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  • Government marks anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights with arrests of dissidents

    first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest of several Chinese dissidents as they prepared to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December.Political police in Beijing yesterday evening arrested prominent human rights activist Liu Xiaobo at his home as well as Zhang Zuhua, who was released a few hours later. The authorities also cut their telephone and Internet connections as police searched their homes and seized their computers and personal papers. Liu Xiaobo’s family said police were still holding him.Police on 4 December arrested three human rights activists: Chen Xi, Shen Youlian and Du Heping, all based in Guizhou province in southern China where rights activists are planning to stage a citizens’ forum on human rights on 10 December.Charter 8 which calls for democratic reform in China has been signed and published on the Internet by more than 300 Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists and was based on a similar charter produced by Czech dissidents in 1977.Police also questioned and threatened several other signatories of Charter 8, the organisation Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) said.”One might have hoped that China would have released dissidents, such as Hu Jia, on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but on the contrary they go for a wave of arrests and threats. It’s appalling”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”We call for their release and salute the courage of Chinese human rights defenders who have just launched Charter 8″, it added.Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2004 Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom prize, who is a former philosophy professor at Beijing University, has one driving ambition: that the Chinese press should become a counter-weight to the supremacy of the Chinese Communist Party. ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more December 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government marks anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights with arrests of dissidents Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Foundation awards $9 million in legal aid grants

    first_imgFoundation awards $9 million in legal aid grants Foundation awards $9 million in legal aid grants January 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular Newscenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Florida Bar Foundation awarded more than $9 million in IOTA grants in December to Florida legal aid providers to help meet the legal needs of the poor.The grants represent an approximately four percent cut in Foundation funding for legal aid programs this year or $401,545 less than the Foundation was able to grant a year ago, according to William H. Davis, chair of the Foundation’s Legal Assistance for the Poor Grant Committee.Davis said cuts in bank interest rates and reductions on investment earnings have taken a toll on the IOTA program, forcing the Foundation to reduce funding to legal assistance programs by 25 percent over the past four years.“Unfortunately this year we see a continuation of that process,” Davis said, adding that as a general rule the Foundation this year reduced the funding for programs which generally get more than $150,000 from the Foundation by 8.3 percent and cut funding to the smaller programs by 4.15 percent. Davis said the Foundation made the percentage cuts on the assumption the larger programs— many of which also receive Legal Services Corporation funding—could better absorb the larger reductions than could the smaller programs. Davis also said many of the larger providers will be receiving more LSC money this year “because of the unfortunate growth of the poor population in the state.”Some programs, however, did receive increases in funding, due to added responsibilities.At one time the IOTA program had raised as much as $19 million a year to fund legal aid, administration of justice, and law student assistance projects.The applications for general support grants for local programs are based upon a per capita formula, depending upon the number of poor people in a county. Services are provided through staff and pro bono attorneys. The cases handled are determined through local community priorities set by local boards of directors. Predominantly, the cases handled are family, housing, income maintenance, and consumer matters.The Foundation’s board of directors approved the general support grants on the recommendation of its Legal Assistance to the Poor Grant Committee.Of the funds distributed, $4.4 million went to general legal services programs that also receive Legal Services Corporation funds; slightly more than $1 million went to legal aid organizations that do not receive any LSC money; $938,000 was awarded to immigration service projects; $574,000 was provided for legal assistance to the institutionalized; $15,000 went to law school clinical projects; and $2 million was awarded to statewide legal aid programs.Foundation grants for general support to programs which also receive LSC funding include: Bay Area Legal Services, $556,769; Central Florida Legal Services, $420,762; Florida Rural Legal Services, $617,930; Gulf Coast Legal Services, $419,516; Gulf Coast Legal Services Pro Bono Project, $30,023; Jacksonville Area Legal Services, $314,814; Legal Aid Services of Broward County, $412,332; Legal Services of Greater Miami, $533,803; Legal Services of North Florida, $384,303; Northwest Florida Legal Services, $209,813; Three Rivers Legal Services, $297,535; and Withlacoochee Area Legal Services, $237,593.IOTA general funding grants awarded to organizations which do not also receive LSC funding include: Brevard County Legal Aid, $69,383; Community Law Program, $41,040; Cuban American Bar Association, $27,297; Dade County Bar Association, $234,809; Heart of Florida Legal Aid Society, $92,198; Lee County Legal Aid Society, $46,177; Legal Aid Foundation of the Tallahassee Bar Association, $30,817; Legal Aid of Manasota, $15,821; Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $218,779; Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $267,823; and the Seminole County Bar Association Legal Aid Society, $52,076.Foundation grants to organizations which provide immigration services include: American Friends Service Committee, $106,422; Dade County Bar Association Ineligible Aliens, $61,817; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, $525,299; Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center Homeless Project, $59,779; Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, $71,274; and Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, $113,899.Grants for legal assistance programs for the institutionalized or incapacitated went to Florida Institutional Legal Services, $297,126; the Florida Justice Institute, $223,231; and the Guardianship Program of Dade County, $54,594.IOTA grants for law school clinical projects in the amount of $2,500 each went to Florida State University, Nova Southeastern University, St. Thomas University, Stetson University, the University of Florida, and the University of Miami.General support grants for statewide projects went to Florida Legal Services, $1.4 million; Florida Legal Services’ Migrant Farmworker Justice Project, $491,713; and Southern Legal Counsel, $192,324.The Foundation deferred funding decisions until its March meeting for the Gulfcoast Legal Services Pro Bono Project; Legal Aid Society of Collier County; and Okaloosa County Legal Services.last_img read more

  • Power play comes alive as Leafs win two straight

    first_imgNelson entered the weekend a dismal 1-for-31 with the man advantage in October.However, the Leafs scored three times against Grand Forks before adding a man-advantage marker Sunday. Dallon Stoddart and Colton Malmsten also scored in the first period before Rance Hughes cut the margin to 3-2 with a goal in the last minute of the period.Schell regained the two-goal advantage early in the second. Jesse Collins once again cut into the Nelson lead before Connor McLaughlin, back in the lineup missing a handful of games due to injury, scored his second goal in as many games.Spokane out shot the Leafs 39-29 in the contest.Saturday, team captain Taylor O’Neil, McLaughlin and Schell to jumpstart the Leafs. Rookie Adam Wheeldon and Patrick Martens also scored for the home side, which held period leads of 2-1 and 3-2.Kevin Wong and Yan Kalashnikov replied with power play goals for Grand Forks. Beesley went the distance in goal for Nelson as the Leafs out shot the Bruins 24-8.ICE CHIPS: Marcus Dahl and Gavin Currie each had two points against Spokane. . . . Currie now leads Nelson in scoring with 15 points, two ahead of Colton Schell. Dahl is third with 11. . . .Braeden Hikichi (two assists), Patrick Martens and Schell all finished Saturday’s contest with two points. . . . Veteran forward Cody Abbey, who has been on the injured list since September 17 with an upper body injury, continues to be sidelined. . . .Defencemen Raymond Reimer (injured) and Kyle Alexander also did not play this weekend.
[email protected] By The Nelson Daily SportsColton Schell had three points and Marcus Beesley stopped 36 shots to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 5-3 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Sunday afternoon in the Lilac City.The victory is the second in as many days for the Leafs and allows Nelson to gain a little revenge after the Braves post a 2-0 shutout the last time the teams met. Saturday, Nelson bounced Grand Forks 5-2.
After Brycen Fisher opened the scoring for Spokane, Nelson exploded for three goals in a five-minute span to take a 3-1 lead.Gavin Currie got the ball rolling scoring on a revitalized power play.last_img read more

  • Leafs shuffle deck chairs as Junior clubs set rosters for playoff run

    first_imgHowever, Dooley said both Smith and Novin would have been back in the lineup after Christmas. Novin, of course, was traded to Comox Valley of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Nelson has also signed 6’3″ forward Cleary Ambrose from Kamloops Storm.”He came and skated with us prior to Christmas and he is a big skilled center,” Dooley said.”He’s a young player so we look forward to developing him in our lineup.”Ambrose came to the KIJHL from the San Diego Gulls of the Eastern Junior Elite Prospects League.The EJEPL was created to prepare players to become the Junior, Prep School and College recruits of the future. The EJEPL website said many of the owners of top Junior programs, top Prep School programs and AAA Youth orgainzations regularly scout the EJEPL and it’s (68) partner organizations.Players will be exposed NCAA style practices–including systems, plays, skill development, off-ice training techniques, and most importantly–academic guidance.Dooley said Saturday’s game against Beaver Valley, the Leafs were guilty of a poor start and taking too many penalties,  which cost them as the Hawks jumped all over the Green and White in the opening period.”I felt bad for Kurt Doyle, we didn’t play to our ability in the first period and let him down,” Dooley explained. “We talked to the team after the first period and focused on a positive solution going forward.”The last two periods we out scored the Hawks 3-2 but that first period out us to far back. We’re excited to get back to practice and keep working on our new systems.”The team is very positive and we get better every time we’re on the ice.”Ambrose, 18, is expected to join the Leafs when the Heritage City club begins a three games in three-night stint starting Thursday at home to Grand Forks Border Bruins.Friday, Nelson travels to Fernie to face the Ghostriders before returning home to meet defending KIJHL champion Kimberley Dynamiters. Fresh on the heels of a 7-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League pasting Saturday night in Fruitvale to the Murdoch Division leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks, the Nelson Leafs made a few changes prior to the BC Hockey roster deadline of January 10.The Nelson Leafs announced the team has released goalie Zak Babin and reinstated forward/defenceman Brendan Smith to the roster.Babin was acquired from the Princeton Posse in early December in a cash deal.The 6’4″ Babin was on the roster for only four games with Nelson.To replace Babin, Nelson acquired Josh Williams a Junior A goalie from the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.”Josh came highly recommended to us and we are really excited about picking him up,” said Leaf assistant coach Sean Dooley.Meanwhile Smith returns to the Leafs after being shown the door by former coach Dave McLellan in December.Smith, 20, was released along with center Nick Novin.At the time of the decision, McLellan wouldn’t get into specifics, saying there were “off-ice issues” that led to the departure of the two players.last_img read more


    first_imgTOTAL PICK SIX POOL ON SATURDAY EXPECTED TO EXCEED $4 MILLION ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 4, 2016)–With no one correctly tabbing six winner’s in Friday’s Pick Six, there is a two-day carryover of $511,261 into Saturday, which is Breeders’ Cup Classic Day at Santa Anita.  With a blockbuster 12-race card that includes the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, it is expected Saturday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $4 million.First post time on Saturday is set for 10:15 a.m., PDT.  The Pick Six will consist of races seven through 12, and with 75 horses entered to run in the sequence, average field size for Saturday’s Pick Six is at 12.5 horses per race.  Approximate post time for race seven is 2:05 p.m. The Classic has been carded as the final race of the day, with approximate post time for race 12 at 5:35 p.m.Additionally, if no one were to select six winners in tomorrow’s Pick Six, the pool would then carryover to closing day, Sunday, with a mandatory payout.With early first post time on Saturday at 10:15 a.m., Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at   8 a.m.  For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.comlast_img read more