Open letter asking head of China Telecom to keep promise to restore Internet services

first_imgNews ChinaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders has written to the head of China Telecom, Wang Xiaochu, asking him to keep his promise to restore Internet access. China’s leading provider of Internet bandwidth and services has been partially blocking Internet access in the provinces since the end of August. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Reporters Without Borders has written to the head of China Telecom, Wang Xiaochu, asking him to keep his promise to restore Internet access. China’s leading provider of Internet bandwidth and services has been partially blocking Internet access in the provinces since the end of August.”Dear Mr. Wang,Reporters Without Borders is astonished by the interruptions in the services of some your Internet data centres (IDCs) in recent months. One of your employees, who works at the Zitian IDC, lost his Internet connection without any explanation on 23 August and did not get it back for nearly two weeks. Two of your other IDCs, Lanmang and Waigaoqiao, have also experienced frequent interruptions in the provinces of Guangdong and Shanghai.More than 30 of Waigaoqiao’s computers were simultaneously turned off on 3 September, affecting more than 20 servers and thousands of websites. These interruptions have generally taken place after online comments or posts regarded as “illegal” by the government. Such behaviour is intolerable in a society such as yours which advocates access to information. As well as damaging your society’s image, it is a serious violation of the right to news and information.As the Communist Party’s 17th congress was closing, you referred to the problem with the Zitian IDC in Henan province and you promised to restore access. We urge you to keep this promise and to order the immediate restoration of services so that no other website is affected, however briefly, but an interruption at any of your IDCs.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely,Robert MénardReporters Without Borders Secretary-General”Read ou report about censorship in China October 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter asking head of China Telecom to keep promise to restore Internet services ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation Related documents Journey to the Heart of Internet CensorshipPDF – 407.55 KB March 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more

Townsville continues to be a bargain buyers domain

first_img35 Cope Street, Stuart is one of Townsville’s best bargains at $248,000TOWNSVILLE’S buyer’s market continues to prevail throughout the first quarter of the year with plenty of bargains to be had in both the house and unit market.Fringe city suburbs still offer plenty of bargains under $250,000, which allows first home buyers to enter the market for an average mortgage repayment of $324 a week.That is despite the average median house price across Townsville rising 4.6 per cent.At a median sale price of $186,500, Stuart is Townsville’s cheapest suburb for houses, followed by Balgal Beach ($230,000) and Heatley ($239,000). This property is the perfect retirement home or beach getaway with large veranda’s front and back to capture the cool ocean breezes. Best of all,15 Tracey Street in Balgal Beach will only cost you in the mid $200,000“We’re seeing a real good cross-section of people buying,” he said. “We’re seeing more first home buyers in the established housing market but there are also downsizes, home buyers that are upgrading and a lot of renovators. In that sense it makes sense that the older, fringe suburbs are popular.“A lot of renovators want raw houses and our market allows them to pick them up for around $200,000 or less.“They then renovate to sell for a profit once the market picks up.”Townsville’s unit market also continues to be a buyer’s domain with the quarterly median price steady at $260,000, no change from the September quarter.Listings have dropped 4.2 per cent for the 12 months to November, representing the largest fall in unit listings throughout the state. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 202037 Weaver Street, Heatley is the ideal home for those looking to join the property market and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Listed in the low $200,000s, home sits in a handy location and comes with a great size yard, powered shed, storage under the house and spacious living for the family.Those looking to acquire a unit will find the cheapest offerings in Hermit Park with a median sale price of $160,000.West End follows with a median unit sale price of $173,000 and Garbutt $192,500.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Townsville zone chair Damien Keyes said people from all walks of life were buying into the market.last_img read more

Is ISIL spreading to Europe?

first_imgGeneral Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan army, warned that Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists running rampant in the North African state are set to infiltrate Europe and expand their reign of terror into the West.Haftar, who represents the army of Libya’s government that has received international recognition but was driven out of Tripoli by a rival government backed by Islamist militias, demanded the West supply his army with weapons to stave off the expanse of ISIS.This as European Union leaders are looking to back UN-brokered efforts to form a national unity government in conflict-torn Libya that may include a possible mission to help provide security.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Friday, March 20, that her services are “planning all possible ways of supporting, even on the plan of security, a future national unity government.”last_img read more

Georgia family finds owl hiding in their Christmas tree

first_imgJust a few days before Christmas, a Georgia family discovered a owl hiding in their Christmas tree.According to reports the family found the owl on their Christmas tree on Thursday, December 12th. They had bought the 10-foot tree from a Home Depot, and brought it back to their Atlanta area home.Katie McBride Newman said that she and her daughter spotted the bird. Newman said her daughter is a big fan of owls, so the tree actually had owl ornament decorations all around it.“It was surreal, but we weren’t really freaked out about it,” McBride Newman said. “We’re really outdoorsy people. We love the wilderness.”The family eventually called for assistance in order to remove the owl from their tree. They called the Chattahoochee Nature Center, a non-profit environmental center.One of the employees stopped by the McBride Newman residence and identified it as an Eastern screech owl. The family was instructed to leave the bird in a crate in a darkened room and release it after dark.last_img read more