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Beijing police prevent European parliamentarian from visiting jailed dissident’s wife

first_imgNews ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison November 25, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Beijing police prevent European parliamentarian from visiting jailed dissident’s wife News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders deplores the behaviour of the Chinese police in preventing European parliament member Helga Trüpel from visiting Zeng Jinyan, the wife of jailed dissident Hu Jia, in her Beijing apartment building today. Foreign journalists who wanted to visit Zeng were also turned back.Hu Jia is this year’s winner of the European parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.”How can the Chinese police show so much contempt to a member of the European parliament and to foreign journalists, refusing to let them see a Chinese citizen who wanted to meet them?” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Chinese authorities to lift all the restrictions surrounding Zeng Jinyan and her daughter, and to release Hu Jia at once so that he can go to Strasbourg to receive his prize.”When Trüpel, a German MEP, arrived at about 3 p.m. today at the Beijing apartment building where Zeng and her one-year-old daughter live, police and guards physically prevented her from going through the gate. The journalists were also turned back although the rules for the foreign press grant them freedom to interview. The police also refused to take the present Trüpel had brought for the girl, making her the world’s youngest political prisoner.Trüpel told Reporters Without Borders: “It was a very unfriendly situation. Firstly, the secret services followed us by car and were clearly waiting for us outside the apartment building. I wanted to see Zeng Jinyan, whom I already met two years ago. She confirmed to us by phone that she was not allowed to come and see us. I told her by phone that we were proud of her.”The German MEP from the Green party added: “Preventing a member of the European Parliament to meet Zeng Jinyan, Hu Jia’s wife, reveals that Chinese authorities are furious and unwilling even to open the door to negotiations.”Trüpel is part of a group of MEPs who are visiting China. During a meeting with Chinese parliamentarians, an official was very critical of the European parliament’s decision to award the Sakharov prize to the “criminal” Hu Jia. Follow the news on China Organisation last_img read more

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Rail strike called off

first_img“Due to the steadfastness of members at FGW, these inequalities have been removed.” A strike which would have disrupted rail services through Oxford on Sunday has been called off. Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT transport union, explained the reasons for the dispute and congratulated his members on their unity. Depot staff at First Great Western (FGW), which run the majority of trains from Oxford station, had voted by a three-to-one margin to strike over pay and working hours.However, the action was called off after a deal was struck with FGW’s management. “The vast majority of FGW engineering and cleaning staff were still being paid the flat hourly rate for their overtime, rather than the time-and-a-quarter enjoyed by other FGW staff, including train-crew and station staff,” he said.last_img read more

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Vermont’s Wood Products Industry Gets a Boost

first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) and the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (VWMA) teamed up to produce this comprehensive, user-friendly guide for architects, builders and institutional purchasers throughout New England.The Resource Manual gleams with sleek photos of everything from lustrous pine conference tables to graceful maple staircases and contains detailed information for well over 50 Vermont wood products manufacturers. The Resource Manual highlights Vermont wood products manufacturers that sell or are capable of selling to institutional or large volume buyers and has been mailed to over 700 architects, builders, and institutional purchasers throughout New England. It’s also intended to help building professionals source FSC certified products for the growing number of LEED® building projects underway in the region.For Mike Rainville, President of the Board of the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, This is an opportunity to make builders and designers aware of the breadth of product and skills that exist within the state. The industry is made up of a lot of separate, independent businesses and the Resource Manual helps to show there is something significant here, even if it is tucked away in all corners of the state. In addition, the Resource Manual is a potential foot in the door for wood products producers who may not have supplied institutional purchasers and green builders to date.Rainville hopes the new Resource Manual will lead to other large purchase orders, like the one Lyndon Furniture in Lyndonville secured back in July. Upon learning about the chance to bid on the American Cancer Society’s new Manhattan headquarters, a staff member packed his displays and headed for the Big Apple. Three weeks later, Lyndon Furniture sealed a deal valued at $200,000 to furnish all 60 rooms in the building including the five floor Hope Lodge for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society is striving for the “LEED® Platinum” standard under the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system for their new building.”Vermont’s forests and forest products sector are important for ecological, cultural and economic reasons,” stated Ed Delhagen, the Deputy Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF). “Vermont’s forests have largely re-grown after heavy deforestation during the 19th century, but they are still threatened by development and climate change. It’s important for Vermont to retain vital, working forests.” The forest products sector has experienced ups and downs and its fate impacts many communities. According to a report released by the VSJF in 2005, 15 Vermont communities are dependent on forest products businesses.It was in this context that Ed Delhagen, working with the Office of Senator Leahy, created the Cornerstone Project in 2000. Cornerstone worked to harness the purchasing power of Vermont’s major institutions like the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services to buy Vermont-made forest products. The Resource Manual is the culmination of the first round of work of the Cornerstone Project and provides users with quick references for their furniture, architectural millwork, windows/doors, plywood/panels, and lumber needs.According to the federal General Accounting Office, every dollar spent on locally milled timber creates approximately $3.50 of value to local communities. And every $97,000 spent on Vermont wood products creates one full time manufacturing job in the state. According to Delhagen, one of Middlebury Colleges recent projects pumped $3.5 million back into the local economy for the wood products industry alone.The market for green building products and services now exceeds $7 billion per year nationally, offering unprecedented prospects for small, green certified wood producers to flourish. “By acting now, Vermont is capitalizing on the opportunity to become a key supplier of sustainable wood products, all while boosting our economy, preserving our environment and adding jobs in our rural communities,” said Delhagen.Delhagen predicts that FSC certified wood will command a greater share of the wood products market. He points to the fact that there are now more than 24,000 U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® accredited professionals who specialize in green building, and more than 3,000 buildings on their way toward green certification, including the New York’s residential tower known as The Solaire, Goldman Sachs’ new headquarters, and Battery Park billed as the City’s first green neighborhood. The Resource Manual identifies companies that make products using wood certified under the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).The manual itself was printed locally on FSC certified paper at Villanti & Sons Printers, Inc. (Williston). Delhagen says of the Manual, “With the rapidly rising interest in green building and buying local, were helping Vermont wood manufacturers to access new markets, improve their bottom line and add jobs.”The Resource Manual is also available in PDF format at www.vermontwood.com(link is external) or www.vsjf.org(link is external). 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Amityville Man Killed in Car Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 76-year-old Amityville man was killed when an SUV crashed into his car in North Lindenhurst on Tuesday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Glenwood Blalock was driving a Chevrolet Cavalier westbound on Albany Avenue when his car was struck on the driver’s side by a northbound Dodge Ram at the corner of New Highway at 12:20 p.m.The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where he was pronounced dead. The other driver was not injured.First Squad detectives impounded both vehicles and are continuing the investigation.last_img

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Two local companies receive manufacturing matching grant

first_imgStatewide – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced awards totaling nearly $2 million to 20 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants, which Governor Eric J. Holcomb first announced in May. The grants are part of the Economic Activity Stabilization and Enhancement (EASE) program designed to stimulate manufacturing investments that will position Hoosier operations, and the sector overall, for future growth and prosperity.The 20 manufacturers receiving grants represent 16 Indiana counties and cover a wide range of specialties, including automotive, aerospace and defense, machinery and construction, furniture and home products, and health care and medical.Local recipients include:Bed Techs Inc. (Dearborn County; $150,000 grant award), established in 2000, produces used, refurbished, and reconditioned Hill-Rom® hospital beds, stretchers, medical equipment, and replacement bed parts. The company is developing an innovative antimicrobial copper coating that can be applied to surfaces for the health care industry and kills 99.9% of bacteria within two hours while continuing to kill 99% of bacteria even after repeated contamination.Beverly Industrial Service Inc. (Ripley County; $10,000 grant award), founded by Howard and Beverly Snyder in 1980, specializes in tool making, machining, and engineering in the metal-working field, a continued family tradition since 1891. The Versailles-based company is investing in updated equipment to manufacture knives, spacers, and tooling for the slitting industry, including aerospace, medical, textile, and automotive.The Indiana Manufacturing Readiness grant program made available $4 million in the form of matching grants up to, or equal to, the amount of the qualified investment in new equipment and machinery (minimum 1:1 investment match).last_img read more

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Can the Clippers get better, or is this all there is?

first_imgIt’s the reason the Clippers traded for him in 2011 and why they signed him to a max contract extension last summer.In trading for him and then extending him, the Clippers hitched their fate to the 6-foot-1 All-Star point guard.In return, he’s guided them to the three best seasons in Los Angeles Clippers history, two consecutive division titles, three straight playoff appearances and national relevance for the first time in their history.None of which can ever be taken for granted.From the day Paul arrived, the Clippers have been a changed franchise.But we are rapidly approaching a very key “yeah but …?”As in, are great regular seasons and limited playoff runs the best we can expect from Paul and the Clippers, whose core roster is set for the foreseeable future and flexibility is limited to make major moves?Are they just a very good team, fun to watch, easy to root for and good for 50-plus wins a year, but just not built to win championships?Did the Clippers marry themselves to a perennial All-Star who will guarantee relevance for the duration of his contract, but not championship contention?In almost seems ludicrous to ask, considering everything Paul’s meant to the Clippers, but by elevating them with his presence he’s also raised expectations for them.Paul gets that. “I don’t know anyone in our league that plays for the finals, for the Western Conference Finals,” he said. “That’s not enough.”No, it’s not.The great players are measured by championships, and three years into his Clippers career — each with All-Star Blake Griffin as a running mate and center DeAndre Jordan covering his back — they’ve been a good team but not necessarily a great one.And while Paul is regarded as one of the great floor generals of his era, he hasn’t proven capable of hoisting a team onto his shoulders and carrying them beyond just the second round of the playoffs.He isn’t a dynamic scorer like Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant or a multi-dimensional scoring, playmaking and defensive phenomenon like LeBron James.He isn’t prone to taking games over like Kobe Bryant and he doesn’t dominate an area of the floor and the flow of an offense or defense like a Tim Duncan.In fact, beyond the first round of the playoffs, he’ll rarely be considered the best player on the floor like all the above-mentioned players have been at various times during their playoff careers.And history has shownthat to win NBA championships, indeed to even truly compete for them, you need the kind of difference-makers that make make a big impact even when pitted against the Bryants and Durants and Duncans of the world. Paul has never been that kind of player, and it’s fair to begin to wonder if he ever will be.No spring chicken anymore — Paul is closing in on 30 years old and is now nine years into his fabulous career — we’re getting to the point where floors and ceilings come into consideration.And it forces us to ask a serious question.If this is the best we can expect of Paul, can we ever expect the Clippers as currently built to be anything more than a very good regular-season team but limited by the limitations of their leader?“This ain’t tennis,” Paul said, correctly. “It ain’t just me. We don’t play one-on-one.”He’s right.The problem is, as much as Griffin has improved and as powerful a physical force as he is, you wonder if he too will ever be considered the best player on the floor once the Clippers get past the first round of the playoffs.Griffin doesn’t have the offensive repertoire of a James or Durant, he doesn’t necessarily make the players around him better and he isn’t a great defensive player.Like Paul, he is a very good player. But to win championships, you need the best of the best.The Clippers’ demise against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the semifinals came because Durant and teammate Russell Westbrook are better individually and collectively than Griffin and Paul.And when did that fact reveal itself? When it always does in closely contested playoff games — down the stretch, with the game hanging in the balance and difference-makers needed to sway the outcome.With the series tied 2-2, Westbrook took over down the stretch of Game 5 — while Paul wilted — and Durant took over the same stage of Game 6 while Paul faded and Griffin fouled out.The same scenario played out the year before against the Memphis Grizzlies and the year before that against the San Antonio Spurs.A good team, not a great one, unable to push through to the next level.With Griffin and Paul locked up to max, long-term contracts through 2018, the Clippers’ core is set for years to come. As far as the supporting cast, barring any trades it returns intact next year.For better or worse, the Clippers team that finished this year is the one we can expect to play next year.And as Paul sprinted off the court, you couldn’t help wonder.Have he and the Clippers reached their ceiling?Or are they on the verge of blowing through it? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error As Chris Paul sprinted off the Staples Center floor late Thursday night, he took with him more than just the disappointment of another stalled playoff run in the second round —his second in three seasons with the Clippers and the third of his career.In his possession rested the definition of who the Clippers presently are and who they might be moving forward.Are they a very good team on the cusp of even greater things after spending a year learning under new coach Doc Rivers?Did they begin to figure things out, as Paul hinted shortly after the Clippers’ season ended in the Western Conference semifinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder?center_img “I told somebody at halftime, it’s crazy, you play all season long, and the last few games we really started to figure out who our team was and how to play,” Paul said.Only to run out of time, as Rivers suggested. “I thought during this playoff series, we start figuring out exactly like what Clipper basketball is and will be. I just kept thinking, ‘Man, if we can get through a couple more games, we’re there,’ ” Rivers said. “You can feel it. And time ran out. That’s the tough part.” Or maybe they’re just a very good team, but not necessarily a great one?As the heart and conscience and leader of the Clippers, Paul defines them. Not solely, necessarily — this is a team sport after all — but for sure predominantly.last_img read more

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Governor approves budget boost for busing in some districts

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has signed legislation into law that will help dozens of Iowa schools with big transportation budgets.“The bill provides more than $7.2 million in new funding for the 204 school districts with transportation costs above the statewide average of $347.65 per pupil,” the governor said this morning.This new batch of busing money will be added to the previous budget of $19 million for geographically large school districts with huge transportation budgets.“In a state with so many rural school districts…transportation costs can quickly eat away at the quality of education,” Reynolds said. “By providing a shock absorber for those costs, the state is able to help those districts succeed, which is so important to our rural quality of life.”Central Decatur School district headquartered in Leon covers 60 percent of the entire county. It had the highest transportation budget in 2019, spending more than a thousand dollars per student.The legislation Reynolds signed into law Tuesday also provides a $10-per student boost to 177 districts. This money will help narrow a gap in how much districts are allowed to spend per pupil — a gap that was created when the state school funding formula was implemented in the 1970s. The gap had been as high as $175 per pupil and will narrow as high as $155 per pupil in the next academic year.last_img read more

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