Journalist gets four years for exposing Communist Party corruption in Shandong

first_imgNews News May 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist gets four years for exposing Communist Party corruption in Shandong ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-year prison sentence that a court in Tengzhou, in the eastern province of Shandong, imposed on journalist Qi Chonghuai on 13 May on charges fraud and extorting money. Qi, who spent 11 months in pretrial detention, used to work for Fazhi Zaobao (Legal Rule Morning Post), a newspaper owned by the justice ministry.One of his lawyers, Li Xiongbing, who pleaded for his acquittal in court, said that this decision violates press freedom.“Coming just a few months before the Olympic Games, this sentences is yet another example of the Chinese government’s lack of tolerance for critical writers and journalists.” Reporters Without Borders said. “Qi’s trial was not fair. It lasted only 11 hours, the defence was unable to call any witness and no written proof of the alleged fraud was produced. Local Chinese justice had yet again displayed a complete lack of transparency.”Aged 42, Qi had worked for 13 years as a journalist for Fazhi Zaobao and other media outlets, and often wrote about corruption in political and financial circles. He was arrested on 25 June after posting an article about Communist Party corruption in Tengzhou on a forum on Xinhuanet, the website of the official news agency. He was formally charged with “fraud and extorting money” on 2 August.Nine days before Qi’s arrest, a friend of his, freelance photographer Ma Shiping, was arrested for the same reason, although the pretext used was the fact that he had posted a photo of an official building online without being officially accredited as a photographer. A member of the staff at Tengzhou Daily, which used to employ Ma, said: “He dared to say what the accredited reporters did not dare write. He dared to say the truth.” Ma is still detained in Tengzhou.One of Qi’s former colleagues at Fazhi Zaobao, journalist He Yanjie, was given a two-year prison sentence by the same court in connection with his work for the newspaper. Both journalists are being held in Tengzhou prison.Today in China, 31 journalists and 48 cyberdissidents are in jail.More on Chinese press freedom News Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation last_img read more

Big Night Out Generates Just Under $200,000

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe The 17th annual Big Night Out held on Saturday May 3rd, 2014 at the beautiful Stratford Manor, the rare crown jewel of La Canada Flintridge, brought in just under $200,000. Attended by over 400 guests, the event featured food and beverages from the areas top restaurants and bars, over 200 auction items, and private dinner parties. The themes of the dinner parties were Classic Hollywood Style, Viva Italiano!, American Hustle!, Laughing the Night Away, La Hora Loca… A Time of Outrageous Fun!, Star Light, Star Bright, Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Timeless Charm at The Raymond 1886, and A Night on the Rocks.The live auction alone generated over $25,000 with trips to San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta, South Lake Tahoe, and Cabo San Lucas along with other specialty items.Big Night Out has become one of the region’s most enthusiastically anticipated events and ASC’s premiere fund raiser. Co-Chairs Andrea Vining of Morgan Stanley and Antonio Gallardo of FRAI Inc. played a significant role in accomplishing another successful Big Night Out.Click here to check out some more pictures from Big Night Out.For more information about AIDS Service Center, visit Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Giving Back Big Night Out Generates Just Under $200,000 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 12, 2014 | 6:17 pm Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Fresh Tracks: Top Cross-Country Skiing Destinations in the Southeast

first_img—Ellen Kanzinger Cross-country skiing—also known as Nordic skiing—evokes thoughts of the far north. Places where the thermostat stays below zero and snow blankets the ground for months on end. With fewer winter whiteouts in the South, you have to strike fast when there’s fresh powder in the Blue Ridge backcountry. From a Metro-accessible greenway to secluded wilderness areas, here are some top spots to explore on skis when fresh snowfalls in Appalachia.  For urbanite adventurers in the nation’s capital, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Historical Park offers 185 miles of skiing in a flat, lowland forest with wide paths and open views. In addition to the beautiful natural landscape, the park features centuries-old canal structures including locks and aqueducts that were used during the Civil War. Private and public camping options are available and, for a small fee, visitors can also spend the night in a restored 19th-century lockhouse along the canal. For residents of Washington, D.C., this is the spot to come for winter adventure on the weekend, or even after work during the week. At mile marker 294 along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, is the expansive Moses Cone Memorial Park. Known as one of the High Country’s best cross-country ski destinations, the park has 25 miles of trails that offer access to a serene winter landscape. The gently sloping carriage trails throughout Moses Cone Memorial Park make it a great option for beginners and families. Along the trails, skiers can admire the icy surface of one of the park’s lakes, trek to the summit of Rich Mountain, rest atop the Flat Top fire tower, and have a glance at the history of the Cone family at the Cone Cemetery. Centrally located a few hours from Charlotte, Roanoke, and Greenville, Moses Cone Memorial Park is truly a winter gem in the Southeast.  Roaring Run Natural AreaPennsylvania  Cross-country skiers seeking solitude would do well to explore the Cranberry Wilderness within the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. One of the largest wilderness areas on the East Coast, the 47,815-acre forest has a network of over 200 miles of remote trails that vary in difficulty and length. Visitors should prepare themselves for a challenge, as many skiers find themselves off trail for miles, navigating the elements that a truly wild landscape offers. The area has seven camping shelters and four campgrounds, so serious skiers can go deep into the winter wilderness for days at a time.  More XC at the Mon Grayson Highlands State ParkVirginia From Spruce Knob and Seneca Rocks to Dolly Sods Wilderness, West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest holds endless areas for cross-country skiing, and thanks to high elevations and cold climate, the region holds plenty of snow throughout the winter.  Enjoy epic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the Roan Mountain range, located on the North Carolina/Tennessee border. / Photo by Travis Bordley Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Historical Park Maryland  With evergreen forests, wide-open grassy balds, and over 100 inches of snow annually, Roan Mountain State Park leaves visitors feeling closer to Ontario than Asheville. The Roan Mountain range is ideal for skiers seeking a real challenge as the steep terrain offers highly technical routes. Most of the range is over 6,000 feet in elevation, offering stunning views of Tennessee to the north and North Carolina to the south. Located along the Appalachian Trail, Roan Mountain is the perfect spot for a southern ski-packing trip.   To glide through the snow in eastern Pennsylvania, look no further than Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Located along the Delaware River on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, this national park offers cross-country skiers over 70,000 acres for an off-the-beaten path winter adventure. Visitors can ski along the frigid Delaware River from campground to campground, stopping to admire the cliffs, wetlands, and lakes. Delaware Water Gap is also home to some of the few remaining old-growth hemlock trees in the eastern United States. There is no entrance fee to the park and it is open year-round. Only hours away from Baltimore, Cumberland, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh, this park is truly worth a winter escape.  Many are familiar with Grayson Highlands State Park for the wild ponies that graze the rolling, open meadows. These same meadows receive a bounty of fresh powder each winter, setting the stage for Virginia’s best cross-country ski destination. While there are designated trails throughout the park, the area is so open and sprawling that skiers can feel free to spread out and explore over 200,000 snow-covered acres. With access to Mount Rogers, the highest peak in Virginia, the park offers breathtaking views and a unique, high-elevation wintery climate—open for exploration with more than 500 miles of trails when including the adjoining Mount Rodgers National Recreation Area.  Delaware Water Gap Pennsylvania and New Jersey Cranberry WildernessWest Virginia Roan Mountain State ParkNorth Carolina and Tennessee Moses Cone Memorial ParkNorth Carolina Alex Schlueter, a recreation manager for the area, recommends getting out on the Allegheny Trail. Although the trail runs from Virginia to Pennsylvania, the five miles that run through the national forest connect Blackwater Falls State Park and Canaan Valley State Park. Explore other trails, including Lundy Run, Mountainside, Pointy Knob, and Table Rock for a full day of skiing. Additionally, the Highland Scenic Highway running through the national forest is not maintained during the winter.   Just outside Pittsburgh is the scenic Roaring Run Natural Area. Most of the nearly 4,000-acre park is wooded, featuring eight marked trails, including old logging roads, which together account for a network of 15 miles of excellent cross-country skiing territory. Along the way, skiers get to experience mountain streams, rich hardwood forests, wildlife, and icy waterfalls, all within an hour of the Steel City. Camping is prohibited, but there are a number of bed and breakfasts in Stahlstown, less than 30 minutes from the park, making for a weekend trip that is both thrilling and relaxing. While you’re in the area, head to the White Grass Touring Center for over 40 miles of trails through pristine glades. The ski area prides itself on its sustainable operations and low electricity bill as it relies on snowfarming to collect natural snow and feed it to the trails. last_img read more

3 reasons you need a will

first_img 38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: Details When it comes to your money, there are a million different things you have to think about in your lifetime.Saving and budgeting might seem important right now, but what about after that? Are your finances in shape for after you’re gone? Having a will might be one of the most important decisions you can make in your financial life.Here are three reasons you should be sure to have a will in place…It decides who gets your stuff: If you want to prevent your family from having to decide who gets what, having everything squared away in your will is a huge advantage for you. Once you’ve put it in writing, you won’t have to worry about your family arguing over things once you’re gone.It makes death easier to deal with: When it’s time to grieve, the last thing you want to have to worry about is sorting out finances. Having a will in place will allow your family to be together during this difficult time and not have to deal with any additional stress.It helps you take care of your kids: If your kids are under 18, you probably want to be the one who decides who will take care of them should you unexpectantly pass. Without a will, you’d be leaving that decision up to lawyers and judges.last_img read more

Neighbors FCU supports member Laine Hardy through American Idol win

first_img As winner of this season of American Idol, Laine Hardy is one of a select few to make it through multiple rounds of performing and votes to emerge as a winner and receive a chance to record an album. But Layne also has something in common with 115 million Americans: He’s a credit union member.Specifically, he’s a member of Neighbors FCU, Baton Rouge, La., and the credit union threw a watch party, “Party with Hardy” during Sunday’s finale.“We’re truly appreciative of Neighbors for stepping up and not only making this event possible, but for showing so much support for one of Livingston Parish’s own,” Livingston Mayor David McCreary said. “It’s inspiring to see a local business stepping up like this for one of their members.”It was at the “Party for Hardy”  where hundreds of Hardy’s supporters watched him sing Marc Broussard’s “Home,” Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” and Sam Cooke’s “Bring it on Home to Me,” a performance that was enough to put him in the books as the winner of the 17th season of American Idol. continue reading » Laine Hardy, a member of Neighbors FCU, Baton Rouge, La., is congratulated by host Ryan Seacrest after winning this season of American Idol. (ABC Photo)RYAN SEACREST, LAINE HARDYcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

No repeat of Korean War’s casualties

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion A perusal of statistics on the internet reminds us that 54,260 Americans lost their lives in the Korean War. In addition, 415,000 South Koreans were killed and 429,000 were wounded.According to this source, 1.5 million North Korean and Chinese people lost their lives. Why would anyone with an ounce of sense and any sympathy at all for their fellow human beings want to behave in a way that would bring about another catastrophe of this magnitude?FRANCIS R. TAORMINASchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Bayern fans return Super Cup tickets amid ‘super spreader’ fears

first_imgTopics : Initially, Bayern fans requested 2100 tickets, but 800 were returned by Monday, according to AFP subsidiary SID and German daily Bild, the same day Soeder warned about Budapest becoming football’s “Ischgl”.The Austrian ski resort became notorious as a so-called “super spreader” after thousands of holidaymakers became infected at the start of the epidemic in Europe.”Will the Super Cup become the Super Spreader Cup?” questioned German daily Bild.Bayern and Sevilla are offering testing to fans travelling to and from Budapest.”We have no interest in people returning from Budapest infected with the virus, which is then unrecognized here,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.Bild pointed out the absurdity of the situation after Bayern had to play behind closed doors in last Friday’s 8-0 win over Schalke, yet 20,000 — a third of the stadium’s capacity — would be allowed to watch in Budapest.Last week, Munich’s mayor scuppered the club’s plans to let 7,500 fans into the Allianz Arena to see Friday’s season opener because of rising numbers of Covid-19 in the Bavarian capital.On Tuesday, UEFA told SID the Super Cup match will go ahead as planned. Around 800 Bayern Munich supporters have returned tickets for Thursday’s UEFA Super Cup in Hungary amid fears the showcase match could become a “super spreader” event.Budapest will host the match between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Sevilla, however the fixture is facing growing criticism.Germany has declared Budapest a risk zone, after new infections in the Hungarian capital climbed above the threshold of 50 new cases per 100,000 people.center_img “Everyone should think twice before going there,” said Markus Soeder, state premier for Bavaria, on Tuesday after tightening the region’s regulations.Any Bayern fans returning from Budapest must “either be tested or be quarantined”, Soeder added.As a pilot project towards the return of fans in stadiums, Bayern and Sevilla were both given 3,000 tickets for the game in Budapest.However, UEFA expect only 500 Sevilla supporters and 1300 Bayern fans at Budapest’s Puskas Arena.last_img read more

Tabcorp ‘resets’ Sun Bets after slow start

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Tabcorp calls for leadership makeover as Attenborough ends CEO tenure July 23, 2020 Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Bernadette McLoughlinRedundancies are on the cards at Sun Bets, the online bookmaker run by Australian operator Tabcorp Holdings and with UK national newspaper The Sun, as the business gets ‘reset’ after a disappointing start.Tabcorp has confirmed that the company is in discussion with a number of its employees as it looks to close its customer contact centre and bring all operations into the Shard headquarters.The company said that at its launch in August 2016, several services and activities were front-loaded to deliver for a new and growing customer base, adding: “Tabcorp now intends to reset the business, including its leadership.”As part of the reorganisation, Bernadette McLoughlin has been appointed to the position of Executive Director Sun Bets. Joining McLoughlin on the leadership team, in the role of Chief Commercial Officer is Lachlan Fitt.McLoughlin has been in the UK since February as Chief Operating Officer and acting Country Head. She has more than 30 years of experience in the wagering sector. Lachlan Fitt, was formerly Tabcorp’s GM Investor Relations & Corporate Strategy and was pivotal in the establishment of Sun Bets.Tabcorp added: “In addition we’re proposing changes that mean a number of Tabcorp roles at Sun Bets are at risk of redundancy. Most are at the South Quay site with the remainder at The Shard. In line with UK requirements, a consultation process has begun with individuals in those roles or with their elected employee representatives.“On the assumption the proposed changes go ahead following employee consultation, we anticipate the South Quay contact centre will relocate to The Shard.“We believe these changes will leave Sun Bets well placed to compete and drive growth as we lead into a sporting calendar that includes Royal Ascot, the summer cricket test series and the Premier League season.”The fact that the Sun Bets customer service was ‘front loaded’ suggests that the company was expecting way more traffic than it has received – even with the backing of the country’s biggest selling newspaper. There’s no getting away from the fact that it has been a troubled start for the project. The fact that Tabcorp suggested back in February that Sun Bets would create an EBITDA loss of AU$36m (£20m) for Tabcorp during the financial year and the much-heralded arrival of Jamie Hart to run the operation, only for him to leave within six months, provide an indication as to why Tabcorp feels the need to reach for the reset button.last_img read more

Woman Crashes Stolen Ambulance into Police Car in Fort Pierce

first_imgA 29-year-old woman is behind bars for allegedly stealing an ambulance and crashing into a police car, according to Fort Pierce Police.Amber Lynn Sills faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, aggravating fleeing/eluding police with injury or damage, and grand theft of a motor vehicle.Police responded to the Park Terrace Apartments at 601 Avenue B on Wednesday morning, following reports that someone had stolen an ambulance while paramedics were transporting a patient from the building’s top floor. An officer then spotted the ambulance heading south on Georgia Avenue and South U.S. 1, and proceeded to follow it with emergency lights on.Sills refused to stop, turned left onto Virginia Avenue, and began driving erratically in and out of traffic while heading west, police say.Officers continued to follow as Sills ran through several red lights.She then crashed into an officer’s marked patrol vehicle at about 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Royal Palm Drive and South 19th Street.As officers were approaching the ambulance, Sills continued accelerating and pushing into the officer’s vehicle.They pulled her out of the ambulance and placed her on the ground with no further incident. There were no injuries.last_img read more

Scottish Golf tees off in style

first_img1 Oct 2015 Scottish Golf tees off in style Scottish Golf, the new unified governing body for the sport in Scotland, has teed off its first day by securing a major sponsorship deal with Aberdeen Asset Management as the organisation unveiled its new look.   At an historic day in St Andrews, the Home of Golf, the new body – an amalgamation of the Scottish Golf Union (SGU) and the Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association (SLGA) – was launched in the company of a number of Scotland’s leading tour professionals and amateurs, joined by local youngsters from the ClubGolf programme.   Aberdeen Asset Management global golf ambassadors, former Open champion Paul Lawrie, Scotland’s highest-ranked player Marc Warren and Ladies European Tour duo Pamela Pretswell and Carly Booth, teamed up with Walker Cup star Ewen Ferguson and last year’s Scottish Ladies Amateur champion, Gabrielle Macdonald, to celebrate the occasionn  (image © Kevin Kirk)   At a sun-drenched West Sands beach, where the new brand identity was unveiled and 607 balloons released to represent the number of affiliated clubs in Scotland, new Chair, Eleanor Cannon, and Aberdeen Asset Management Chief Executive, Martin Gilbert, were also in attendance to announce the team sponsorship deal Scottish Golf begins a new chapter for the game – the SLGA was founded in 1904 and the SGU in 1920 – and will represent golfers and golf clubs to champion the game in Scotland, reflected by Scottish Golf’s current Twitter campaign #WholeInOne   The new body offers the opportunity for Scottish Golf to grow and prosper, through strengthening and supporting affiliated clubs, creating winning golfers, staging outstanding events for golfers of all ages and abilities and inspiring more people – both young and old – to enjoy the game for life.   “This is an historic and special day for Scottish Golf,” said Cannon, who officially took up her new role today. “I believe that the coming together of the two governing bodies will be a tremendous, positive step for the game of golf in Scotland.   “It will open up further opportunities in terms of driving membership and growing the game from a family perspective, where people are perceived to be players and members, and not identified by their gender all the time.   “I also believe more funding opportunities will be available to us in the public and private sector, given the values of the game, the family sport it is and the skills and values it instils in young and old alike. We all have the opportunity to work as a new organisation to take golf in Scotland forward into an exciting new era.”   Aberdeen Asset Management’s latest commitment highlights the improved commercial opportunities for Scottish Golf, with the global investment group continuing to back Scotland’s leading amateur golfers through a new two-year agreement, with funding to support the national teams at men’s, ladies, boys and girls level.   The partnership between Scottish Golf and Aberdeen Asset Management will see the players wearing the sponsors’ logo on their national apparel and bags through to the end of 2017.    Aberdeen Asset Management – who will remain a key partner for next year’s Scottish Golf Awards in sponsoring the prestigious Player of the Year Award – became the SGU’s first national team sponsors in 2007.   In addition to Paul Lawrie, Marc Warren, Carly Booth and Pamela Pretswell, Aberdeen Asset Management is also title sponsor of the Scottish Open and Scottish Ladies Open, as well as a number of other tour professionals, including US-based players Russell Knox and Martin Laird.last_img read more