Three-year jail term for human rights website editor

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders deplores the three-year jail sentence that human rights activist and blogger Huang Qi was given at the end of a 15-minute hearing yesterday in Chengdu.“There is still time for the judicial authorities to reach a just decision on appeal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We again urge the judges to act humanely as this resolute activist’s health is now very precarious.”Huang’s wife, Zeng Li, and his mother, who were the only people allowed to attend yesterday’s hearing, challenged the verdict and sentence as soon as they were announced. Huang was quickly escorted out of the courtroom by police officers but he had time to shout that he wanted to appeal. He was then driven away in a police van without being allowed to speak to his family.Zeng requested a copy of the court’s verdict but was refused on the grounds that Huang himself would submit his own appeal. Under Chinese law, his lawyer should be given a copy of the verdict within five days. Huang has 10 days to file an appeal.——-A court in Chengdu, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is due to issue its verdict in the trial of leading human rights activist and website editor Huang Qi on Monday, 23 November.“We urge the judges to display humanity by freeing a seriously ill man who has already spent more than six and a half years of his life in prison,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also hope the court will remember that all this courageous human rights activist did was provide information about the Sichuan earthquake victims, which cannot be considered a crime. If Huang were given another long prison sentence, we fear it could be fatal.”Huang’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, has confirmed that the Wuhou district court in Chengdu is about to issue its verdict in the trial that began with a closed-door hearing on 5 August. Arrested in June 2008 after giving interview to foreign news media about the fate of the victims of the previous month’s earthquake in Sichuan, Huang was charged with “illegal possession of state secrets.”The founder and editor of the Tianwang human rights website, Huang has been held in very harsh conditions since his arrest although he has been suffering from very bad headaches.More information about Huang Qi: http://www.rsf.org/Huang-Qi-did-what-any-Chinese.htmlhttp://www.rsf.org/Cyber-dissident-Huang-Qi-kidnapped.html Follow the news on China to go further June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes November 23, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three-year jail term for human rights website editor News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Newslast_img read more

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Jac-Cen-Del School Board Fires Superintendent

first_imgSchool board members voted 3-0 to remove Superintendent Dr. Leanna Phillippe from her position Tuesday.The superintendent of Jac-Cen-Del Community Schools was fired Tuesday night after the board held a special session.Three of the five school board members unanimously agreed to relieve Dr. Leanna Philippe of her job duties. One board member refrained from voting and another was not present at the meeting.Forty-five local residents packed the library of Jac-Cen-Del Elementary School on Tuesday evening.The public meeting was adjourned just minutes after it began, as several crowd members expressed frustration they were unable to speak to the board or get an explanation of why the superintendent was being fired prior to the decision being handed down.A school board must advertise a public meeting to legally make a decision such as terminating the contract of a superintendent. The statute does not dictate they must field questions from crowd members.School board members affirmed that a report will soon be released which will detail the allegations against Phillippe.Board member Deanna Young held back tears expressing to the crowd, “This has not been easy. This has been very tough. I have known Leanna almost all of my life. So, as you sit out there and you are mad, and I understand that, this has been very very hard.”“This is how it has to be done. I know if I was out there I would be mad too.”Former Jac-Cen-Del Superintendent Bill Narwold has accepted the school corporations lead administrator position on an interim basis.Check back on Country 103.9 WRBI and wrbiradio.com for the latest on this story.last_img read more

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Softball begins Big Ten play

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoThe Wisconsin softball team hits the road again Friday, but this time its destination will not be so sunny and warm.Wisconsin (10-21) heads to Evanston, Ill., to take on No. 16 Northwestern (13-9) for a two-game set beginning Friday afternoon. The Badgers hope to continue their winning ways against the Wildcats after finishing 3-2 at the Stanford Invitational II in Palo Alto, Calif.“I think it’s definitely a challenge to start against Northwestern,” junior outfielder Valyncia Raphael said. “The way we’ve been playing, it’s definitely going to make us step our game up and make sure we’re focused to start the Big Ten off with a bang.”Although they fell 5-1 to Stanford March 21, the Badgers believe their game against the Cardinal showed some very positive aspects of its play.“Just to know we can play at that level with a team like Stanford is pretty exciting for us,” senior infielder Lynn Anderson said. “We know going into the Big Ten now that we can play with anybody.”Northwestern returns home this week after trips to California and Hawaii that saw it go 3-6 with a pair of three-game losing streaks.“I’d rather play them now than later,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said of the Wildcats. “I think that they are tired, I think they are beatable and I think this would be a great time for us to take advantage of that.”This weekend’s games also mark the home opener for the Wildcats and their first home games since the renovation of Sharon J. Drysdale Field.Northwestern is led by the pitching of sophomore Lauren Delaney, who boasts a 2.16 earned run average in 116.1 innings pitched and 165 strikeouts. Opposing batters are hitting only .160 against Delaney in 394 at-bats.“If we hit, we’ll be in every game,” Schulte said. “Delaney is one of the better pitchers in the country, but we hit better pitching, so hopefully we’ll continue to do that.”Also on the schedule for this weekend is a trip to East Lansing, Mich., for a doubleheader Sunday against Michigan State (14-13).The Spartans went 2-1 last weekend at the Best Western Miami Invitational, hosted by the Redhawks of Miami (Ohio). MSU is led by strong hitting, with freshman Bianca Mejia, junior Gina Mondo and senior Nikki Nicosia all hitting .349 or better with on-base percentages over .400 and slugging percentage better than .500.Over spring break, the Badgers traveled to Missouri and California, playing 12 games in 10 days. The trip started slowly as Wisconsin extended its losing streak to eight games before beating Princeton in its first game in Palo Alto.“There’s a monkey running around somewhere because it finally got off our back,” Schulte said of snapping the streak. “If you see it, make sure you don’t return it.”As the Big Ten season kicks off this weekend, Wisconsin is working on playing as a team in order to continue to turn its season around and play more consistently.“We just need to focus on playing for each other and playing behind each other,” Raphael said. “We need to make sure we’re mentally ready and focused.”With four games scheduled so close to home this weekend, the Badgers are getting anxious to get outside and play on their home field at Goodman Diamond. Wisconsin’s first home game is scheduled for April 2 against Loyola.“It’s really hard to go 10 days and play 12 games outside and then come back [and practice] inside,” Schulte said. “Psychologically, it just really takes its toll on you, but it is what it is and we just have to make the best of it.”last_img read more

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Wisconsin heads West in search of first victory

first_imgThe Wisconsin men’s hockey team will travel to Colorado this weekend to face off against Colorado College and Denver as the Badgers continue to chase their first win of the season.Typically, the Badgers spend their weekends playing the same team on the same ice in a two-game series, but this road trip is unusual. Wisconsin (0-6-0) will first take on Colorado College (2-7-0) Friday night and travel to Denver to play DU (6-3-0) the following night.Wisconsin has not played since two weekends ago when they fell twice to North Dakota. Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said the Badgers have had a good couple of weeks of practice and are ready to get back on track.“We’ve done things in practice that put us on the edge of gaining confidence,” Eaves said. “We have good energy, we’ve worked hard, we beat the snot out of each other, so we’re ready to play somebody else.”Sophomore forward Grant Besse agreed, saying that his team has continued to improve since their last game.“Overall, I think we’ve gotten better over these past two weeks, so that’s a positive,” Besse said.One way the Badgers will try to get things going this weekend is switching things up at goaltender. Eaves announced after practice Wednesday that Landon Peterson starts in goal Friday night against Colorado College and Joel Rumpel will be in net in Saturday night’s matchup with Denver.Peterson has only started one game this year for Wisconsin, as opposed to Rumpel, who has started five. In the one game Peterson started, the senior goaltender played well, making 30 saves and giving up just one goal.Eaves is hopeful that changing things up in goal could give the Badgers a needed boost.“Sometimes when a hockey team hasn’t won, it’s just good to have a change,” Eaves explained. “[Peterson’s] a battler, and that might be a good thing for us right now to help us get over the hump here. It might be a good jump start for our team.”Eaves also confirmed Wednesday that the Badgers will be without freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty on the trip, who is out indefinitely with a lower body injury.Wisconsin has counted on Dougherty to play heavy minutes so far this season and now the Badgers will rely on a freshman with even less experience to replace him. Eaves said freshman Cullen Hurley will play in place of the injured Dougherty. Hurley is yet to take ice this season, making this weekend his first time playing college hockey.According to Eaves, he would’ve preferred to wait until the second half of the season to play Hurley so that he could have more time to get settled in, but he is still confident the inexperienced defenseman can rise to the challenge.“We’d still like to have Jack in there because we have a little bit better idea of what we’re going to get, but Cullen has been working hard,” Eaves said. “These kids will surprise us. That’s the fun part about working with kids this age.”With a goaltender playing only his second game of the season and an injury-riddled defense, the Badgers are going to need to generate goals in order to come away with wins against Colorado College and Denver.The Badgers’ captain, fifth-year senior defenseman Chase Drake said they are focused on doing whatever it takes to put the puck in the net. According to Drake, it doesn’t need to be fancy.“Something that we’re trying to build off of is that every goal doesn’t have to be a highlight reel goal,” Drake said. “Any goal is a good goal is what we’re preaching right now.”Another obstacle for the Badgers this weekend will be playing on an unusually large sheet of ice Friday night against Colorado College.“It could be the Pacific Ocean, it’s so big,” Eaves said Monday of Colorado College’s rink.Besse said it will be a little different than what the Badgers are used to, but getting to skate on it twice before the game should make it a lot less of an issue.“Obviously, when you’re playing on a rink that big, it’s going to take a little while to get used to it, but I think going out there and practicing on it Thursday will be helpful,” Besse said. “I don’t see it being too much of a problem.”The puck will drop at Colorado College’s “Pacific Ocean” sized rink Friday at 8:30 p.m. central time and at 8 p.m. the following night for Wisconsin’s game against Denver.last_img read more

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Porto thrash Basel to reach quarters

first_imgPorto reached the Champions League last eight for the first time since 2009 with a comprehensive win over Basel.The Portuguese side were without top scorer Jackson Martinez, but they struck four fine goals as Yacine Brahimi curled in a 20-yard free-kick.Hector Herrera doubled the lead before Casemiro thundered in a free-kick.Vincent Aboubakar then added a fourth late on before Walter Samuel saw red as Porto extended their unbeaten run in this competition to 10 games.The 2004 Champions League winners were rarely troubled by the Swiss side, who qualified from their group at Liverpool’s expense.And although many big European teams will see Porto as a good team to draw in the quarter-finals, they have gained a great deal of momentum under Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui. Basel, who were hoping to reach the last eight for the first time since 1974, never looked like doing so on a miserable night for their Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa.Paulo Sousa’s side were attempting to reach the last eight for the first time since 1974Porto established control early on through Brahimi’s finish, after veteran Argentine defender Samuel brought down Cristian Tello.And their biggest concern in the first half was when goalkeeper Fabiano sprinted from his line to intercept a through ball and accidently smashed his shoulder into the face of his own stand-in captain Danilo. At one point it looked very serious for the Brazilian defender, who was quickly surrounded by medics, but he appeared to be conscious as he was carried off the field on a stretcher and the club later tweeted to say there was no serious injury.Porto did not appear to be missing their regular skipper Martinez, who was out with a groin injury. His replacement, Cameroonian Aboubakar, deputised ably and almost made it 2-0 with a swerving shot from 25 yards.Basel seldom threatened the Porto goal, with Marco Streller curling over the top when well-placed and Shkelzen Gashi hitting a shot wide of the post despite having more time to compose himself.Porto tweeted after the game to say stand-in captain Danilo was recovering well in hospital Former QPR, Swansea and Leicester manager Sousa then watched his side go further behind when the Basel defence backed off, allowing Herrera to beat Tomas Vaclik.By that stage, the game seemed over, and yet there was still time for Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, on loan from Real Madrid, to crash in his free-kick from 30 yards.Aboubakar, 23, wrapped up an almost-perfect Porto display with another superb strike and Basel suffered a final embarrassment when Samuel received a second yellow card for a foul on the striker.Porto boss Julen Lopetegui: “Danilo’s situation was dramatic but he recovered consciousness on his way to hospital and appears to be OK. This victory is also for him.”You have to applaud the entire team for this fantastic performance against a very difficult opponent who came here determined to qualify. We deserve to be in the Champions League quarter-finals even if we came through qualifying. I am very happy and very proud of my players who showed a lot of character.” Basel head coach Paulo Sousa: “I am disappointed with the result but proud of our campaign in the Champions League. We were not at our best, they were better at both ends.”Porto have a lot of quality. We couldn’t be at our best in either match, we were not the same as in October, November and December – if we had been, this result would not have happened.”last_img read more

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NHL playoffs 2019: Sharks’ Martin Jones sets team record in win over Golden Knights

first_imgJones set a team record for saves in a playoff game (58), and San Jose bested Vegas 2-1 in double overtime to force Game 7.Martin Jones made 58 saves to set a Sharks franchise record in the postseason for most saves in a game, besting the 56 set by Wade Flaherty (5/19/95 in 2OT at CGY; 5-4 W) #SJSharks— San Jose Sharks PR (@SanJoseSharksPR) 22 April 2019Jones eclipsed Wade Flaherty’s 56-save performance from May 19, 1995, which also came in double overtime to beat the Flames.Every Sharks player doesn’t just owe Martin Jones a beer. They owe him a keg. (via @NatStatTrick) pic.twitter.com/8BjI9FLzuY— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) 22 April 2019The Sharks will lean on Jones to keep their season alive and advance to the conference semifinals. The win-or-go-home Game 7 against the Golden Knights is scheduled for Tuesday night (10 p.m. ET). He returned to form in Game 5 and made 30 saves on 32 shots as the Sharks bounced back with a 5-2 win. Sunday night’s Game 6 proved to be Jones’ biggest test to date, and the 2014 Stanley Cup Champion rose to the occasion. The Sharks seem to live and die at the hands of goaltender Martin Jones. After saving 24 of 26 shots in the Sharks’ Game 1 victory over the Golden Knights, Jones put together the worst three-game stretch imaginable.Jones followed up his strong Game 1 performance by allowing three goals in the first seven minutes of Game 2 and being replaced between the pipes by Aaron Dell. Jones lasted all 60 minutes of Game 3 but saw six shots get past him. He was sent to the bench again in Game 4 after Vegas netted two goals in the first period, and San Jose fell behind 3-1 in the first-round series. last_img read more

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Lakers free agency rumors: L.A. planning workouts for Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah

first_imgThe Lakers are looking to add some depth to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins, who tore his ACL.According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the team is planning to hold individual workouts to evaluate centers Dwight Howard, Joakim Noah and Mo Speights this week in Los Angeles. After a strong start to his career, Howard has fizzled in recent seasons due to injuries as well as rumored feuds with his teammates. He previously played for the Lakers in 2012-13 and said last month he was open to returning to Los Angeles.“It just wasn’t the right fit for me at the time,” Howard told the Los Angeles Times. “But the Lakers have been doing something right for a long time because they have the most fans in the world and the most championships over the past 40 years. You’re not going to win a championship every year, but they’re back and will compete for a championship next season.”Howard, 33, was limited to just nine games with the Wizards last season, but the eight-time All-Star averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds with the Hornets in 2017-18. Former Cavaliers coach David Blatt diagnosed with multiple sclerosis Stephen Curry sponsoring new golf program at Howard University Howard was dealt from the Wizards to the Grizzlies in early July. Memphis is expected to waive Howard, which would make him a free agent, and the team has reportedly already given the Lakers permission to speak with him. Marcin Gortat is also being considered, though he is playing overseas.The report noted the Lakers want to evaluate the “physical condition and mindset” of this group of players before making a decision. Related News Rookies expect Cam Reddish, not Zion Williamson, to have best NBA career of 2019 classlast_img read more

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