ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison November 5, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Dissident Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” over an article about Tibet June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders called for charges to be dropped against essayist Chen Daojun charged with “separatism” before the people’s court in Jintang, Sichuan province today for three articles posted online about rioting in Tibet in March 2008 and on the issue of civil liberties. “This charge is astounding. The authorities are unable to hide their obsession with control of news and censorship of publications critical of the Party,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. Chen Daojun, an ecology activist from the Sichuan capital Chengdu, was arrested on 9 May 2008, for “attempted subversion of state power” after he joined a protest rally condemning an environmental threat. He had written an article posted on 5 May on a foreign-based Chinese website YiBao (ChinaE) calling for a halt to the operation of a petrochemical plant around 40 kilometres from the city.A score of police officers arrested him at his home which they ransacked before taking him to the police station. The independent writers’ organisation Chinese PEN condemned it as “the latest manifestation of the paranoia of the authorities towards dissidents, ahead of the Olympic Games.”Read the offending articles (in Chinese) http://2newcenturynet.blogspot.com/2008/04/blog-post_7713.html: about events in Lhassa, Tibet in March 2008http://www.fireofliberty.org/article/7867.asp: about anti-western feeling in Chinahttp://www.fireofliberty.org/article/7114.asp: about the policy of the government of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao and the consequences for the rural economy. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China News Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information
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An internal render showing the livings pace inside one of the homes at Halcyon Greens Fairway Series.Halcyon joint managing director Bevan Geissmann said the swift buyer response to the Fairway Series had been phenomenal, with the majority of buyers coming from Brisbane.Dr Geissmann said the Fairway Series would be unlike any project designed and delivered by Halcyon in its 14-year history.“They are a modern twist on country club style and will include new homes that offer three bedrooms, three bathrooms and an open living space with panoramic views,” he said.“The Fairway Series includes three new colour schemes with subtle textures and extensive use of stone and timber.”Other residences in the 500-home community are still available and priced between $474,000 and $750,000.The over-50s lifestyle resort offers a range of communal facilities beyond the golf course, including 2.4ha of central parkland, a clubhouse and lodge with fireplaces, outdoor and heated indoor pool, championship-size bowling green, floodlit tennis court, cinema, gym, dance studio, outdoor amphitheatre, walking trails and pickleball courts.Homeowners will also have access to a work shed, herb and vegetable garden, rose garden and fruit orchard, as well as storage facilities for boats, golf buggies, caravans and CCTV security. Halcyon GreensThe couple had been looking to downsize from their four-bedroom apartment at Kangaroo Point but had been in no rush to move.And when they were introduced to Halcyon Greens by two of Mr Bonifant’s golfing buddies, they knew they had to act fast.“My interest in Halcyon Greens was heightened when two of my golfing friends told me they were moving to the community,” Mr Bonifant said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“We had been looking around for a while but never urgently, until we became aware of the Fairways Series.“We realised a quick decision was necessary, and just as well we did because all bar one (lot) was spoken for in the first few hours of release.“We have always been conscious of having a nice outlook, and the view from the Fairways Series is an outstanding, peaceful vista looking out over the parklands with unrestricted views to the golf course.”The couple, who are both keen golfers, bought a 280sq m home with three bedrooms plus study and two-car lockup garage with buggy accommodation. Halcyon Greens residents John and Robyn BonifantNine out of the 10 fairway-frontage residences at Halcyon Greens on the Gold Coast sold out in one day, with all homes sold within a week of release.But there are still homes up for grabs in the over-50s lifestyle resort, with prices starting from $474,000.Retired real estate agent John Bonifant and his wife Robyn were among the 10 buyers who secured a home in the Fairway Series.The homes sold for prices starting at $965,000. Each residence will front the third fairway of the Gainsborough Greens Golf Course, which adjoins the $300 million Halcyon Greens at Pimpama.
The letter was the latest in a series the BMA said it had sent to the government. The BMA voiced disappointment that neither the government nor NHS Employers had tackled the issue, and it was the association’s responsibility to inform and protect its members.Harwood said: “Unless action is taken, our only option is to reduce the amount of time we work for the NHS, which will through no fault of our own, be detrimental to our patients and to the country’s health service – exactly what the BMA has been trying to avoid.”The NHS Pensions Scheme is a government-backed statutory, unfunded, defined benefit occupational pension scheme that is open to all NHS employees and employees of other approved organisations. A Treasury spokesperson told IPE it was aware of the concerns raised by NHS staff and was discussing the issue with the department for health and social care.He said the Treasury understood the value of pensions, “which is why we allow the majority of savers to make contributions tax-free and doctors, like all NHS staff, benefit from one of the best available defined benefit occupational pensions schemes. But we do have to get the balance right between encouraging saving and managing government finances, which is why we restrict the tax relief available for the highest earners.”Most UK workers can save up to £40,000 (€46,360) in a pension every year without incurring the annual allowance tax charge set by government. The allowance begins to reduce once someone earns more than £150,000 in a year. The Treasury said than less than 1% of pension savers will have to reduce their saving or face an annual allowance charge as a result of the tapered annual allowance.This article was updated to include comment from the Treasury The professional association and trade union for doctors in the UK has warned the government that a “perfect storm” is brewing in the sector, caused mainly by pensions taxation rules. In an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the British Medical Association (BMA) said doctors were considering reducing their NHS working hours unless there was tangible reform to the NHS pension scheme.It said current pension and tax rules were creating a “perfect storm” in the NHS workforce, forcing senior consultants to reduce their hours, retire early or leave the health service altogether to avoid a “disproportionately large” additional tax burden.Rob Harwood, chair of the BMA’s consultant committee, said: “It cannot be right that doctors working extra hours to reduce waiting lists or cover rota gaps are then hit with additional tax bills greater than the value of the extra hours worked.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt was a day of remembrance, but not because of war heroes but for the people who once called the small town of Spruce home.Over Memorial Day weekend, spruce held their first annual event called Spruce Country Days to remember the agriculture, and history of the little Northeast Michigan town.If you blink you’d probably miss Spruce, but not anymore. A group of women called the Loyal Ladies were inspired to bring back the town they call home unveiling window clings to abandon buildings that once had Spruce booming with business.Wanting to give back to Alcona County, Cyndi Apsey brought the idea, and her photography to life.“When I came to this area, it’s a very community area, and a very comforting area, and I’ve always wanted to give back to the area. This was the ultimate goal when this idea first started coming together of having this community event…that was the giving back, because this town is full of people, wonderful smells, wonderful sounds, laughter and that’s what we wanted,” Apsey said.One of Apsey’s photos seen hanging as a window cling includes her granddaughter’s horse, Trout. Little Liberty also has an eye for the camera.“I was 1-years-old when Trout was born, and 9-years-old when I took the picture. I named her Trout because she was born on the opening day of Trout season,” Kimball said.A native of Spruce, Glen Thompson remembered his father and grandfather owning Thompson sales and service.“It was great to see kind of a reunion for everyone to come back and see old friends and all of the old-timers. Like the one guy who brought in a tractor that was first bought in 1946 from my grandfather,” Thompson said.A shocking fact, Spruce was once bigger than Alpena.“Spruce was bigger than Alpena at one time. Everything came off of Lake Huron through Spruce and then went back up to Spruce Road and in the back way of Alpena. When trains started going up over the coast Alpena got bigger and ships started going in there. This all started with timber, and was a big logging community where everyone had to come get their supplies and groceries, so there’s a lot of history here,” Thompson explained.As for Spruce, hopefully more people will tell the story of the small town that has so much history.“There’s a lot of history here, someday hopefully somebody will write a book about it,” Thompson told the crowd.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Loyal Ladies, Photos, Spruce, Spruce Country DaysContinue ReadingPrevious ORV AccidentNext Advise MI Program Helps Local Students
1 Dec 2014 Rawthore and East are England’s top seniors Cheshire’s Cath Rawthore and Yorkshire’s Stephen East are England’s top senior golfers for 2014, having each won their respective England Golf Order of Merit.Cath Rawthore (Sale) topped the Ascot Golf senior ladies’ table after a spectacular season in which she won English and British titles and helped England’s senior ladies to become both European team champions and Home International winners.Stephen East (Moortown) followed a recent trend for newcomers to the over-55 age group to win the Titleist/FootJoy Senior Men’s Order of Merit, crowning a maiden season in which he became both English and Spanish senior champion.Rawthore was playing only her second season of senior golf and, after an impressive debut in 2013, she forged ahead, winning the English senior strokeplay at Knaresborough in Yorkshire, and the British seniors at Royal Dornoch in Scotland. She was also a semi-finalist in the English senior amateur at Sandy Lodge, near Watford.She won the order of merit by a clear margin from Staffordshire’s Julie Brown, who made an impressive senior debut when she won the English amateur title. Reviewing the year Cath remarked: “Winning the order of merit is a great feeling, especially when you consider the strength and depth of our senior ladies in England.“There have been many highlights for me over the season but I believe that winning the English stroke play and securing my place in the England team was pivotal.“I felt immensely proud representing my country, therefore winning the gold medal at the European Championships in Austria and the Home Internationals at Huddersfield with such a fabulous team of competitive, encouraging, warm hearted girls was very special indeed.“Winning the British seniors at the wonderful Royal Dornoch – obviously now one of my favourite golf courses! – was a great way to finish a truly memorable year, made all the more special by the incredible number of kind messages of congratulations I received.”East, after a distinguished amateur career, fashioned a memorable first senior season, winning the England title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland. He also lifted the Spanish seniors at La Manga, finished joint runner-up in the Irish seniors at Waterville and in the Scottish seniors at Blairgowrie and fourth in the European seniors in Spain. He also shared the Yorkshire senior title at Harrogate.“This is as much as I could have wished for at the start of the season,” he said. “I expected to do well and to compete at this level and to possibly do some damage on the order of merit. But I was quietly confident especially after winning the English title because it is the second highest ranking tournament for seniors.”In his ‘previous life’ East won the English Mid Amateur Championship three times, the British Mid Amateur in 2001 having finished runner-up in 1999, the Portuguese Mid Amateur in 2000 and the European Mid Amateur in 2009. Just a couple of months ago he won the French Mid Amateur.East topped the Order of Merit with 115 points, over 40 ahead of Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire), who finished runner-up alongside East in the Irish and Scottish seniors and also won all three of his games on his international debut for England in the European senior team championship in Poland.Leading points totalsTitleist/FootJoy senior men’s Order of Merit1. Stephen East (Moortown) 115.002. Alan Mew (Stoneham) 69.503. Andrew Stracey (Denham) 68.004. Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall) 57.005. Rirchard Latham (Woodhall Spa) 45.506. Tyrone Carter (Stevenage) 37.507. Clive Jones (Golf de Toulouse) 34.508. John Ambridge (Moor Park) 34.009. Paul McGarry (Bridgnorth) 32.0010. David Lane (Goring & Streatley) 31.00David Niven (Newbury& Crookham) 31.00Ascot Golf senior ladies’ Order of Merit1. Cath Rawthore (Sale) 547.0002. Julie Brown (Trentham) 377.0003. Lulu Housman (Highgate) 242.3334. Amanda Mayne (Saltford) 170.0005. Debbie Richards (Burhill) 162.3336. Chris Quinn (Hockley) 150.0007. Jo Ashmore (Barnham Broom) 114.0008. Katherine Russell (Royal Ashdown Forest) 106.2509. Sue Dye (Delamere Forest) 102.65010. Gillian Mellor (Prestbury) 102.000Tracy Bazell (Dorset) 102.000Image copyright Leaderboard Photography