Calling for lawsuit’s dismissal, Yahoo! says it is “political and diplomatic issue”

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more August 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Calling for lawsuit’s dismissal, Yahoo! says it is “political and diplomatic issue” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Over 16 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. Currently, Shi Tao is sponsored by Miljörapporten (Sweden), Télé Bruxelles (Belgium) to go further RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Reporters Without Borders insisted today that Yahoo! was responsible for the conviction of Wang Xiaoning and Shi Tao and possibly other Chinese cyber-dissidents as well after the US Internet company called on 27 August for the dismissal of the lawsuit brought against it in the United States by relatives of these two imprisoned cyber-dissidents.“Wang and Shi were both convicted thanks to information supplied by Yahoo! to the Chinese authorities,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is shocking that the company is denying its responsibility in this case and is trying to evade punishment for actions that led to arbitrary convictions.Yahoo! is even cynical enough to try to shift responsibility to the cyber-dissidents themselves.”The lawsuit brought on behalf of Wang and Shi before a US court accuses of Yahoo! of providing the Chinese authorities with information from their email accounts that led to their arrest and conviction.In its 27 August statement calling for the suit’s dismissal, Yahoo! said: “Free speech rights as we understand them in the United States are not the law in China. Every sovereign nation has a right to regulate speech within its borders.” Yahoo! spokesperson Kelley Benander told the Los Angeles Times, “this is a political and diplomatic issue, not a legal one.”Yahoo said it “does not condone the suppression of their rights and liberty by their government”, but it added that they were responsible for their own actions. “They assumed the risk of harm when they chose to use Yahoo! China email and group list services to engage in activity they knew violated Chinese law,” it said.Morton H. Sklar, executive director of the Washington-based World Organisation for Human Rights, said that,although it is clear that American corporations are obliged to follow foreign laws, they also must abide by USand international law.”Congress recognized this problem when they passed the Torture Victim Protection Act,” Sklar said. “They saidexplicitly, victims of torture should have access to US courts to remedy the abuses they suffered. Wheretorture has taken place, there is no question the US has jurisdiction.”Yahoo! issued a statement in June in which it said : “Yahoo! is dismayed that citizens in China have beenimprisoned for expressing their political views on the Internet.” It reiterated its position that it wasobliged to comply with China’s laws, but it added that it condemned “punishment of any activityinternationally recognised as free expression.” Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation last_img read more

Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit plans on track for 2016 opening – Mayor

first_imgNews Google+ By News Highland – September 27, 2013 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Facebook Derry Mayor Martin ReillyThe Mayor of Derry says he is hopeful that the new Radiotherapy Unit for the North West will be up and running at Altnagelvin Hospital in 2016.Mayor Martin Reilly visited the hospital yesterday as part of a series of engagements for the Macmillan Trust, his chosen charity for his term of office, and received a briefing from Western Trust officials who are working the unit.He says it’s hoped that construction can commence early next year……….[podcast][/podcast] Previous articleDerry footballer receives suspended sentence for assaultNext articleResidents of Lifford housing estate demand action over sewerage problem News Highland Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit plans on track for 2016 opening – Mayor 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more


first_imgHealthy Walks Group: The Healthy walks group continues to every Wednesday Morning from the CPI Centre at 10:30am. Everyone is welcome to come along. We are also starting a on Saturday mornings starting this Saturday 24th Leaving the CPI Centre at 11:00am. Everyone is Welcome. Castlefinn Community Alert Scheme: A meeting will take place in the CPI Centre on Tuesday 4th December at 8:00pm to launch the local community alert scheme. Superintendent Vincent O Brien and Crime Prevention Officer Paul Wallace in association with local Gardaí will be in attendance on the night to give a talk on keeping safe and secure in winter. Everyone is welcome along to the talk and if you would like to get involved in the scheme we would also love to see you on the night. Refreshments will be served. For further details please contact Corina in the CPI Centre on 074 – 9143976/ 0873289170.  Whist: Ladies. 1st Geraldine Vambeck, Lifford with 182, 2nd Patsy Mc Granaghan, Castlefinn with 170 and 3rd John Mc Granaghan, Castlederg with 168. Gents: 1st Joe Corry, Castlederg with 171, 2nd Angus Stewart, Lifford with 168 and 3rd Malachy Browne, Raphoe with 167. 1st Half, Willie Meehan, Castlefinn with 87. 2nd Half Nellie Carlin, Castlefinn with 87. Snowball next week is €110 for €182 or better. Big Whist Drive Wednesday 28th November at 8:00pm. Scorecards €10. Supper will be served. Castlefinn & Districts History Club will present their very popular photographic Display in St. Marys hall Castlefinn on this weekend Sat. 24th. & Sun. 25th. Nov. from 12noon to 4pm. With up to 1000 old photos of people, places and events on display plus a list of new photos not previously displayed, there will be something of interest to all attending. We always welcome additional photos which can be displayed for the interest of the local community. Please come along and enjoy. Our new website is now up and running and can be viewed at www.castlefinn&  Robert Emmet’s: weekly bingo continues on Fri. Night with a prize fund of €2700.Our Monster Christmas Bazaar takes place this year in St. Mary’s Hall on Sun 2nd. Dec. commencing at 7-30pm. St. Vincent de Paul: Christmas is coming and Winter is well on its way. We at St. Vincent de Paul realise that this can be a very difficult time for families and for the elderly. Sadly, as the economic depression continues, for the first time in their lives many people are finding themselves caught up in a “poverty trap”. We would advise people not to approach Money-Lenders to bridge the gap in their budget. This results in borrowing money at exorbitant rates of interest and adds more pressure to families after Christmas. We help people from all walks of life. We provide practical help to those in need like the elderly, lonely and deprived. We are a place to turn to where people can find a confidential and non-judgemental listening ear. St. Vincent de Paul would like to reach out to anyone who may be struggling this year and encourage approaching us to see if we can help in any way. Please call into our office or lift the phone on 074-9146726 where you will be treated in a non-judgemental and confidential manner. LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFINN COMMUNITY NOTES was last modified: November 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LOCAL NEWS: CASTLEFIN COMMUNITY NOTESlast_img read more

Water resources agency for SA

first_img15 August 2005The Cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA) by April 2008 to ensure long-term water security for South Africa.The agency will take responsibility for developing and operating South Africa’s major national dams and water transfer schemes that are currently managed directly by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.These include the Vaal Dam, the Tugela-Vaal transfer system, the Orange River Scheme and the Western Cape system.The agency will also integrate the TCTA, the parastatal organisation responsible for funding the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.However, it will not be responsible for domestic water supplies that remain the responsibility of municipalities and regional water boards.The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry said in a statement earlier this month that the organisation would be a “major” business in its own right, with its assets currently valued at nearly R40-billion and bulk water sales bringing in more than R2-billion annually.The decision to establish the agency resulted from studies on the management of national water resources infrastructure going back to the 1998 White Paper on a National Water Policy.“The studies noted that water is a strategic resource for South Africa that faces many water-related challenges, notably extreme rainfall variability that is being aggravated by climate change as well as growing demands from all sectors of the economy and society,” the department said.This required both close oversight by government of decisions related to the development and allocation of water, as well as effective management of the country’s infrastructure.“A need was also identified to enable funds to be raised for development projects to serve large users from commercial sources in a manner which allows government’s limited finances to be focused on meeting social needs.”The Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry will still be responsible for deciding what projects need to be built, in terms of the National Water Resource Strategy.The agency will be required to make funding arrangements, ensure that projects are designed and built according to appropriate technical, social and environmental standards, and ensure that they are operated effectively and efficiently.The establishment of the agency will see a phased integration of the department’s water resource infrastructure branch and TCTA.The TCTA has already been tasked to finance and implement projects such as the Berg Water Project in the Western Cape and a new R2-billion pipeline from Vaal Dam to assure supplies to Eskom and Sasol.The department said the integration of TCTA into the new agency would be done in a manner that would not to affect its obligations to the financial markets, its project credit ratings, or explicit government guarantees relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water project.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Warm nights could be hurting corn yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The warm, muggy summer nights that have made things generally unpleasant for people may have also had a detrimental impact on corn yields.Weather prognostication guru Elwynn Taylor from Iowa State University regularly gets a good estimate on the national yield by tracking the nighttime temperatures during the growing season.“If we want a large yield, we like to see the nights being a little cooler than usual with normal daytime temperatures. Clear nights will make things cooler. If the nights are warmer than usual, it shortens the time for our crop to put on weight and we do not want to shorten that,” Taylor said. “From the first of July to the first of September, if the nights are cooler than usual, it is helping our yields. If they are warmer than usual it hurts them.”With numerous uncomfortable nights in the books this summer in Ohio and around the Midwest, there is legitimate reason for concern about corn yields.“Past studies show that night time temperatures affect yield potential. High night temperatures (in the 70s or 80s in degrees F) can result in wasteful respiration and a lower net amount of dry matter accumulation in plants. The rate of respiration of plants increases rapidly as the temperature increases, approximately doubling for each 13 degree F increase,” said Peter Thomsion, Ohio State University corn specialist. “With high night temperatures more of the sugars produced by photosynthesis during the day are lost; less is available to fill developing kernels, thereby lowering potential grain yield. High night time temperatures result in faster heat unit — growing degree day — accumulation that can lead to earlier corn maturation, whereas cool night temperatures result in slower GDD accumulation that can lengthen grain filling and promote greater dry matter accumulation and grain yields.”Thomison points to research at the University of Illinois conducted back in the 1960s that indicated corn grown at night temperatures in the mid-60s out yielded corn grown at temperatures in the mid-80s.“Average corn yields are generally much higher with irrigation in western states, which have low humidity and limited rainfall. While these areas are characterized by hot sunny days, night temperatures are often cooler than in the Eastern Corn Belt,” Thomison said. “Low night temperatures during grain fill (which typically occurs in July and August) have been associated with some of our highest corn yields in Ohio. The cool night temperatures may have reduced respiration losses during grain fill and lengthened the rain fill period. Cooler than average night temperatures can also mitigate water stress and slow the development of foliar diseases and insect problems.”The weather National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for temperatures 1 to 5 degrees F above normal for the rest of August in Ohio and continued above-normal temperatures for September.last_img read more

How to Be Likeable

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Selling effectively still depends upon you being known, liked, and trusted. You want to be known for the value you create. You want to be trusted because of your character. And you want to be liked. That means you must be likeable.Presence: We underestimate the power of presence. “Being there” makes you more likeable. It allows a type of intimacy that is difficult to achieve otherwise. Showing up is a sign that you care, and caring about other people helps make you more likeable.Listening: There aren’t too many things that will make you more likeable than the ability to listen intently to what someone else is saying by giving them your full, undivided, phone-face-down-on-the-table attention. Listening is proof positive that you care. If you want the fastest route to likeability, listening is it.Engaging Conversationalist: You need to know things beyond your company, your product, and your solutions. You need to be well read. You need to be well versed in cultural references. Knowing what other people like and care about allows you to converse with people about the things that they want to talk about. You also have be interesting enough to engage people in conversations, allowing them open up.Sense of Humor: The great leveler. The ability to make people laugh makes you more likeable. Business is a serious game, and it helps to be able to bring some levity to conversations. If you present ideas, and you do just that if you sell, a sense of humor and comedic timing will make you more like able. A self-deprecating sense of humor is a sign that you can laugh at yourself, a key that unlocks many doors, likeability being one of them.Positive and Optimistic: The only people who like negative people are other negative people. They commiserate. They share their misery together. It is easy to like someone who is positive and optimistic. Positive people like to spend time with other positive people, and they especially like to work with them. Given the choice of working with a negative, cynical, pessimist or a positive, empowered, optimistic person, which would you find more like able.Respectful and Polite: Part of what makes you likeable is your polite and respectful disposition. Good manners will get you a lot further than you might believe. It displays character. It indicates a sense of class, refinement.Personable: This is about your appearance and your manners. Even if you want to wear a t-shirt and your ball cap backwards, or slant ways, or sideways, you are going to be judged by your appearance. Your appearance gives people an idea of who you are. It also suggests how successful you might be. How you present yourself is important to likeability.Collaborative: Inviting other people to contribute their ideas, regardless of whether it’s in a conversation or the design of a solution, makes you likeable. Collaboration proves that you care about what the other person wants, and that their ideas are important.Non-Judgmental: likeable people aren’t judgmental of other people. They don’t talk about them behind their backs, and they aren’t gossips. They also don’t assign blame to others. They assume others have good intentions and focus instead on finding solutions to challenges, regardless of the source.Your dream client is basing their decision to buy from you, in part, on what they believe you are going to be like to work with once hired. Being likeable tilts the playing field in your direction.last_img read more

Lady Chiefs stretch win streak to 5

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Defending champion Arellano stayed perfect in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after a masterful 25-16, 25-17, 25-11 win over Lyceum on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs rose to a league-leading 5-0 record as coach Obet Javier commended his wards for following their game plan to the letter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Rugged, bumpy ride ends for Kia LATEST STORIES Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I told them that if they can finish the game quickly while not acting too rash then do it, if they can build a lead and run away with it, then do it,” said Javier.“Our best set was the third because they did what I told them to do.”Arellano was well ahead late in the third set, 19-7, before the Lady Pirates tried to close in, thanks to a couple of lucky breaks that cut the lead to 19-9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Chiefs then scored five straight points before substitute Glydel Liu, who played only in the third set, finished the match with a well-placed kill.Arellano had four players scoring in double digits, led by Necole Ebuen who put up 11 points. Mary Esguerra, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha had 10 points each.Anne Romanban and Monica Sevilla produced eight points apiece for Lyceum, which dropped to 1-4. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View commentslast_img read more