June 14, 2021

Open letter to the Xinjiang’s party secretary

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News May 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to the Xinjiang’s party secretary China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China Mr. Zhang ChunxianParty SecretaryUrumqi, XinjiangChinaParis, 19 May 2010 Subject: Internet situation in the Xinjiang Autonomous RegionDear Mr. Zhang,Reporters Without Borders notes the Xinjiang Autonomous Region’s reconnection to the Internet on 14 May, which has allowed a relative reopening to the outside world, and we urge you to pursue this trend by pressing for less online censorship at the central government’s next meeting to examine the situation in Xinjiang.Cut off from the world for near 10 months following the July 2009 unrest, Xinjiang was the victim of a discriminatory measure as regards Internet access. It was the longest-ever case of government censorship of this kind. The return to “normal” is a positive sign. Nonetheless, we cannot ignore the fact that Xinjiang’s Internet users are subject to filtering by the Great Electronic Wall of China, which prevents access to websites and content regarded as subversive by the authorities.You recently said that you wanted to “maintain stability at all costs” and that you were ready to crack down on “separatist elements.” The solution to your region’s problems does not lie solely in the application of economic remedies. It also requires increased respect for freedom of expression, to which its inhabitants have a right, and a reduction or elimination of censorship about the Uyghur cause, which cannot be branded as just terrorism.Websites and blogs about the Uyghur issue continue to be a favourite target for the censors. Many of them – including the sites of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) – are still blocked because they do not toe the official line promoted by the central government. The list of forbidden keywords includes “Rebiya Kadeer” (the Uyghur human rights activist), “World Uyghur Congress,” “Uyghur Human Rights Project” and “East Turkestan Independence.”In October 2009, Reporters Without Borders investigated access to websites dedicated to the Uyghur community, including sites in the Uyghur language, in Mandarin and, in a few cases, in English. It found that most of these sites, operated by Uyghurs for Uyghurs, were inaccessible both to Internet users based in Xinjiang and those abroad. Of the 81 sites investigated, more than 85 per cent were blocked, censored or otherwise unreachable. They included very popular sites such as Diyarim (www.diyarim.com), Xabnam (www.xabnam.com) and Ulinix (www.ulinix.com), a site registered in the name of the University of Xinjiang that served as a portal. We urge you to ensure that these websites are reopened.Above all, many journalists, netizens and website editors are still in jail. They include Dilshat Parhat (the co-founder of the Uyghur website Diyarim), Nureli (the creator of the Uyghur website Selkin), Muhemmet (the head of another Uyghur website), Obulkasim (a contributor to Diyarim) and the journalist Gheyret Niyaz.You have been dubbed the “Internet Secretary” because of your Internet expertise and your readiness to discuss issues online with the public. We therefore hope that you will defend a less censored Internet. Censorship is an obstacle to Xinjiang’s economic development and to its stability in the long term. We thank you in advance for the attention you give to our request.Sincerely, to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News News Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General News Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en last_img read more

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Dismay as fuel prices rocket

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsDismay as fuel prices rocketBy admin – January 6, 2011 649 Email Facebook Advertisement Twittercenter_img Previous articleShop tills jingle a merry tuneNext article‘Boring and uninteresting’ museum should be moved admin MOTORISTS received a nasty holiday shock with a dramatic increase in prices at local petrol pumps, the highest ever recorded. The average price is 142.9c per litre, peaking at 147.9c. In the corresponding period last year, petrol clocked in at €1.24.9 per litre. And AA Roadwatch warn that more hikes are on the way.Homeowners who tanked up with heating oil during the cold spell, were also caught off guard.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up It is now feared there could be a knock-on effect for consumers with increased transport delivery charges.Government taxes and the impact of extreme weather on the international price of oil, is blamed.A survey, carried out by the Limerick Post shows a variance of almost 8c in unleaded petrol.The average in the city area now stands at 142.5c per litre, or over €7 per gallon.Emo Service Station, Lock Quay, are listed 139.7c, while Topaz, St Nessans Road, are at 147.9c.Petrol remains roughly 8c more expensive per litre than diesel.A survey revealed that kerosene home heating oil is between 76c and 79c per litre.Prices for volumes of 500 litres and 1,000 litres varied.Conor Faughnan, AA Roadwatch, said the average motorist is now being hit by an extra €20 per month.He pointed out two-thirds of the retail price of petrol goes to the government.Unfortunately, he expects no immediate let up.According to fuel price comparison website pumps.ie, the average cost of petrol in Limerick has increased by 10c in the past three months.Budget 2010 outlines a doubling of the carbon tax from €15 per tonne to €30 a tonne by 2014; which is expected to hit the average taxpayer by €150 per year.A sample of petrol prices across LimerickEmo, Lock Quay 139.7Great Gas, Ennis Road 140.9Independent, Ennis Road 141.9Chawkes, Dublin Road 142.9Topaz, Dock Road 143.9Esso, Groody Roundabout, Dublin Road 144.9Texaco, Dublin Road 144.9Maxol, Dublin Road 144.9Maxol, St Nessans Road, Dooradoyle 144.9Topaz, St Nessans Road, Dooradoyle 147.9*Prices at time of going to print WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

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South Beach Blues: Miami’s Delinquency Rate Nears 6%

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Delinquency Rate Foreclosures mortgage 2020-02-11 Mike Albanese South Beach Blues: Miami’s Delinquency Rate Nears 6% Tagged with: Delinquency Rate Foreclosures mortgage Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Fed Chair Discusses Recession, Economic Expansion Next: Measuring the Effectiveness of Foreclosure Assistance Programs Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CoreLogic found that the nation’s overall delinquency was 3.9% in November 2019, which is a marginal decline from last year’s 4%. November’s reading was the lowest reading for November in more than 20 years. The share of delinquent mortgages in November historically peaked in 2009 at 11.5%. Since March 2018, the overall delinquency rate each month has been lower than the pre-crisis period from 2000 to 2006. The rate averaged 4.7% during that time. The serious delinquency rate—those more than 90 days past due, including those in foreclosure—was 1.3% for the month. This represents a slight decline for November 2018’s 1.5%. CoreLogic says the serious delinquency rate has remained at 1.3% since April 2019. The share of mortgages in some stage of the foreclosure process was 0.4%, which is unchanged from last year. Mortgages that were 30-59 days past due, or those considered early-stage delinquencies, was 2% in November—up from 1.9% in November 2018.Mississippi had the highest share of mortgage 30 days or more delinquent for the month at 7.6%. Oregon and Colorado had the lowest at 1.9%. North Carolina was found to have the largest decline at 0.7%.Of the 10 largest metropolitan areas, Miami had the highest delinquency rate for the 30-plus day past-due rate at 5.4%. San Francisco had the lowest rate at 1.2%. The largest annual increases were found in rural areas. Pine Bluff, Arkansas (1.4%); Enid, Oklahoma (0.9%); Dalton, Georgia (0.6%); and Dubuque, Iowa (0.5%).Black Knight revealed in February that delinquencies fell by 3.75% month-over-month in December, while the foreclosure rates fell 1.57%. Year-over-year, delinquencies declined by over 12%.Additionally, Black Knight found that there are now 2.05 million loans in some stage of delinquency, including active foreclosures down 236,000 from the same time last year and the lowest year-end volume since the turn of the century. The strongest declines were primarily in the east and southern portions of the country and in areas heavily impacted by the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons.Southern states including Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas held some of the largest volumes of non-current loans in the country. As of December 2019, Mississippi holds the highest volume at 9.99%, though this is a month-over-month decline from November’s 10.44%, and a 0.93% decline year-over-year.center_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / South Beach Blues: Miami’s Delinquency Rate Nears 6% Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 11, 2020 1,138 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Mike Albanese Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

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BBA announces plans for annual parade

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 3:00 am Saturday, June 10, 2017 The Brundidge Business Association has announced that Max Thrash of Brundidge, a WWII veteran, will be the Grand Marshal of the city’s 2017 Independence Day Parade on Saturday, June 24 in downtown Brundidge.Thrash fought with the U.S. Army in Normandy on D-Day. He was twice wounded during the war but looks back on his service to his country with great pride.Delatha Mobley, BBA parade committee, said Independence Day Parade honors America, the veterans of all America’s wars and the men and women who are continuing the fight to uphold freedom in today’s world. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen Next Up“The Independence Day parade is a time to remember and honor those who have served and to celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy today,” Mobley said.The BBA is accepting reservations for the annual patriot parade at 334-735-2179.“The Independence Day Parade is an opportunity to show your American spirit in many ways,” Mobley said. “We have professional floats available for rent or you can enter a antique vehicle or a wagon or just walk and wave America’s flag – anything to salute America and the American spirit.” Latest Stories Lineup for the parade will be at 8 a.m. at the Fort Wendell K. Taylor Nation Guard Armory. Walking units may join the parade from the parking lot of the former BB&T building on North Main Street. The parade will begin at 9 a.m. and follow a Main Street route.On Friday night, June 23, the BBA and the Pike County Veterans Affairs Office will present a Salute to Veterans with special recognition to the Alabama National Guard 900th Maintenance Company. The time and place will be announced. Email the author By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… BBA announces plans for annual parade You Might Like Downtown Troy hosts first ‘outdoor movie night’ If you’re looking for a family-friendly, outdoor activity this weekend, head to Downtown Troy for the inaugural movie night at… read more Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Tiger Woods to make 2019 debut at Torrey Pines

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Fresh off of a successful 2018 season, Tiger Woods is set to make his debut at next week’s Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.Woods will enter the tournament as the 12th-ranked player in the world, after winning the Tour Championship in September. The 43-year-old has not played in an official event since the victory.  The tournament starts on Jan. 24th. It will feature a competitive field, including defending champion Justin Day and top-ranked golfer Dustin Johnson.Woods has only announced one other tournament appearance for 2019 — the Genesis Open at Riviera. It’s run by his foundation and begins on Feb. 14th. Written by Beau Lund January 17, 2019 /Sports News – National Tiger Woods to make 2019 debut at Torrey Pines Trust us, you don’t want to miss this! Buy your tickets now > https://t.co/VymU2A0bBo #SeeYouAtTorrey #FIO19 pic.twitter.com/vTXqbDDWZa— Farmers Ins Open (@FarmersInsOpen) January 16, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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New CEO revealed for soon-to-be launched National Residential Landlords Association

first_imgThe private rental sector has a new senior player after it was announced yesterday that the soon-to-be launched National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA) is to be headed up by property management chief Ben Beadle (picutred, above).The NRLA was created last week when members of both the National Landlords Association and the Residential Landlords Association voted to merge, although the new organisation’s official launch isn’t due to take place until January next year.Beadle will leave his current job as Director of Operations at PRS property management giant Touchstone; prior to that he ran the TDS deposit protection scheme in Northern Ireland.He is also a Justice of the Peace and will join the NRLA in November, replacing both the RLA’s current Chief Executive Andrew Dixon – who only joined in August 2018 – and Richard Lambert, who has been the NLA’s CEO since 2011.“Ben has a depth and breadth of knowledge of private renting which will be a tremendous asset to our campaigning and members’ services,” Alan Ward (left), RLA chair and Adrian Jeakings, NLA chair, have said in a joint statement.Beadle’s two years and three months at the company at Touchstone has included significant changes to its rental sector business. This includes, recently, the rebranding of its Bath-based letting agency operation and the outsourcing of its residential lettings business to Connells in May 2018.    September 24, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » New CEO revealed for soon-to-be launched National Residential Landlords Association previous nextAssociations & BodiesNew CEO revealed for soon-to-be launched National Residential Landlords AssociationBen Beadle has worked at both PRS property management giant Touchstone and deposit protection firm TDS and will start his job in November at the National Residential Landlords Association.Nigel Lewis24th September 20190623 Viewslast_img read more

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Exercise Balikatan 2017 gets underway in Philippines

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Balikatan 2017 gets underway in Philippines May 8, 2017 Authorities Exercise Balikatan 2017 gets underway in Philippines View post tag: ADF View post tag: AFPcenter_img Australian defense personnel joined the U.S. and Philippines for the 2017 annual multi-layered exercise Balikatan.Taking place in the Philippines, the exercise will run from May 8 – 19 and include humanitarian and civic assistance events, and joint field training exercises.The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has deployed 80 personnel to the Philippines for what will be the country’s fourth participation in the exercise series.“This exercise allows us to build on our strong relationship with the Armed Forces of the Philippines while maintaining good interoperability with United States Pacific Command,” Australian Air Commodore Noel Derwort said.“This year’s exercise has already seen ADF personnel return to Ormoc City on Leyte Island where they made an important contribution to the recovery from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.“Other ADF personnel are contributing to exercises that build regional capacity to respond with HADR and security operations.”The exercise will include a command post exercise component, a humanitarian civic assistance program on Leyte and Samar Islands and a range of military training activities involving an Air Force AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and personnel from Special Operations Command. View post tag: Balikatan Share this article View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

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University offers no deal Brexit advice for EU students

first_imgA no deal Brexit would be likely to include EU citizensentering the UK being treated as third country nationals, no longer subject toEEA immigration rules and requirements. This would mean EU students would payhigher tuition fees than they do now and may need new visas to conform with newimmigration laws. With just over six weeks left until the Brexit deadline, theUniversity will continue to update their page with more information as it isavailable, and individual colleges may be providing specific informationdirectly to students before the end of Hilary Term. “Dedicated web pages with the latest information about theimplications of Brexit have been set up for staff and students and these willbe updated regularly. The pages consider all possible outcomes of the currentnegotiations, including the possibility of the UK leaving without a deal. For more information, or to keep up to date on theUniversity’s advice, visit the University’s Brexit advice page for studentsand for staff. The University stresses that EU citizens will still be ableto apply to study at Oxford, and that “all Oxford University staff from the EUwill have the same right to work in the UK whether a withdrawal deal is agreedor not.” “Graduate students from the EU could face seriousdisruption, particularly those studying for 1-year masters programmes. Thereare major issues outstanding, especially around the future of the Erasmusprogramme and future prospects for research students. The only way to avoidthis mess is a People’s Vote with the option to remain.” A spokesperson for the University said to Cherwell: “Given the ongoing uncertaintyabout the implications of the UK leaving the EU, the University is working hardto understand and manage the impact on our staff and students. The new website explains that the University is now “makingpreparations” for the possibility that Britain leaves the EU without a deal,which will go ahead if no withdrawal agreement is in place by March 29th.center_img The Students’ Union reaffirmed the need for advice, stating:“Students need guidance as soon as possible. If a no deal Brexit does happen,students want the University to quickly provide information about the impactit’s going to have on them. Research staff may lose the opportuning to access EUresearch funding, which totalled £78 million in the academic year 2017/18. The Universitymay also lose the opportunity to participate in pan-European collaborations. ‘Whatever the outcome of current negotiations, theUniversity of Oxford is, and intends to remain, a thriving, cosmopolitancommunity of scholars and students united in our commitment to education andresearch. Given the growing uncertainty, the University is now advisingEU students to ensure they have all relevant paperwork up to date. “The departure from the EU will not change this; our staffand students from all across the world are as warmly welcome as ever.” The University has released advice for EU staff and studentsin preparation for a no deal Brexit.last_img read more

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My Career: Lee Smith

first_imgMarketing manager for Mr Kipling cakes, part of Premier FoodsWhat do you do day-to-day?I work from Premier Foods’ head office in St Alban’s and my main task is to help manage the growth of the Mr Kipling brand, at the same time as modernising it for today’s consumers.Our key target audience is mums and we have been doing a lot of work on understanding what they want and how to take the brand back into the heart of the family. Cakes are featuring more and more in lunchboxes and as market leader we should be there.Part of the day-to-day work has also been getting ready for the launch of our new TV advertising campaign around Oatibakes, which has just gone live. This has been a six-month process that has culminated in keeping the intriguing and secret Mr Kipling character integral to the brand, while at the same time ushering in Mrs Kipling’s first ever appearance on screen.How did you get into the baking industry?My first job was actually marketing tyres for Michelin, and I was based in Stoke-on-Trent. But I’m a total foodie at heart, so getting a job in the food industry was always my main goal.I worked at cheesemaker Bel UK for four years, before joining Premier to work on the Ambrosia brand, but Mr Kipling has been a great opportunity in an exciting category. Food and baking is about engaging with people about something they themselves feel passionately about.What was your training or education?I have a degree in languages French and German from Exeter University. I love languages and communicating, something that I believe has held me in good stead for a career in marketing. My education was really a stepping stone into business.Other than that, I have a marketing diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, but I believe that experience on the job is so important in forming you and informing you about what works in the real world and what doesn’t.What has been your career to highlight to date?Launching Oatibakes, without a doubt. The project was given to me to lead, which was very exciting, while the advertising campaign was a collaborative effort, headed by our head of marketing, Matt Hunt, and our marketing controller, Rachel Moss.It has all been a huge team effort and we are extremely pleased with the results.last_img read more

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Millie’s launches X-Factor cookie-off

first_imgMillie’s Cookies has created four special cookies to mark the X Factor final and is auctioning them off for charity on eBay.Ahead of Saturday’s competition, the show’s fans can bid for four 12-inch chocolate chip cookies, featuring the faces of Matt Cardle, One Direction, Cher Lloyd and Rebecca Ferguson drawn in flavoured icing, with cash raised going to Help the Heroes and Childline.Senior brand manager Michelle Graham-Clare said: “As avid fans of the show and with opinions split in the office, we thought we would launch a poll of a different nature, to find the yummiest contestant. Each cookie will be freshly made and distributed personally to the highest bidder.”With just less than 48 hours of bidding time left, the Matt Cardle cookie is in the lead with a current bid of £13.50.last_img read more

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