Concern about health of detained writer who has been on hunger strike for 28 days

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is worried about the health of detained cyber-dissident and human rights activist Yang Maodong (also known by the pseudonym of Guo Feixiong), who had been on hunger strike since 13 December.“Yang must be freed,” the press freedom organisation said. “His prison conditions are unacceptable and we reiterate our call for the release of detained journalists and cyber-dissidents before the Beijing Olympic Games. His state of health is disturbing and the way the authorities are hounding his family is outrageous. This is the second hunger strike he has staged in the past year.”Yang’s wife, Zhang Qing, wrote to the US president on 9 January asking him to raise her husband plight during his next meeting with Chinese leader Hu Jintao.After being allowed to visit Yang on 28 December, Zhang said: “He seemed a lot less well than before his transfer on 12 December. He has lost weight, he is pale, and he is determined to continue his hunger strike for 100 days.” Yang was beaten up by one of his fellow inmates on 18 December, five days after he was transferred to Meizhou prison in the eastern province of Guangdong.A writer and staunch human rights activist, Yang, 41, was arrested for “disturbing the peace” after organising a rally in the village of Taishi on 13 September 2006. The authorities claimed that he “personally led demonstrations by villagers with the aim of overthrowing the local officials.” He was sentenced in November 2007 to five years in prison and a fine of 40,000 yuan (4,000 euros). In order to begin collecting this sum, the authorities froze the couple’s bank account on 18 December and withdrew 7,260 yuan.More on this case Receive email alerts January 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about health of detained writer who has been on hunger strike for 28 days News Organisation Help by sharing this information News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img March 12, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on China News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimeslast_img read more

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Giants’ coach Ron Wotus an unlikely key to win over Padres

first_imgClick here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — Evan Longoria will receive the credit he deserves in Tuesday’s box score for hammering a go-ahead, two-run double into the left field corner.Third base coach Ron Wotus’s name never shows up on the stat sheet, but his performance in the Giants’ 6-5 win over the Padres was nearly as important as Longoria’s.With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, pinch hitter Brandon Belt had no trouble scoring …last_img

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Report: Four teams seem most interested in Madison Bumgarner

first_imgThe trade market for Madison Bumgarner is taking shape, even if four of the clubs reportedly most interested in dealing for the Giants starter aren’t ready to confirm they’re part of it.The Brewers and Braves, along with the Astros and Twins from the American League, are among the teams most focused on acquiring Bumgarner, according to Monday’s report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.Latest notes: The market for #SFGiants’ Bumgarner; re-assessing the #Cubs; one potential #Yankees target; …last_img

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SA miner in world’s top 10: survey

first_img14 January 2013 South Africa-based diversified resources group Exxaro Resources has been named one of the top 10 mining companies worldwide to have delivered the highest total shareholder returns over the 10-year period spanning 2001 to 2011. According to a recent report by the Boston Consulting Group, JSE-listed Exxaro Resources delivered an average return to shareholders of 39.2 percent between 2001 and 2011, placing in seventh out of 34 leading mining companies surveyed. This compared with and average total shareholder returns (TSRs) of 18% for the the global mining industry as a whole between 2001 and 2011. Mexican miner Industrias Penoles was the top value creator over the decade with an average TSR of 58.2%, followed by Grupo Mexico with 49.5% and the UK’s Randgold Resources with 45%. The rest of the top 10 comprisde Canada’s First Quantum Minerals (TSR of 42.7%), China’s Inner Mongolia Yitai Coal (40.2%), US miner Cliffs Natural Resources (40.1%), Exxaro Resources (39.2%), Sociedad Quimaca y Minera de Chile (36.9%), the UK’s Antofagasta (32.4%), and China’s Yanzhou Coal Mining (30.1%). In its report, the Boston Consulting Group calculates TSR as a product of multiple factors, including the combination of revenue growth and change in margins as an indicator of a company’s improvement in fundamental value. It then uses the change in the company’s valuation multiple to determine the impact of investors’ expectations on TSR. Finally, the model tracks the distribution of free cash flow to investors and debt holders in the form of dividends, share repurchases, or repayments of debt in order to determine the contribution of free-cashflow payouts to a company’ TSR. “The mining industry clearly benefitted from the continued economic expansion in emerging markets, which led to steadily rising commodity prices,” the report notes. “Value creation also was fuelled by production growth, margin expansion, and cash returned to equity holders.” Revenue increases attributable to rising commodity prices accounted for nearly 14 of the total 18% TSR that the industry averaged. The remaining 4% was the result of a combination of production gains, margin expansion, and contributions from cash flow. “In every dimension – from profit growth to cash flow contributions to multiple expansion – the top 10 mining companies outperformed the rest of the sample,’ the report states. “Even more impressive was the fact that commodity exposure had no impact on success; the top 10 included a broad range of mineral producers, from gold and copper to coal and industrial-mineral companies. “Furthermore, unlike their industry peers, the top 10 mining companies continued to earn high TSRs during the second half of the decade, the period encompassing the global financial crisis.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Free trade area to link Cape and Cairo

first_img22 May 2015 The Tripartite Free Trade Area stretching from Cape to Cairo – which has been in the works since 2008 – will be launched on 10 June in Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt.Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies gave the date in a media briefing ahead of his budget vote in the National Assembly, in parliament, Cape Town, on 21 May.The zone will stretch from Egypt to South Africa and will connect consumers in the 26-member countries of three existing trade blocs: the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), the East African Community (EAC), and the South African Development Community (SADC).“The Tripartite Free Trade Area. will signal that we are on track to create a market of over 600 million people with a combined gross domestic product [GDP] of over $1-trillion,” he said in his budget vote.“Later in the same month, in South Africa, negotiations will be launched for the establishment of a Continental FTA that will embrace the entire continent – a market of 1.3 billion people with a combined GDP of over $2-trillion.”Those negotiations will be launched at the 25th AU Summit, taking place in South Africa from 7 to 15 June.In announcing these moves, Davies said South Africa had been playing a prominent role in championing developmental integration in the regional economic communities of which it was a member, and in the African Union.“These developments follow the extraordinary SADC Summit held last month which approved a SADC Regional Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap. South Africa strongly supports regional and continental efforts to build more industrialised and diversified economies and reduce member states’ overdependence on primary products.”Speaking to the media on the sidelines of his budget vote, Davies said South Africa supported the T-FTA because it believed that such a zone could contribute to the regional value chain. While it would be launched officially next month, he admitted there were still some “tariff schedule agreements” that needed to be finalised.These were unpacked in his budget vote delivered to the National Council of Provinces a day earlier, on 20 May.“There has been a concerted effort to enhance access for South African products, especially value-added exports in international markets. Africa remains at the centre of our efforts, where we have been actively championing continent-wide industrialisation and an ambitious development integration programme,” he said in explaining South Africa’s involvement in the T-FTA.“[Its] launch signifies the conclusion of negotiations on the legal instrument and will be followed by a process to finalise negotiations on tariffs and Rules of Origin, the key elements of a functional free trade area. This is an important milestone in the implementation of the development integration agenda in Africa aimed at promoting market integration, based on industrial and infrastructure development.”The African market was crucial for South Africa’s industrialisation and job creation efforts as one of the key destinations for its value-added exports, Davies explained to the council of provinces.The T-FTA will account for half of the membership of the African Union and 58% of the continent’s GDP, according to a statement issued following the Tripartite Sectoral Committee of Ministers in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 25 October 2014.“The Tripartite FTA, popularly known as the Grand Free Trade Area, will be the largest economic bloc on the continent and the launching pad for the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in 2017,” reads part of the statement.“It offers significant opportunities for business and investment within the Tripartite and will act as a magnet for attracting foreign direct investment into the tripartite region. The business community, in particular, will benefit from an improved and harmonised trade regime that reduces the cost of doing business.”last_img read more

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Extension for TCI Business Licensees

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:tci businesses, turks caicos business Crackdown coming for illegal business Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBusiness licensees given until September 30th to pay their fees… yet another extension decided this past week by Cabinet. No penalties will be levelled for payments made before this new date.last_img

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E Jay Saunders Named One of the XPrize Vanguards

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Sept. 22,2014 – Before he unveils his new professional move, we got to see his philanthropic one… and it is global in scale. For the first time, the world is recognizing a Turks and Caicos Islander for science and innovation… and that individual is soon to be resigned as CEO of Digicel, E Jay Saunders. E Jay has been named one of the XPrize Vanguards… one of 400 inventors worldwide who are commissioned to promote and amass teams that will take on the challenge of eradicating illiteracy across the planet. It is a challenge which will pay the winning team $15 million dollars… and with a small sampling of educators in the room at the NHIB office this morning, E Jay shared that he wants to build a Turks and Caicos or Caribbean Team to attempt the challenge. The Team would have to come up with a device to teach children educational fundamentals without the presence of a teacher. Seen as a need because there are said to be 57 million children suffering a lack of educational exposure… and that the world cannot generate enough teachers to keep up with the demand. The competition was launched globally since 6am… E Jay Saunders, who hails from South Caicos appears to be the only Caribbean national in the group of Vanguards, so far. Recommended for you DIGICEL OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES BUSINESS SOLUTIONS ARM IN TCI E.JAY SAUNDERS WORKING ON APP TO CHANGE THE WORLD LIME TCI To Take Government To Court Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:ejay saunders, xprize vanguardlast_img read more

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First effects of Hurricane Irma felt in Blue Hills TCI

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#BlueHills, #HurricaneIrma, #magneticmedianews, #RoadDamages August 30th – One Year since Hurricane Irma named FortisTCI announces bid to hike electricity bills, cites record $42m response to hurricanes as destabilizing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 7th, 2017 – Providenciales– The first signs of Hurricane Irma may have made its way into the Turks and Caicao already as pipeline pressures caused a hole to form in one of the roads in Blue hills.Official reports indicate that the cracked road created a waterspout and sinkholes in the Blue Hills area this morning. However, Magnetic Media understands that persons from the department of public works have been informed and are currently at the scene.This and many other damages are expected to hit the islands of TCI as the category 5 Hurricane travels nearer. According to the Bahamas department of Meteorology, Hurricane Irma will move it ways through Grand Turk, South Caicos then in the direction of Providenciales and West Caicos.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher New, stringent posture on illegal construction makes fines, personal demolition and possible deportation legal says PDM Minister, law now passedlast_img read more

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