Sarkozy urged to raise plight of imprisoned journalists and internet-users

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison July 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sarkozy urged to raise plight of imprisoned journalists and internet-users As French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy met Chinese counterpart Zhou Yongkang on 18 July, Reporters Without Borders demonstrated in front of the interior ministry in Paris for the release of 82 journalists and Internet-users currently in jail in China.The organisation also launched the following appeal to Sarkozy: “Reporters Without Borders urges you in talks with Zhou Yongkang to raise the cases of Ching Cheong, Zhao Yan and Shi Tao, three journalists imprisoned on the basis of false charges of spying and divulging state secrets.”We note that in your latest book Témoignage (Testimony), you promised to question the Chinese about the fate of political prisoners. Mr Sarkozy, what have you asked of Zhou Yongkang?”Talking about the fight against organised crime and terrorism is one thing, but not to raise human rights and public freedoms questions would be unacceptable. The minister you are welcoming, Mr Sarkozy, is directly responsible for the crackdown on dissident voices in China.”We realise that for you he is an important representative of the Chinese government, but for tens of thousands of Chinese he is the person directly responsible for torture, unfair imprisonment of dissidents and serious human rights violations.”Hong Kong journalist Ching Cheong was accused of spying after being arrested in Guangzhou in April 2005. The Chinese foreign ministry said on 31 May 2005 that the correspondent for the Singapore daily Straits Times had confessed to spying for foreign agencies.The management of Straits Times has said it was shocked by these accusations and the journalist’s wife, Mary Lau, has explained that he fell into a trap set by a third party when he tried to obtain recordings of secret interviews with reformist ex-prime minister, Zhao Ziyang.The trial of Zhao Yan, Chinese researcher on the New York Times, for “divulging state secrets” and “fraud” was held behind closed doors on 16 June 2006, in the No 2 People’s Court in Beijing. No witnesses were allowed to appear. This offence is punishable with the death penalty.Zhao’s sister, Zhao Kun, had her request to attend the trial turned down by the court. Zhao Yan, laureate of the 2005 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France press freedom award, has been in prison since 17 September 2004. He was accused of revealing news of the retirement from politics of Jiang Zemin to the New York Times before it was officially announced.Arrested on 24 November 2004, Shi Tao was sentenced on 20 April 2005 to 10 years in prison for “illegally divulging state secrets abroad” because he took the text of an official memo that had been sent to his newspaper, Dangdai Shang Bao (Contemporary Business News), and posted it on foreign websites. The memo warned journalists of the dangers of social destabilisation on the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Shi is currently held in Prison No. 1 in the south-central province of Hunan, which is located on a small island near the city of Yuanjiang. He shares a cell with more than 10 other inmates and makes jewellery in a workshop of poor sanitary standards. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders demonstrated in front of the Interior ministry while Mr Sarkozy was receiving the Chinese Public Security Minister, Zhou Yongkang. The organisation asked for the release of the Chinese journalists and cyberdissidents currently imprisoned. Organisation to go further RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Newslast_img read more

Nominate For Celebration Of Leadership Now!

first_imgNOMINATE NOW! Deadline to submit nominations isSaturday, January 16, 2016. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Thank you to Fifth Third Bank for being the title sponsor of the 21st Annual Celebration of Leadership. The Celebration of Leadership is a conscious effort to seek and honor individuals, projects, and businesses and organizations that make significant collaborative contributions to our community.Do you know someone who is a servant leader? Do you know about a project that made our community a better place to live, work and play? Do you know of a business or an organization that makes a difference in the lives of others?Take a few minutes to nominate the deserving person, project, business or organization now!last_img read more

Getting down to cases

first_imgHarvard is a place of high academic realms, where scholars tackle complex issues that would confound many observers.For instance, Emil Aamar is a fellow at Harvard Medical School who studies molecular genetics in zebrafish. Diane Truong, a graduate student in chemistry, investigates evolution on a molecular scale. Yiqiao Tang, finishing a third year of doctoral work in physics, works in a lab that takes images of single molecules, and traps nanoscale objects in solution.But hold those deep thoughts.Aamar, Truong, and Tang — all strangers to one another two weeks ago — recently took a break from their brainy disciplines. From July 20 to 30, they were among 58 Harvard graduate students and fellows who took part in a “case competition” co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate Consulting Club. Their mission: Learn to think, act, and present like consultants.Consultants are the outside experts whom businesses hire — at handsome fees — to explore key problems. They are a major pillar in a world driven by dollars and cents and data. They also can be models of how to work fast, hard, and in well-tuned teams to present results on a deadline.“I’m a freshman at this,” said Tang, a member of Harvard Team 1 with Aamar and Truong. Consulting is new to him, but he’s eager to explore it as a way to market his expertise someday.Filling out Harvard Team 1’s roster was Kartik Balachandran, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He studies tissue engineering for cardiac muscles.During the competition, teams from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) were given a business “case” — a problem — to solve. They had 10 days to investigate data, conduct interviews, arrive at solutions, and summarize their findings in brisk presentations.The 58 competitors from Harvard represented many disciplines, including chemistry, physics, engineering, medicine, public health, and government. Five were from the Harvard Extension School, 19 were Ph.D. students, 21 were postdoctoral fellows, and one was a Harvard instructor. Competition wrapped up with a daylong slam of team presentations in front of a dozen consultants, who threw back praise, criticism, and hard questions. In the spotlight were 12 teams from Harvard and eight from MIT.In the end, MIT teams captured the top two prizes, and Harvard Team 10 took third place. (On that team were Sabine Akabayov, Heather Bowerman, Vasileios Papapostolu, Xuefang Xie, and Tingting Zhang.)Tang was not bothered by the results. After all, his team was one of the competition’s five finalists. And, more important, all had learned something. He said that consulting skills — how to research, how to make quick decisions, how to work fast — transfer to every discipline.Then there was a lesson in the power of teamwork, said Truong — which is not always the way researchers operate. She and her teammates spent up to three hours a day preparing for a 10-minute presentation.The competition is “the perfect forum” for young experts who are curious about consulting but know little about it, said Prashant Raghavan, the co-president of the Harvard consulting club, which has 400 active members and offers a popular “mini-MBA.”“Consultants are problem solvers,” said Raghavan, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School. His own interests are proof of the club’s non-business origins: He studies stem cell regulation in roundworms.The competing teams interacted twice with professionals. Harvard Team 1 met with McKinsey & Company consultant Chris Rezek in a sun-filled seminar room in Maxwell-Dworkin. Consultants bring speed, data, focus, and intellectual rigor to a client’s problem, said the MIT grad and Yale M.B.A. “You’re giving them transparency,” he said, and enough background to make a big decision.Shelby Clark, M.B.A. ’10, agreed on the value of consultants. Of his own company, he said, “It’s hard for us to pull back and ask the important questions sometimes.” Clark is CEO and founder of RelayRides, a Cambridge transportation startup launched this summer. The company provided the competition’s case: What is the best way for this fledgling operation to expand?RelayRides bills itself as “the world’s first person-to-person car-sharing community,” an eco-friendly, cheaper answer to Zipcar. The idea is that motorists are paid to let screened drivers use their cars, which otherwise sit idle in driveways and garages. Borrowers pay no annual fee, get low hourly rates, and are shielded by a company-supplied insurance program.The RelayRides expansion puzzle was presented on the first day of the case competition, when novice consultants from both schools gathered in Harvard’s Tsai Auditorium to meet their teammates.They got a primer in consulting, too. Among the lessons: Think as a team starting on the first day, since teamwork is the engine of fast action. Pick a group leader. Develop messages that are coherent, direct, and concise. Make presentations crisp and creative. Get research where you can, including from experts.“Consulting is a people business,” said Harvard biochemist Ethan Karp, who helped deliver the first-day primer. He’s the onetime president of the graduate consulting club and founder of the Harvard Volunteer Consulting Group. He will soon join McKinsey & Co.Rezek agreed, calling consultants “a big value” who multiply expertise. He imagined a business that just hired consultants. “They’re hiring four people,” said Rezek, “but they’re getting 16,000 people from around the world.”Said a hopeful Aamar, speaking for the young experts of the future: “We are looking for such positions.”last_img read more

BioTek Instruments appoints Millennium Science as New Zealand distributor

first_imgBioTek Instruments of Winooski, Vermont, has appointed Millennium Science Pty. Ltd., as their official distributor in New Zealand. Millennium now retains responsibility for sales and support of the entire BioTek line of microplate-based instrumentation and software across the Tasman.”Millennium has a strong focus on applications with expert technical sales and support. They are a natural fit for BioTek as we grow inAustralasia,” noted Dominic Herring, Business Development Manager of BioTek Instruments Singapore. “By having dual representation pan-Tasman, our customers will have access to greater levels of support, which is critical as life science and biotech collaborations between the two nations continue to increase.”Bren Collinson, Managing Director at Millennium added, “We are very pleased to now be the exclusive distributor in New Zealand for the entire BioTek product line. Our long-standing relationship with BioTek in Australia, together with our proven experience in laboratory automation, puts us in an excellent position to serve the needs of New Zealand life science researchers.”Millennium Science, established in 1999, is a scientific solution supplier to the Australasian Life Science market with a core competency in the delivery of high technology products including hardware, software and consumables. They focus heavily on pre- and post-sales technical support and employ scientifically qualified Technical Sales Representatives in each state. Each is backed by PhD Application’s Scientists and a team of highly experienced Service Engineers and support staff.BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. BioTek instrumentation is used to facilitate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research.Source: BioTek. July 9, 2009, WINOOSKI VT, USAlast_img read more

Removing barriers for disabled lawyers program slated for Annual Convention

first_img May 15, 2006 Regular News Removing barriers for disabled lawyers program slated for Annual Convention Removing barriers for disabled lawyers program slated for Annual Convention The Bar’s Equal Opportunities Law Section will present Removing Barriers to the Legal Profession for Lawyers with Disabilities at the Annual Convention June 23 in Boca Raton from 8 a.m. till noon.More than 40 Florida lawyers with disabilities worked together in 2005 to identify issues and barriers that limit their full participation in professional and Bar activities and to develop recommendations and creative solutions to reduce these barriers. The project has complemented the Bar’s diversity initiatives and was coordinated by the Disability Independence Group, a nonprofit organization committed to expanding career opportunities in the law for persons with disabilities.National and state leaders will present the seminar, as well as Florida lawyers with disabilities. The seminar is designed to expand lawyer’s knowledge of their colleagues who have disabilities, provide a substantive update on the ADA, model accessible meeting features, and address the Florida courts’ commitment to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.The Disability-Diversity Initiative Report will be distributed and, possibly, a report of a more comprehensive survey of lawyers with disabilities to be conducted in 2006. In conjunction with the seminar, disability equipment and information vendors will participate in the Annual Convention vendor fair, providing the opportunity for Bar members to view the latest technology and adaptive equipment that enhance the work environment for lawyers with disabilities.Those speaking at the event include Justice Fred Lewis, Grace Morrell Grant, Barbara Kornblau, Rosa Emilia Llaguno, Ed Lopacki, Kelly McCabe, Gordon Palmer, George Richards, Joseph Smith, Olegario D. Cantos VII, and Matthew W. Dietz.last_img read more

Seaford Weapons Arrest Nets Assault Weapons, Swords

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Arsenal of weapons laid out at Seventh Precinct during press conference Thursday. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)A Seaford man is facing drugs and weapons charges after police seized more than a pound of pot and dozens of other weapons from his home, including assault weapons that featured high-capacity ammunition clips, Nassau County police said.The Asset Forfeiture Criminal Investigative Rapid Response team and Arson/Bomb Squad detectives descended on 29-year-old Jonathan Erler’s Seamens Neck Road house after arresting him for drug possession during a traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. A Flintlock rifle was also discovered in the backseat, police said.The search uncovered six assault weapons, including a Ruger Mini-14, a FN Herstal and an AK-47, among others, according to the criminal complaint. Police also recovered dozens of guns, several swords, daggers, brass knuckles, five high-capacity ammunition clips, Chinese throwing stars and armor piercing bullets during the search, police said.Erler, a licensed handgun owner, was arraigned Thursday on charges of criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. A judge set his bail at $22,000 bond or $11,000 cash.Erler made admissions to detectives during the investigation, according to Det. Sgt. Pat Ryder of the Seventh Precinct, but he declined to discuss what was said.Chinese throwing stars and knives recovered from Seaford home. (Rashed Mian/Long Island Press)“These are some of the weapons we in the Nassau County Police Department are trying to get off the street,” Dep. Inspector Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman, said at a press conference. “Certainly the citizens of Nassau County are safer with these weapons off the street.”Police didn’t say why CIRT—an elite team of 14 officers—performed the traffic stop, citing the ongoing investigation. Lack said there was “no reason to believe,” Erler was planning an attack, but noted the possibility is still under investigation.Erler was initially pulled over for talking on his cell phone.Police scattered the arsenal of weapons atop four wooden tables at the Seventh Precinct where they featured two bulletproof vests, a medieval-style axe, .50 caliber bullets and the marijuana they seized from the trunk.“In light of Sandy Hook and every other active school shooting and the training that we’ve been doing recently with our schools, these are the type of weapons that if they get into the wrong hands they can be used in an active shooter situation, that’s why they’re not acceptable in our society,” Ryder said.Many of the weapons were concealed in an area inside Erler’s bed that would rise up, making them easily accessible, Ryder added. The handguns and ammunition were spread out throughout the house, he said.Police said the charges stem from laws preceding New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun control measures that passed through the state legislature earlier this month.In an interesting twist, Erler is the owner of Twisted Glass, a headshop in Wantagh that was recently burglarized for $10,000 worth of bongs, police said. But the two cases are unrelated, Ryder said, adding they have “nothing to do with the other.”Ryder said there was no indication Erler was using the store to deal drugs.A search of Twisted Glass didn’t turn up any other weapons, police said.last_img read more

Major shift possible in financial rule-making

first_imgMajor rules proposed by financial regulators, such as the NCUA, would have to be approved by Congress before they could take effect, according to a draft of the Financial Services Chairman’s Financial CHOICE Act released Wednesday.The draft, totaling almost 600 pages, includes that provision, which also is found in legislation the House passed earlier this year.The Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing on the bill on April 26. Witnesses for that hearing have not been announced.Hensarling’s bill would overhaul Dodd-Frank, decreasing the powers of the CFPB, which would be transformed into a law enforcement agency. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What on earth was Nunberg doing? A few theories

first_imgBy the end, he had suggested that President Donald Trump may have worked with the Russians, dared Mueller to throw him in jail, repeatedly inquired as to what journalists thought his fate might be, and said he thoughtTrump knew about that Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.Nunberg did no fewer than three separate interviews with CNN, two with MSNBC and several others.So what on earth was all that about?Below are some ideas. (And it bears noting that not all of these are mutually exclusive.)It was an elaborate, Roger Stone-ian showIf there’s one key piece of the puzzle when it comes to explaining the mess that was Monday, it might well have been this: Sam Nunberg is not just some random political operative; he’s a close ally of Roger Stone.Stone is known for bizarre antics that are just as often self-serving as self-destructive. We all react to stress differently.Perhaps Nunberg, who was known for being very freewheeling and open with the media, simply started talking and couldn’t stop himself.Maybe he found himself in a tough spot and his first reaction was to try to talk his way out of it.His comments were targeted at TrumpNunberg’s relationship with Trump is nothing if not complicated.As CNN recaps, Trump has fired him, rehired him, fired him again and sued him for $10 million before the two of them settled a lawsuit over Nunberg’s alleged breach of their nondisclosure agreement. The White House has also been dismissive of Nunberg whenever he has occasionally offered comments it didn’t like.During Monday’s interviews, Nunberg oscillated between saying Trump hadn’t colluded and suggesting he might have had some arrangement with Russia.He at one point said Trump was too smart to fall victim to Russian blackmail, only to later say that Trump “caused this, because he’s an idiot.”He also said that “there is nobody who hates [Trump] more than me.”“I’m not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, okay?” Nunberg told CNN. “He treated me like crap.”If Nunberg really does harbor such resentment toward Trump, maybe publicly speculating about Trump having had an arrangement with Russia and having known about the Trump Tower meeting is one final piece of revenge. Coming from someone who has been interviewed by Mueller’s team, that certainly carries some weight.Maybe he wanted to suggest Trump had done something wrong while sounding like he was defending him. Indeed, Nunberg did little to suggest Monday that this wasn’t some Stone-orchestrated scene.He repeatedly talked about how he felt Mueller was targeting Stone for alleged collusion with WikiLeaks, and he repeatedly argued that Stone was innocent.Despite plenty of inconsistencies in his appearances, this was one point he kept coming back to.“I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come into a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with Julian Assange,” Nunberg told MSNBC. “Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family.” (If you are unfamiliar, I highly recommend Netflix’s “Get Me Roger Stone.”)“Politics with me isn’t theater,” Stone once told the Weekly Standard. “It’s performance art — sometimes, for its own sake.”Rick Wilson tweeted: Or maybe, like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Nunberg is truly frustrated by what Trump has done — including to him — and couldn’t help himself.And maybe he even felt that Trump needed some kind of bat-signal delivered through cable news about how much trouble he’s in.He was trying to impeach himself as a witnessThis one comes via Post columnist Ruth Marcus, who says Nunberg has now “successfully destroyed his credibility and therefore his utility as a trial witness for Mueller. Mission accomplished?”Indeed, if Nunberg was trying to look erratic and unreliable on Monday, mission accomplished.But would Mueller suddenly lose interest just because of this performance?Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Washington Post political blog, The Fix.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? When New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi reached Nunberg’s mother by accident, she said his mother told her Nunberg was unavailable because “he’s not doing well.”Olivia Nuzzi tweeted:  Categories: Editorial, OpinionFormer Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg had a surreal day Monday.After deciding he wouldn’t cooperate with a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, he went on a media blitz to, well, air some things.Each interview seemed intent upon out-shocking the last. He added in another interview with MSNBC: “I’m not going to go in there for them to set up a case against Roger. Roger did not do anything. Roger and I were treated like crap by Donald Trump, okay?”But even if you grant that this was all some contrived spectacle to assist Stone in some way, that still doesn’t answer how.Refusing to assist Mueller would seem to be help enough; why go on a media blitz saying all kinds of bizarre things? Perhaps this was just performance art for performance art’s sake.He broke under pressureIn one of Nunberg’s later interviews, with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Burnett asked him a question that might have otherwise seemed off-base: Are you drunk? In fact, Burnett didn’t just ask; she said she smelled alcohol on his breath.Nunberg denied he had been drinking and said he wasn’t on anything “besides my meds — antidepressants.”Even separate from that question, though, it was clear Nunberg was under plenty of pressure.That tends to be the case when you’ve got jail time hanging over your head for ignoring a subpoena.last_img read more

Jokowi inaugurates new antiterror agency chief despite criticism

first_imgWhile the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.Boy defended his appointment, saying that some people might have misunderstood the process. He said the National Police chief’s telegram had merely appointed him as a senior officer to the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, who would then be assigned to the BNPT.“So, in the telegram, I was not [directly] named as the head [of the BNPT],” Boy said, adding that the appointment and inauguration of the BNPT head was the President’s domain.Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesperson as well as the Banten Police chief. (asp)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) despite criticism from police watchdogs over the manner of the appointment.Boy – a veteran police officer who has held various high positions in his 32-year career, including Papua Police chief – was chosen to replace fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had helmed the BNPT since 2016. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Around 20 people, including some high-ranking officials, attended the inauguration ceremony, maintaining a distance between one another in the line the health protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to convey my gratitude to Pak Jokowi for giving me this opportunity. In facing the challenges ahead, the BNPT should be an institution that can incorporate strengths from all elements in the government and society in the fight against terrorism,” Boy said after the ceremony.He added that the focus of the BNPT would be to intensify cooperation with stakeholders from home and abroad. “We know that terrorism is a transnational organized crime. We have to work together; we have to collaborate and incorporate resources from the government and from the people.”The mechanism of Boy’s appointment has been under scrutiny, with Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticizing the fact that Boy was appointed through a National Police chief telegram.Neta argued it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.last_img read more