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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The CUInsight Experience podcast: George Hofheimer – Pressure is a privilege (#33)

first_img 225SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Welcome to episode 33 of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Hosted by Randy Smith, co-founder and publisher of CUInsight.com. On this episode, Randy is chatting with George Hofheimer, the EVP Chief Research and Development Officer at Filene. Learn all about George’s time in the Peace Corps, the challenges credit unions face today, and what’s new at Filene.Filene is a research organization invested in providing needed information to the benefit of credit unions. They hear the good, the bad, and the ugly in credit union board rooms and George shares his insights on the future of credit unions. Also, listen in and learn why talent management and inclusion are extremely important to that future.George talks about his family history in the Peace Corps and how it has impacted his life and career. All three stages of our conversation were packed with fantastic advice and insights for both business and life. You won’t want to miss a second. Subscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher How to find George:George Hofheimer, EVP + Chief Research + Development [email protected]LinkedIn | TwitterShow notes from this episode:Company mentioned: Filene Research InstituteProgram mentioned: Filene i3 ProgramProgram mentioned: Filene Cooperative Trust ProgramBlog mentioned: Filene BlogCompany mentioned: Credit Union Executive SocietyShout out: Billie Jean KingShout out: Peace CorpsGeorge’s buddy, Rick Thomas’ seafood distribution company: She Nah NamAlbums mentioned: Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce SpringsteenBook mentioned: Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott StosselPrevious guests mentioned in this episode: Doug Leighton, Jim Nussle, Jill Nowacki (Ep. 4 & Ep. 18)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here. In This Episode:[00:30] – Welcome back to the show and learn about this episode’s guest, George Hofheimer.[01:58] – George and Randy talk about their introversion and what led to this episode happening.[02:51] – Filene is in an interesting position to understand the challenges credit unions face today and tomorrow, and George shares these insights.[04:41] – What is Filene and what do they do?[06:25] – How should credit unions move forward in the war for talent and how do equity and inclusion apply?[10:51] – Listen to George react to the phrase, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”[12:12] – Learn what credit unions need to do to stay relevant in the industry.[15:29] – How does technology factor into credit unions today?[17:39] – Get in touch with Filene…[20:20] – What inspired George to start with Filene and why is he still there?[22:14] – Learn how George leads, what his teams say about it, and their greatest strength.[25:00] – What does George say all the time?[25:53] – Not asking for help or advice, the number one mistake young leaders make.[28:40] – How the Peace Corps attributed to George’s most impactful life lesson.[31:11] – What does George do to get over the walls and roadblocks he encounters?[32:05] – Learn how he balances work and life.[35:35] – The first time George got into memorable trouble…[38:08] – George’s daily routines involve taking a walk with his dog.[38:47] – Favorite album: Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen[39:17] – Recommended book: Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver by Scott Stossel[40:33] – What has become more and less important for George as he’s gotten older?[41:15] – Success equals George’s friend Rick Thomas. Learn why![43:33] – Final thoughts? last_img read more

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McConnell still fighting providing COVID-19 relief as hope dims for help before next year

first_imgTrump is going to wash his hands of this. It’s going to be up to McConnell, who is going to be more focused on jamming through all the judges he possibly can, and trying to figure out how to keep Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock out of the Senate. There is a Dec. 11 government funding deadline that could help drive some kind of added action on relief—maybe. “We want the Republicans to come back to the table,” Pelosi said. “The imperative to act could not be greater.” – Advertisement – “Our economy is really moving to get back on its feet. That I think clearly ought to affect what size of any rescue package we additionally do,” he said, speaking to reporters in Kentucky. “I do think we need another one, but I think it reinforces the argument that I’ve been making for the last few months that something smaller—rather than throwing another $3 trillion at this issue—is more appropriate, with it highly targeted towards things that are directly related to the coronavirus, which we all know is not going away until we get a vaccine.” That’s completely ignoring the resurgence of the virus all over the country and the prospects of an extremely grim winter.Asked if she would consider a smaller package, Pelosi was firm.”No, no, it doesn’t appeal to me at all because they still have not agreed to crush the virus,” Pelosi said. “That isn’t anything that we should even be looking at, it wasn’t the right thing to do before,” she added. With Trump now a lame duck, the only way anything happens from that side is if Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin continues to give a damn about the health of the economy and tries again. That would require a Donald Trump that was paying any attention to anything at all besides his grievances. Which is not likely.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PDI-P nominates bureaucrat Eri Cahyadi for Surabaya mayor

first_img“[The PDI-P] names Eri Cahyadi and Armudji as candidates for Surabaya mayor and deputy mayor for the 2020 to 2025 period,” Puan said on Wednesday. Many supporters of Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini, a fellow PDI-P member, have backed Eri to succeed the mayor and continue her work.In January, hundreds of Risma’s supporters declared their support for Eri in the upcoming mayoral race.Prior to his current position, Eri served as the acting head of the Surabaya Open Green Space Agency in 2018. Armudji formerly served as the chairman of Surabaya’s Representative Council.Eri is set to run against former East Java police head Machfud Arifin, who has secured the support of eight political parties, including the Golkar Party, the Gerindra Party, the NasDem Party and the Democratic Party.Machfud recently chose former city-owned tap water company PDAM Surabaya director Mujiaman to be his running mate in the election. (dpk)Topics : The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has nominated Surabaya Development Planning Board head Eri Cahyadi and East Java Representative Council (DPRD) member Armudji to run for Surabaya mayor and deputy mayor respectively in the upcoming election.Puan Maharani, a PDI-P executive, announced the nomination of the two politicians at a press conference on Wednesday, during which the party also announced several other endorsements for the simultaneous regional elections in December.last_img read more

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New deal for Dummett

first_img The 22-year-old Tyneside-born academy product, who made his first-team debut in an FA Cup tie at Brighton earlier this year and was handed a full Barclays Premier League bow in last weekend’s derby defeat at Sunderland, was thrilled to have committed his future to the Magpies. Dummett, who marked his third senior appearance with his first goal in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool at St James’ Park last month, said: “I am delighted to secure my long-term future with Newcastle United. Press Association “Like so many local lads, it has been my boyhood dream to play for this club and now I am looking forward to repaying their faith in me and working hard to be the best possible player I can be.” Dummett played 36 games and won the Scottish League Cup during a loan spell at St Mirren last term, and manager Alan Pardew feels that experience has been a positive for the player. “Paul fully deserves his new contract and we’re delighted for him,” Pardew said. “He has made great progress in the last year, benefiting enormously from his spell at St Mirren last year. “His performances this season for us have been first class and we were all delighted he scored his first goal for the club against Liverpool, and a very important one at that.” Director of football Joe Kinnear added: “We’re delighted that Paul has committed his long term future to the club. “In reality, this was never in doubt as we wanted Paul to stay and, as a Geordie, Paul made it clear that the only place he wanted to play was Newcastle United – it was just a question of finding the right deal for both parties, which we have managed to do.” center_img Newcastle defender Paul Dummett has agreed a new long-term contract, which could keep him at his boyhood club for the next six years.last_img read more

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Sports figures who have made political donations

first_img(AP)—Some sports figures who have made political donations for this year’s elections:•Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow, $1,500 to the Obama Victory Fund•New York Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch, $35,800 to Obama Victory Fund•New York Knicks guard Baron Davis, $7,500 to Obama Victory Fund•Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, $5,000 to President Barack Obama•Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, $500 to Obama•Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge, $2,500 to Romney•Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, $35,800 to Obama Victory Fund•NBA commissioner David Stern, $30,800 to DSCC•Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, $10,000 to DSCC•Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, $2,500 to Romney and $10,000 to National Republican Congressional Committee•New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, $2,500 to Romney; $5,000 to Romney’s PAC•Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, $2,500 to Perry; $2,500 to Romney•Atlanta Braves senior vice president and Hall-of-Fame slugger Hank Aaron, $1,000 to Florida Democratic congressional candidate Lois Frankel(Source: Federal  Election Commission records reviewed by The Associated Press)last_img read more

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Trump criticisms spark more protests at NFL games

first_imgView comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Defensive star Von Miller was among the large group of Denver Broncos who took a knee in Buffalo Sunday, where Bills running back LeSean McCoy stretched during the anthem.“We felt like President Trump’s speech was an assault on our most cherished right, freedom of speech,” said Miller, who normally steers clear of politics and social issues.Dozens of more players protested before the Raiders-Redskins game, the final one of the day and not far from the White House in Landover, Maryland. All but a handful of Raiders sat on their bench and seven Redskins took a knee while their teammates stood arm-in-arm along with owner Dan Snyder and president Bruce Allen.In Chicago, the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the tunnel except for one player, Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva, who stood outside with a hand over his heart. Both the Seahawks and Titans stayed inside until after the national anthem was over in Nashville, a throwback to the pre-2009 NFL when teams, not the league, set pre-game policy regarding players standing on the sideline for the anthem.A handful of NFL players had been continuing Kaepernick’s protest this season, but that ballooned Sunday following Trump’s two-day weekend rant. It began with the president calling for NFL protesters to be fired and continued Saturday when he rescinded a White House invitation for the NBA champion Golden State Warriors over star Stephen Curry’s criticism.The president’s delving into the NFL protests started by Kaepernickbrought new attention and angered many players who took one insult as a personal attack on their mothers.“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,’” Trump said to loud applause Friday night at a rally in Huntsville, Alabama.“I’m a son of a queen,” Falcons defensive lineman Grady Jarrett said.Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady was among the New England Patriots who locked arms in solidarity in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Aaron Rodgers did the same with his teammates in Green Bay.“Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!” Trump tweeted Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kenya loses hosting rights to African soccer tournament LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Most NFL players on Sunday locked arms with their teammates — some standing, others kneeling — in a show of solidarity. A handful of teams stayed off the field until after “The Star-Spangled Banner” to avoid the issue altogether.As he prepared to board Air Force One to return to Washington from New Jersey, Trump said the players protesting the anthem were “very disrespectful to our country” and called again on owners to stop what he considers unpatriotic displays in America’s most popular sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This has nothing to do with race,” Trump said. “This has to do with respect for our country.”The president’s attack on athletes turned the anthems — usually sung during commercials — into must-watch television shown live by the networks and Yahoo!, which streamed the game in London. In some NFL stadiums, crowds booed or yelled at players to stand. There was also some applause. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa The NFL and its players, often at odds, used Sunday’s anthems to show unity. One of Trump’s biggest supporters in the NFL, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, joined the chorus when he expressed “deep disappointment” with Trump.“I like Bob very much. He’s my friend. He gave me a Super Bowl ring a month ago. So he’s a good friend of mine and I want him to do what he wants to do,” Trump said. “… We have great people representing our country, especially our soldiers our first responders and they should be treated with respect.“And when you get on your knee and you don’t respect the American flag or the anthem.”The protests started more than a year ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the anthem as a protest of police treatment of minorities. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.A handful of white players didn’t stand Sunday, but the vast majority of those actively protesting were black.ADVERTISEMENT The Pittsburgh Steelers side of the field is nearly empty during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Steelers and Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago.President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who kneel during the national anthem sparked angry protests around the National Football League Sunday, as about 200 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.A week ago, just six players protested.ADVERTISEMENT In Detroit, anthem singer Rico Lavelle took a knee at the word “brave,” lowering his head and raising his right fist. In Nashville, anthem singer Meghan Linsey, took a knee as she finished singing.Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson, whose brother, Woody, is the ambassador to England and one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, called it “an honor and a privilege to stand arm-in-arm unified with our players during today’s national anthem” in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The issue reverberated across the Atlantic, where about two dozen players took a knee during the playing of the U.S. anthem at Wembley Stadium.“We stand with our brothers,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said. “They have the right and we knelt with them today. To protest, non-violent protest, is as American as it gets, so we knelt with them today to let them know that we’re a unified front.”Jaguars owner Shad Khan and players on both teams who were not kneeling remained locked arm-in-arm throughout the playing of the anthem and “God Save The Queen.” No players knelt during the British anthem.“Me taking a knee doesn’t change the fact that I support our military, I’m a patriot and I love my country,” Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said. “But I also recognize there are some social injustices in this country and today I wanted to take a knee in support of my brothers who have been doing it.”Alexander said he’ll go back to standing for the anthem next week.“I just wanted to show them that I was with them today, especially in the backdrop of our president making the comments about our players, about their mothers,” Alexander said. “And then you put that in conjunction with how he tried to gray-area Nazism and KKK members as being fine people, I had to take a knee.”The National Hockey League’s reigning champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced Sunday they’ve accepted a White House invitation from Trump. The Penguins said they respect the office of the president and “the long tradition of championship team visiting the White House.”Before Game 1 of the WNBA Finals in Minneapolis on Sunday, the Los Angeles Sparks left the floor while the Minnesota Lynx stood arm-in-arm. The Sparks returned to a chorus of boos when the song was finished. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trump also mocked the league’s crackdown on illegal hits, suggesting the league had softened because of its safety initiatives.Kahn, who was among the NFL owners who chipped in $1 million to the Trump inauguration committee, said he met with his team captains before kickoff in London “to express my support for them, all NFL players and the league following the divisive and contentious remarks made by President Trump.”Among the strongest criticisms of the president Sunday was this from Saints coach Sean Payton: “I’m disappointed in the comments that were made. I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office,” he said of the White House. “I want that guy to be one of the smarter guys in the room and it seems like every time he’s opening up his mouth it’s something that is dividing our country and not pulling us together.”last_img read more

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Super Trans Tasman Day Six Results

first_imgAustralia has taken all three wins on day six of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Mixed OpenAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 5New Zealand wins the Mixed Open series 2-1Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. Women’s Open Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 4Australia wins the Women’s Open series 3-0Men’s OpenAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 5New Zealand wins the Men’s Open series 2-1Stay tuned to the website for the full match report and highlights. Related LinksDay Six Resultslast_img

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