Call for investigative journalist’s immediate release

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns investigative journalist Liu Wei’s detention for the past 11 days on a charge of “illegally obtaining state secrets” in connection with his coverage of a high-profile corruption case. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News October 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for investigative journalist’s immediate release Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more The deputy editor of Southern Metropolis News (南方都市报), a newspaper based in Guangdong, the 37-year-old Liu Wei (刘伟) was arrested in Chengdu on 8 October while on his way to Beijing to attend a seminar, and taken to Jiangxi province, where he is still being held in Pingxiang.The corruption case involves a controversial master of qigong (a traditional system of exercise and meditation), Communist Party officials, businessmen and celebrities. The charge brought against Liu under article 282 of the 1997 penal codes carries a possible seven-year jail sentence.“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Wei because, like Gao Yu, he is guilty of nothing more than doing his job in a professional manner and with a sense of duty,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“President Xi Jinping’s government proclaimed combatting corruption to be one of its priorities but yet again it has shown its authoritarian nature. By using a ‘state secrets’ charge to gag the source of information of public interest, Xi’s party has betrayed its real goal, which is to protect its members and prevent a new blow to its legitimacy.”Ever since the controversial qigong master Wang Lin was arrested in a murder investigation in June, Liu had been published a devastating series of documents provided by Wang’s former wife and a police officer. According to the South China Morning Post, these two sources have been held on the same charge as Liu since September.The official media have said nothing about Liu’s detention and the Communist Party is censoring social networks. But Southern Metropolis News, for which Liu has worked since 2009, issued a statement supporting him on 16 October.The requests for Liu’s release on bail that his wife and lawyer submitted on 10 and 13 October were rejected.Gao Yu, a well-known journalist who was awarded UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano prize in 1997, was sentenced to seven years in prison on 17 April on the same charge of disclosing state secrets. Article 282’s vague wording allows the authorities to define any information as a state secret, even after the event.China is ranked 176th out of 180 counties in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Help by sharing this information News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

London ambulances seek more diverse workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article The London Ambulance Service is recruiting through the ethnic media in adrive to promote a diverse workforce. The service needs 400 ambulance technicians – staff who go on emergencycall-outs and provide care – and wants to attract people from a diverse rangeof backgrounds. HR director, Wendy Foers, said: “We continue to work to improve patientcare and emergency response times, and to achieve this we need to recruit moreambulance technicians. “We also want to recruit from the diverse population of London toensure our workforce reflects the communities we serve.” Ambulance technicians train for 15 weeks on £16,557, rising to £18,200 aftertraining and to £22,200 after a year’s assessment. www.londonambulance.nhs.uk Comments are closed. London ambulances seek more diverse workforceOn 17 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Child safety

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaA network news show reported a Web site last week with more than 600 photos of children who were separated from their parents by Hurricane Katrina. Some are too young to know even their own name. Others don’t know the names of relatives who may be able to help them.Workers from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working alongside law enforcement officers to piece together information to help find family members to rescue these children.It made me wonder: How much help would my own children be in that situation? What kind of information should I make sure my 3-year-old could give authorities?Don Bower, a University of Georgia child development expert, offers these recommendations:Be prepared. If possible, havevital information — names, addresses, medical information — written down and safely attached to children, especially preschoolers, who may not communicate well with strangers.”In this situation,” said Bower, a Cooperative Extension specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, “that wasn’t always practical unless you could put it in a waterproof enclosure.” Put the sealed information in a child’s pocket, pin it to their clothes or put it on a bracelet or necklace. Don’t have that information in public view.Educate your child. By age 5,most children should be able to recite their name, address and phone number. That will help them work with rescue workers to contact family members. Because children younger than 5 may only know their caregivers or grandparents by nicknames like Grandma and Grandpa, it’s essential to have the information in written form.Teach children, too, to approach people in uniforms — police, firefighters, military or EMS workers — to ask for help in an emergency.Schools can be critical. Ifchildren can identify the school they attend, that can be critical information to identify them. School officials would have information to help contact family members.Have an identification kit.Parents should have a kit that includes their children’s recent photos, physical descriptions (including easily identifiable marks like scars or birthmarks) and any medical conditions children may have or medications they may need.”During the missing-and-murdered-children era in Atlanta, it became very popular to have your child fingerprinted,” Bower said, referring to a period in the late 1970s and early ’80s when 22 children disappeared in metro Atlanta. Many were later found murdered. “While there’s nothing wrong with having a child’s fingerprints on file, it shouldn’t give parents a false sense of security.”Connecting a child to a set of fingerprints and then back to a caregiver can be a long, time-consuming process. “It shouldn’t be parents’ only means of identifying their child,” Bower said. “You need a more complete system.”We should all know our medical status, no matter what age.”As we saw in the case of this hurricane disaster, there were lots of people, not just children, who showed up at medical facilities and knew they took regular medication, but had no idea what the medication was or what condition they had that required it,” Bower said.”If you show up without medical history or medications, it’s hard for medical personnel to help you,” he said. “It’s especially important to have this written down for kids.”My parents once got a Christmas card mailed simply to Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga. No zip code, no street address, no last name. My oldest child now knows the names and phone numbers of most of our relatives. But “Artis and Neta, Madison, Ga.,” could be my 3-year-old’s ticket to safety.If you have family or friends in the hard-hit area, visit www.missingkids.com to see if you recognize any of these children. The authorities and the children need your help. You can also contact the Katrina Missing Persons Hotline (1-888-544-5475).(Faith Peppers is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Pension fund for Dutch steelworkers to review risk profile, pensions target

first_imgThe Hoogovens scheme reported a net return of 3.5% for 2013, with a 3.5% loss on its matching portfolio being more than offset by the 11.5% of its return portfolio.Both main portfolios are almost equally divided between the scheme’s assets under management.Its matching portfolio suffered from the effect of rising interest rates on AAA government bonds and interest swaps, but also from negative results on inflation swaps.However, its positions in covered bonds delivered a positive result due to a falling risk premium on Spanish paper, according to the pension fund.It attributed the result of its return portfolio – consisting of equity, fixed income and property – mainly to equities, which returned 16.1%, as well as “strongly performing” hedge funds.Over the course of last year, the pension fund replaced part of its fixed income and property holdings with equities.It also reported a combined return of 1.9% on property and infrastructure, adding that the fixed income investments on its return portfolio returned 7%.Funding at the Hoogovens scheme improved by 6.1 percentage points to 117.3% in 2013.The board said it decided to keep the pensions contribution unchanged at 29% of the pensionable salary, including 4.4 percentage points for indexation purposes.Costs for pensions administration increased by €26 to €165, as the board had to adjust its IT systems to new pension arrangements.Asset management costs also increased – by 0.11 percentage point to 0.38% – as a consequence of performance-related fees for a number of external managers, the pension fund said, adding that it spent 0.08% of its assets on transactions.The Stichting Pensioenfonds Hoogovens has 9,605 employees, 4,070 deferred members and 15,500 pensioners. The board of the €6.7bn pension fund for steelworks Hoogovens has said it would adjust its risk profile and pensions target as it can no longer fully achieve its current long-term targets. In its 2013 annual report, the pension fund conceded it was unlikely to meet its self-imposed six-year limit on suspending indexation during “lean years”.Currently, the indexation in arrears totals 9.63% for workers and 12.7% for pensioners and deferred members.The pension fund has decided to grant all participants a 1% indexation on 1 July, as its funding – 118% at April-end – had been above the required 117.1% for three consecutive quarters.last_img read more

Leising commits to work ILEARN impact to schools in 2020

first_imgOldenburg, IN—State Senator Jean Leising gathered with fellow legislators at the Statehouse for Organization Day – the ceremonial start of the Indiana General Assembly.Organization Day marks the annual first roll call of all state lawmakers. This day also provides each Senate and House of Representatives caucus with the opportunity to gather before session officially reconvenes in January. By state law, the 2020 session will conclude on or before March 14.“I am eager to begin working with fellow lawmakers in the 2020 legislative session to address key issues that are impacting our communities,” Leising said. “Specifically, I am looking forward to addressing ILEARN and school accountability. As a member of the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development, I intend to work to keep this year’s ILEARN scores from having a negative impact on schools, educators and students.”As the 2020 session gets underway, Leising encourages residents of Senate District 42 to contact her with any questions or comments they may have. Leising can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 800-382-9467.last_img read more