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Beijing authorities step up censorship and repression in June

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more June 5, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Beijing authorities step up censorship and repression in June China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further Reporters Without Borders is concerned by recent instances of Internet censorship in China which have led to the arrest of a blogger, the dismissal of a journalist and the muzzling of debate on the Tiananmen Square massacre, which took place 23 years ago yesterday. “Twenty-three years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Chinese government continues to stifle any criticism and to filter information on the subject,” the press freedom organization said.“It has changed its methods and these days censorship is carried out mainly on the Internet. Journalists must not only comply with the directives of the official news agency Xinhua and the ministry of propaganda when they write their articles, but they also have to be careful what they say on social networking sites. News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more “However, journalists who write favourably about the government receive preferential treatment, while any critical posts are punished immediately.”Journalists caught in microblogging trapLast week, Yu Chen 喻尘, 39, editor of the in-depth investigative news desk at the Southern Metropolitan Newspaper (南方都市报), was suspended then forced to resign over a commentary published under his newspaper’s microblog account on the site Sina Weibo. The post, which was immediately removed by the authorities, criticized in an ironic manner the Communist Party’s control over the military.Despite the fact that Yu Chen himself was not the author of the commentary, the authorities often hold editors and webmasters responsible for published content. He was not the first journalist to have paid the price for a message posted on Weibo. On 9 April, Zhao Pu 赵普, a reporter with state-owned CCTV, was suspended for posting a warning message on his Weibo microblog about dangerous food products. On 23 March, the financial reporter Li Delin 李德林 was arrested after he posted a message on his microblog drawing attention to troop movements in Beijing. Organisation News Receive email alerts News Weibo has also removed users’ ability to display photos to prevent the distribution of images commemorating the anniversary. However, some images have slipped through the barrier, such as banned pictures of soldiers in Tiananmen Square just after the 1989 crackdown that have been published on Twitter by the blogger Zola. This censorship has provoked an outcry in the blogosphere, with users complaining that their posts have been “harmonised” minutes after being published.Among the posts that have been removed was a joke about online censorship published yesterday by Chen Baocheng 陈宝成, a journalist in Pingdu in the Shandong region, which was immediately deleted by the authorities.To commemorate the Tiananmen Square anniversary and help ensure the date is not forgotten, Reporters Without Borders is supporting demonstrations throughout the world and yesterday hosted a press conference organized by member organizations of the committee to support Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment in 2009 as a result of his fight for human rights in China.The Chinese dissident Zhang Jian 张健 attended the event, where he spoke of his personal recollections of the 1989 demonstrations in Beijing and the 4 June Movement which has been behind rallies in various cities around the world.China, which figures among Reporters Without Borders “Enemies of Internet”, fell six places in the 2011-2012 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 174th of 179 countries. On the other hand, Yang Rui 杨锐, a news presenter on CCTV, received no punishment for a microblog post on Sina Weibo on 16 May in which he launched an attack on foreigners living in China, calling them “trash” and “snakes” and accusing them of engaging in human trafficking and espionage, spreading lies about China and stealing its wealth.His message ended with a personal attack on Melissa Chan, an English-language correspondent for the TV station Al-Jazeera in Beijing who was expelled from China on 8 May. He said: “We kicked out that foreign bitch and closed Al-Jazeera’s Beijing bureau. We should shut up and kick out those who demonise China.”In an article published on 23 May, the party organ Global Times defended Yang Rui and played down his lapse, describing it as insensitive. However, his words were consistent with a 100-day campaign launched by the Beijing Public Security Bureau on 15 May to “clean out” non-Chinese living or working illegally in the city.Journalists are not the only ones to have suffered punishment for comments posted on Weibo. According to a report on 2 June quoted by the news site Tianshan, a Uighur netizen was arrested in the city of Urumqi in the Xinjiang region for spreading rumours on the microblogging site.Under the name Pami’er Yasen 帕米尔·亚森, he reposted information from another website about the suspicious death of a 12-year-old child in a detention centre. The police accused him of spreading false information, arousing debate on the subject, causing social unrest and being a danger to society in violation of the public security criminal code. Online censorship stepped up over Tiananmen anniversaryChinese authorities have boosted Internet censorship to circumvent any efforts to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Searches related to the anniversary on the Sina Weibo website have been blocked since yesterday. The search terms include “six four ”, the number 23, the word “candle” and the expression “never forget” have been added to the long list of words banned under Chinese censorship rules.Users of the site are greeted by a message warning them that their search results cannot be displayed “due to relevant laws, regulations and policies”, according to the US newspaper Chicago Tribune. last_img read more

Freshman Davis leads Weber State past N. Colorado 45-28

first_img Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah (AP) — Freshman Josh Davis ran for 218 yards and two touchdowns, including a 95-yard gallop in the first quarter, and Weber State breezed to a 45-28 victory over Northern Colorado in Big Sky Conference action on Saturday night.Jake Constantine had 168 yards passing and two TDs and freshman backup Kaden Jenks connected for his first career passing TD on his only attempt of the game as the Wildcats (3-1, 2-0) amassed 410 yards of offense.Keaton Mott threw for 262 yards and three TDs for the Bears (0-4, 0-2), who hung with the FCS-ranked Wildcats in the first half. Mott had a 22-yard scoring strike to Theron Verna and a 42-yard TD toss to Alex Wesley in the final 6:43 of the second quarter to help the Bears forge a 21-all tie at halftime.Rashid Shaheed ignited Weber State when he took the kickoff to start the third quarter and raced 100 yards for a TD to make it 35-21. Mott’s 1-yard TD pass to Michael McCauley pulled Northern Colorado within seven, but the Wildcats’ defense stiffened in the fourth quarter to preserve the win. Written by Tags: Big Sky/Football/Josh Davis/Weber State Wildcats September 22, 2018 /Sports News – Local Freshman Davis leads Weber State past N. Colorado 45-28last_img read more

Senate discusses sexual assault, recognition of Native American history

first_imgNotre Dame student senators focused on social justice issues during their meeting Monday evening, addressing the University’s policies regarding the treatment of sexual assault survivors and Native Americans.Over the past several weeks, the student senate discussed the Trump administration’s changes to Title IX, the federal civil rights law that regulates how colleges handle sexual assault allegations. Many student leaders have expressed concerns that Notre Dame will be less responsive to victims’ needs in the wake of these new changes.Student Title IX services manager Amber Monroe spoke to the senate about the University’s sexual assault resolution process and addressed concerns about new Title IX revisions.“A lot of these [changes] are not mandates. … We’re going to be given a lot of time to figure out what [the changes] look like for Notre Dame,” Monroe said. “What I can say is we will always be Notre Dame in the sense of caring for our students.”The proposed changes to Title IX allow colleges to resolve sexual assault allegations through mediation, a process in which victims and perpetrators discuss the allegations face-to-face. Monroe clarified that Notre Dame does not plan on using this kind of face-to-face mediation for sexual assault cases.But the University does offer other “alternative resolution” processes for sexual assault cases on a voluntary basis, she said. Victims can agree to engage in these processes, which are supposed to be forms of restorative justice — a way to help victims and perpetrators heal together. “I think that we forget sometimes that these are people,” Monroe said. “Emotions, behaviors and choices affect how these processes can metastasize and what they can look like for each individual.”Monroe explained that the University developed these alternative resolution strategies in response to student feedback. Many students noted in the 2016 Campus Climate Survey that they felt their options for resolving incidents of assault were too limited. Notably, these alternative resolution processes — unlike traditional administrative resolution processes — are non-disciplinary, meaning perpetrators cannot face disciplinary action after an alternative resolution is completed.Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray said a non-disciplinary resolution could endanger students.“There have been studies that indicate that the majority of sexual assaults are committed by repeat offenders,” she said. “So, in allowing [an] alternative resolution to occur in sexual assault cases, even if it’s not mediation, how does that protect the student body at all from rapists?”Monroe said the University considers each case individually and does not allow alternative resolutions for perpetrators who could pose serious threats to other students.After concluding the discussion of Title IX, senators shifted the conversation to Native American history and culture.Senators approved a resolution calling the University administration to recognize that Notre Dame’s campus sits on land that once belonged to the Potawatomi people. The resolution encouraged a statement acknowledging this history be featured at Welcome Weekend, graduation and the Walk the Walk Week luncheon.Additionally, the senate approved a resolution calling for a Native Studies minor in the College of Arts and Letters, drawing on the example of many other universities.“This … shows the people who are Native descendants that we respect you, we affirm you,” said Marcus Winchester-Jones, sophomore and president of the Native American Student Association of Notre Dame. “It … makes it so it’s a more welcoming community for everybody.”Tags: Native American Student Association of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Student Senate, Title IX, Title IX policylast_img read more

Daniele De Rossi retires with Boca Juniors

first_img The 2006 World Cup winner and Roma midfield legend, 36, made the switch to the Bombonera after the end of last season. But his time at Boca appears to be over after falling out of favour under new boss Miguel Angel Russo.Advertisement Loading… Daniele De Rossi is on the verge of retirement as he gets set to leave Boca Juniors.center_img According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, he will retire from football in a matter of hours, after leaving Boca. Read Also:Boca Juniors want Mourinho  De Rossi got injured during their Super League stalemate with fierce rivals River Plate in September and was crocked for their two-legged Copa Libertadores semi-final against the same side. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Disabled Veterans have opportunity to go on turkey hunt

first_imgFAYETTE COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Conservation Officers in Fayette County are again offering a guided turkey hunt to wounded veterans.Steve Davis is offering the opportunity for a wounded veteran to turkey hunt and get into the woods.Davis wants to share his joy in the sport.After an injury causing him to become a quadriplegic, Davis has created a hunting trailer that is wheelchair accessible.The hunt is planned for April 29th and 30th which falls on opening weekend this year.For more information or to request an opportunity to hunt, contact Conservation Officer Travis Stewart at 812-340-8323last_img read more

Bucknell looks to extend streak vs Loyola

first_img February 6, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappBucknell (9-15, 5-6) vs. Loyola (Md.) (11-13, 3-8)Reitz Arena, Baltimore; Saturday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Bucknell looks for its seventh straight win in the head-to-head series over Loyola (Md.). Bucknell has won by an average of 14 points in its last six wins over the Greyhounds. Loyola (Md.)’s last win in the series came on Feb. 15, 2017, a 78-77 win. Bucknell looks to extend streak vs Loyolacenter_img STEPPING UP: The explosive Andrew Kostecka has averaged 21 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals to lead the way for the Greyhounds. Isaiah Hart is also a key contributor, accounting for 9.4 points per game. The Bison have been led by Jimmy Sotos, who is averaging 11.9 points.CLAMPING DOWN: The Bison have given up only 67.4 points per game to Patriot League opponents so far, an improvement from the 78.6 per game they allowed in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JIMMY: Sotos has connected on 38.7 percent of the 119 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 14 over the last three games. He’s also converted 85.7 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: The Greyhounds are 0-6 when they score 62 points or fewer and 11-7 when they exceed 62 points. The Bison are 0-9 when they fail to score more than 63 points and 9-6 on the season, otherwise.STREAK STATS: Bucknell has scored 61.3 points per game and allowed 69.7 over its three-game road losing streak.DID YOU KNOW: Loyola (Md.) is ranked second among Patriot League teams with an average of 73.2 points per game. The Greyhounds have averaged 80.8 points per game over their last five games. Associated Press last_img read more

Louisiana judge: Roger Goodell must give deposition in Saints-Rams no-call suit

first_imgThe controversial no-call stems from the play in which officials missed Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman interfering with Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the final minutes of the meeting. Because of the blown call, the game went into overtime, where the Rams kicked a field goal to win, 26-23, and punch their ticket to Atlanta for Super Bowl 53. Related News Bengals’ receiving corps takes another hit with John Ross hamstring injury It’s been six months since the infamous no-call in the NFC championship game, but the Saints still aren’t over it.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from January’s matchup have been called for questioning under oath by a Louisiana judge after attorney Antonio LeMon filed a lawsuit over the game, The Associated Press reported Monday. Le’Veon Bell tweets ‘overdue’ apology to fantasy football owners Jerry Jones says Cowboys could win Super Bowl without rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott However, other suits over the botched call haven’t exactly been successful and a petition started by fans demanding the NFC championship game be replayed was laughable, so it’s unlikely this will go over any different.Expect the league to file appeals that could delay or cancel the questioning altogether to avoid admitting once again what has already been stated: that a human error was made. The report noted the two sides will convene in September and “pick a mutually agreeable date for depositions in New Orleans.” The suit is seeking $75,000 in damages, which will be donated to charity.last_img read more

Over 500 vendors, minibus operators to be relocated

first_imgStabroek WharfOver 500 vendors, minibus operators to be relocatedPlans are moving apace to determine the best strategy to have hundreds of vendors and minibus operators in the Stabroek Wharf area relocated to facilitate construction on the wharf.A section of the Stabroek WharfA meeting was held on Wednesday between Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) members and representatives from the Finance and Public Infrastructure Ministry. This is according to Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green.Commenting on the meeting, Mayor Chase Green stated that its purpose was to bring Councillors up to date with plans for the Stabroek Wharf, on which construction was expected to begin in early 2018.“We were written by the Ministry of Infrastructure, saying to us that they will be starting to do construction of the Stabroek Market wharf in the first quarter of 2018. And they’re asking us to relocate all of those vendors,” she said.She noted that there were 318 stalls on the wharf, while on the southern side of the Market 200 persons plied their trade. She stated that immediately outside the Stabroek Market, there were more vendors as well.“So, we have to start identifying areas that can house those people when construction on that wharf begins; because they are going to be using that entire area to store the material for heavy trucks to be going in there. So, you couldn’t have vending anywhere.”“We also have to look at the relocation of all those minibuses. And so they’re asking us to start now. And that’s what (Wednesday’s) meeting was about. Because our Councillors expressed concern about what is going to happen.”“While the consultations would have started, we would have heard that most likely the vendors would not go back there, but who made that decision?” Chase Green queried. “We didn’t make that decision. So, we have to consult more as to the way forward.”When contacted on Friday, a representative of the Public Infrastructure Ministry noted that while the Ministry would be doing infrastructural works, responsibility for the vendors rested with the Mayor and City Council.The Wharf has been in a state of deterioration for some time, with vendors expressing fear for their safety on several occasions.Sections of the Wharf caved in during September 2014 and March 2015. In June, Town Clerk Royston King had declared that the Mayor and City Council had solicited assistance from the Public Infrastructure Ministry.The modernised, new Wharf plans were designed by Civil Engineer Kabila Hollingsworth. The design includes a two-storey building with a terrace and stelling. Some $400 million is expected to be spent on the Wharf.last_img read more

Finding Tweets that Matter to You: My6sense Launches New iPhone App

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… My6sense just announced a new version of its iPhone application that can automatically highlight the most relevant tweets from the users you follow. The mytweetsense feature learns from the user’s implicit and explicit actions and builds a model of what is interesting to the individual user. Mytweetsense works best for tweets that include links. The app’s features are clearly geared towards these kind of tweets and include previews for links, videos and images.The default view in the app displays all the recent tweets you received according to relevancy. You can also switch to a chronological view of your timeline and the app allows users to easily reshare content on Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed, as well as by email.Finding Relevant Tweets The app trains itself. My6sense just watches what links you click on, and which articles you retweet or share on other social networks. It takes a little bit of training, but if our experience with the my6sense RSS reader is any indication, the results are surprisingly good. We got a chance to talk to Barak Hachamov, the company’s founder and CEO at LeWeb earlier today. According to Hachamov, my6sense creates an extremely detailed personal profile of every user. It’s important to note that mytweetsense mostly looks at the content of the links that you receive in your Twitter stream. While the app has an option to turn on the relevancy algorithm for tweets without links, the service works best when it can work with the additional information that is implicit in these links.Twitter lists and smarter real-time search engines have made it easier to keep up with the constant stream of updates on Twitter, but this is still a random stream of information. My6sense’s iPhone app may not replace your favorite Twitter app right now, but it’s a great tool to catch up on your tweets if you have been offline for a few days. You do, however, have to use it for a few days before so you can get the best experience. The app first has to get to know you, after all. Tags:#news#web Related Posts frederic lardinoiscenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Record Volume Of Apps Downloaded On Christmas Day

first_imgChristmas Day smartphone activations also prove the general theme of mobile in 2012: everything mobile exploded this year. We thought the 2011 growth in smartphones, tablets and apps was impressive. Well, 2012 made 2011 seem like ants crawling up a mountain.On Dec. 25, 2011, Flurry estimated 6.8 million iOS and Android activations. The 17.4 million activations in 2012 represents 2.5-times that of 2011. It is important to point out that Flurry is considerably larger this year than last, which could effect its projections. Nearly 260,000 apps currently use Flurry’s analytics system. The company estimates it can accurately gauge 90% of new device activations in the world. Once people had all those fancy new devices in their hands, they started to download apps. In droves. Flurry estimates that 328 million apps were downloaded on Dec. 25 (at least on its own platform), a 112% increase from baseline data from Dec. 1 to Dec. 20 (155 million app downloads per day). Flurry says that the 328 million downloads was a record day, “besting that of any previous day in history.” Christmas Day also saw a bounty of tablets under the tree. Dec. 25 saw 51% of all device activations go towards new slates. Flurry notes that the iPad, iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch were the big winners this year.  Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It is interesting to note when people starting downloading apps on Dec. 25. If you household is anything like mine, then we wake up around 8 a.m. and start opening presents (oddly enough, no tablets or smartphones were given among my family this year, an extreme rarity). That means that we were nearly done with presents by 9:30 a.m., which means we would be playing with our gifts by about 10 a.m. Flurry charted app download volumes throughout Dec. 25 and found that downloads peaked around 10 a.m. on Dec. 25 and held steady at that highpoint for the next eleven hours or so, as the next chart illustrates.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … These may seem like impressive numbers, but the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the busiest of the year for app downloads. Smart app publishers got their apps (and marketing plans and in-app purchases/discounts) in to the iOS App Store and Google Play the week before Christmas. That is especially important for iOS, as Apple locks down the App Store for a week every Christmas, this year starting on Dec. 21. What apps did you download this holiday season? Let us know in the comments. Top image courtesy Shutterstock Tags:#analytics#Android#apps#iOS#mobile center_img dan rowinski The holiday season is important to the mobile app economy, like it is for so many other industries. Yet, unlike retail businesses or the service economy that benefits in the weeks preceding Christmas Day, December 25th is perhaps the busiest day of the year for app developers. It makes sense. People get new smartphones and tablets as gifts, activate them and start downloading apps. 2012 proved no different. Mobile analytics company Flurry estimates that 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Dec. 25, 2012. For comparison, the period between Dec. 1 and Dec. 20 saw four million iOS and Android activations per day. Activations on Christmas represented a 332% increase from the first three weeks of December.  Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more