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Cyber-dissident held for past two months on libel charge

first_img Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of cyber-dissident Li Jianping (photo) since 28 May in the eastern province of Shandong, where he faces prosecution for posting many articles and comments on websites based abroad. He is the 64th cyber-dissident or Internet user to be imprisoned in China.”Arrest and criminal prosecution for defamation are contrary to international standards on free expression and we urgently call for the immediate release of Li, whose only crime has been to express his views on such issues as democracy,” the press freedom organisation said.Foreign-based websites barred to Chinese Internet users such as Boxun News, ChinaEWeekly, China Democracy and Epoch Times were regularly used by Li to post articles criticising some of the practices of the leaders of the ruling Communist Party of China. He had been harassed by the authorities because of the articles for several weeks before his arrest.The local police summoned him on 25 May and confiscated his passport. He then received several visits by officials from the Internet controlcommittee, who searched his home and examined the contents of his computer’s hard drive. His computer was seized at the time of his arrest.His wife, Xuhui, said his medical equipment wholesale business could have to close as a result of his arrest. She and their three-year-old daughter are running out of money.Aged 39, Li was formally placed under arrest on 30 June. He is being held in the city of Zibo (in Shandong province), where he is waiting to be told of the exact charges against him. The police have refused his requests to receive a visit from his wife.center_img News Organisation News July 28, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident held for past two months on libel charge China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Martens files for Clerk of Superior be removed from case

first_imgFacebook TAGSfeaturedJason CorbettlimerickMolly martensmurdernorth carolinaThomas Martens Email Murder accused Molly Martens Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print Murder accused Molly MartensMOLLY Martens’ lawyers have filed a motion seeking to remove Clerk of Superior Court Brian Shipwash from the Jason Corbett case amid claims that he and a lawyer for the Limerickman’s estate held “unethical secretive converstions”.The legal team for Ms Martens, who has been charged with second degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, has sought that the Clerk of the Superior Court hand over all his communications regarding the decision made to award guardianship of Jason’s children Jack and Sarah to his sister Tracey Lynch.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Walter Holton, lawyer for Ms Martens, said that “conduct by the the Clerk is so egregious as to necessitate the disqualification of Mr Shipwash from any future proceedings in the matter.”Murder accused Molly Martens, is currently within a 30 day period where she has been ordered to return the items that she had taken from the home where Jason Corbett was murdered last August.Molly, (32) who together with her father Thomas Martens, (65) have been indicted in the US courts with the manslaughter and second degree murder of Jason on August 2 last when he was bludgeoned to death.Mr Corbett was found dead in the bedroom of his North Carolina home that he shared with his children, his second wife and former nanny Molly Martens.The father and daughter pair were charged and released on bail bonds of $200,000 each.Last September, a court order was put in place preventing Ms Martens from removing anything from the home at Panther Creek, Wallburg, North Carolina.However, on January 21 last, Ms Martens is understood to have taken the “majority of the tangible personal property located in the home and placed that property storage” according to court documents filed.Ms Martens argued that she only took items that she had paid for with a credit card in her sole nameHowever papers filed in court showed that the card was financed from the couple’s joint account which contained mostly money earned by Mr Corbett. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsMartens files for Clerk of Superior be removed from caseBy Staff Reporter – March 18, 2016 838 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleLimerick student is All-Ireland Youth Volunteer of the YearNext articleLimerick woman highlights plight of circus elephants Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

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Notre Dame seniors react to change in commencement speaker

first_imgIn a change that pleased many Notre Dame seniors, Rev. Ray Hammond will deliver the 169th Commencement address instead of Lord Christopher Patten, the chancellor of the University of Oxford and chair of the BBC Trust, the University announced in a press release May 1. Hammond, a Philadelphia native, founded Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. He entered Harvard College at age 15, graduated with a bachelor’s degree at 19 and earned his medical degree at 23, according to the press release.Senior Lucy Smith said she thought Hammond would be a better speaker than Patten would have been.“Originally the speaker, Christopher Patten, sounded cool but entirely not relatable to a good portion of our student body,” Smith said. “He was a wealthy, Catholic, British man who had a sparkly resume of success and power, but was also very old and past his prime. “When the news came out, no one really cared. However, when they announced the new speaker, Ray Hammond, there was a shift in campus-wide support.”Smith said Hammond’s experience using his “brilliance” to graduate at a young age from Harvard and serving his community through hands-on work would allow him to speak about issues relevant and significant to the graduating class.“He has done work with the people of Boston to end gang violence,” she said. “That’s pretty darn cool, and applicable to many people in our class. “While Lord Patten is accomplished, Reverend Hammond is doing the work of God in the streets. He actively goes into the streets and tries to help people in need, people who are avoided by most. “He recognizes the importance of the dignity of each human person, and I think our class could use and would love to hear and be inspired by that sort of spirit before we go out into the real world. While he might not be the premier Catholic man in England, Rev. Hammond is spreading the love of God through action to those who need it. That is the sort of message I want to hear.”Senior Ben Finan said Patten spoke two years ago in Geddes Hall about Oxford and his time as the last British governor of Hong Kong. Finan said he regretted Patten could not attend but looked forward to hearing Hammond speak.“Although I am sad to see Lord Patten fall ill and become unable to make it after I heard him speak two years ago, Ray Hammond seems to be a fantastic replacement,” Finan said. “As an incredibly accomplished man—both a medical doctor and a preacher, he is an inspiration to our rising generation. “I hope that Rev. Dr. Hammond will discuss what drove him to such revolutionary ideals, as well as offering some level of advice on what remains to be accomplished.”Senior Antoinette Pusateri, a biology and theology double major, said Hammond’s experience between medicine and faith-based ministry particularly interested her.“As a doctor-to-be myself, I am excited to hear Dr. Hammond speak of how his medical career, but moreover, his Christian faith, informs the way he lives his life,” she said. “But surely his advice will transcend all majors, and remind us of our mission as Notre Dame alumni to heal, unify, and enlighten the world around us according to our abilities.”The University announced in March that Hammond will receive an honorary degree in humane letters at this year’s Commencement ceremony. Patten canceled his speech at Notre Dame, as well as several other engagements, for health reasons, vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne told The Observer. “We are disappointed that Lord Patten will be unable to join us and will keep him in our prayers,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the press release. “At the same time, we are delighted and grateful that Rev. Ray Hammond has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2014.“His life’s story and work are an inspiration, and I know he will provide our graduates with a powerful address.”Browne said Jenkins’ personal interactions with Hammond played a role in the decision.“Fr. John had met [Hammond] personally and was impressed with his spiritual demeanor as well as his life’s accomplishments and thought he would deliver a powerful message to the students,” Browne said.Hammond worked as a doctor before turning to ministry in 1976 and earned a Master of Arts degree in the Study of Religion (Christian and Medical Ethics) at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1982, the release said.Hammond served as the former chair of the Boston Foundation and founder and chairman of the Ten Point Coalition, which the release described as “an ecumenical group of Christian clergy and lay leaders behind Boston’s successful efforts to quell gang violence in the 1990s.”He also has served as executive director of Bethel’s Generation Excel program, executive committee member of the Black Ministerial Alliance, chair of the Boston Opportunity Agenda and a member of the Strategy Team for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, the release said. Beyond that, he is a trustee of the Yawkey Foundation, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Math and Technology Charter High School.Tags: 2014 Commencement, Christopher Patten, Commencement Speaker, Ray Hammond, speakerlast_img read more