Reports Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en As the Communist Party of China prepares to inaugurate its 17th Congress on 15 October, Reporters Without Borders today publishes the first report on online censorship in China by someone inside the country. Researched and written by a Chinese technician working for an Internet company, it describes the mechanisms used to censor the Internet and how the Internet Information Administrative Bureau controls the leading news websites. News Receive email alerts Related documents Journey to the Heart of Internet CensorshipPDF – 407.55 KB April 27, 2021 Find out more In partnership with Reporters Without Borders and Chinese Human Rights Defenders, a Chinese Internet expert working in IT industry has produced an exclusive study on the key mechanism of the Chinese official system of online censorship, surveillance and propaganda. The author prefers to remain anonymous.On the eve of the 17th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which opens this week in Beijing, Reporters Without Borders and the Chinese Human Rights Defenders call on the government to allow the Chinese to exercise their rights to freedom of press, expression and information.“This system of censorship is unparalleled anywhere in the world and is an insult to the spirit of online freedom,” the two organisations said. “With less than a year to go before the Beijing Olympics, there is an urgent need for the government to stop blocking thousands of websites, censoring online news and imprisoning Internet activists.”This report shows how the CCP and the government have deployed colossal human and financial resources to obstruct online free expression. Chinese news websites and blogs have been brought under the editorial control of the propaganda apparatus at both the national and local levels.The use of the Internet keeps growing in China. The country now has more than 160 million Internet users and at least 1.3 million websites. But the Internet’s promise of free expression and information has been nipped in the bud by the Chinese government’s online censorship and surveillance system.“Journey to the Heart of Internet Censorship” explains how this control system functions and identifies its leading actors such the Internet Propaganda Administrative Bureau (an offshoot of the Information Office of the State Council, the executive office of the government), the Bureau of Information and Public Opinion (an offshoot of the party’s Publicity Department, the former Propaganda Department) and the Internet Bureau (another Publicity Department offshoot).The report also documents how the Beijing Internet Information Administrative Bureau has in practice asserted its daily editorial control over the leading news websites based in the nation’s Capital. It gives many examples of the actual instructions issued by officials in charge of this bureau.The last part of the report gives the results of a series of tests conducted with the mechanism of control through filtering keywords. These tests clearly show that, though there are still many disparities in the levels of censorship, the authorities have successfully coerced the online media into submission to censor themselves heavily on sensitive subjects.This report recommends using proxy servers, exploiting the different levels of censorship between provinces or between levels in the administration and using new Internet technologies (blogs, discussion forums, Internet telephony etc.)Download the full report June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News October 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A “Journey to the Heart of Internet censorship” on eve of party congress ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on China News
Dimitar BerbatovFriday 10 Jan 2020 10:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.4kShares Eddie Howe is under pressure at Bournemouth (Picture: Getty) It’s another big game at the bottom of the table and even though Watford have turned things around recently and have had some really good results, both team need the win so maybe they will both be cautious and I can see mistakes deciding the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-1Aston Villa vs Man City Comment Jurgen Klopp’s side are undefeated this term (Picture: Getty) I am going to be there for this one and honestly, I think it is time for Liverpool to lose. I’m not 100% confident that it will happen because Liverpool are producing football like no other team at the moment and they are the number one team for me purely for the passion they have, the motivation, the way they play for each other and you can sense that this is their season. But, if anyone is going to come up with a way to beat them it’s Mourinho, it doesn’t matter how.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-2Bournemouth vs Watford Ancelotti’s side will be reeling from their defeat to Liverpool (Picture: Getty) I was expecting Duncan Ferguson to continue with the work he was doing, he gave them that aggression that they were lacking, and I didn’t see Ancelotti coming in to manage them, but it’s a great result for Everton. He’s one of the most successful coaches of our time, even though it is still early in his time there I think we are seeing a positive change and they should beat Brighton at Goodison.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0Leicester vs Southampton Chelsea have struggled at home this term (Picture: Getty)Chelsea need to win this one, their form has been a bit hit and miss recently, so they need to get back into that rhythm again and be consistent. I don’t think they should allow themselves any more slip ups, Burnley could prove tricky but I believe Lampard’s team will have enough.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2Everton vs Brighton United are without a win in three matches (Picture: Getty)If United play like they did in the first half against City then they will lose for sure. Hopefully they have taken some lessons from that, they are playing at Old Trafford and they are playing Norwich, who are bottom of the table. There can be no more excuses from United and they need to win this game.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0Wolves vs Newcastle Advertisement Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Leicester striked late to earn a draw against Villa on Wednesday (Picture: Getty)Leicester are unbelievable, they really are. They’ve had a couple of injuries and they have also rested a few players but they still produced the goods and they’re still winning, they’re in great shape and they in a great moment and I think that run will continue against Southampton.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1Man United vs Norwich Wolves are looking to get back to winning ways (Picture: Getty) I’m going to go for Wolves for this one, I really like the way they play and I like the players they have. I used to play Moutinho at Monaco, I like him a lot and I think he is pulling the strings for the team in the centre of the midfield. They also have Traore who is destroying defenders with his speed and stamina. They are a solid team.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0Tottenham vs Liverpool Pictures: REX/METRO.CO.UKThe Premier League takes centre stage again this weekend after the Carabao Cup provided the entertainment in midweek.Manchester City battered rivals Manchester United to put on foot in the Wembley final, while Aston Villa earned a morale-boosting draw against Leicester.Dean Smith’s side will have to be at their best again on Sunday when they take on Pep Guardiola’s side, while the pick of the fixtures comes on Saturday evening when Tottenham host leaders Liverpool in north London.Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov reviews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…ADVERTISEMENTCrystal Palace vs Arsenal Arteta is looking to continue his bright start (Picture: Getty)It’s early days for Arteta but the team looks inspired and they are fighting for each other. They look more confident and happy working with them. They are producing new things and the players believe in what he is doing so I can see them getting the win at PalaceAdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-2Chelsea vs Burnley Man City destroyed rivals Man Utd on Tuesday (Picture: Getty) It’s easy to say that City will take the win, and they probably will. They are the favourites but I am happy to see someone upsetting the big teams, even though I used to play for the big teams, I want to see someone really test City and make things difficult for them, but I think they will have too much for Villa on this occasion.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-4MORE: Manchester United open talks with Sporting Lisbon for Bruno Fernandes Advertisement
MANILA – A barangay captain in Negros Occidental was charged with violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act in connection with the distribution of the cash assistance under the government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP). The charges against Ferrer and Fajardo stemmed from a text message sent by complaining concerned citizen, according to the DILG secretary. Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Eduardo Año identified the barangay captain as Maria Luz Leal Ferrer of Barangay 8, Isabela, Negros Occidental. President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed anger over alleged corruption in SAP distribution. He offered P30,000 for any information that could lead to the discovery of anomalies in the program. Investigation showed that a 13-year-old grandchild and a well-off relative of Ferrer were released with cash assistance, said Año. Nationwide, according to Año, the Philippine National Police – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) are set to investigate 183 barangay officials for alleged anomalies in the distribution of the SAP cash assistance, Local residents Wizza Leal and Emmanuel Orsolon were also charged over entries in the SAP form, the Secretary added. Ferrer was also charged with violation of Article 171 (which prohibits falsification of documents) of the Revised Penal Code together with Mae Fajardo, the social welfare officer of Isabela, said Año. Ferrer, Fajardo, Leal and Orsolon could not be reached for comment as of this writing. “Hindi titigil ang ating kapulisan sa pagdakip sa mga mandarambong na mga barangay officials na siyang talagang virus ng lipunan,” Año said in a statement./PN
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston County Public Health & Social Services DepartmentOlympia—Whooping Cough (also known as Pertussis) is at epidemic levels in Washington State and Thurston County has had more than three times the number of confirmed cases this year as last year. Are you up to date on your Whooping Cough (Pertussis) vaccine? Check with your health care provider. If you do not have health insurance, your insurance does not cover the vaccine, or you cannot afford to be vaccinated, mark your calendar for Thursday, July 19. The Thurston County Health Department and partners will be holding a no-cost immunization clinic, at the Union Gospel Mission Medical Clinic at 413 Franklin Street in downtown Olympia on Thursday, July 19th from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.No appointment is necessary; first come first served, until supplies run out. For more information call 360-709-3080 or go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/health.Let’s stop the spread of Pertussis.
The Nelson Leafs exploded for three third-period goal en route to a 3-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Creston Thunder Cats Saturday in the East Kootenay City.The win was the second of the weekend for the Leafs.Nelson opened weekend Thursday be edging the Grand Forks Border Bruins 2-1.Linden Horswill, Colton McCarthy, with his fifth goal of the season, and captain Colton Schell on the power play, was all the goals Leaf netminder Cody Boeckman would need to secure the win.Nelson dominated most of the game, firing a total of 42 shots at Cats goalie Michael Hails. The Coldstream native was perfect through 40 minutes, holding the Leafs scoreless and keep the home town ahead 1-0.Trevor Hanna scored the lone goal for the Cats.Nelson, 2-1-1, moves into second spot in Neil Murdoch Division standings, one point behind defending KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The two Murdoch leaders begin a home-and-home series Friday in Fruitvale.The Beaver Valley contest concludes a four-game road trip for the Leafs.Nelson plays host to the Hawks Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.LEAF BANTER: Team captain Colton Schell is leading by example and leads the team in scoring with six points. Rookie Colton McCarthy is right behind Schell in points and Nelson in goals with five. McCarthy is also tied for the league lead in goals with Ryan Henderson of Columbia Valley. . . .Nelson rookie Jacob Boyczuk and defenceman Seth Schmidt each finished the Creston game with two assists. . . . Recently acquired forward Brendan Colter was in the lineup for both weekend games for the Leafs.
The San Francisco Giants took a ride to the mountain top three times this decade, but as the 2010s draw to a close, the team is farther away from the peak than it could have ever imagined.Three consecutive losing seasons knocked the Giants down to earth and the view from the bottom of the baseball world has left fans disappointed and dismayed.It’s not just the sub-.500 records and the general void of hope that’s led to widespread frustration. It’s the manner in which the Giants have …
Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her,Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her performance. “I know my mistakes. I don’t need videos to know why I failed,” she says. She is back to a gruelling 10-hour training schedule at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, where she wakes up at 6 a.m. in the hostel to train for the World Cup in Tokyo this September. The event is crucial because she has slipped in the women’s recurve rankings after London.Deepika Kumari, 18, is training for the Tokyo World Cup.The 2012 Olympics have also taught Kumari how important it is to relax and focus. This is something Abhinav Bindra knows well. Bindra knows the precise moment when the quest for a repeat of his Beijing gold was shattered. It was at noon on July 30, after his 53rd shot. He faltered. It was all downhill from there on. He crashed to 16th place in the 10 metre air rifle. In that split second, four years of eight-hour training days, firing 120 practice shots in Dortmund, Germany, where he trained since 2000, vaporised. Bindra can’t hide the sting of defeat as he sits in his plush three-storied south Delhi bungalow, complete with an elevator and a row of cars in his private garage, including a sleek black BMW 7 Series. “Winning is a combination of hard work and luck,” he says. “There is no formula to gold.” Bindra, 29, withdrew to Germany for a fortnight after his Games disappointment. That was the only break he allowed himself. Now, after a two-day halt in India, he will head to Canada. There’s only a hint that the trip could be for training, when he says the two-week break was enough. Asked what he plans next, he will only say: “Ask me in six months and I’ll have an answer.”Not all athletes have taken defeat on their chin. Vijender Singh, 26, India’s middleweight boxing medal hope, has gone underground after losing 13-17 in the quarter-finals to Uzbek rival Abbos Atoev. Once easily accessible to the media, he now refuses to take calls. He is being treated in a Delhi hospital for a back injury he sustained during a practice session in London. The six-foot-tall Haryana police inspector bagged a bronze in Beijing. Overnight, he was promoted to deputy superintendent of police. He became the poster boy of boxing, walked the ramp for Rohit Bal and appeared in TV shows like 10 ka Dum and Nach Baliye. The loss in London has devastated him.”It takes time to get over defeat,” says Jagdish Singh, who has coached Vijender since he was 12. “It’s not easy. Bhaari chot toh lagti hi hai (It’s always a deep wound),” Vijender was supremely confident of another medal in London. “He could have improved when the score was 3-3, but he did not play to his strength, which is counter punching,” says his crestfallen coach. “It’s not the end of the world. I still have one more Olympics left in me,” Vijender told the media on August 11.Krishna Poonia’s seventh spot in the woman discus throw came as a dramatic letdown for her son Lakshya Raj, 11. “I felt bad when mom didn’t win a medal,” says the son. It was a statement loaded with disappointment. Krishna, 34, began her sporting career soon after her son was born. With husband and coach Virendra Poonia, she stayed away from her home in Jaipur for large parts of the year. Lakshya has now adjusted to life without her mother at his paternal grandfather’s home. He visits his parents during vacations. Back from London after her defeat, Krishna told INDIA TODAY that she understands her son’s sentiments. But she still feels sacrificing family life for a sporting career was worth it. In fact, she plans to restart her eight-hour training schedule in London. She was to fly to Stockholm to compete in the DN Galan Diamond League track and field meet on August 17, but skipped it to attend the August 16 reception by the sports ministry in Delhi. Virendra says she will get back to her training regimen for the Rio Games. Her 64.7 metre throw in London equalled the gold medal winning effort of Stephanie Brown Trafton at Beijing, but fell short of Sandra Perkovic’s 69 metres that fetched gold here, while Trafton came eighth. “She’s the first Indian to qualify for an Olympics final in discus,” says her husband. But there’s also a creeping realisation that age may not be on her side-she will be 38 at the Rio Games in 2016.Krishna speaks of creating a sporting legacy. With her husband, she plans to set up an academy in Jaipur to train girls in athletics. “It’s time to think of giving back to the country,” she says. As for tomorrow, there’s always Rio.advertisementadvertisement-With Rohit Parihar.
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Twitter/@NBADraft Twitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off. Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Manager of Communications and International Relations at the Financial Services Commission (FSC), David Geddes, says entities in the insurance, pension and securities industries must meet the FSC’s fit-and-proper requirements in order to legally operate in Jamaica. Story Highlights “Fit and proper, in this sense, would mean persons who have not been convicted of any crime involving dishonesty, are competent, have strong moral principles and are expected to live up to the positions of trust they hold,” Mr. Geddes explained. This means that responsible persons must possess the competence, character, diligence and judgment necessary for them to perform their duties. Manager of Communications and International Relations at the Financial Services Commission (FSC), David Geddes, says entities in the insurance, pension and securities industries must meet the FSC’s fit-and-proper requirements in order to legally operate in Jamaica.This means that responsible persons must possess the competence, character, diligence and judgment necessary for them to perform their duties.“Fit and proper, in this sense, would mean persons who have not been convicted of any crime involving dishonesty, are competent, have strong moral principles and are expected to live up to the positions of trust they hold,” Mr. Geddes explained.He noted that the same fit-and-proper criterion is used by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), which overseas deposit-taking institutions like banks, building societies and trust companies.Mr. Geddes was speaking in an interview with JIS News following an FSC town hall meeting at the Cecil Charlton Hall in Mandeville, Manchester, on May 21.The event was in keeping with the entity’s drive to advance financial literacy in Jamaica and encourage greater use of financial services by citizens.Topics explored include creating wealth through investing, retirement planning, protecting assets through insurance, and the rights of consumers.Mr. Geddes said that a key area of focus is the FSC’s role in advancing the Government’s goal of fostering a sound, stable and vibrant financial sector, which inspires confidence, investment and growth.He noted that while the insurance, securities and pension industries are important channels through which long-term savings and investment can be generated, it is important for persons to know how individuals and companies approach risk-taking, as this determines the kinds of investment decisions they make and the impact those choices can have.“For individuals to invest in stocks and securities – to lay aside money each payday for a pension… to buy life, health and property insurance, they must be confident that, when the time comes, the benefits paid for will be there,” he outlined.“An insurance company, for example, that behaves in an unwise and risky manner, puts all shareholders’ investment in jeopardy and may hurt hundreds and thousands of policyholders,” he noted.The FSC’s Mandeville meeting was held in collaboration with the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), Jamaica Deposit Insurance Corporation (JDIC), and the Insurance Association of Jamaica.It was the seventh is a series by the FSC since 2018. The meetings will continue in Portland in July and in St. Thomas in September.