Chinese tycoon and Xi critic jailed for 18 years for corruption

first_imgOutspoken The Communist Party’s disciplinary watchdog launched an investigation into Ren in April, and the trial opened at a Beijing court on September 11 with a handful of supporters outside and a heavy police presence.One supporter told AFP they backed Ren because he “dares to speak the truth”.Ren’s essay from earlier this year, which criticized Xi, has been scrubbed from China’s internet — which regularly censors content that challenges the authorities — but was shared online outside China.”This epidemic has revealed the fact that the Party and government officials only care about protecting their own interests, and the monarch only cares about protecting their interests and core position,” Ren wrote, without naming Xi.His influential blog on the Twitter-like Weibo platform attracted millions of followers before his account was closed by authorities in 2016 after he repeatedly called for greater freedom of the press.The son of a former vice-commerce minister and a Communist Party member for decades before he was expelled in July, Ren was well connected with party elites.He wrote in his memoir that he had been friends with vice-president and former anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan since they were teenagers, when Wang was assigned by their school to mentor the younger Ren.He is also a controversial figure, particularly over his defense of China’s soaring house prices — once telling Chinese media that people who had been unwilling to invest in real estate before the boom “now deserve to be poor”. A Chinese real estate tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping was jailed for 18 years on Tuesday for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds, a court statement said.Ren Zhiqiang — once among the ruling Communist Party’s inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer the Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon”. Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since Xi took power in 2012, tightening restrictions on freedom of speech and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.Tuesday’s verdict claimed that Ren also “abused his power” in his role at Huayuan Group, which caused more than 116 million yuan of losses to the state-owned holding company and more than 53 million yuan worth of property losses for the group. Tuesday’s verdict said Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan ($7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million yuan, according to a statement from the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court.It said the 69-year-old “voluntarily and truthfully confessed all his crimes”, and would not appeal the court’s decision.He was also fined 4.2 million yuan ($620,000).Rights campaigners accuse Xi and the Communist Party of using corruption charges to silence dissent. Topics :last_img read more

Gold Coast mansion’s $3.5 million sale cemented

first_img49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. MORE NEWS: Want to live like and AFL star? “Being in the sun for most of the day, coupled with the architecture, was what stood out to them,” he said.“Being able to spend six months of the year here and enjoy winter was what really appealed.”“It’s a magic position – one of the widest parts of the river due north with skyline views of Surfers Paradise.”Mr Williams said the new owners planned to do minor renovations. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The house hit the market in April 2017 and was taken to auction by Kollosche Prestige Agents in May, where it was passed in at $3.4 million.Michael Kollosche, who marketed the property alongside Jordan Williams, said the Melbourne buyers could not go past its north aspect.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMORE NEWS: Renovated castle has ‘secret’ roomcenter_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 4:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -4:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p400p400p320p320p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenNovember 6: Prestige listings04:19 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.THE ink has dried on the multimillion-dollar sale of a riverfront mansion that could give the Jetsons’ family home a run for its money.Melbourne buyers snapped up the Monaco St residence in a $3.5 million deal, which settled last week.The property’s futuristic technology has been likened to that in the popular ’60s television cartoon The Jetsons.It features “self-cleaning” glass, an integrated sound system, keyless entry, electric blinds and windows and sensor taps. 49 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“They’re renovating to their taste,” he said.Among the four-bedroom, four-bathroom home’s standout features are a black marble water feature in the courtyard, electric awning for extra shade over a riverside alfresco area, 14m pool and temperature-controlled wine room.Sellers Trish and Paul Robinson had an architect design and build the home, where they lived for more than a decade.They asked for plenty of windows to admire the river views but also lots of wall space for artwork.Mrs Robinson told the Bulletin this year the architect went above and beyond to make it unique as well as versatile.last_img read more

Bomb threat reported at Batesville High School

first_imgBatesville, In. — (Updated 12:10 p.m.) Batesville Police chief Stan Holt says the bomb threat was recieved at about 8:24 a.m. Wednesday via telephone. An “all clear” was issued following a thorough search of the building. Investigators beleive the call came from out-of-state.***************** ****************** ********************** ********************Original Story:The Batesville High School was placed on lock down Wednesday after school officials received a threat. The nature or method of discovery of the threat has not been released.An official from the Batesville Police Department says no injuries were reported and the matter remains under investigation.last_img read more

Nominations for ‘2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation’ accepted now

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau welcome nominations for the 2018 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation. The award recognizes the preservation and continued agricultural use of historic farm buildings in Indiana.Anyone, including farm owners, can submit a nomination for the Arnold Award, which will be presented during the Indiana State Fair in August 2018. The nomination asks for:A brief history of the farm and description of its significant historic structures and features, such as the farmhouse, barns, agricultural outbuildings, and landscape elements.A description of how the farm’s historic agricultural structures are used in day-to-day farming operations, and how they have been preserved or adapted.High-res digital photographs of the farm and its preserved historic features. The award winner receives a handsome outdoor marker, a vehicle pass to the Indiana State Fair, and overnight accommodation in Indianapolis for the presentation.Indiana Landmarks named the award in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who successfully combined progressive architectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic features of the rural landscape. The John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation honors those who share a similar commitment to preserving the landmarks and landscape of rural Indiana.The Arnold Award for Rural Preservation nomination form is available at, or by contacting Tommy Kleckner at Indiana Landmarks, 812-232-4534,  Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m., June 15, 2018.last_img read more

All roads lead to Boone for Sept. 7-12 Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway becomes the center of the dirt track racing universe for the Sept. 7-12 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada are already registered for IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals. They’ll chase shares of a purse that exceeds $275,000 and more than $60,000 in contingency awards at the 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation.“We continue to pride ourselves on the total purse paid out and contingencies awarded to drivers at Super Nationals and rightfully so,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our 100th year at Boone Speedway during the biggest and the best race of the season.”A very driver and fan-friendly format will be continued as racing begins at 2 p.m. each day of Super Nationals.The first champion of 2015 will be crowned on Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series. The entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 8.Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; Modified and Stock Car qualifying completes race programs the next three nights.The $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is on Friday, Sept. 11.Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 12 program boasts race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.The Modified champion earns a minimum of $2,000, plus another $100 for each of as many as 50 starts made during the weekly point season. That adds up to a potential $7,000 payday.The Late Model feature pays $3,000 to win, with another $1,500 possible in bonus money. The main event for Stock Cars pays $1,000 to win, along with a bonus of as much as $2,500.Northern SportMods race for $1,000 and Hobby Stocks for $600 to win, with another $1,250 in bonuses possible in each division. Sport Compacts vie for $250 to win, plus $5 for each of as many as 50 starts.Drivers can still call the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201 to pre-register.IMCA.TV will broadcast live from Boone Speedway throughout the week of Super Nationals, beginning with the 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 practice session.Daily broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. each day Monday through Saturday. Detailed pricing and other information is available at read more

Golf Scramble

first_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 BAR HARBOR — A golf scramble tournament is slated at the Kebo Valley Golf Club on Saturday, May 16, to benefit summer basketball league play.There are several sponsorship levels available for individuals and businesses wishing to help with the tournament. A four-person team’s entry fee is $65. The event is a two-flight tournament, net score. Entry deadline is Sunday, May 10.For more information contact Brent Barker at 288-5011 or; or Justin Norwood at 322-3522 or This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Tucber Park CC hits 50 in first Cricket Camp

first_imgBy Colin Bynoe Jr.THE inaugural Tucber Park Cricket Club 2019 Cricket Camp came to an end last Saturday with a simple Certificate of Participation/Medal ceremony at the Berbice High School Auditorium.The first event of its kind for the Tucber Park CC attracted 50 participants ages 10-19 that included five females, all from the New Amsterdam/Canje area.The much-talked about cricket camp, which commenced on the 13th August, was held at the Berbice High School ground.CWI Level 2 Coach and Camp Coordinator, Anthony D Andrade, demonstrate a batting drill to attentive participants.The session was coordinated by former National Youth Player Anthony D Andrade who had full support from an elite group of CWI coaches, including Julian Moore, CWI Level 3 Coach and Tremayne Smartt, CWI Level 2 Coach. Special sessions were done by Coach Michael Hyles and Territorial Development Officer (TDO) Colin Stuart.The five-day cricket camp served to impart the basic of the game (batting, bowling,fielding) with many hands on demonstration done while mini lectures were carried out to reinforce what was displayed.In addition, the 50 young minds were schooled on various social and psychological issues which are prevalent in our society today.At the conclusion of the camp, medals and certificates were presented to 50 energetic participants. The coordinators selected top performers throughout the five-day camp which includes:Daniel Narsiah- Best Batsman Under 18Jevaugn Conway- Best Bowler Under 18Kevin Kisten- Best Batsman Under 15Delon Hendore- Best Bowler Under 15Justin Meghu- Best FielderAbdulla Ibn- Most Promising MaleShenia Simon- Most Promising FemaleIsmael Ramsammy- Most DisciplineThe Tucber Park Cricket Club expressed gratitude to its many sponsors such as Jumbo Jet, Sweet Lips Disco, Fitness 53, Caribbean Nations Group, Trophy Stall, 10th Street, Fordy’s Snackette, Spready’s Snackette, De People Pawn shop, Big B Resturant, RHTY&SC, the Berbice Cricket Board, among others.last_img read more

Syracuse shocks No. 9 Notre Dame, holds on late in 65-60 road win

first_img Published on February 24, 2015 at 10:15 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse SOUTH BEND, Ind. — It was as if Syracuse and Notre Dame were fighting to be the oddest team on the court at the end of the first half.On one end, the Orange ran its offense through reserve forward B.J. Johnson. He ran hard around screens, had the attention of all of his teammates whenever he got an inch of space and was the replacement for SU’s “big three” of Rakeem Christmas, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije, who all sat for one reason or another.On the other end, the Fighting Irish — a team that predicates itself on 3-point shooting — made just two field goals in the final 10 minutes of the half and finished 2-of-13 from beyond the arc. Most were open shots that just didn’t fall. Brick after brick after brick.And even after No. 9 Notre Dame (24-5, 12-4 Atlantic Coast) shifted its approach out of the half, the game never regressed to normalcy. Even as Christmas fouled out with more than five minutes left in the game, Syracuse (18-10, 9-6) squeaked out its best win of the season, beating the Fighting Irish 65-60 at the Purcell Pavilion on Tuesday night.With Christmas having fouled out of the game down the stretch, the Orange rode Cooney’s clutch hand and 19 points from reserve sophomore forward B.J. Johnson to the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the start of the second half, Notre Dame ditched the 3-point line and did all it could to break down the zone off the dribble. And while doing so, the Fighting Irish also made a conscious effort to draw fouls number four and five on Christmas to knock him out of the game.A play after hitting a turnaround jumper to make the score 34-30 in SU’s favor, Bonzie Colson backed down Christmas on the baseline. When Colson formed a jump hook, Christmas eased off as Johnson contested and the baseline ref blew his whistle.Ron Patterson glanced sideways at the ref as he walked to the scorer’s table to say who the foul was on. Christmas stood, panting with his hands on his head. Everyone on the Syracuse bench, from head coach Jim Boeheim down to the managers, froze in place with the clock stopped at 13:47.The ref signaled Nos. “2” and “5” with his two hands. Christmas. The bench erupted in disbelief and the senior forward shot his hands to his sides.But Christmas didn’t come out of the game — a risk that benefited the Orange until Christmas fouled out with 5:18 left and SU leading 49-41.With the centerpiece of Syracuse’s offense and defense on the sideline, Notre Dame went on a small run that was quickly stopped by SU’s next-best option.Despite playing full games for the entire season, Cooney was subbed in and out of the first half due to an injury that has hampered his play in recent games. But when Christmas fouled out, Cooney lifted the Orange offense onto his back — sprained and all.An off-balance two from the corner, an end-of-the-shot-clock 3 in Steve Vasturia’s face and then a layup on the next possession helped Syracuse build a lead that barely held.Yet the Orange was able to exhale after Johnson dunked on the fast break and completed a three-point play with a free throw. As Chinonso Obokoh walked to the free-throw line with eight seconds remaining, Cooney smiled and clenched his fists by his chest.He then called freshman Kaleb Joseph and Gbinije to half court for a three-way hug. An early celebration for the most impressive win of Syracuse’s season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

New semester sees increase in Friday class

first_imgUSC’s implementation of the new General Education curriculum, which took effect with this year’s freshman class, has led to an increase in classes. USC students have noticed the changes in class scheduling, particularly in the amount of Friday classes that have been added in several of the University’s departments.The increase in classes is due in part to the need to offer courses to students who are still completing the previous General Education graduation requirements while offering new courses to the incoming class, according to registrar Frank Chang.The Office of the Registrar has been pushing for faculty to begin spreading their courses out across the five-day week to ameliorate the shortage of space and class capacity issues USC has been experiencing.“To offer more courses, the University must use its classroom space efficiently, which means that courses must be offered every day of the week,” registrar Frank Chang said. “A Monday to Friday academic week allows students to spread out their classes, as opposed to having to cram all courses over two or three days.”Some departments have experienced more of an uptick in the amount of Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes that are required for students to complete their major.“This is the most loaded Friday class schedule I’ve had at USC,” said Sophia Gatsios, a senior majoring in international relations.Gatsios noted that some of her friends in the major have shared her experience.“If there aren’t any more options I think people will eventually move into the [Friday] sections and accept them,” she said.The School of International Relations in Dornsife was more receptive to changes in class scheduling. The director, Richard English, said the department has shifted several course sections to Friday.“We’re scheduling the classes and timing them without prejudice,” English said. “We have popular and important classes that are also being scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday. So in some cases you can’t avoid — if you want to be an IR major — taking some of them.”Though English noted that there has been some initial grumbling from students about enrolling in sections of courses scheduled on Fridays — especially Friday afternoons — he said the department as a whole has not experienced major problems with the changes. This fall, the international relations department has approximately 350 students enrolled in Friday classes and does not anticipate that number decreasing in future academic semesters.“We cannot see any trends [in which] it’s hurting our enrollment or people are choosing other majors or not taking the classes they need because of this,” English said.last_img read more

Zenith Bank Proud of Delta Principals’ Cup Impact

first_imgOroh said: “I congratulate all the schools that participated in this year’s edition – from the Local Government Stage to the Final. I commend you all for your rare display of sportsmanship, tenacity and hard work throughout this tournament.“Zenith brand is well known for its immense contributions to the development of youths and sports through diverse investments in youth-focused initiatives in the country including the Zenith Bank/Delta Principals’ Cup, Annual Zenith Bank Youth Parade, Zenith Women Basketball League, Zenith/NFF future Eagles and Next Gen Tennis Championship, amongst many others.“Our support and sponsorship of these youth-focused initiatives underscores our relentless drive towards youths development, as they are the future of our nation and economy.”He also showered praises on the government of Delta State for making the partnership worth the while in the past three years.The Zenith Bank ED added: “What is most gratifying for us is that this competition has not only contributed to the development of grassroots sports in Delta State, but has also helped in discovering young footballing talents.“It pleases us to note as well that the tournament has helped to encourage academic excellence in schools.“Whilst reaffirming our commitment to the continued support and sponsorship of this competition annually, we congratulate His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his rare vision, acuity and uncommon leadership which have been instrumental to the unprecedented growth and development witnessed by Delta State in the last couple of years.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sponsors of the just-concluded Delta State Principals’ Cup football competition, Zenith Bank Plc, has expressed delight over the overall assessment of the 4th edition which ended at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Thursday, November 28.School of Commerce Warri defeated Zappa Mixed Secondary School 2-1 in the final to lift trophy and a brand new coaster Bus.Executive Director, Zenith Bank, Mr. Henry Oroh, who represented the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive of the bank, Mr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu, stated that the sports-loving outfit was proud of the youth developmental competition.last_img read more