New regulations pose threat to liberal press

first_imgNews July 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New regulations pose threat to liberal press ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the impact on press freedom of new regulations that the Propaganda Department has imposed on China’s provincial and metropolitan news media.“China has no press law, but the accumulation of draconian regulations has gradually created a legislative straitjacket for the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “These new rules add to the laws on state secrets and subversion that have been used by the authorities many times to punish journalists.”The press freedom organisation added: “We urge Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to have these new Propaganda Department directives cancelled or else they will be a permanent threat hanging over the liberal press and investigative journalists.”Chinese journalists told Reporters Without Borders that under the latest restrictions imposed by the Propaganda Department:1. Newspapers must stop exchanging articles with news media in other provinces.2. Media based in metropolitan areas (Dushi Bao) are forbidden to do their own reporting on national or international stories or modify the coverage of these stories that the official media provide.The Propaganda Department offices in four southern provinces and Beijing have called the editors of the main liberal news media directly to order. The international news sections of local newspapers in Hunan province have been carrying only the official news agency Xinhua’s dispatches since the start of the month. Several editors in Beijing, Guangdong and Shandong confirmed that they were going to stop exchanging articles with newspapers in other provinces.According to the Hong Kong-based daily Ming Pao, the new regulations have been in place since 1 July 2010. It said officials are also insisting on an end to negative reporting about the police and judicial authorities. The new directives may have been prompted in part by the joint editorial published by 13 newspapers in March that led to Economic Observer deputy editor Zhang Hong’s dismissal (http://en.rsf.org/china-censorship-and-threats-after-09-03-2010,36621.html).The Communist Party Central Committee has since 2004 forbidden the media to practice yidi jiandu (inter-regional reporting). But the liberal press, especially newspapers in the southern provinces, continue to carry reports about sensitive issues in other regions. An expert on Chinese media said “the 2004 order from party leaders complicated the work of investigative journalists.”A Beijing-based investigative reporter told Reporters Without Borders that, if applied rigorously, the new regulations would “kill all reports that are the least bit negative in the provincial newspapers.” He added: “Even if you doubt that the authorities will enforce these regulations to the letter, they will be able to use them to punish individual media. That puts the local newspapers in a position of weakness. Everything is being done to ensure that no scandals appear in newspapers in neighbouring regions.”The leading regional newspapers such as Guangdong’s Nanfang Dushi Bao have few correspondents in other Chinese provinces and depend on exchanging news reports with other local media. “It is less risky to publish a sensitive story about an official in a neighbouring province than about those in our own province,” a Shanghai-based journalist said.Around ten Chinese media, including the business magazines China Economic Times and Business Watch, were recently sanctioned for reports they had published (http://en.rsf.org/china-space-of-sanctions-against-12-05-2010,37467.html).In response to an increase in social unrest, the central government has embarked on new phase of news control. Internet censorship has been stepped up at the behest of Wang Chen, the head of the government’s Information Office (http://en.rsf.org/china-authorities-turn-their-sights-on-16-07-2010,3797…), while the official media, including the news agency Xinhua, have been told to increase their international presence into order to get the “Chinese version” across. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img RSF_en China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Florida Regains Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rate in November

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Foreclosure Filings Decline in November Despite Increase in Starts Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 12/11/2014 Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The highest foreclosure rate of any state once again belonged to Florida in November after being displaced by Maryland in October, according to RealtyTrac’s U.S. Foreclosure Market Report for November 2014 released Thursday.Florida has now had the nation’s highest foreclosure rate in 13 of the last 14 months, according to RealtyTrac. Prior to Maryland posting the highest foreclosure rate for October, Florida had the top rate for 12 straight months.Both month-over-month and year-over-year declines could not keep Florida from regaining the nation’s highest foreclosure rate. Overall, one in every 462 residential properties in Florida had a foreclosure filing (which includes default notices, scheduled auctions, and bank repossessions) in November, marking a 4 percent decline from October and a 15 percent decline from November 2013, according to RealtyTrac. It was the 16th consecutive month that the Sunshine State saw a year-over-year decline in foreclosure filings.While foreclosure activity has been declining in Florida for many months, things have been going in the opposite direction for New Jersey.  The Garden State has seen a year-over-year increase in foreclosure activity for 11 of the last 12 months, including a surge of 196 percent in November, according to RealtyTrac. The huge increase pushed New Jersey from ninth in October to second in November in foreclosure rate. In all, one in every 478 residential housing units had a foreclosure filing in New Jersey in November, RealtyTrac reported.In Maryland, foreclosure activity declined month-over-month from one in every 400 units in October to one in every 581 units for November, dropping the Old Line State from first to third among states for highest foreclosure rate, according to RealtyTrac. However, Maryland saw a 93 percent year-over-year increase in foreclosure completions.Delaware, which had the sixth highest foreclosure rate in October, saw increases month-over-month in both foreclosure starts (24 percent) and foreclosure auctions (34 percent), pushing the First State into the fourth position for the highest foreclosure rate, according to RealtyTrac. One in every 693 residential housing units in Delaware had a foreclosure filing in November, RealtyTrac reported.A spike in foreclosure activity in Utah in November pushed the Beehive State from 12th to fifth for the highest foreclosure rate. REO activity surged by 83 percent month-over-month and 20 percent year-over-year in Utah in November, according to RealtyTrac. November marked Utah’s first year-over-year increase in REO activity since June 2011, ending a string of 41 consecutive months with a decline. Utah’s foreclosure rate in November was one for every 750 residential housing units.Rounding out the top 10 for foreclosure rate were Nevada (sixth, 1:783), Illinois (seventh, 1:848), Ohio (eighth, 1:865), Indiana (ninth, 1:932), and South Carolina (10th, 1:933), according to RealtyTrac. Tagged with: Florida Foreclosure Activity Foreclosures RealtyTrac Home / Daily Dose / Florida Regains Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rate in November  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Related Articles Florida Regains Nation’s Highest Foreclosure Rate in Novembercenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Florida Foreclosure Activity Foreclosures RealtyTrac 2014-12-10 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily December 10, 2014 1,119 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more

SB : Freshman Thomas unaffected by burden of replacing Gibbs at 3rd base

first_imgThe pressure has been on the slim shoulders of Carey-Leigh Thomas from the start of the season.By replacing departed senior Hallie Gibbs, who was a top tier hitter for the Orange last year, it’s not all that shocking Thomas feels the heat to perform and prove herself, even as a freshman. But what is surprising is how much she has embraced having the spotlight pointed directly at her.‘Pressure since day one,’ Thomas said. ‘As soon as I got here everyone kept talking about Hallie, and I just kept telling myself, ‘Well, I’m going to go out there and show them that I can compete with Hallie or at least hold third base down as best as I can.’ I love the pressure, though.’Thomas has shown how little she minds being put under a microscope with the way she’s gone about her business, which has impressed teammates and coaches. The third baseman is next in line to replace Gibbs at the hot corner, a senior who last year terrorized opposing pitching. With all the experienced talent Syracuse is returning, Gibbs was the hole in SU’s lineup. That’s where Thomas enters the equation. She has the privilege and burden of taking over for the power hitter.Thomas will have another chance to impress teammates this weekend when Syracuse (3-2) plays in the Cathedral Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Orange will play a loaded schedule, going up against Pacific at 8:30 p.m. Friday followed by Northwestern at 11 p.m. On Saturday, SU will play UC Davis and No. 16 Arizona before playing its final game against No. 5 UCLA on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn her senior campaign, Gibbs was a force with a .327 batting average and was the team leader in walks, doubles, total bases, home runs and a startling 65 RBI. Those runs batted in were 22 more than any other Orange player.Teammate and a slugger in her own respect, sophomore Jasmine Watson knows the production from Gibbs can’t be duplicated.‘Having Carrie at third I guess is kind of filling her shoes,’ Watson said. ‘No one is going to be like Hallie, though. Hallie is Hallie. But we can try to get someone to be just as great, but it’s going to be tough.’But if there’s one player who doesn’t mind continuing the trend of quality third basemen for Syracuse, Thomas seems to be that player. As much as her mentality has helped her, it’s matched by the physical tools Thomas has.SU head coach Leigh Ross said Thomas is one of the strongest, most natural athletes she has had the chance to coach while at SU. And for all the talent she has, Thomas wasn’t on anyone’s recruiting list, including SU. It was actually Thomas who pursued Ross and Syracuse.Ross receives multiple emails from prospective players daily but rarely do many stand out. Thomas’ email is one that set itself apart from the others.Among the things that caught Ross’ eye was the Ontario native’s experience on the Canadian junior women’s national team — the same national program senior pitcher Jenna Caira is a part of. Caira, who saw Thomas play, also put in a good word for her.Thomas was shocked at how fast Ross responded.‘We knew she was a quality kid,’ Ross said. ‘We knew that we weren’t getting just a kid that liked Syracuse and wanted to come to school here.’And Thomas is able to attend SU free of charge as a result of her roots.Thomas is on a scholarship called the Haudenosaunee Promise. The scholarship is eligible for Native Americans who are from one of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee. Although Thomas admittedly doesn’t know much about the scholarship, she does know she ‘comes here for free and I qualified for it.’It’s become a perfect situation for Thomas, who wanted to go to SU. It’s a fortunate situation for the Orange, who needed a third baseman.But Ross doesn’t want Thomas to feel too much pressure living up to Gibbs. She said it’d be unfair to compare a senior’s production to a freshman still feeling her way around a new position at the hot corner and at the plate against NCAA competition.‘It’s hard to remember that they’re just freshmen,’ Ross said. ‘Here’s this kid that’s so talented and you see out there everyday, and it’s hard to remember she’s just a freshman.’[email protected]  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 22, 2012 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Ethan Happ records second triple-double of season as Wisconsin rolls past Northwestern 62–46

first_imgSenior center Ethan Happ registered his second triple-double of the season while sophomore guards Brad Davison and D’Mitrik Trice went a combined 7-12 from beyond the arc as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (14-6, 6-3 Big Ten) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (12-8, 3-6) 62–46 Saturday afternoon at the Kohl Center.Midway through the second half, Happ was unaware he was just one rebound shy of a triple-double.“The guys on the bench … Mike Ballard said give me one more rebound, and I was like ‘what are you talking about?’” Happ said. “He usually doesn’t talk to me during games.”But when a packed Kohl Center crowd burst into cheers following Happ’s offensive rebound with 6:54 to go in the second half, Happ knew what he had just accomplished.Happ finished the game with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists, and though it was not one of his finest offensive performances, the senior still found a way to fill up the stat sheet and guide his team to victory as he has done all season.Men’s basketball: Badgers look to supporting cast for production ahead of Saturday showdown with NorthwesternA season-low nine points for Ethan Happ versus Illinois Wednesday may worry the Badger faithful, but a victory headlined by Read…Davison and Trice each posted 18 points to lead all scorers. The two sharpshooters came out firing, as Wisconsin went 6-10 on three-pointers in the first half.Northwestern managed a two-point lead late in the first half, but after a Brevin Pritzl three-pointer at the 5:30 mark put the Badgers up by one, Wisconsin went on a 19-2 run through the beginning of the second half.After Pritzl’s three, the Wildcats were ice-cold to close the half, making just one of their final eight shots from the field, while Wisconsin made six of their final seven to go up 34–24 at the break.A Nate Reuvers and-one with 16:51 remaining in the second half put Wisconsin up 39–24 to close the run. Wisconsin led by double digits for the remainder of the afternoon.But Northwestern Head Coach Chris Collins did not blame his team’s defense for the loss.“We did not lose because of our defense,” Collins said. “We lost because they defended us well and we could not score.”Wisconsin held Northwestern to 30 percent shooting — including an abysmal 23 percent in the second half — and forced 13 turnovers. The Wildcats could not get into a rhythm on the offensive end for the entire second half.Despite cold night from Ethan Happ, Wisconsin holds on late to defeat IllinoisThe Wisconsin Badgers men’s basketball team (13-6, 5-3 Big Ten) held on late to defeat the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-14, Read…Redshirt junior Vic Law — the Wildcats leading scorer entering Saturday with 16.3 points per game — scored just six points on 2-11 shooting. Redshirt sophomore Aaron Falzon scored just six points fresh off a career performance against Indiana in which he netted a career-high six three-pointers.The Wildcats had open looks throughout the game, but they weren’t falling Saturday. In contrast, the Badgers knocked down their open looks from the perimeter thanks to Happ’s ability to attract attention inside.Happ now has two of UW’s three triple-doubles in school history. His first came in a season-opening win over Coppin State Nov. 6 when he put up a similar line of 10 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Josh Gasser is the only other Badger with a triple-double. His also came against Northwestern when he dropped 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 78–46 win eight years ago.Up next for Wisconsin is a trip to Nebraska, where they’ll play the Cornhuskers Tuesday and look to extend their win streak to four games.last_img read more