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Unidentified men attack dissident blogger near his parked car

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Hu Jia links the attack to the recently launched “Return to Tiananmen Square” campaign Receive email alerts News July 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unidentified men attack dissident blogger near his parked car to go further Unidentified men attacked dissident blogger and human rights activist Hu Jia as he was returning to his Beijing home on 16 July. The target of permanent police surveillance, Hu believes the attack was prompted by the “Return to Tiananmen Square” online campaign that was launched to mark the pro-democracy movement’s 25th anniversary.Are the Chinese authorities resorting to violence in the absence of valid arguments? Hu sustained injuries to the head and abdomen in the attack, which he immediately reported at a nearby police station. The police registered his complaint but no arrests have been made.“This attack on Hu Jia is intolerable,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “He was clearly targeted and, in the light of his account, it is highly likely that the attack was carried out or at least instigated by the Chinese authorities.“We call on the entire international community to react promptly. How many more disappearances, beatings and reports citing torture will be needed before the Chinese government finally becomes the target of the tough statements and gestures it deserves?”Hu was assaulted as he was about to get into his car, which was parked near the Caofang metro stop in the district of Chaoyang. Several men beat him and then left in their own car.Hu did not get the car’s licence number but said he thought he recognized some of his assailants as men who are normally posted near his home with the job of watching him. The attack took place right beside his parked car, where a red cross on the ground reinforced the suspicion that it was planned.Asked about a possible motive, Hu named the “Return to Tiananmen Square” campaign, which dissidents launched to mark the 25th anniversary of the massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators on 4 June 1989. The campaign is a source of much annoyance to the authorities.Hu was recently abducted from his home during official visits by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US secretary of state John Kerry. Abduction has also been used with other dissidents such as the Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser to prevent them from seeing visiting foreign officials.Hu had also urged Internet users to visit Liu Xia, the wife of Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel peace laureate who has been detained since December 2008.China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Follow the news on China News Organisation last_img read more

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Springsteen: Still Magic in the Night

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Biggest Signs You Want To Be With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Music Springsteen: Still Magic in the Night Defying the years, he dances and dazzles at the Sports Arena By EDDIE RIVERA Published on Thursday, March 17, 2016 | 5:07 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business Newscenter_img Community News 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Community News Bruce SpringsteenSomewhere, just about twenty feet back from the front of the stage at the Sports Arena, a middle-aged couple hold each other, swaying slightly. He hums along to “Drive All Night,” Bruce Springsteen’s ode to eternal love, from his 1980 album, “The River.”A young man playfully scrunches his friend’s face, as he sings in his ear. They laugh and hug, lost in their simple joy.And both moments were beautiful and typical.It’s hard to say which is more mystifying—Bruce Springsteen’s musical longevity or his physical longevity. Now in his late 60s, he was clearly the most physically fit specimen among the 15,000 or so who packed the LA Sports Arena Tuesday evening for the first of the three last-ever shows at the aging venue. The shows mark the middle of yet another global tour for Springsteen, one that will take him back to Europe, ending in Sweden in July.Looking back (and looking forward), it’s almost mind-boggling to consider his sheer desire and vast body of work since the early 70s, when he was a scrappy outsider signing contracts on the hood of a car in a parking lot, to his enormous stature today. Through it all, the music has been eye-opening, yet commercial; brave, but never scary, and timeless without being corny. Along with it all, his effect on fans has been deep and astounding.Last night, he once again defied the years and dazzled a packed house with a complete run-through of “The River,” but to be clear, that was only about half the show.He opened with the riveting ‘Meet Me in the City”—inexplicably left off the “River” album—before explaining his thought process for the album: “This was my first grown-up album, a way of exploring those things that go into that, as perhaps a way of one day truly acquiring those things. I wanted it to have joy, love, laughter, dancing, and of course, tears.”It was all that and then some.“The Ties that Bind” was as thrilling as it was on first hearing, and like so many of the tunes performed, seemed to possess a brand-new energy. Though some members have been replaced and added over the years, this is the core band that recorded the original album, and the songs still sounded shimmering and relevant.When he charged into “Sherry Darling,” I could already feel the tears welling up. (Yes, I am one of those fans.)The band moved quickly through the 20-song lineup, with few of the introductory stories Bruce has long been known for. We all know those stories now. Indeed for many, this was their tenth show, their twentieth show, their thirtieth show. In the pit, the faithful compared notes, talked about their best shows ever, and as cheesy as it sounds, shared the spirit of fans who’ve walked this path for decades.The fan community is yet another aspect of the Springsteen experience. They arrived early from points literally all over the world, they brought their hand-drawn request signs (no requests this tour, sorry), and they waited in line for hours to share this mysterious phenomenon.Following the album’s presentation, it was time for the second half, this time without the usual intermission. This was the “greatest hits” section, as he performed nearly a dozen tunes from his vast oeuvre, including “Human Touch,” “The Rising,” Dancing in The Dark,” along with a few rarely performed tunes. (I’ll leave it at that.)There was the briefest of pauses before the single encore, and the band roared on until nearly midnight.It’s the last show ever at the Sports Arena, and while he never seems to look close at anything resembling retirement, time is a mystery, and it alone will tell if and when he returns to play again. There are two shows left. Your call.For those that attended, it was a thrilling and exhausting evening of solid proof from a man who has essentially, nothing left to prove. More Cool Stuff Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

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Pasadena Senior Center’s 60th Anniversary Party Will Be A Virtual Affair Anyone Can Attend

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and mandates for social isolation, the free 60th anniversary party for the Pasadena Senior Center will take place, although differently than originally proposed.A planned celebration at the center that would have pulled out all the stops will instead be a virtual event anyone can watch live online Friday, May 22, at 11:00 a.m.The half-hour program, broadcast live through Zoom for viewing on computers, tablets and smartphones, will feature a presentation of historic photos through the years; guest speakers making brief remarks, including Pasadena Senior Center Executive Director Akila Gibbs, PSC Board of Directors President Sandy Greenstein and Junior League of Pasadena Community Director Bonnie Wallace; a short video about the Junior League of Pasadena’s support of the Pasadena Senior Center financially and through community service hours during the first 10 years that allowed the center to take root and thrive; and the unveiling of a special birthday cake made from a 1960 recipe.“Health and safety directives during this pandemic prevent us from hosting a big party at the center as originally planned, but we are not going to let that stop us from celebrating this vital community asset,” said Gibbs. “I encourage everyone to get in the spirit of the event by having a slice of cake and a scoop of ice cream, or some other sweet treat, at home while watching the party online.”To register for the virtual party, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org and click on Lectures and Events, then Online Events. There is no limit to the number of spectators. Membership at the Pasadena Senior Center is not required. The event is sponsored by Southern California Gas Company.“I also encourage everyone to make a $60 donation to the Pasadena Senior Center in honor of this occasion,” Gibbs added.To donate with a credit card, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org. Checks may be sent to the center at 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena CA 91104; write “Donation” in the memo line.“The 60th is the diamond anniversary, which certainly is appropriate because older adults shine brightly like diamonds,” said Greenstein. “Sixty years of innovative programs and services is a milestone worth celebrating.”Founded in 1960, the Pasadena Senior Center is an independent, donor-supported nonprofit organization that offers recreational, educational, wellness and social services to people ages 50 and over in a welcoming environment. Services are also provided for frail, low-income and homebound seniors.The center, deemed an essential community service, is providing vital social services and other assistance to older adults in need six days a week during the COVID-19 crisis while practicing social distancing. Classes and other activities are offered online.For more information about the programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331. 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Senior Center’s 60th Anniversary Party Will Be A Virtual Affair Anyone Can Attend STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 11:06 am Business News Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Subscribelast_img read more

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Russia rejects Western criticism over Navalny’s prison term

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30-year-old Honduran man dies in ICE custody

first_imgiStock(HOUSTON) — A 30-year-old Honduran man who was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has died at a Texas hospital.Yimi Alexis Balderramos-Torres was found unresponsive in his dormitory at the Houston Contract Detention Facility in Houston, Texas, on Sunday morning. After unsuccessful attempts to revive him, Balderramos-Torres was transported to a hospital in Humble, Texas, where he was pronounced dead, according to a statement from ICE.“An autopsy is pending to determine his cause of death,” the agency said.He’s the sixth detainee to die in ICE custody since the start of the fiscal year, which began Oct. 1, according to the agency.Balderramos-Torres was denied entry into the United States at the southwest border on May 17, after U.S. Border Patrol agents in El Paso, Texas, deemed him to be “inadmissible” and returned him to Mexico, according to ICE.Ten days later, Balderramos-Torres entered the country illegally and was detained by local law enforcement during a “routine traffic stop.” He was transferred to ICE custody on June 6, pending his removal to Honduras, the agency said.Balderramos-Torres also entered the United States illegally in August 2013 and was removed to Honduras the following week, according to ICE.“Consistent with the agency’s protocols, the appropriate state health and local law enforcement agencies have been notified about this death, as have the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, and ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility,” ICE said in the statement. “Additionally, ICE has notified the Consulate of Honduras in Houston of Balderramos-Torres’ death; Honduran consular officials have notified his next of kin.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Conference wins commitment of the Prime Minister

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Quotesfrom the conference”We’llensure greater safety for frontline workers in retailing, transport, and theservices, those who work to help others, and who face the constant daily threatof violence and anti-social behaviour. Finally, building on Barbara Castle’sEqual Pay Act, Margaret Prosser’s Women and Work Commission will enable us toensure that, in our generation, we close the gap in pay opportunity between menand women at the workplace.”Tony Blair, Prime Minister, in his openingaddress to the TUC Congress”Weneed to make sure bosses look after their road and rail vehicles as well asthey look after their company cars, or face the prospect of prison.” Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, calling forcorporate manslaughter legislation to be included in the next Queen’s Speech”Accusationsthat the NHS is awash with pen-pushers isnot only misleading the public, it is damaging the morale of hard-workingstaff. It is time to end the bureaucrat bashing and to look at the real peoplewhose jobs make a real difference to patients.” Dr Gill Morgan, NHS Confederation CEO, onthe Unison report that 84 per cent of NHS staff are directly involved in patient care”Peoplehave been made redundant up to four times and, for them, it is agony. Offshoring (to India)is not about helping Indiato develop, it is about companies making money.” Elizabeth Donnelly, Amicus representative onoffshoring to India at a FabianSociety meeting Conference wins commitment of the Prime MinisterOn 21 Sep 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Seabed video and still images from the northern Weddell Sea and the western flanks of the Powell Basin.

first_imgResearch vessels equipped with fibre optic and copper-cored coaxial cables support the live onboard inspection of high-bandwidth marine data in real time. This allows for towed still-image and video sleds to be equipped with latest-generation higher-resolution digital camera systems and additional sensors. During RV Polarstern expedition PS118 in February-April 2019, the recently developed Ocean Floor Observation and Bathymetry System (OFOBS) of the Alfred Wegener Institute was used to collect still-image and video data from the seafloor at a total of 11 predominantly ice-covered locations in the northern Weddell Sea and Powell Basin. Still images of 26-megapixel resolution and HD (high-definition) quality video data were recorded throughout each deployment. In addition to downward-facing video and still-image cameras, the OFOBS also mounted side-scanning and forward-facing acoustic systems, which facilitated safe deployment in areas of high topographic complexity, such as above the steep flanks of the Powell Basin and the rapidly shallowing, iceberg-scoured Nachtigaller Shoal. To localise collected data, the OFOBS system was equipped with a Posidonia transponder for ultra-short baseline triangulation of OFOBS positions.last_img read more

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Purplebricks shares continue dramatic slide

first_imgHome » News » Purplebricks shares continue dramatic slide previous nextPurplebricks shares continue dramatic slideHas the recent bad publicity and worries over its business model finally started to erode City investor confidence?Nigel Lewis14th November 2017012,380 Views Purplebricks shares nosedived by nearly eight percent yesterday, continuing a downward trend that has seen its shares drop from an all-time high of £5.13 each in July to £3.18 at close of business yesterday.This represents a drop of 38%, knocking over half a billion off its market cap value which, at its peak, stood at £1.49 billion – although its share price remains way above the flotation price of £1 set back in January last year.Purplebricks has faced several PR disasters recently starting in August when it was investigated firstly by the BBC TV’s Watchdog show and then the You & Yours radio programme over the way it does business.Also, it has been investigated several times by the Advertising Standard Authority about both its website and TV advertising following complaints by agents and members of the public.And it is still engaged in a stand-off with reviews website allAgents.co.uk, which has raised £32,235 via a crowd sourcing website to “stop Purplebricks from suppressing customer reviews on our website”.But these problems don’t appear to be the key reason why the share price has dropped and instead some investors are becoming worried it’s a ‘bubble stock’.AbFab warningLast week Hawksmoor Investment Management included Purplebricks in its ‘AbFab’ stocks list.These are ‘star’ stocks that have returned explosive share price growth over a relatively short period and, along with Purplebricks, include fashion websites Asos and Boohoo and drinks firm Fever Tree.A week ago Hawksmoor senior investment analyst Ian Woolley told website CityWire that the price to earnings ratio of these businesses was “sky high” and pointing out that Purplebricks, which is valued at nearly £1 billion at the moment, is “actually loss making”, he said. Purplebricks advertising standards authority ASA BBC Watchdog November 14, 2017Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Kearsarge ARG Takes Part in Turkish Exercise Egemen 2015

first_img Kearsarge ARG Takes Part in Turkish Exercise Egemen 2015 Back to overview,Home naval-today Kearsarge ARG Takes Part in Turkish Exercise Egemen 2015 View post tag: Egemen View post tag: Kearsarge ARG Authorities View post tag: europe U.S. amphibious forces arrived in Turkish waters to participate in the Turkish-led and hosted amphibious exercise Egemen 2015, Oct. 24.The exercise is designed to enhance operational and tactical-level expeditionary warfare skills while increasing interoperability and strengthening partnerships between United States and Turkish forces.Capt. Augustus P. Bennett, Commodore, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4, said:The Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group with Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, have looked forward to this Turkish led exercise which will allow the U.S. and Turkey both to build joint expeditionary capability and be ready to respond to meet security challenges.A combined Turkish-U.S. staff, led by Turkey, will plan and then execute amphibious operations as part of the exercise.The exercise will include tactical level training ashore and a combined amphibious landing, flexing all elements of amphibious warfare.Capt. David Bossert, commanding officer, USS Kearsarge LHD 3, added:The Sailors and Marines of the Turkish and U.S. expeditionary naval task forces will conduct maneuvers at sea en route to an objective area, culminating a combined forces assault to secure landing force objectives ashore. High-end tactical level training of this type reassures forces of both nations that when called upon, NATO can respond.U.S. forces include the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and elements of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.[mappress mapid=”17267″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Exercise October 26, 2015 View post tag: Turkish Share this articlelast_img read more

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Principal says 95% of people face hell

first_img95 per cent of Britons are going to hell, according to a speech given by Wycliffe Hall’s Principal.A video of the Reverend Dr Turnbull’s speech given at the annual Reform Conference was released on the Internet last week, provoking accusations from prominent members of the Anglican community that he is encouraging intolerance within the Church and exploiting his position as Principal to promote his own theologically conservative views.Speaking at the conference held by Reform, an evangelical organisation who oppose the ordination of women to the priesthood and who advocate a conservative view of homosexuality, Turnbull warned that the vast majority of Britain’s population would go to hell unless they were converted. “We are committed, are we not, to bringing the gospel message of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Jesus. And in this land that is 95 per cent of the people, and 95 per cent of the people in this country are facing hell unless the message of the gospel is brought to bear.” Turnbull also openly criticised more liberal approaches to Christianity. “We are all aware of the challenge that liberalism brings to the Church at large. I want to warn against the nature of liberalism within our own midst. What I mean by that is this whole idea of what it means to be evangelical being broadened so that it encompasses everybody and everything”, he said. In 2005 the council of Wycliffe banned meetings by the local student branch of Reform while the issue of whether or not it had a place within the evangelical firmament of the Church of England. Turnbull has confirmed that he has never been a member of the organisation and added that he was not aware of any regulations imposed on the Hall’s student branch. “This has not been discussed during my time here”, he said. He declined to comment on the content of his speech or any of the allegations which have been made against him since then.A Wycliffe Hall student who wished to remain anonymous voiced her concerns about the intolerant attitude towards Anglo-Catholicism and liberals at the Hall. “The Church is supposed to be a body, in other words different parts working together, and it worries me then that from Dr Turnbull’s speech there seems to be an aim to push forward evangelicalism at the expense of other parts of the Church.’. In his speech, Turnbull also spoke of the “strategic nature” of his decision to take on the role of Principal of Wycliffe Hall. “I am sometimes asked why I took the post of Principal of Wycliffe where I have been for only just over a year. Well there are all sorts of answers one could give to that but one of the answers is that I view the post as strategic because it will allow influence to be brought to bear upon generations of the ministry”, he said. Balliol College’s Christian Union Representative, Jonathan Bish, has accused Turnbull of exploiting his position of power. “The reasons he presents for taking over as Principal are nothing short of seeing the study of theology as an opportunity to indoctrinate students with a narrow and doctrinaire opinion that does not reflect the broad range of opinions within Christianity. This is completely the wrong approach, whether one is coming from a liberal or conservative, or high or low church perspective.” Wycliffe’s SCR President, Adam Atkinson, has voiced his and the SCR’s full support for Turnbull. “Wycliffe Hall has a remarkable Principal in Richard Turnbull. Students here share Richard’s stated passion ‘to bring the gospel message of Jesus Christ to those who do not know Jesus’.” Atkinson added that he did not feel that Turnbull’s speech was offensive. “To state the fact that 95 per cent of the people in the UK do not know the gospel of living life to the full for today and a sure and certain hope of life beyond death is surely to state the obvious. That this gives offence has been the case for the last two thousand years largely because we humans have to do something we hate: accept we are in the wrong.”Iona Bergiuslast_img read more

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