28/10/2016 – 28/01/2017 Citizen journalist completes third month in prison on Chinese New Year

first_img News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Organisation January 27, 2017 28/10/2016 – 28/01/2017 Citizen journalist completes third month in prison on Chinese New Year Huang Qi, a citizen journalist who founded the 64Tianwang news website, was arrested exactly three months ago. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for his unconditional release and the release of all the other citizen journalists and bloggers imprisoned in China. ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeCitizen-journalistsInternet ChinaAsia – Pacific PredatorsImprisonedFreedom of expressionRSF PrizeCitizen-journalistsInternet As China and its president, Xi Jinping, prepare to celebrate the New Year on 28 January, RSF is concerned about the unprecedented decline in freedom of information in this country.The online activist Huang Qi was jailed exactly three months ago on a charge of “divulging state secrets,” according to the regime. The website he founded, 64Tianwang, was the first human rights website to be established in China and continues to be one of the few such sites operating inside the country.Reprisals against journalists and bloggers continued and even intensified in 2016, making China the world’s biggest prison for journalists and bloggers, with more than 100 currently detained.They include the well-known journalist Gao Yu, the Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, the Uyghur intellectual and journalist Ilham Tohti, and the citizen journalists Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, who were awarded RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2016, as was 64Tianwang.In 2017, China continues to be on RSF’s list of “enemies of the Internet” while President Xi is still on RSF’s list of “press freedom predators.” China is nowadays ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Citizen journalist and RSF award laureate Huang Qi Photo: cn.rfi.fr to go furthercenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mixed-marriage families struggle to stay together during pandemic

first_imgMany Indonesians with foreign spouses living abroad, like Marcellina, are currently in limbo, as they face obstacles to apply for or extend stay permits during the COVID-19 outbreak, although Indonesia has relaxed requirements for foreigners who are already in the country.The latest regulation by the Law and Human Rights Ministry, which oversees immigration, generally bars foreigners from entering Indonesia unless they have a temporary stay permit (ITAS) or permanent stay permit (ITAP) with a valid entry permit.They must now also present a health certificate showing a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test from their country of departure and be willing to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arriving in Indonesia, as required under a Health Ministry circular issued in early May.ITAS and ITAP holders abroad, whose entry permits have expired, can still enter Indonesia via seven major ports of entry: The airports of Soekarno Hatta, Bali’s Ngurah Rai, Surabaya’s Juanda, Medan’s Kualanamu and Batam’s Hang Nadim as well as two Batam international seaports: Batam Center and Citra Tritunas. Indonesian citizen Marcellina Lintang, 31, who works as a teacher in Iraq, will finish her contract in July. She is ready to return home but worried that immigration hurdles might soon separate her from her husband, an American citizen who does not have a stay permit for Indonesia.She is now pulling all the stops to either obtain a stay permit for her husband or extend her visa in Iraq.She has until July 14 before she is fined for overstaying. As of Saturday, she had yet to receive a decision from the Indonesian embassy on her husband’s future status in Indonesia.The embassy is currently processing her report and coordinating with Marcellina on the matter.“The worst scenario, and I hope it does not happen, would be for my son and I to go back to Indonesia while my husband returns to the United States,” she said. Editor’s note: This article has been updated.Topics :center_img Read also: Indonesia to offer exemptions from temporary ban on foreignersAs a result, couples who have relied on the visa-on-arrival to get to Indonesia now struggle to meet their families, Indonesian Mixed-Marriage Society (PerCa) chairwoman Juliani Luthan said.She said some mixed couples preferred not to apply for stay permits because their jobs required them to travel extensively between countries before the pandemic.Even family members who are abroad and have stay permits are facing difficulties to access PCR tests to get to Indonesia, because some countries only test people with COVID-19 symptoms.“We understand that the pandemic must be contained, and we want to avoid imported cases,” Juliani said. “But people’s right to meet their families should not be infringed.”She recommended that the government ease procedures for mixed-marriage couples to enter Indonesia or obtain new stay permits, especially if they have a marriage certificate, among other documents, to prove they have family in Indonesia.Such easing, however, had to be done responsibly to prevent imported COVID-19 cases, she said.As of Monday, Indonesia recorded 55,092 confirmed cases and 2,805 deaths.On June 15, immigration offices reopened across the country for services including passport applications or renewals and services for foreign citizens, especially related to immigration status changes, obtaining new ITAS and immigration certificates and registering for limited dual citizenship.Read also: Indonesia proposes regional ‘travel bubble’The immigration’s head of stay permits, Burhanuddin, said the directorate had yet to open services to extend ITAP and ITAS. However, he told mixed-marriage couples in a teleconference on Friday not to worry, as the government allowed holders of expired ITAS or ITAP to stay in Indonesia during the pandemic on an Emergency Stay Permit (ITKT), which would automatically replace the expired permits without the need to apply for it.The government also allows foreigners who are already in Indonesia with visitor visas to extend their stay with the emergency stay permits, according to the immigration’s website.“So, don’t worry,” he said. “There’s no need to fear that you will be considered overstaying.”While waiting for immigration offices’ next step, Rini Griffin, the coordinator for PerCa’s Batam chapter, said mixed-marriage couples in Batam were in a dilemma, as many did not own stay permits. This was because foreign spouses in mixed couples in Batam usually worked offshore and lived in Indonesia for less than a month.Those who are already in Indonesia have also remained in Batam, fearing that they would not see their families again for a long time should they go back to their countries of origin.“This is really saddening. Children who are used to seeing their fathers back home after working in Singapore or Malaysia for a couple of days have now not seen their fathers for about three months, and it makes it really difficult for mothers to explain the reason to their children,” she said.last_img read more

Girls Area Basketball Sectional Scores (2-5)

first_imgGirls Area Basketball Sectional Scores Wednesday  (2-5)Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronOldenburg  62     Hauser  50Waldron  46     Southwestern  30    Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornGreensburg  58     Rushville  50South Dearborn  39     Franklin County  37   (OT)last_img

12 hours agoLazio boss Inzaghi upset with Celtic comeback

first_imgLazio boss Inzaghi upset with Celtic comebackby Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio boss Simone Inzaghi was left frustrated with their Europa League defeat to Celtic.The Biancocelesti had taken the lead and were in control only to lose 2-1 in the final stages.“That’s the ugly thing about football, you don’t get the results you deserve. It’s difficult to swallow a defeat like that,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.“We must realise that we won’t lose many if we maintain this spirit for 90 minutes. It’s already happened to us this season, but I couldn’t have asked much more from my lads.“The second goal was an individual error and you pay a heavy price when a player is allowed to lose his marker. It was a performance where we certainly deserved a different result, but we need to keep working, because evidently what we’re doing is not enough. We must keep believing in ourselves and I feel we’ll go far if we play like this.“It’s a pity, we deserved more in this wonderful arena.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 killed in Maha chemical factory explosion

first_imgMumbai: At least 13 workers were killed and 58 others injured in chain explosions of nitrogen gas cylinders at a chemical factory in Dhule district of Maharashtra on Saturday morning, police said.Prima facie, a leaking chemical from a barrel triggered fire which led to serial explosions in the factory in Waghadi village in Shirpur taluka around 9:45 am, a senior police officer said. “Thirteen workers have been killed while 58 others were injured in the explosion of nitrogen gas cylinders at the chemical factory,” he said. At least 100 workers were present in the factory at the time of the incident, he added. The officer said the rescue operation at the spot is still going on while the blaze has been brought under control. Teams of fire brigade, police, State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) are conducting the relief and rescue operations.last_img read more

Podcast The Incredible Ronda Rousey The MLB Trade Deadline And A Doping

If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (Aug. 4, 2015), we discuss whether mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey is unbeatable. We also talk about the winners and losers coming off the MLB trade deadline, as well as leaked data suggesting that one-third of medals at endurance events in the Olympics and at World Championships between 2001 and 2012 might have gone to athletes with suspicious blood-test results. Plus, our Significant Digit of the week: What if you broke a world record by accident?Stream the episode by clicking the play button, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to above.Below are some links to what we discuss on the show:Andrew Flowers on Ronda Rousey fighting like an outlier.Rousey’s controversial stance on trans fighters in her sport.Neil Paine and Nate Silver break down the MLB trade deadline using the brand-new “Doyle Number” metric.58 prospects at the trade deadline.Large-scale allegations of doping among endurance athletes.The International Association of Athletics Federations president calls the allegations a joke.Significant Digit: 2 — the number of times swimmer Katie Ledecky has broken her own world record, this week. Hot Takedown read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: Pro-football-reference.com QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

Sergio González agrees new deal with Real Valladolid

first_imgReal Valladolid have announced that manager Sergio González has signed a new contract that will see him stay until June 2020Sergio was appointed by Valladolid as head coach in April 2018 while the club was in the Spanish second division.In his first managerial role in over two years, Sergio led Valladolid to a fifth-place finish in the league standings with the club winning promotion in the playoffs.The Blanquivioletas then extended Sergio’s stay until the end of the 2018/19 season.James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.But now Valladolid president Ronaldo Nazario has decided to award Sergio a new deal at the Estadio José Zorrilla.The club have announced that they will hold a press conference on Thursday at 12:00 (GMT +2).Sergio has won eight and drawn four of his 16 games in charge of Valladolid.The Blanquivioletas lie 19th in La Liga with two points and will next face a trip to Celta Vigo on Saturday.last_img read more

Ronaldo equals 60year old Juventus record

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo is already making his mark at Juventus after equalling a 60-year-old goalscoring club recordThe Portuguese striker may have had to wait until his fourth Serie A game against Sassuolo to find the net for Juventus, but the goals have since flowed in.Since that match-winning brace on September 16, Ronaldo has directly contributed towards eight goals for Juventus by either scoring them or assisting a teammate.Now AS reports that Ronaldo’s current goal tally of seven goals in his first 10 Serie A games has equalled John Charles’ 60-year-old record.The former Welsh forward, who played for Juventus between 1957 to 1962, managed seven goals in his first 10 league fixtures for the Old Lady.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Charles finished his debut campaign at Turin with 28 goals for the 1957/58 season and won the Serie A title.Argentine strike duo Gonzalo Higuain and Carlos Tevez both struck six times in their opening 10 league games along with Italian Filippo Inzaghi.While Alessandro Del Piero, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Trezeguet both struck five times in 10 appearances.Now Ronaldo will undoubtedly have his eyes set on Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with nine goals.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday in their next league game with kick-off to begin at 20:30 (CEST).last_img read more