A month without word of detained blogger Ilham Tohti

first_img Follow the news on China Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img News August 7, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A month without word of detained blogger Ilham Tohti April 27, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the absence of information about blogger Ilham Tohti, the founder of the Uyghur Online blog (www.ulghurbiz.cn), since his arrest by police one month ago, on 7 July. Tohti had been relaying reports about the rioting that began on 26 June in Urumqi, the capital of the western province Xinjiang. The local authorities say he has “gone on holiday.”“We are very concerned about Tohti as we fail to understand why there has been no news of him,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for his immediate release. “The claims of the Xinjiang authorities are both absurd and outrageous. There is no doubt that he was arrested.”An economics professor at Beijing’s Central Nationalities University, Tohti disappeared on 7 July after reporting that he had received a summons from the police and that his website had been blocked following renewed rioting in Urumqi on 5 July. It was the third time this year that Uyghur Online had been blocked. The Chinese authorities pressured him to stop posting articles in March and again in June.On 12 March, Tohti posted this note on the website: “I hope my readers will forgive me but I must remain silent for a while. I have to face a lot of threats and harassment. But whatever happens, I urge my friends to continue our struggle.”After Chinese writer Wang Lixiong and his wife, Tibetan writer Woeser, launched an online campaign for Tohti’s release, they received a visit from Public Security Bureau officials who told them the authorities were not holding Tohti. But, as Woeser has said, if Tohti were free he would have reported it on his blog.The official news agency Xinhua has quoted Xinjiang Information Bureau spokesperson Hou Hanmin as saying Tohti had “gone on holiday.” The Mandarin News newspaper has tried in vain to get in touch with him.After the 5 July rioting, Xinjiang’s authorities referred on national television to the Uyghur Online and Diyarim.com websites as channels for organising the protests. Access to more than 50 Internet forums and discussion platforms, including Uyghur Online, was blocked. Access was also blocked to social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and MSN messenger.Free expression is closely controlled in Xinjiang, especially since September 2001. The situation became extremely tense for bloggers after the rioting began in the province. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Oyster Bay Land Vote Linked to Mall Debate Tuesday

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This billboard near the Cerro Wire property has been advertising the anti-mall crowd’s message.Town of Oyster Bay voters will decide in a referendum Tuesday whether the township should sell a piece of property in Syosset tied to the decades-long debate over building a mall nearby.Proponents say that voting yes will help kill plans nearly 20 years in the works to build a mall on an adjacent vacant 39-acre plot where a Cerro Wire factory once stood. Taubman Centers, Inc., the Michigan-based firm trying to build the mall, is campaigning for a no vote because it wanted to buy the land.“In an attempt to block the sale to another entity, Taubman has made every effort to deceive the residents,” Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto said on the town’s website, but Taubman says it’s the town that’s being deceptive.Oyster Bay Realty LLC offered to buy the 54-acre town public works facility where Robins Lane meets the Long Island Expressway for $32.5 million—25 percent above its appraised value—which was accepted by the town board, but requires voter approval.Mall or Nothing: The Battle Over Syosset Shopping CenterThough financed by Simon Property Group, the developers of the Walt Whitman and Roosevelt Field malls, the real estate company has agreed not to build a mall on the property, according to the town.Long Island Jobs Now, a group backed by Taubman and countering the anti-mall Cerro Wire Coalition, contends that the town sold the property in a “back room deal” for less than it’s worth to Venditto’s friends, which will force a tax increase and cuts in town services.Venditto maintains that the sale, if approved, will help the town fill its budget gap and that the property was shopped around, but Taubman required the town to approve the mall if they bought it.Millions have been spent on both sides for and against the proposed Mall at Oyster Bay in litigation and in public relations campaigns since Taubman bought the Cerro property. And regardless of the result of the vote, the sale will reportedly be challenged in court.Polls will be open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday. For more information on where and how to vote, call the Nassau County Board of Elections at 516-571-8683.last_img read more

Trackers set for regular season finale with Blues

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./ Yukon Trackers are set for their regular season finale versus the St. Albert Blues on the weekend.Trackers bench boss Gerard Dicaire says he knows there is a lot riding on the game.“It’s our last regular season game and we are in a battle for first place. If Peace River loses Friday night to St. Albert, we clinch. If Peace River wins we hold our fate in our own hands. Becomes a must win on Saturday. Either way, we will be looking to continue good habits and play Trackers style of hockey. Fast, relentless, and hard-working hockey.”This year’s Trackers team has set a record for the most points in a season with 44 since they entered the Northern Alberta Midget Hockey League. The team’s 20 wins is also a club record.- Advertisement -Saturday’s clash with the Blues gets underway at 2:00 p.m. at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

NHL: Kings fighting for pride

first_img“We didn’t play with the necessary urgency that the situation asked for,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. “We turned the puck over too many times and it cost us. It’s mental, that’s all it is. Our mental preparation has got to be better.” The Kings played without rookie sensation Anze Kopitar, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body strain in practice this week and is considered questionable for Satuday’s game against Nashville. With the loss of Kopitar, their third-leading scorer with 56 points in 63 games, the Kings seemed to be at a disadvantage, especially against a Ducks team coming off an impressive victory over San Jose. “The playoffs are out of reach so it’s more about pride,” Brown said before the game. “The worst thing we can do is just roll over and die. We’ve got some big games left against teams like the Ducks and Nashville and we can make a statement that we’re going to be better in the future.” Notes: The Ducks’ Brad May, acquired from Colorado on Tuesday, left the game in the first period with an undisclosed lower-body injury and didn’t return. … The Kings activated Raitis Ivanans and defenseman Richard Petiot from the injured list. [email protected] (818) 713-3611 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks, who won their past two games despite blowing a two-goal lead in each, couldn’t pull it out this time. Niedermayer’s interference penalty led to Cammalleri’s 4-on-3 overtime goal. Niedermayer also took an interference penalty on Sunday against Colorado that led to a tying goal, but Niedermayer responded with the winning goal. There would be no redemption on Thursday. “Everybody has the physical ability here,” Niedermayer said. “It’s our mental focus. Tonight we had it off and on. We didn’t play a consistent game all night.” The team captain echoed his coach, who was disappointed with the Ducks’ effort in a game in which they outshot the Kings 30-21. Kings goalie Sean Burke held up well, and Ilya Bryzgalov took the loss, as the Ducks chose to save No. 1 goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere for tonight’s showdown against San Jose. “We have a lot of respect for (the Ducks),” Cammalleri said. “We have to play well against them or we’re not going to look good. We have a lot of pride and fans who want to see us develop.” Cammalleri’s goal, 3:17 into overtime with Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer in the penalty box, capped a rally. The Kings rallied from a two-goal deficit, just as they did Saturday against Colorado. center_img The Ducks are in second place in the Western Conference and the Kings are in last place. The gap between the Kings and the Ducks is 31 points, but that’s not discernable when the teams meet on the ice. The crosstown rivals have played seven times this season, and every game has been decided by one goal. The Ducks have prevailed four times to the Kings’ three, but the Kings pulled one out Thursday when Michael Cammalleri’s overtime goal gave them a 4-3 victory in front of 17,620 at Staples Center. last_img read more

YOUNG DONEGAL MUSICIAN HITS HIGH NOTE WITH PRESIDENT!

first_imgSaxophonist Eoin Bond (11) from Letterkenny had the honor of being invited by Michael D. Higgins to perform at the Aras an Uachtarain. Eoin worked with sound crew, event staff and entertained guests with a repertoire of jazz pieces at the Presidents Garden Part last Sunday 21st of June. Eoin is a music pupil of Sean Mc Carron and Donegal Music Education Partnership.A young Letterkenny musician has hit a high note with President Michael D Higgins.Eoin with President Higgins.Saxophonist Eoin Bond (11) had the honor of being invited by the President to perform at the Aras an Uachtarain.Eoin worked with sound crew, event staff and entertained guests with a repertoire of jazz pieces at the President’s Garden Party last Sunday, June 21st. He is a music pupil of Sean Mc Carron and Donegal Music Education Partnership.YOUNG DONEGAL MUSICIAN HITS HIGH NOTE WITH PRESIDENT! was last modified: June 24th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cook completes move to Greece

first_imgLee Cook has completed a move to Greek Super League side FC Apollon Smyrni.The 31-year-old from Hammersmith was a free agent, having left Leyton Orient at the end of last season.Cook previously made almost 200 appearances for QPR and had spells at Fulham and Watford.See also:Cook hopes to eventually manage QPRFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Humboldt State’s Katie Obbema named CCAA Female Athlete of the Year

first_imgIn a season filled with individual recognition, Katie Obbema has been honored one last time.Obbema, Humboldt State’s steady presence in the circle, has been named the 2015-16 California Collegiate Athletic Association’s Female Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Friday.The vote is determined by a vote of sports information directors from all 13 of the CCAA’s schools. Chico State men’s golfer Alistair Docherty was named the men’s recipient.It’s the second time in the last four years that …last_img read more

The Dark Figure Of Social Media: What Can Twitter Teach Criminologists?

first_imgTags:#crowdsourcing#Real-Time Web#twitter#web Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts The “Dark Figure of Crime” is not, as one would imagine, a London-fog-bedecked, cloak-and-dagger figure slinking down a shadowy alleyway. It sounds very Hollywood, but “The Dark Figure” is simply a term used by statisticians to describe a crime that goes unreported.Serious and even violent crimes go unreported for a myriad of social, political and personal reasons. What does this have to do with Twitter? Criminologists have for years grappled with that dark figure, and while police science research on social media is in its infancy, the ability to compare official and real-time crowdsourced data could change how we research crime.Guest author Laura Madison is the co-founder of the Canadian Association of Police on Social Media. She will be publishing the results of a survey regarding Twitter use by North American and U.K. in the coming weeks. She tweets @org9 and @canadianpolice.Crime that has been reported by victims – a burglary for example – is only a percentage of what is actually occurring in our communities. How do we know? We use what are called social surveys. Some of the survey questions could be: “Have you been the victim of a burglary in the past five years?” and “Did you report it to police?” We then look at the official reported crimes involving burglary and compare that with social survey results.All of this is very interesting but what does this have to do with social media, annotation, metadata and Twitter’s Promoted Tweets? For me as a social scientist on Twitter, there’s an exciting potential for everyone from governments to nonprofits to utilize the power of real-time to hypothesize, design, conduct and finally utilize analytics.If good research design is defined as “the analysis of data in a manner that aims to combine relevance to the research purpose with economy in procedure,” then Twitter’s new promotional platform not only adheres to this principle but advances the potential for rapid-paced and geographically salient research results on just about any topic.Possibilities For Policing AgenciesAs a criminologist I think a lot about how social media can be utilized in my field and in the field of police sciences. We can study attitudes about crime, fear of crime, urban myths, moral panics, laws, legislation, police services, victim impact, sentencing reform, prison reform and restorative justice. We can look at social media studies and compare them to official crime rates and government social surveys, reports and peer-published research and analysis.We can do research around issues such as the Facebook panic button and other social media applications directed at sex offender detection, and importantly we can elicit responses from those who currently use social media.Policing agencies, for example, could use their annual communications budgets to purchase a number of Promotional Tweets to, for instance, alert the public about a wanted person or request information from targeted geographic population. They could use polls to gauge performance, community perceptions, satisfaction and reform. Then they can use the associated data for back-end analytics and to illustrate what I call user-to-user “resonance chains” that show where their tweets went and who retweeted them, and lay out this info for further proactive planning.For a good example of this in action check out @vpdcanada, @trafficservices and @deputysloly; a further good source for police information on social media is @cops2point0.What Must Happen NextWith all of the positive out of the way, let’s look at some issues that may need to be addressed before some of what I outlined can come to fruition. I will also introduce some of my ideas for application development.First comes privacy wherein an application that we could build would gather relevant data such as age, location, education level, etc., but would hide identifying information by assigning a code number for those wishing to contribute to social science research.Second, ethically acceptable research policy beings with the establishment of a clear and fair agreement between the investigator/agency and research participant that clarifies the responsibility of both. Professional researchers and agencies may request a release before research is conducted. We could make an application for all sorts of legal and research releases for use on social media, could we not?Third, random sampling is a requirement for many experimental designs. How can we do this on Twitter? Perhaps this can be achieved by the creation of an application that can do random samples or shuffling of willing participants.Fourth, not everyone who may want to purchase promoted Tweets knows how to design an effective 140-character promotion, so how can we assist? Again, create an application or an easy editor/style guide that enriches what Twitter might already have.A Final NoteAs Twitter rolls out its platform for Promoted Tweets, I encourage my peers and social media scholars to get to know what they look like and begin to imagine new ways this could be harnessed for social change as well as for promotional value. I invite further discussion about these are ideas, and I’m hoping that together through innovation we can make Twitter a socially and scientifically accepted tool with which people can do valid and welcomed research. Photo by georgie_c.center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… guest author 1last_img read more

Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Clarkson still has not resolved his eligibility problems with Fiba as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yet to prove if the Los Angeles Laker indeed carries a Philippine passport before the age of 16.Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdding to that is the scheduling conflict with 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers running straight right into the NBA season from late November to mid-February.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“There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Clarkson can’t easily say that he wants to play or we can tell him that he can come. He has to get a clearance,” Reyes said.The case is the same with other NBA players wishing to suit up for their respective national teams, with the United States forced to parade standouts from the NBA G-League coached by Jeff Van Gundy. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas ready to naturalize Isaiah Austin QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As much as Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes salivates on the thought of Jordan Clarkson donning national team colors, he knows that the Fil-Am guard’s status is much more complicated than what meets the eye.“Jordan is just there. I just want everyone to understand it’s not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “If you notice, Team USA released its lineup last week and there’s no NBA player, not one,” said Reyes. “If Team USA didn’t have any NBA player, what more for us? It’s not that simple.”For now, Gilas can just hope that the 25-year-old Clarkson will be able to play for the Philippines down the line. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year

first_imgUS Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments There’s a story behind Spieth’s ‘Go get that’ line to caddie Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane in the 39th. Kane scored Tottenham’s final goal in the 67th, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his record sixth Premier League hat trick this year.“It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level,” Kane said. “As always, I wanted to win the game first and foremost but of course I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderKane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer’s 1995 total. The English forward has 57 goals this year for club and country, moving two ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina for the most among players in Europe’s five major leaguesAlli curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 49th, then set up Son two minutes later for a 4-0 lead. Sofiane Boufal pulled a goal back for Southampton in the 64th and substitute Dusan Tadic scored in the 82nd. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane watches as he scores his sides 5th goal and his third of the game during their English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Wembley stadium in London. APLONDON — Harry Kane set the English Premier League record for goals in a calendar year, raising his total to 39 with a hat trick Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) that led Tottenham over Southampton 5-2.Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League’s previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I want to congratulate Harry Kane. Massive achievement for him — well deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We are all so, so, so happy. It’s an amazing thing to celebrate.”Spurs won for the fourth time in five league games and remaining one point behind fourth-place Liverpool, which routed Swansea 5-0. LATEST STORIES Read Nextlast_img read more