US congress to probe Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest

first_img August 6, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US congress to probe Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders hails a US congressional decision to investigate Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest and conviction on a charge of “illegally divulging state secrets abroad,” for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.“Yahoo!’s confused statements must finally be clarified,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is time the US corporation recognised its mistakes and accepted the consequences.” Related documents Beijing State Security Bureau – Notice of Evidence CollectionPDF – 135.58 KB Receive email alerts News to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more On 29 May of this year, Shi’s family joined the lawsuit filed in California against Yahoo! by the family of Wang Xiaoning, a dissident who has been in prison since 2003 and who, like Shi, was convicted on the basis of information which Yahoo! provided to the Chinese police. At the time, Yahoo! defended its cooperation with the police by claiming that it had not been told anything about the nature of the investigation and was just complying with Chinese law.Over 16 years ago, Reporters without Borders created its “Sponsorship Programme” and called upon the international media to select and support an imprisoned journalist. Currently, Shi Tao is sponsored by Miljörapporten (Sweden), Télé Bruxelles (Belgium) News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders hails a US congressional decision to investigate Yahoo!’s role in cyber-dissident Shi Tao’s arrest and conviction on a charge of “illegally divulging state secrets abroad,” for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.“Yahoo!’s confused statements must finally be clarified,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is time the US corporation recognised its mistakes and accepted the consequences.”Announcing the investigation on 3 August, House of Representatives foreign affairs committee chairman Tom Lantos said it would be shameful it was confirmed that Yahoo! had known why the Chinese police requested the information that enabled them to arrest Shi. “Covering up such a despicable practice when congress seeks an explanation is a serious offense,” Lantos said, adding that, “for a firm engaged in the information industry, Yahoo! sure has a lot of secrecy to answer for.”Yahoo! executive Michael Callahan told a US congressional committee in February 2006 that his company had been told nothing about the content of the investigation into Shi Tao which the Chinese authorities began in 2004. But in fact, China’s Department of State Security sent Yahoo! a document dated 22 April 2004 explaining that the authorities wanted information about an Internet user suspected of “illegally providing state secrets to foreign institutions.” ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figureslast_img read more

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Sellard rules IMCA Modifieds at Dodge City

first_imgAngel Munoz added more hardware to his collecting by storming to his fifth IMCA Stock Car fea­ture win of the season in six events. Munoz battled past Troy Burkhart on the third lap and led the rest of the way in the 15-lapper. Sellard stretched his lead out to a full half-lap by the time a late caution flew to set up a four-lap dash to the stripe the Mid-Season Championship Night show.  Sellard took off once again to se­cure the victory ahead of Tom Beavers, who made his way past Kevin Gray at the midway point to post runner-up honors.  By Lonnie Wheatley Clay Sellard captured the Mid-Season Championship Night IMCA Modified victory at Dodge City Raceway Park. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley) DODGE CITY, Kan. (June 29) – Clay Sellard needed less than two laps to race into the lead from eighth and led the rest of the way in the 20-lapper for IMCA Modified to become the fifth different winner in as many races Saturday at Dodge City Raceway Park.center_img Beavers finished just ahead of his son Kale, with William Nusser and Gray rounding out the top five. Dakota Sproul took command late and then survived an ailing engine the closing laps of the 20-lap feature to snare his third IMCA SportMod win of the season.  Tathan Burkhart rounded out the night by racing to his third Dodge City win of the season in the 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event.last_img read more

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Neymar world record PSG move imminent

first_imgClubs can be sanctioned by UEFA for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.“We will not accept this money from a club like PSG,” Tebas told Madrid sports daily AS on Wednesday. “Especially when this club is infringing rules and laws.” – Champions League dream –Winning the Champions League for a first time is the dream driving PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) to fund a deal that could herald the start of a new era at the elite level of European football.Since QSI’s takeover in 2011, PSG have failed to make it beyond the quarter-final stage – most notably blowing a 4-0 first leg lead to lose 6-1 to a Neymar-inspired Barcelona in the last 16 of last season’s competition in March.Prising Neymar from the grip of Barca would truly announce PSG’s presence as a contender for the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich to fear.Neymar has formed one of the deadliest strike partnerships in football history with Messi and Luis Suarez over the past three seasons.Together they have won two La Liga titles, a Champions League and three Spanish Cups, whilst Neymar has scored 105 goals and provided 80 assists in just 186 games.However, his four-year spell in Spain has also been overshadowed by the murky transfer deal which brought him to Barcelona from Santos in 2013.He and his parents as well as Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu face charges of fraud and corruption in an ongoing case brought by DIS, a Brazilian investment company.DIS owned 40 percent of the players’ rights at the time of the deal and believe they were deliberately cheated out of their real share due to the complex structure of the transfer. NOT STAYING: Pique (right) and Neymar (left).Barcelona, Spain | AFP |  Neymar could be presented as a Paris Saint-Germain player as early as this weekend for a world record fee as Barcelona admitted defeat in convincing the Brazilian to stay at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.The player has travelled to Porto by private jet from Barcelona surrounded by his entourage, including his father and agent Neymar Sr, after saying goodbye to his Barca teammates.Among that party was Wagner Ribeiro, an advisor to the player, who claimed PSG would pay his 222 million euro ($260 million) buyout clause in the “coming hours”.That would more than double the current transfer record set by Paul Pogba’s £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) move to Manchester United last year.Media reports suggested that Neymar had gone to Porto, where PSG sporting director Antero Henrique had worked until recently, to undergo a pre-transfer medical.Sources told AFP that he will arrive in Paris on Thursday afternoon.Earlier, Barcelona ended weeks of speculation by publicly confirming for the first time the 25-year-old’s wish to leave after four years at the Camp Nou.“Neymar Jr, accompanied by his father and representative, communicated to FC Barcelona this morning his decision to leave the club,” Barca said in a statement.“The club have informed them that the buyout clause in his contract, that from July 1 is 222 million euros, must be paid in full.”Neymar has been tempted to Paris by an astronomical offer that would reportedly see his wages tripled to 30 million euros a year after tax.However, on the field he also faces the challenge of stepping out of the shadow of five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi to try and prove himself as the world’s best.“It was a huge pleasure having shared all those years with you, my friend @neymarjr,” Messi posted on Instagram alongside a montage displaying some of the pair’s finest moments together.“I wish you lots of luck in this new stage in your life. See you soon tkm,” he added. “Tkm” stands for “te quiero mucho” (I love you loads).“Thanks brother. I will miss you man,” Neymar replied.Presuming both clubs don’t come to a late agreement, the buyout clause would have to be paid to Barcelona via Spain’s La Liga to free the player from the contract he signed last year and runs until 2021.However, La Liga president Javier Tebas has threatened not to accept PSG’s money over what he perceives as a failure on the French side’s part to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules (FFP).center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Leafs face major test during Eddie Mountain road trip

first_imgKrobyn Chabot and Franco Caoapaolo lead Kimberley in scoring, with 18 and 16 points respectively.Saturday, Nelson travels to meet the Creston Thunder Cats, which is in enviable position of hosting the Cyclone Taylor Cup in 2017 and have used the recruiting tool to ice high-octane lineup.The Cats, which have lost but once, that being in overtime, this season, are currently riding a five-game winning streak.Creston, which has amassed whopping 25 goals during the win streak, ices a balanced line up of scoring with no less than 10 players with at least double-digit points.Injuries still haunting LeafsThe Leafs are beginning to get some players back from the injury list this weekend.However, a few remain on the sidelines, including defenceman Dash Thompson, forward Kolten Nelson and netmdinder Jason Sandhu.Nelson will have a few new faces in the lineup in defenceman Noah Looman and forward Jordan Unger — the latter arriving this week from the Flin Flon Bombers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.Back to the Murdoch DivisionAfter playing three games against Eddie Mountain opposition, the Leafs return to the Murdoch Division to meet Grand Forks in a rare mid-week contest Tuesday in the Boundary City.The Leafs then host Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday, November 4 before concluding a two-game home stand Saturday, November 5 against Fernie Ghostriders. More than a quarter of the way through the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season no one team is running away with any of the divisions — although the Creston Valley Thunder Cats and Kimberley Dynamiters in the Eddie Mountain Division lead the league in points.Which makes the weekend a major test for the Nelson Leafs as the Green and White, which is struggling to score goals of late to face the two Eddie Mountain Division front-runners beginning Friday in Kimberley.“It think players make their own puck-luck,” said Leaf coach Mario DiBella after the Leafs struggled to eek out a 3-2 win over Columbia Valley last Saturday at home.“I feel we aren’t supporting each other. We’re standing around waiting for one player to do something. . ..”First up on the two-game road trip for Nelson, 8-5-0-0-1 whichn is good for second in the Murdoch Division, is a date in the Bavarian City to face the defending Kootenay Conference Champion Kimberley Dynamiters.The Nitros are also on a roll having won four straight games to sit two points behind the Cats in Eddie Mountain Division standings.Kimberley has also scored 29 times during the four games winning streak, including ringing up nine goals against Grand Forks Border Bruins last week.last_img read more

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For the time being, ex-Warrior Andre Iguodala stuck in Memphis

first_imgDiscouraging words for Andre Iguodala.Sources: Memphis wants three-time champion Andre Iguodala to report to training camp and is refusing right now to engage in buyout, which would prevent Iguodala from finishing a Hall of Fame career on his terms because this may be his final NBA season.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 9, 2019 The former Warriors lynchpin during the team’s five consecutive runs to the NBA Finals, Iguodala was traded to Memphis — reluctantly — by …last_img

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Walmart ‘raises no competition concerns’

first_img30 June 2011Walmart’s acquisition of a majority stake in local retailer Massmart raised no competition concerns, while the public interest issues raised were sufficiently addressed by the conditions imposed on the US retailer, says South Africa’s Competition Tribunal.“It does raise certain public interest concerns, but these concerns are adequately remedied by the imposition of the conditions submitted as undertakings by the merging parties,” the tribunal said in a statement on Wednesday on its reasons for approving the deal.The tribunal conditionally approved the deal on 31 May but only gave its reasons for this on Wednesday.“Walmart does not compete with Massmart in South Africa and its only presence in the country is a small procurement arm that sources local products for its stores globally.“In light of the above, we find that the transaction would not substantially prevent or lessen competition in any of the markets that Massmart presently operates in.”Jobs expected to growHowever, the Competition Act says a merger may still be prohibited or subject to conditions, on the grounds of public interest.“Unless the merger is the cause of the public interest concerns, we have no remit to do anything about them. Our job in merger control is not to make the world a better place, only to prevent it becoming worse as a result of a specific transaction,” the tribunal said.In this case, the merging parties offered to undertake various steps to protect the public interest.Unions were concerned that the merger would lead to job losses and that this had already started happening with some retrenchments last year.“There is no evidence from the internal documents of the merging parties that retrenchments at Massmart are contemplated as a consequence of the merger,” the tribunal found.“On the contrary, there is evidence that suggests, given the expansionist ambitions of Massmart, the group expects employment to grow between 2011 and 2013.”The parties, however, gave an undertaking not to retrench staff for two years post-merger.It was also agreed that the status of the SA Commercial Catering and Allied Workers’ Union as the largest representative union within the merger entity would not be challenged for a period of three years.Creating new rights ‘beyond our competence’The tribunal said, although muddled, it appeared the unions were demanding centralised bargaining and a closed shop.However, it found that Massmart’s approach to these two issues was a policy pre-merger and not influenced by a possible merger with Walmart.The tribunal was wary of imposing labour conditions that should “be thrashed out at the bargaining table”.“Protecting existing rights is legitimate, creating new rights is beyond our competence.”Thus it found “the creation of additional rights not presently enjoyed by unions is neither merger specific nor appropriately part of our limited public interest mandate in respect of effects on employment”.Another issue raised during competition proceedings was that Walmart’s substantial bargaining power, and access to cheap imports, could harm local procurement.The tribunal said it was likely that the merged entity would change its procurement patterns, but it was not clear by how much.“The problem is that the concern raised in relation to local procurement/imports is also associated with important benefits for consumers.Consumer interest in lower prices“A possible loss of jobs in manufacturing of an uncertain extent must be weighed up against a consumer interest in lower prices and job creation at Massmart.”The SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union proposed that, post-merger, Massmart’s local procurement level should be kept at the same level as it was pre-merger for a certain amount of time.But the tribunal said this would be too complex to implement.“Further the conditions will contradict the major objective of competition regulation – to secure lower prices – the procurement conditions would likely affect the merged entity’s ability to provide customers with the lowest possible prices.”Instead, the tribunal found the merging parties remedy of spending R100-million over three years on a local supplier programme, was more acceptable.“Instead of insulating local industry from international competition for a period, it seeks to make local industry more competitive to meet international competition.”The merging parties made various undertakings about local procurement and labour conditions during the hearings, which they eventually agreed should be made conditions for the approval of the deal.For this reason, the undertakings would be enforceable.“Non-adherence can lead to serious consequences for the merger, which is an illustration of the commitment to them and an indication that it is not in consequence a public relations gesture.”Sapalast_img read more

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T-Mobile May Have Killed The Smartphone Contract, But It Doesn’t Save You Money

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Carriers#smartphones#T-Mobile Let’s compare T-Mobile to AT&T, which uses the “traditional” subsidy model. If we go with the baseline plan for AT&T, we are paying $40 for 450 minutes of voice time and unlimited texts (an unlimited voice plan will go for $70). Then you add in a data plan tier and messaging. The most popular is 3GB for $30 and $20 for unlimited texts. That is $90 a month, or $2,160 over a 24-month contract. Now, assume that you paid for a $200 subsidized iPhone or brand-new Android. That shakes out to $2,360. So, the difference between the most comparable plans on AT&T and T-Mobile are about $100 in favor of T-Mobile. Good, but not exactly earth shattering.So, if we look at the baseline plan plus cost of device between AT&T and T-Mobile, you actually pay less on a contract with Ma Bell than you do with Big Pink over 24 months. Depending on the smartphone you buy, you can end up paying more per month and over a 24-month period with T-Mobile.Does that contract really look so bad now?T-Mobile’s MotivationsIf you ever listen to a quarterly earnings call from the executives at AT&T or Verizon, they often lament the damage to their bottom line that smartphone subsidies do to them. You may pay $199.99 for a new Samsung Galaxy device from Verizon but the carrier is paying the full $550. That is millions of dollars in upfront costs that the carriers absorb.The iPhone is especially cumbersome on carriers’ bottom lines and the more smartphones the carriers sell, the worse for wear their quarterly earnings are. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint (and yes, T-Mobile) make up the money through the life of a contract. If a user wants out of that contract, they have to pay an early termination fee. T-Mobile is doing away with the subsidy by passing on the cost of the phone directly to the consumer. You may not be on a contract, per se, but you are still going to pay a termination fee (the remaining cost of the device plus any other T-Mobile fees) if you want to leave. T-Mobile will also allow users to bring their own smartphones with them. So, if you have an unlocked iPhone from AT&T, all you need to do is get a $10 T-Mobile SIM card and activate it on T-Mobile. That way T-Mobile doesn’t have to deal with the smartphone manufacturer at all and can just make money providing data. Too bad it is currently illegal to unlock your cellphone.The aim for T-Mobile is to take over the bottom of the smartphone market in the U.S. Users that do not need a lot of data and want a very cheap phone can do very well on T-Mobile’s plan. If you want an older phone, like the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, you will pay $240 for the phone and $1,200 for 500MB of data a month over 24 months. Unless you want to get a straight pre-paid plan from the likes of Cricket, that is about as cheap as it gets among the four major carriers.The fact of the matter is that, one way or another, you are going to pay both the carrier and the smartphone manufacturer. There is really no way around it. The wireless carriers in the U.S. will always try to convince you that their service is better, faster, cheaper. The fact of the matter is that you will pay nearly the same (within a couple hundred dollars) no matter which carrier you choose. If you want a new, top-end smartphone, you are likely better off with the two-year contract from one of the larger carriers. Update: Article updated to reflect $20 text messaging per month charge from AT&T. dan rowinski What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces In the United States, the smartphone contract is king. T-Mobile, the smallest of the major American wireless carriers, wants to end the reign of two-year contracts, phone subsidies and early termination fees. It even argues it can save you money in the process.Well, at least part of that is true.T-Mobile is instituting its plan to kill the subsidy-and-contract model for U.S. smartphone buyers. Instead of paying one lump sum for a smartphone and 24 months worth of contract, consumers can pay a minimal upfront cost of a smartphone and then a monthly fee as part of their bill.For instance, if you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy S3 with 16GB of storage from T-Mobile, you can pay $69.99 up front and then $20 a month on top of your phone bill for 24 months. If buyers prefer, they can pay the full amount of the phone up front and skip the monthly installments. T-Mobile’s wireless plans start at $50 for one line and 500 MB of data. Users get 2GB of data for $60 and unlimited data for $70. Add the monthly smartphone fee into the equation and users are still going to get cellphone bills between $70-$100 on a monthly basis. How The Numbers Break DownOn one hand, consumers will be happy with the fact that they are not on a contract. Ostensibly, that means they can leave whenever they want. But that still have to have to pay for the smartphone they bought. One way or another, users are going to pay for the entire unsubsidized portion of your new smartphone.For instance, if you choose to get a Samsung Galaxy S3, you are going to eventually pay $550 for the phone. You pay $70 up front plus the $20 fee per a month. If you get the get the unlimited data plan at $70 a month, your total cost is $2,230 for the life of the phone. If you look at the fine print in T-Mobile’s contract, it will start throttling users back to “2G” speed after 5GB of data use. If you go with the bottom-tier plan at 500MB of data, the total cost of ownership is $1,750. The most popular tiered plan will likely be the $60/month for 2GB of data. That will run you a total $1,990.For a comparison, the averages users consume about 2.3 GB of data per month. That includes moderate to heavy usage without playing an excessive amount of videos or using your smartphone as a hotspot (which usually requires a separate charge from the carriers).T-Mobile does have cheaper phones available. The Windows Phone 8X from HTC costs $0 at checkout and $18 a month for a total of $432. A Nexus 4 will cost you a down payment of $49.99 and $17 a month for a total of $457.00. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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NRL Touch Premiership Women’s Game 1 – Match Report

first_imgThe NRL Touch Premiership has tapped off in a big way with the Women’s Eels winning a nail biter 4-3 over the Tigers.Patricia Michaelopoulous will go down in history as the first try scorer in the Premiership when she crossed the line in the 4th minute to give the visitors the lead.Both teams took some time to adjust to the occasion at ANZ Stadium with the Eels needing 13 minutes to level up the scores. They did so when Zara Nicholas latched onto a long ball to score in the right-hand corner and they hit the lead shortly after when Sammy Rodgers crossed for the first of her double in the opposite corner; a lead they took into half-time.The second was a replica of the first as both sides failed to trouble the scorer for first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Hannah Dyball found a free Sam Rodgers with 5 minutes left on the clock to give the Eels some breathing space at 3-1.With time running out the Tigers looked to star play maker Ash Quinlan to make it happen and she duly delivered as she broke the Eels defensive line and found Courtney Young in the in-goal area to get the visitors back to 3-2.The Eels again stretched the lead back out to two with Nicholas not wanting to be outdone and picking up a double for herself with a classy putdown in the left-hand corner. The Tigers Amy Webb got them within striking distance of tying it up and sending the first Premiership match into a drop-off when she scored with 60 seconds left on the clock.The Eels played their part for the crowd when they turned it over from the restart giving the Tigers one last shot but they couldn’t convert their opportunity as the Eels hung on to secure an historic first ever Premiership win.last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri: Nobody told me about Pulisic yesterday

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri: Nobody told me about Pulisic yesterdayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits their sensational deal for Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic took him by surprise.After their stalemate with Southampton, Sarri was asked about the transfer.He said, “I didn’t know anything about Christian Pulisic yesterday. The club asked my opinion about him one month ago and my opinion was positive and I knew the deal was done but I didn’t know anything. I’m not in charge of the market.”We have to play every three days so I cannot think of next year, I have to think about the next match.”Sarri won’t see Pulisic until next season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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21 days ago​Barcelona’s Pique moves to introduce new elite European club competition

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsLigue 1Premiership NewsSpanish Football NewsGerman BundesligaAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Barcelona’s Pique moves to introduce new elite European club competitionby Ian Ferris21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona star Gerard Piqué has held talks with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) regarding the creation of a new elite European club soccer competition, according to the country’s foremost radio network, Cadena SER, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The 32-year-old, who has overhauled the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Davis cup competition via his Kosmos investment vehicle, reportedly wants to create a ‘European Super Cup’.According to the Cadena SER report, the tournament would feature the champions of the European leagues and possibly a few other of the continent’s top clubs, with a format somewhat similar to what has been put in place for the new Davis Cup.It is safe to assume that Kosmos, the company founded by Piqué along with Hiroshi Miktani, president of Rakuten, would be involved in the project although that has not been reported.Piqué has apparently been working on the concept for some time and wants to implement it sooner rather than later. last_img read more

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