ChinaAsia – Pacific News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more November 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China blocks Reuters and Wall Street Journal sites Help by sharing this information News China’s Cyber Censorship Figures to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns China’s censorship of the Chinese sites of Reuters and the Wall Street Journal, revealed today by Great Fire China, a site that monitors website blocking.“This latest blocking of foreign media websites is indicative of an almost Pavlovian reflex on the part of the government, which does not hesitate to flout freedom of information whenever an embarrassing news item is posted online,” Reporters Without Borders said.“The authorities have every interest in ending website blocking as it is counter-productive and contrary to China’s constitution principles.”Several media have linked the blocking of the Reuters and Wall Street Journal sites to reports of links between JP Morgan Chase and former Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s daughter Wen Ruchun, who operates as a consultant under the name of Lily Chang.The New York Times broke the story yesterday. Reuters picked it up and it then spread online.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read the Reuters article in Chinese here. Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes
News UpdatesDelhi HC Constitutes A Committee To Finalise The Process of Issuing Digital Degree Certificate To Students [Read Order] Karan Tripathi4 Aug 2020 9:47 PMShare This – xAfter criticising the Delhi University for its lackadaisical approach, the Delhi High Court has constituted a committee to finalise the process of issuing digital degree certificates to students. The said committee will have senior officials from the Delhi High Court’s IT Team, a member from National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Joint…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAfter criticising the Delhi University for its lackadaisical approach, the Delhi High Court has constituted a committee to finalise the process of issuing digital degree certificates to students. The said committee will have senior officials from the Delhi High Court’s IT Team, a member from National e-Governance Division (NeGD) of the Ministry of Electronics & IT, Joint Director of DU’s Computer Centre, and two members from Digilocker. The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the said committee to finalise the following: The online link on the DU portal where the students can put in applications for issuance of their digital degree certificates. Alternatively, an e-mail address shall be provided where the Petitioners and similarly placed candidates can write an e-mail to obtain their degree certificates The timeline after receipt of the said email for verification and issuance of the degree certificate with the digital signature; Template for the degree certificate to be issued by email; Official to be responsible for affixing the digital signature and issuance of the same; A sample degree certificate in favour of one of the Petitioners, duly signed with the digital signature, shall also be generated; Timelines for transmission of past data to Digilocker from DU; Timelines for transmission of data periodically to Digilocker so that students can easily access their certificates, transcripts, marksheets, awards etc. The order has come in a plea moved by medical graduates who are awaiting their degree certificates since 2018. The said graduates need their degree certificates by August 15 to get their registrations on the ECFMG platform in order to be able to sit in the USMLE examination for post graduate studies in the US. In the previous hearing, the court had directed the Delhi University to come up with a mechanism to provide digital degree certificates to students having digital signatures. Highly dissatisfied with the mechanism placed before the court by the University, the court noted that: ‘Despite sufficient time being made available, it is clear that DU is not taking adequate steps to set up the process for issuance of digital degree certificates. There is a completely callous attitude being reflected towards the plight of students. A request is made for adjourning the matter for tomorrow to place a better scheme on record. This Court feels that the same would be completely futile as considerable time has already lapsed without any positive steps being taken by the DU.’ The court further noted that the procedure put forward by DU for obtaining degree certificates is too complicated and makes it difficult for students to obtain their degrees. The court said: ‘Obtaining a degree, which should have been a cause of celebration, has been turned into a complete nightmare for all these doctors who ought to have been busy rendering medical services during the pandemic. Despite the Court’s best effort, DU is not placing a proper protocol on record.’ Therefore, the court has constituted a committee and entrusted it with powers to come up with a mechanism to provide digital degree certificates to students. The status report in this regard has to be submitted by August 07. The Petitioners in this case are being represented by Mr Sarthak Maggon. Case Title: Akshita Khosla v. University of DelhiClick Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News UpdatesDelhi Court Grants Bail To Former Rajya Sabha MP KD Singh In Money Laundering Case Nupur Thapliyal6 April 2021 7:04 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Rajya Sabha MP, belonging to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), in a money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate against him. Special CBI Judge Geetanjali Goel granted bail to KD Singh subject to furnishing of personal bond in the sum of Rs. 5 lakhs with two sureties of like amount. A case was registered against Singh by ED…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Rajya Sabha MP, belonging to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), in a money laundering case registered by Enforcement Directorate against him. Special CBI Judge Geetanjali Goel granted bail to KD Singh subject to furnishing of personal bond in the sum of Rs. 5 lakhs with two sureties of like amount. A case was registered against Singh by ED under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Singh was thereafter arrested by ED on 12th January 2021, was remanded to ED’s custody and was then sent to judicial custody. Various FIRs were registered in Kolkata alleging that Singh along with other persons entered into criminal conspiracy and in furtherance of it, cheated investors by fraudulently collecting money in the guise of agents with the false assurance of high return on maturity. These FIRs formed basis of ED’s investigation in the case. It was also alleged that Singh induced people to invest in various schemes but after the maturity, did not return the amount, thereby committing cheating. Moreover, it was then revealed that around Rs.444.67 crores approximately were raised from investors from different States in India by issuing redeemable preference shares by Alchemist Holdings Limited from 2005 onwards by luring them with high rate of interest on their investments after maturity. It was also alleged that the funds so raised from the investors were not used for the intended purposes and were diverted/ siphoned off into the Group companies of Alchemist Group. ED while issuing provisional attachment order in 2019 attached various properties Alchemist Group, association of which was vehemently denied by Singh. The bail application was filed by Singh under sec. 439 of CrPC averring that is was a “victim of grave persecution and harassment” and that the actions of ED were violative of his fundamental right to life and liberty as guaranteed by Art. 21 of the Constitution. It was also submitted that he was neither a director nor a shareholder nor any other office bearer of the said companies which were the subject matter of the investigation Alchemist Infra Realty Ltd, Alchemist Township India Ltd. and Alchemist Holdings Ltd. Noting that Singh has been in custody since 12th January 2021, the Court observed thus: “In the instant case, the applicant/ accused is in custody since 12.01.2021. Nothing has been placed on record to show that the applicant/ accused is a flight risk nor it was so specifically argued on behalf of ED. The applicant/ accused is a former Parliamentarian.” Moreover, the Court also observed that Singh had appeared before ED several times and his statements have also been recorded by ED. Furthermore, the Court also went ahead to observe that the correctness of the allegations as to whether Singh had received and laundered proceeds of crimes can only be looked into during the course of trial which is likely to take time. “However, the complaint has already been filed and the statement of the witnesses under Section 50 PMLA has already been recorded. Further necessary conditions can be put in this regard and any such effort by the applicant/ accused may lead to cancellation of bail. The applicant/ accused is aged about 61 years and has deep roots in the society. In view of the above discussion and considering the facts and circumstances of the case, the applicant/ accused Kanwar Deep Singh is admitted to bail on furnishing personal bond in the sum of Rs.5 lakhs with two sureties of the like amount..” the Court observed while granting bail to Singh. Click Here To Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(CHICAGO) — Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Grim new details have emerged about the murder of a pregnant teenager whose baby was cut from her womb, as prosecutors described how the teen was lured by a Facebook ad for free baby clothes and her accused killer claimed the baby as her own.“Words really cannot express how disgusting and thoroughly disturbing these allegations are,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference.Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Clarisa Figueroa, 46, and her daughter Desiree Figueroa, 24, with the murder. At the news conference, they detailed what they say happened in excruciating detail.They allege that Clarisa Figueroa posted an offer of free baby clothes on a Facebook page called “Help a Mother Out,” which they described as a group that offers access to baby items for “families in need,” and that Ochoa-Lopez responded to the post and arranged to meet Figueroa at her Chicago-area home.Desiree Figueroa is alleged to have distracted Ochoa-Lopez with a photo album of Clarisa Figueroa’s dead adult son so that Clarisa Figueroa could strangle the teen with a cable.At one point, Ochoa-Lopez was able to slip her fingers between her neck and the cable, keeping herself from being strangled, and, according to Murphy, this prompted the elder Figueroa to yell at her daughter, “you’re not doing your f—— job!”“Defendant Desiree then stepped up and began to peel the victim’s fingers from the cable one by one,” Assistant State’s Attorney James Murphy told reporters.Clarisa and Desiree Figueroa have been charged with murder, while Clarisa Figueroa’s 40-year-old boyfriend Piotr Bobak has been charged with helping to cover up the alleged crime. All three appeared in Cook County Court Friday and were denied release on bail.Julie Contreras, the spokeswoman for Ochoa-Lopez’s family, said that the family is asking for “justice for Marlen.”“Today is a sad day. Today is a day of anguish that this family is living through. A nightmare, a horror film,” Contreras told reporters at court.Murphy said that following Ochoa-Lopez’s murder, Clarisa Figueroa brought the baby to a nearby hospital, where it was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Clarisa Figueroa then allegedly formed a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise money for the baby, who she was passing off as her own.Bobak shared a link to the fundraiser on his Facebook page, Murphy said.When police arrived at Figueroa’s house on May 14 to execute a search warrant, police reportedly saw Bobak cleaning a rug with bleach.Police later found Ochoa-Lopez’s body in a trash can on the property. Investigators believe the murder took place on April 23.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
1. Mean supercooling points of eleven species of arthropods (three Collembola, seven Acari and one Diptera) ranged from ‐6.2 to ‐9.4°C (high group), and from ‐17.7 to ‐31.0°C (low group). The majority of individuals in the high group had food in their gut systems. 2. Freezing was lethal to all species examined except larval Belgica antarctica Jacobs (Chironomidae). 3. Glucose, glycerol and mannitol were found in low concentrations in extracts of Ctyptopygus antarcticus Willem (Collembola) and larvae of B. antarcrica; it is udikely that these substances had a major effect on the supercooling of either species. 4. Two Collembola species possessed significantly (P< 0.05) lower supercooling points at locations on the Antarctic Pensinsula than at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands. The converse was observed for two species of Acari. 5. It is suggested that whilst gross climatic and also micro‐habitat conditions may influence the cold hardiness of such arthropods, especially seasonally, their full supercooling ability is rarely tested.
View post tag: but Scotland’s Top Royal Navy Diver Flies to Italy in Grim But Vital Costa Concordia Mission View post tag: Royal View post tag: Costa View post tag: Top View post tag: Concordia Share this article View post tag: Diver View post tag: Flies View post tag: Mission View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic February 23, 2012 View post tag: Grim View post tag: Navy View post tag: Italy View post tag: Scotland’s Back to overview,Home naval-today Scotland’s Top Royal Navy Diver Flies to Italy in Grim But Vital Costa Concordia Mission View post tag: Vital Scotland’s top Royal Navy diver, based at HM Naval Base Clyde, flies to Rome for multi-national discussions about the best way to recover the remaining bodies trapped in the luxury liner Costa Concordia.His swift departure for the Italian capital follows contact made by the Italian authorities to the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. Senior officers decided immediately the Lt Cdr Stockton was the right man for the job.The Royal Navy is keen to stress that the talks are only at the preliminary stage and that Stockton will return to Britain on Friday whatever the outcome.Lt Cdr Stockton is Commanding Officer of the Northern Diving Group, which is also the Royal Navy’s crack bomb disposal unit.In December, they won the Royal Navy’s 2011 Diving Unit Effectiveness Trophy after responding to 120 Explosive Ordnance Device call outs in the year, including crucial forensic work on the Celtic postal bombs investigation.In that case, they dismantled the packages by hand, photographing and ex-raying them before handing them over scientists and detectives.And, in another incident, they were airlifted to a nuclear submarine in the Atlantic and worked for 36 hours non-stop to free a fouled propulsor and allow the submarine to return to patrol as quickly as possible.Two divers are always on ten minutes notice to deploy anywhere for IED disposal and within 24 hours a five man team can be sent anywhere in the world for Fleet maintenance and repairs.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 23, 2012; Image: royalnavy
A motorcyclist who published a YouTube video of himself speeding at 130 mph on the wrong side of an Oxfordshire road has been jailed for 12 weeks. Sandor Ferenci, 28, performed wheelies and skids on the A42 road Banbury to Brackley. His stunts were filmed by a friend and posted on the internet. When officers called him in regards to the complaint, Ferenci immediately asked “Is this about the YouTube video?”The judge called his driving “lunatic and grossly irresponsible.” Ferenci has also been banned from driving for two years.Sgt Bryan Smith, of Thames Valley Police, said, “It’s incredibly dangerous. A trophy video has been used on the internet and it could incite other road users to behave in the same way.”
Fine Lady Bakeries has announced plans to build a £20 million bakery in Newton Heath, east Manchester. Planning permission has been submitted for the site, which would become Fine Lady’s northern base.Joe Street, managing director of the Banbury-based company, said the east Manchester location would offer excellent transport links both north and south.“We don’t want to anticipate the outcome of the planning application but this is an exciting first step for us,” he said.“We see this as a long-term investment in east Manchester, creating jobs and other benefits for the local community.”If plans go ahead for the proposed site at Central Park, off Briscoe Lane, it could bring up to 250 jobs to the area. Fine Lady Bakeries produces a range of breads, rolls and fruited products such as teacakes, which are supplied to leading supermarket chains, independent retailers, sandwich makers and catering companies.
Eileen Milner marks ESFA’s first birthday:“As we joined together, a year ago today, to form one agency, the organisation has embraced many changes.We have implemented apprenticeship reforms including the apprenticeship levy, we have also begun the implementation of the National Funding Formula for schools.We have continued improvements to our school estate, in the last financial year our free schools capital team have opened 41 new free schools, UTCs and studio schools.Meanwhile, over the last 12 months, our Priority School Building Programme has seen 48 schools open in their rebuilt and refurbished buildings. In addition, 4 national college buildings were opened providing specialist training facilities for high speed rail and nuclear industries.Resulting from area reviews in the FE sector, this year we have supported the implementation of a further 31 merger recommendations and the conversion of 18 sixth form colleges to academies.We have so far supported over 482,000 people through the National Careers Service, giving impartial information, advice and guidance to ensure direction on career paths when not knowing where to turn.National Apprenticeship Week 2018 was a huge success, on the first day we trended number 1 on social media, getting higher mentions than the Oscars.The Apprenticeship Support and Knowledge for Schools project has engaged 1,617 schools this academic year, surpassing its targets on numbers of teachers and parents engaged.We have issued 2018 to 2019 funding allocations to around 1,100 colleges and providers and 2017 to 2018 allocations to 7,614 academies and 152 local authorities and we continue to increase scrutiny and oversight of the sector to ensure assurance of how public money is used.This year has seen the development and roll out of our financial prevention strategy and the move to better joint working with the Regional Schools Commissioners. We continue to work on the implementation of T Levels and with Mayoral Combined Authorities and our providers on the devolution of the adult skills budget in 2019.I have now been in post 5 months and am certain that ESFA is ideally placed to tackle the challenges and opportunities ahead. We look forward to continuing to work closely with all our partners across the sector. Collaboration will be key in ensuring future improvements to the education and skills agenda.In the coming months, we will publish our inaugural annual report which will show further progress and the impact we are making.”
PBS is currently working on a new documentary project dubbed American Epic, a three-part documentary series, with Jack White, T Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford as executive producers. American Epic explores early recording technology from the 1920’s and how it captured the sounds of some of the first musicians formative to the genres of blues, country, gospel, Hawaiian, Cajun, and folk music. Ahead of the premiere of the documentary series premiere on June 6th, NPR has shared a video of the Alabama Shakes.Brittany Howard and her band are led into the studio by Jack White, then perform “Killer Diller, a song originally recorded by Memphis Minnie in 1946.“In 1925, the first electrical sound recording system was invented. Only a few of these systems were ever made, and there is now only one in the world,” the video reads. “All of the musical performances in this film are live. The audio you hear is taken directly from the discs they were recorded to, with no editing or enhancements.”Watch the one-take performance below:This video comes second to Jack White and the legendary hip-hop artist Nas performing on a modernized version of Memphis Jug Band’s 1928 song “On the Road Again.” Watch that here.The series will also feature a full-length movie called The American Epic Sessions, during which various musicians come together to record on the primitive recording technology of the 1920’s. Artists to appear on The American Epic Sessions include Jack White, Beck, Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, the Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos and Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, and the film will be released on June 6th.