Expedition Unlimited provides viewers with a glimpse of different worlds: South Africa versus the Netherlands, models versus people with disabilities, the African bush, the desert, the sea and mountains. “As such, each episode aims to depict South Africa to Dutch consumers as both exotic and challenging, but also accessible and engaging.” SAinfo reporter “South Africa is a prime example of a country full of contrasts and extremes – the ideal place for challenge and adventure,” says Ilse-Marie Sobering, marketing and communications manager at South African Tourism in the Netherlands. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While each stage involves cycling, each episode also includes new and uniquely South African challenges as teams compete for a head start in the next episode – and ultimately for the 20 000 first prize. For more information, visit Expedition Unlimited.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast – January 18th, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AUDIO: A Weather Update for January 18th, 2018OH_Ag_Net-1Another chilly day over Ohio today, although not as cold as the past couple of days. South and southwest winds will be in for tomorrow on through the weekend, and that is where we see the big time warming statewide. We should see fully normal to above normal temperatures in over the entire state Friday and Saturday, with 50s likely in most areas for Saturday and perhaps Sunday. We still expect Saturday to be the warmest day of the next several with Sunday a close second. We just feel that better sunshine potential Saturday will give it the edge.Plenty of clouds blanket the state for Sunday with scattered, hit and miss light rains developing and running right on through midday Monday. Moisture totals will be a few hundredths to a tenth or two maximum with coverage of these light spits and sprinkles at 60% of the state. A large part of the coverage will be skewed to the northern half of Ohio. Heavier rains will hold off until later Monday afternoon and mostly Monday evening going through midday Tuesday as our next cold front finally arrives. Rain totals are pegged at .25”-.75” over 80% of the state, unchanged from yesterday’s forecast. Along with the rains, we expect strong south winds averaging 15-30 mph as the front crosses Ohio. The map above is an updated look at potential storm total rains for the Monday-Tuesday period.Colder air comes in behind the front and we can see some lake effect snows linger in northern and especially northeastern Ohio off and on through the balance of Tuesday and most of Wednesday. This will be limited to usual suspect areas, and will not have coverage of any more than 10% of the state. Nothing likely gets south of US 6, and most of the state sees a dry day Wednesday with clouds giving way to afternoon sun. Still, the cool air will take temps back to normal and slightly below normal levels, and a major cold air blast is not likely. We are dry in all areas Thursday and Friday, with clouds increasing late Friday and Saturday.A strong front is making an appearance right at the end of the 10 day window now. We think this is the first wave of a strong storm complex we have been talking about for the period in and around the 28th. So, we look for rain to make a run at far western parts of Ohio next Saturday the 27th. In all reality, though, the bulk of that moisture holds off until Saturday night and goes into the 28th. Rain totals can be from .25”-1” in that period. . Temps look warm enough to have most of this precipitation come as liquid. Then, a second wave may look to arrive later the 28th and holds on through the 29th. That second wave could be worth half to 1 inch of liquid equivalent precipitation, but cold air is marching in too, so we are leaving the door open to some snow from the second part of the system. The rest of the extended period features a clipper near the turn of the month, around the 1st, with some quick hit snow and cold air, and then a cold Canadian high to start off February. So, the pendulum swings wildly on temperatures through the next week or so, but eventually goes to the cold side and stays there a bit longer going into February.last_img read more

My Most-Used iPhone Apps of 2009

first_imgRelated Posts marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Those are the apps I kept coming back to all year, what about you?The app sharing widget above is from AppsFire, my favorite way to share single or groups of apps with other people by widget or email, and one of 5 app recommendation services we compared feature-by-feature last month. App downloads on the iPhone and iPod Touch saw a huge spike this Christmas, especially on the Touch. I know I downloaded more games this weekend than I’ve ever used in my life, just to entertain kids I was visiting. With all this app downloading going on, though, which apps will prove to have staying power? What can you download today and expect to keep using throughout the next year? Below is my collection of the downloaded apps I used the most in 2009. I’d love to compare lists, so let me know in comments about any hidden gems that you’ve come back to again and again throughout the year.RSS readers may be unable to view the embedded display in javascript but can click through to the full article to check out this collection.See also: The Favorite iPhone Apps of Five Geek Rock Stars What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeat

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi: We won’t dwell on Real Madrid defeatby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi insists there’s no need for panic after defeat to Real Madrid.This was Sevilla’s first defeat of the season in LaLiga Santander, but Monchi isn’t getting carried away either way.”It’s a very long season,” he said.”We’re happy with what the team is doing.”We can’t draw positive conclusions for either the good or the bad.”We came up against a team made to win and they played a very good game.” last_img read more