Cyber-dissident who defended workers’ rights is detained during EU visit

first_img Help by sharing this information October 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident who defended workers’ rights is detained during EU visit Organisation News Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News to go furthercenter_img ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of cyber-dissident Shi Xiaoyu because of his online reporting on workers’ protests in the southwestern industrial city of Chongqing. Shi has been held by the Chongqing authorities since 20 October.“Shi’s detention is unacceptable as all he did on the Internet was to defend workers’ rights enshrined in the Chinese constitution,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is shocking to learn of the arrest of yet another cyber-dissident while a European Union delegation is in China to discuss human rights.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The Chinese authorities must immediately release Shi and the approximately 60 other cyber-dissidents currently in prison.”Shi was arrested when members of the Chongqing public security department travelled all the way to his home in Shaoxing, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, and escorted him back to Chongqinq. They took his laptop and personal notes. It is still not known where exactly he is being held in Chongqinq.In late September, Shi tried to help Chongqing steelworkers who have been protesting against corrupt practices by some of their bosses. The police used violence to disperse meetings in mid-October. Reports on the Internet say two workers were killed and many were injured and that many arrests were made in these police crackdowns. The Chongqing propaganda department has imposed a news blackout.Now aged 50, Shi was previously imprisoned in 1976 for criticising certain Maoist policies and received a death sentence that was never executed. He resumed his studies after being released in 1979 and began working for small companies in Shaoxing in 2001. At the same time, he posted information about workers’ rights online.The police warned him of the risks he was running at the start of October. The organisation Chinese Rights Defenders said he then wrote on the Internet that he intended to put an end to his activism. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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New exhibit announced at hob’art gallery in western Hoboken

first_imgHOBOKEN — The Hob’art gllaery located at 720 Monroe St. will host an artist reception on Saturday May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for its news exhibition “Contiguous.”“Contiguous,” an exhibition of works by three studio artists, will be open to the public from May 12 to June 10.The artists include Katie Duffy McGeehin, Donna O’Grady, and Rich Roberts.Contiguous means shring a common border, touching, or together in sequence, and this definition accurately described the work of the above artists.Roberts uses fused glass, McGeehin makes figures in plaster and watercolor, and O’Grady paints on tin.According to the press release McGeehin’s work delves into the effect of art interacting with the environment. Her plaster figures and watercolors explore and convey interaction. O’Grady’s work hint at nostalgia and are executed on pressed tin and portrays familiar surroundings that are touching in an old world manner.Roberts’s fused glass is the heat bonding of several glass pieces in kiln. His work recalls his interaction with family, friends, and life events. The exhibit will feature Donna O’Grady’s painted tin pieces. ×The exhibit will feature Donna O’Grady’s painted tin pieces.last_img read more

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Parts of Beijing locked down due to fresh virus cluster

first_imgAFP reporters saw hundreds of police officers and dozens of paramilitary police deployed at the two markets. Workers were seen hauling several crates of seafood out of Jingshen seafood market, also in Fengtai district.Fengtai district officials announced Saturday that the district has established a “wartime mechanism” and “field command centre” to deal with the fresh wave.Nine nearby schools and kindergartens have been closed. On Friday, Beijing officials delayed the return of students to primary schools across the city, and suspended all sporting events and group dining. Cross-provincial tour groups were suspended on Saturday.Mass testingThe chairman of the Xinfadi meat wholesale market told state-run Beijing News that the virus was detected on chopping boards used to handle imported salmon, stoking fears over the hygiene of Beijing’s food supply.Beijing’s market supervision authorities ordered a city-wide food safety inspection focusing on fresh and frozen meat, poultry and fish in supermarkets, warehouses and catering services.Major supermarket chains including Wumart and Carrefour removed all stocks of salmon overnight in the capital, but said supplies of other products would not be affected, Beijing Daily reported Saturday.Some Beijing restaurants were not serving any salmon on Saturday, according to AFP reporters.Beijing authorities also announced a mass COVID-19 testing campaign of anyone who has had “close contact” with the Xinfadi market since May 30, after they tested over 5,000 environmental samples from farmers’ markets and large supermarkets across the city on Friday. Of those, all 40 positive samples came from Xinfadi market.Nearly 2,000 wholesale market workers in Beijing were also tested for the virus on Friday, authorities said.Of the tests already carried out, an additional 46 market workers tested positive for the virus in throat swabs but currently show no clinical symptoms, officials said. All have been placed under strict medical observation.All but one of them are Xinfadi market workers, and the remaining case works at a farmers’ market in Haidian district, northwest Beijing.The Haidian worker is a close contact of one of the confirmed cases linked to Xinfadi market.Topics : China’s domestic outbreak had been brought largely under control through vast, strict lockdowns that were imposed after the disease was first detected in the central city of Wuhan last year.These measures had largely been lifted as the infection rate dropped, and the majority of cases reported in recent months were citizens living abroad who were tested as they returned home during the pandemic.Among the six new domestic cases announced Saturday were three Xinfadi market workers, one market visitor and two employees at the China Meat Research Centre, seven kilometers (four miles) away. One of the employees had visited the market last week.Authorities closed the market, along with another seafood market visited by one of the patients, for disinfection and sample collection on Friday. Parts of Beijing were placed under lockdown on Saturday as six new domestic coronavirus cases were reported, fueling fears of a resurgence in local transmission.People were prevented from leaving their homes at 11 residential estates in south Beijing’s Fengtai district after most of the cases were linked to a nearby meat market, city officials said in a press briefing.Beijing’s first COVID-19 case in two months, announced on Thursday, had visited Xinfadi meat market last week and had no recent travel history outside the city.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgSociété Générale Securities Services – Jason Nabi has been appointedto the newly created position of head of financial institutions and brokers (FIB) for the UK. Reporting to Guillaume Heraud, global head of business development for financial institutions and brokers, he will be responsible for leading the business development strategy for FIB and its position across this client segment in the UK. He was previously responsible for the strategic business development of Markit’s asset servicing business.Allenbridge – Odi Lahav, chief executive, is totake over the company’s management from Karen Shackleton, currently managing director. Shackleton will, however, continue to handle her own client portfolio.Conning Asset Management – Ben Hamilton has been appointed portfolio manager in London. Hamilton, who will report to Russell Büsst, CAM’s European CIO, will assist senior portfolio managers managing fixed income portfolios for the European client base, and developing CAM’s global bond offering. Hamilton joins from Premier Asset Management, where he was assistant investment manager and research analyst for fixed income and multi-asset funds.GLG Partners – Simon Price has been appointed to the financials team. He will assume the position of asset manager, contributing to global, European and financials long/short strategies and working alongside the existing financials team of David Sanders and Stephen Holliday, with particular focus on stock-picking opportunities in the US and Japanese financials sectors. He joins from Occitan, where he was partner and global sector head for financials and macro analysis. Loyalis, State Street Global Advisors, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, Société Générale Securities Services, Allenbridge, Conning Asset Management, GLG Partners Loyalis – Aad van der Klugt is to leave as a board member at Loyalis, the APG subsidiary for additional pension products. His departure follows the slimming down of the company, as a result of a changing life insurance market, as well as the transfer to APG of the Loyalis subsidiary for tailor-made administration (LMA). Van der Klugt’s responsibilities will be assumed by Peter van Wageningen, chairman of the board, and financial director Wim Vliex. State Street Global Advisors – Mark Fortier has been appointed managing director, head of global defined contribution research and product development. Fortier, most recently head of product and partner strategy at Alliance Bernstein, will be responsible for developing products that anticipate plan sponsor needs, working closely with the investment teams across SSGA to bring new DC products to market globally. He will be based in Boston, reporting to Fredrik Axsater, managing director and global head of defined contribution at SSGA.Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change – Peter Damgaard Jensen has been appointed to the board of the IIGCC. Jensen is managing director and chief executive at PKA, and was also chairman of the Danish Insurance Association from 2009 to 2013.last_img read more

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