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Weibo microblog users to be deducted points for violations

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News May 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Weibo microblog users to be deducted points for violations Organisation RSF_en News to go further Help by sharing this information News April 27, 2021 Find out more Read in Chinese / 看中文Reporters Without Borders condemns the new user conditions that took effect on the Sina Weibo microblogging website yesterday, under which users will be deducted points for violations such as spreading “false rumours” and will be suspended when they run out of points.“Under government pressure, Sina Weibo has taken its cooperation with China’s Internet censors to another level,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This new system of control will tend to reinforce individual pressure on microbloggers, who are growing in number and creativity and who have been managing to circumvent the Electronic Great Wall and refer to sensitive subjects that the authorities want to suppress.”“It remains to be seen whether or how this points system will be applied to the mass of information circulating on Sina Weibo. It may well be a lost cause but the company could be more interested in looking good in the government’s eyes. Sina Weibo will nonetheless have to keep an eye on the reaction of its users, who could be put off by the mounting restrictions and could turn to other microblogging platforms that are less zealous about content self-regulation.”According to article 13 of the new user conditions, “spreading rumours,” “harming the unity of the nation,” “endangering national unity” and “disrupting social order” are all forbidden. Article 14 bans spreading false information. The use of coded expressions, abbreviations and homonyms – such as “bo” (tomato) and “xi” (stew) to allude to the newly purged leader Bo Xilai – is also prohibited.“These restrictions are not new and are already in force for all Chinese Internet users, who are often subject to direct government censorship or indirect censorship through the self-regulation adopted by the various Internet companies,” Reporters Without Borders said. “On Weibo, accounts are often closed and posts deleted by site moderators. Sina Weibo even blocked the posting of comments for three days in April when the Bo Xilai affair was embarrassing the government.”It is the point system that is novel. Each of Weibo’s 300 million users will assigned an initial 80 points, from which a specific number will be deducted for each violation. When users have been stripped of all their points, their Weibo accounts will be closed. Users who are the verge of running out of points will be able to recover some if they spend two months without committing a violation of if they perform some unspecified promotional activity, according to the New York Times. According to the Caijing.com.cn website, a “community committee” consisting of regular Weibo users and “expert members” will be created to supervise implementation of the new rules.With one of the world’s most sophisticated online censorship and surveillance systems, China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet”. In March, it introduced a new regulation requiring microbloggers to register under their real names but most of the microblogging sites including Weibo have found it hard to enforce. Under the new user rules, revealing their real identity will be one of the ways for users to recover lost points.The government has also forced microblogging sites such as Sina Weibo, Sohu, NetEase, Hexun to hire moderators to monitor activity and “purge” problematic content. In 2010, they were told to appoint “self-discipline commissioners” to monitor and censor anything that could threaten China’s security and social stability, including content linked to illegal activities, pornography and violence, as well as baseless rumours and politically sensitive issues. center_img Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The North’s Secretary of State speaks out ahead of possible North election

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest The Northern Secretary has urged politicians to avoid a divisive campaign, as they prepare for fresh elections in the North.James Brokenshire must call an election on Momday, unless the DUP and Sinn Féin can resolve their differences over the so-called ‘cash for ash’ controversy.He says he’s committed to maintaining the north’s power-sharing institutions.And he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show he’ll be trying to reduce the political temperature of the campaign ahead:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/brokenshire6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Meanwhile, a plan to cut costs associated with the Renewable Heat Incentive scheme could be approved tomorrow.The Economy Minister in the North will produce amending legislation which is set to claw back some cash.However, the proposed recommendations by Simon Hamilton have not been yet been approved by the Department of Finance there.It is understood that departmental officials will be assessing the plan this weekend.The RHI scheme was set up by former first minister Arlene Foster in 2012 when she was enterprise minister, it’s recently led to the potential downfall of the North’s power-sharing Government. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The North’s Secretary of State speaks out ahead of possible North election 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleCarrigans 5K ResultsNext articleDr McKenna Cup Results- Sunday 15th admin WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook By admin – January 15, 2017 Twitter Google+last_img read more

Free prostate screenings available to Pike County men

first_img You Might Like Political commentator sheds light on campaign, gambling corruption Political journalist and commentator, Steve Flowers is considered by many as the preeminent authority on Alabama politics. Whether or not,… read more Skip By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories “All we need to conduct the screening is a name and reliable address where we can send the results,” he said. “If an abnormality is found, we will follow-up with a phone call and strongly recommend seeing a physician of choice if that has not already been done. In cases where there is no insurance, and regardless of ability to pay, Urology Centers of Alabama will make arrangements for those with abnormalities.”Moody said there are no early symptoms of prostate cancer so early detection is the key. “Last year 700 men in Alabama died from prostate cancer and most of those deaths could have been prevented by early detection. Prostate cancer is the most prevalent cancer in men after skin cancer and is the second leading cause of death. The death rate from prostate cancer in Alabama is the third highest in the nation. That’s an indication that not enough men are getting checked.”For that reason, Moody said, Urology Centers of Alabama is offering the opportunity for free prostate screenings in rural Alabama and to undeserved populations. Free prostate screenings available to Pike County men Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 11:00 pm Thursday, March 22, 2012 Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img The Urology Centers of Alabama will once again be conducting free prostate cancer screenings in Pike County. The screenings will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, at the Pike County Health Department.“The prostate screenings take about 10 minutes and that’s 10 minutes that could save your life,” said Dr. Tom Moody, Urology Centers of Alabama in Birmingham. “All men ages 40 and over should have an annual prostate screening. Just because you had a prostate screening last year doesn’t mean that you don’t need to be screened this year.”Moody said the screening is a simple procedure that includes a blood test and a digital rectal exam. Book Nook to reopen Email the author Sponsored Content Moody said too often men failed to get screened because of the rectal exam.“When they do come, they found out that there’s really nothing to it,” he said. “It’s not nearly as invasive and uncomfortable as what women go through.” Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

White parents say police was called on their black babysitter

first_imgABC News(ATLANTA) — A white couple whose black babysitter was followed by a white woman and questioned by police said they were in disbelief about the incident.David Parker and Dana Mango of suburban Atlanta told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday that an officer called them Sunday to verify that Corey Lewis, the family’s longtime friend and babysitter, had been given permission to care for their children that day.“We were at dinner, and I saw that Mr. Lewis had called,” Mango said. “I called back and a police officer answered the phone. The police officer was trying to explain that he was there with my kids and that they were OK, but he wanted to confirm that I had given permission to Mr. Lewis to be with them.”“It truly took me several minutes to believe that it was real. I was just in a state of disbelief,” Mango said.The saga began when Lewis was out with the family’s 6- and 10-year-old children on Sunday, and an unidentified white woman approached them in a Walmart parking lot.“She pulled up to my vehicle and asked if the kids were all right,” said Lewis, who joined Parker and Mango toward the end of the “GMA” interview. “I responded with, ‘Why wouldn’t they be?’”“She then said, ‘Things look weird,’ and then she drove off,” Lewis said. After he left, he said he realized that she was following them.After Lewis and the children arrived home, a police officer came in response to the woman’s call to 911. That was when the officer called Parker and Mango.“The officer was actually apologetic,” Mango told “GMA”. “I think he was embarrassed. He saw what was happening pretty quickly, and after he spoke to me and confirmed that everything was all right, he let them go.”The mother said her children, Addison and Nicholas, were frightened for Lewis when the officer questioned him.“They said they were scared that they would say the wrong thing and cause him to get arrested,” Mango said, adding that her children love Lewis like a member of the family.“After this ordeal on Sunday night the first thing the kids asked was, ‘When can he come babysit us again,’” Mango said.She said Lewis has for two years picked up her son from school every day and babysat until the parents are off work. Lewis “had to go to a wedding for a week, and every day Nicholas asked when he was coming back,” Mango said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Letters

first_imgLettersOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This month’s letterNurse prescribing is a backward stepI attended the Association of Occupational Health Nurse PractitionersSymposium 2003, reported in your journal (Occupational Health, July 2003), andcan assure you every group I spoke to was firmly against the idea of nurseprescribing. Leaving aside the tremendous cost to employers, why would OHNs want toprescribe? We would be going back to the old reactive days of the OH treatmentroom instead of the proactive service we are trying so hard to promote. Why change a system that works, Standing Orders, which should only be usedwhen absolutely necessary, for example, offshore oil rigs – and most commonly,travel vaccines. As nurses we do get ourselves muddled at times and forget our realpriorities – which should be a risk-based service delivery. Phil Richardson Chairman, RCN West London Group,Occupational Health Nurses Tree fellers were unprotectedThank you for an interesting article on hand-arm vibration syndrome(Occupational Health, July 2003). However, while it provided some excellent information on managing vibrationand those exposed to it, I was rather alarmed at the photographs of the tree fellers.The first depicted someone using a large chainsaw with negligibleprotection, apart from a helmet and pair of overglasses. There was no visor, noproper clothing and no ear defenders. His colleague a couple of feet away wasequally poorly protected. The second picture showed a man using a road drill –again with no noticeable ear protection. Tools that vibrate are often highly dangerous, and very noisy. Employees whouse them not only need to look after their hands, but also limbs and ears. Lindsey HallNational OH manager, Environment Agency Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Moderate reductions in dissolved oxygen may compromise performance in an ecologically-important estuarine invertebrate

first_imgCoastal ecosystems, including estuaries, are increasingly pressured by expanding hypoxic regions as a result of human activities such as increased release of nutrients and global warming. Hypoxia is often defined as oxygen concentrations below 2 mL O2 L−1. However, taxa vary markedly in their sensitivity to hypoxia and can be affected by a broad spectrum of low oxygen levels. To better understand how reduced oxygen availability impacts physiological and molecular processes in invertebrates, we investigated responses of an estuarine amphipod to an ecologically-relevant level of moderate hypoxia (~2.6 mL O2 L−1) or severe hypoxia (~1.3 mL O2 L−1). Moderate hypoxia elicited a reduction in aerobic scope, and widespread changes to gene expression, including upregulation of metabolic genes and stress proteins. Under severe hypoxia, a marked hyperventilatory response associated with maintenance of aerobic performance was accompanied by a muted transcriptional response. This included a return of metabolic genes to baseline levels of expression and downregulation of transcripts involved in protein synthesis, most of which indicate recourse to hypometabolism and/or physiological impairment. We conclude that adverse ecological effects may occur under moderate hypoxia through compromised individual performance and, therefore, even modest declines in future oxygen levels may pose a significant challenge to coastal ecosystems.last_img read more

Utah Valley downs California Baptist 79-62 behind Toolson

first_imgThe Wolverines took a 16-13 lead on a Toolson 3-pointer midway through the first half and followed up with a hail of 3s by Toolson, White and Washington to help stretch it to 37-18 at the break. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Jake Toolson scored 17 points on five 3-pointers and Baylee Steele had 16 points with 12 rebounds as Utah Valley downed California Baptist 79-62 on Wednesday night for its third-straight win. Tags: Jake Toolson/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC Milan Acquaah scored 20 points with six rebounds and seven assists for the Lancers (10-10, 2-5). Zach Pirog and Mikey Henn each added 11 points. California Baptist fought back early in the second half, closing to 46-40 with 12:58 to play. Steele answered with two free throws and a 3-point play to push it to 51-40 with 11:18 left. White scored six points and Toolson added a 3-pointer in the final seven minutes to help keep the Wolverines on top. January 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Valley downs California Baptist 79-62 behind Toolson Associated Press Isaiah White added 15 points for the Wolverines (16-7, 5-3 Western Athletic Conference) and TJ Washington had 11. Written bylast_img read more

Our physical viewings are still 50% down despite lock-down easing

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Our physical viewings are still 50% down despite lock-down easing previous nextAgencies & PeopleOur physical viewings are still 50% down despite lock-down easingFive-branch Michael Jones says many of its buyers still want to see homes virtually and some even make offers without setting foot in properties.Nigel Lewis14th August 20200729 Views Virtual property viewings are here to stay despite the easing of lockdown as many buyers remain reluctant to complete all but essential viewings, a leading south coast estate agency has claimed.Five-branch firm Michael Jones, which was established in 1991, says 3D tours remain a key preference for many of those wishing to view its properties for sale and to let.The company reports that, although physical viewings are down by 50% compared to before Covid, sales and lets are both up by nearly 40% and that virtual viewings have increased by 63%.Michael Jones has also made the unusual claim that that it has seen buyers make offers on properties after only completing virtual property viewings.“Over recent months the virtual world has taken a huge step forward,” says Mark Howell (left), Group Lettings Manager for Michael Jones, which uses the Matterport virtual viewings system.“With people relocating from all over the country to Worthing, Lancing and Rustington, we wanted to provide our clients with the opportunity to reach out to a wider audience.“The 360° Virtual Tours allows applicants to digitally walk through the entire property – inside and outside and establish if the property is suitable for them before a physical viewing takes place.“This has resulted in more serious applicants coming forward to buy and rent, and more offers from the viewings taking place as it filters out those the property may not be right for.”Matterport has claimed in the past that 75% of those viewing properties are irritated that the online listing did not turn out to match the physical reality.Read more about virtual property viewings.mark howell michael jones Matterport Worthing August 14, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Celebrity homes sell or rent for 10% more, claims starry estate agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Celebrity homes sell or rent for 10% more, claims starry estate agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleCelebrity homes sell or rent for 10% more, claims starry estate agencyAston Chase has plunged into the much-contested debate on celebs and how much they really contribute to property value.Nigel Lewis28th April 20210363 Views Estate agency Aston Chase has claimed that A-list celebrity homes sell or rent for 10% more than comparable non-starry properties.Many agents are doubtful about such claims, but Aston Chase says it has used sales and lettings data for properties with celebrity owners or links to them going back five years.It says that while B-list and C-list stars help market a property and get it noticed they rarely add value, such is the dull lustre of their fame.And Aston Chase should know – it has handled sales and tenancies for many A-listers including the former Bank of England chief Mark Carney but also pop stars Rihanna, Ellie Goulding, Dua Lipa, Robbie Williams and artist Damien Hirst.DeclinedThe firms says it has dealt with many other celeb-related deals but the stars involved declined any publicity or marketing relating to their property.But they are becoming a shrinking violet minority – today’s celebrity culture means many personalities now celebrate rather than shun the opportunity to get PR from a sale or rental as they share increasingly large swathes of their lives online, whereas ten years ago the opposite was true.Mark Pollack (pictured), co-founder and Director of Aston Chase says: “Celebrity endorsement has become the modern day ‘Blue Plaque” and a property owned by an A-list celebrity can add to the material value of the instruction and generate worldwide exposure.“Likewise a famous celebrity resident can help to endorse the importance and value of an address. We have found that homes and addresses associated with extremely famous people help to generate significant enquiries from potential buyers and tenants who feel they are buying a property endorsed by its celebrity association.”Rhihanna robbie williams Ellie Goulding Mark Pollack Mark Carney Aston Chase April 28, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Civil resistance research

first_imgOxford has received three grants to fund research into the influences and effects of civil resistance movements of the 20th century. The project is a joint venture between the University’s Centre for International Studies and the European Studies Centre of St Anthony’s College, and will be holding workshops and a conference over the next two years. Professor Sir Adam Roberts of Balliol college, who is chairing the project, said “it’s an interesting subject because the question of whether, and if so how, major change can be brought about without war has been a central concern of writers on politics and international relations for centuries.”ARCHIVE: 1st week MT 2005last_img