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Corruption convictions nearly double in China over last year

first_imgMore than a million officials have been punished under the anti-corruption campaign so far, which has been a cornerstone of Xi’s seven-year tenure.Critics have accused the campaign of targeting Xi’s political enemies. The Supreme People’s Court also reported that there were 22 trials under the controversial martyrs’ law, which criminalizes all insults to Communist heroes.Several internet users and even an online comic platform have been punished since the law was introduced in 2018.There was also a notable increase in the number of prosecutions last year for cyber crime and intellectual property infringement, at 33 and 32 percent respectively.The report also said that more than 2,500 people were prosecuted for coronavirus-related criminal offences between February and April this year. The latest high-profile targets of the anti-corruption campaign include former shipbuilding executive Hu Wenming and ex-deputy national security minister Sun Lijun, who were both placed under investigation for “serious violations of discipline and the law” in May and April respectively.Last year also saw a 50 percent rise in the number of cases involving Communist Party members transferred to prosecutors for investigation, according to the report, which was discussed Monday afternoon.China is holding its delayed annual National People’s Congress this year, but with much stricter controls on access and many sessions closed to the media due to the coronavirus outbreak.A total of 25,000 trials involving corruption, malfeasance and bribery were concluded last year, which led to 29,000 people being convicted, according to the Supreme People’s Court work report released Monday.  Topics :center_img The number of convictions related to corruption in China nearly doubled last year, according to a report by Beijing’s top prosecutor, as President Xi Jinping ramped up his crackdown on graft.According to the annual report from the Supreme People’s Procuratorate submitted to the national parliament, 18,585 people were prosecuted for crimes related to corruption in 2019, a 90 percent year-on-year increase.Sixteen cases involved former provincial or ministerial-level Communist Party cadres, including former Yunnan party chief Qin Guangrong, who was accused of taking bribes.last_img read more

Property demand index names Gold Coast rental market as country’s hottest

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North10 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThe Oracle penthouse at Broadbeach is on the rental market for $3000 per week.The report noted that a lack of affordable housing in the country’s big cities was forcing people to turn to renting instead of buying a home.Harcourts Coastal property manager Brent Martens said he wasn’t surprised that so many Gold Coast postcodes made the national list.“It’s just the lifestyle that the Gold Coast offers,” he said.“We’ve got the beach on our doorstep and plenty of new shops and cafes up here.” This Isle of Capri property is available for rent for $4,000 per week.Housing and Public Works Minister Mick de Brenni said given that one third of Queenslanders rented, it was essential they felt secure and supported to stand up for their rights.“We are considering a variety of measures to ensure Queenslanders have confidence in a fair rental sector, including greater flexibility of tenure, cheaper rent options, greater ability to respond to tenant breaches and more freedom for tenants to treat the property as their home,” he said. The Oracle penthouse at Broadbeach is on the rental market for $3000 per week.The report credits the Coast’s beachside lifestyle and strong, job-creating economy with being particularly attractive to young people.“The upcoming Commonwealth Games and the new light rail are also attracting more people to the area,” the report stated.“The huge demand from renters on the Gold Coast supports further property investment as well more development, but increased development needs to be well thought out to avoid oversupply in the future.” Eight Gold Coast postcodes top the national REA Group Property Demand Index.IT’S official. The Gold Coast is the hottest rental market in the country with eight local postcodes topping the national REA Group Property Demand Index.Released today, the index also names Queensland’s top postcodes for renters with Gold Coast suburbs scoring all 10 spots.Kirra topped the list, followed by Tugun, Miami, Reedy Creek and Bilinga.Rounding out the top 10 were Merrimac, Mermaid Waters, Burleigh Waters, Clear Island Waters and Coolangatta.center_img You can rent 3137 Riverleigh Drive, Hope Island for $3500 per week.Mr Martens said rentals were being snapped up within hours of hitting the market and up to 30 groups were inspecting each property.It comes as the State Government puts out a call for tenants to stand up for their rights after the Unsettled — Life in Australia’s private rental market report revealed more than half of tenants across the country did not exercise their rights from fear of being black-listed, having their rent increased or being evicted.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group CEO Andrew Bell said the Coast needed to move away from a tenant verses landlord mentality.“At the end of the day, tenants need landlords to buy properties for them to rent, and if there’s ever an imbalance then a separate set of hardship problems would come along,” he said.“I’m all for a balanced situation. It can’t be one-sided or in favour of one or the other.” This Isle of Capri property is available for rent for $4,000 per week.last_img read more

Woman traded clothes for property in best investment she ever made

first_imgThe house at 21 Springsure Pde, North Lakes, is for sale.WHEN Michelle Cox was in her early 20s her parents decided she was spending too much money on clothes, and urged her to buy a block of land at North Lakes instead.It turns out it was one of the best investments she ever made.The kitchen recently received a spruce up.After Mrs Cox and her husband Shane got married, they built what would become their family home at 21 Springsure Pde.That was 14 years ago, and they have made some changes since.“We did a new kitchen, we kept the shape but changed it to two-pac and white,” Mrs Cox said.“We left the granite benchtop the same, but we changed a lot of the cupboards into softclose drawers.”One of the living rooms at 21 Springsure Pde, North Lakes.The couple also created a rumpus room and playroom to provide more space for their three children, as well as adding an outdoor kitchen and a gas fireplace.Mrs Cox’s favourite space in the home was the open plan kitchen and living space.“It’s really big and great for entertaining,” she said.“You can cook and your family and friends can sit down and still interact with you.”More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mrs Cox said another family favourite was outside, at the inground pool.The fort has a slide and platform to jump off.The couple built a fort with a slide next to the pool, which gave the children a platform to jump off – straight into the water.On reflection, Mrs Cox’s fondest memories were the ones that involved her children growing up at the property.“It’s the little things that stand out,” she said.“When we did the extensions and put down extra concrete, the two little girls were just born so we put their little footprints and hands under the tiles.“I brought my three kids home here, this is their home and so it will be emotional leaving.”Mrs Cox believed the house would be great for another family.The bedroom is large.last_img read more

Tottenham’s Jack Clarke joins QPR on loan

first_img Loading… The 19-year-old winger had a medical with the Sky Bet Championship club on Wednesday night and the move was completed on Thursday. Clarke, who was recalled from a barren loan at Leeds, has been keen to continue his development under Mark Warburton at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. Rangers are understood to have beaten Championship clubs, including Middlesbrough, as well as Scottish champions Celtic, to sign Clarke. Sky Sports News revealed earlier this week that the R’s were closing in on Clarke ahead of the pack. Clarke said: “I am delighted and looking forward to getting started. Hopefully I can kick on and help the team. “I like to create chances, take people on, I’m very direct with the ball and love running with it.” Clarke admitted the opportunity to play under Warburton was a key factor in his decision to join the Hoops, adding: “I spoke to Mark a fair few times. “He was one of the main factors in me coming here – in terms of how he wants to play football and how he sees me fitting in.” Clarke could make his debut at home to former club Leeds on Saturday lunchtime – live on Sky Sports. “You couldn’t write it, could you? I am just excited to get going and to kick-start things with my new team,” he said. Warburton admitted he is pleased to sign another exciting attacking option during a busy period of the season. “I’m really pleased to bring Jack in – he is a talented, young, hungry player with lots of energy and there’s no doubts about his quality,” he said. “Right now we have Ilias Chair, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ebere Eze doing exceptionally well for us but with injuries, suspensions, form, you need to have options. “Jack provides that. He can play on the left, on the right, or in the centre so we are delighted to have him. Hopefully the fans will see the quality that he has.” Clarke signed for Spurs permanently from Leeds last summer before being immediately loaned back to Elland Road, but he made just three appearances under Marcelo Bielsa this term. Read Also:Mourinho and Tottenham should sit tight, says Redknapp The youngster was one of the rising stars in the Championship last season, often making an impact off the bench as Leeds chased promotion. Clarke will now join up with Spurs team-mate Luke Amos, who is already on loan at QPR. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Queens Park Rangers  have signed Tottenham’s Jack Clarke on loan for the rest of the season. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Yearlast_img read more

PH suspends scrapping of defense pact with US

first_imgThe termination VFA, which is central to one of Washington’s most important alliances in Asia, was due to take effect in August and was Duterte’s biggest move yet towards delivering on longstanding threats to downgrade ties with the Philippines’ former colonial ruler.On Feb. 11, Duterte ordered the abrogation of the VFA after the US revoked the visa of former Philippine National Police chief and now senator, Ronald Dela Rosa, his close ally.Locsin said many countries in the region and the world find the Philippine government’s decision reassuring.“Let me assure you that this action alarms no countries in Asia and the rest of the world. On the contrary it greatly reassures everyone,” Locsin said.The US welcomed the Philippine government’s decision in a statement released after Locsin’s social media post.“Our long-standing alliance has benefited both countries, and we look forward to continued close security and defense cooperation with the Philippines,” a US Embassy statement said.Meanwhile, Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana welcomed the development saying this could mean more US assistance at the time the country is facing the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.The VFA governs the treatment of US servicemen in military units and defense personnel who are in the Philippine territory for short periods for joint military exercises approved by both the Philippine and US governments.It entered into force on May 27, 1999 , eight years after the closure of US military bases in the Philippines in 1991. It was negotiated and signed during the time of President Fidel V. Ramos and ratified during President Joseph Estrada’s time.Over the years, the US military also assisted the Armed Forces of the Philippines in combating extremist groups by providing technical assistance and enemy surveillance to Filipino troops battling the militants. (With Reuters/PN) United States Marines arrive in an amphibious assault vehicle during the amphibious landing exercises of the US-Philippines war games promoting bilateral ties at a military camp in Zambales province, April 11, 2019. ELOISA LOPEZ/REUTERS/FILE ‘Superpower tensions,’ pandemic led Duterte to backtrack MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has suspended his decision to terminate a two-decade-old troop deployment agreement with the United States (US) due to “political and other developments in the region.” Foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. announced Tuesday that President Duterte reversed his decision to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and ordered the suspension of the agreement for six months.“We look forward to continuing our strong military partnership with the US even as we continue to reach out to our regional allies in building a common defense towards enduring stability and peace continuing economic progress and prosperity in our part of the world,” Locsin said.last_img read more

ROBERT E. KEITH age 81

first_imgRobert E. Keith, age 81, of Batesville, Indiana died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Manderley Health Care Center in Osgood, Indiana.Born June 12, 1935 in Jennings County, Indiana he was the son of the late Ralph & Lula (Grant) Keith. He was united in marriage to the former Janet L. Smith on August 25, 1973, and she preceded him in death on May 8, 2006.Bob was retired from Sunman Telephone Company where he was employed for over 38 years as a lineman and safety director.Survivors include 13 children, Bobby Keith, Terry Keith, Kathy Keith, Peggy Benham, Janet Hollon, Timmy Keith, Shannon Keith, Amy Luttle, Mindy Keith, Dustin Keith, Taylor Keith, Tessa Keith and Chandler Keith; five step-children, Dennis McLaughlin, Denise McLaughlin, Michael McLaughlin, Jill Arnoldy and Jason Arnoldy; a sister, Lois Nichols of Scottsburg, Indiana; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents and wife, Janet, he was preceded in death by a brother Donald Keith.Family & friends may visit from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Ave., Brookville.Pastor Mike Miller will officiate the Funeral Services at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Stipps Hill Cemetery in Franklin County.Memorial contributions may be directed to Morris Volunteer Fire Department. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Keith family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Ward tops XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at I-35

first_imgMASON CITY, Iowa (May 26) – A driver from Arizona who won a state championship in Nebraska found success in Iowa Monday night. Tim Ward led most of the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at I-35 Speedway. He’d gotten the front spot back from J.J. Wise before rain forced the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature to be called after 16 of the scheduled 25 laps. “The car was really good. We were really fast,” said Ward, racing out of Laurens and teammate of 2010 series champion Mike Jergens this season. “I got a good starting spot but I think I could have started further back and still had a chance to get to the front.” Two cautions interrupted the series-opening night contest. Ward slipped under Wise following the second restart to regain the lead. The victory paid $1,000. Ward was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, having won the Allstar Performance Nebraska State crown last season. Wise, Jesse Sobbing, Ryan Ruter and Jergens rounded out the top five. Ruter and Jergens both qualified from “B” features. Ward returned to the Midwest in March. His Memorial Day win at Mason City was his first of the season; he’d finished sixth and second in a pair of weekly starts, then broke while running fifth late in Sunday’s Skip Rose Memorial at I-35.Forty IMCA Modifieds saw action Monday. Feature results – 1. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; 2. J.J. Wise, Garner; 3. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood; 4. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 5. Mike Jergens, Plover; 6. Mike Van Genderen, Newton; 7. Levi Nielsen, Mason City; 8. Tyler Heetland, Bancroft; 9. Jacob Murray, Hartford; 10. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 11. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton; 13. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 14. Cory Wray, Jamesport, Mo.; 15. Zach Less, Hopkinton; 16. Jeff Joldersma, McClelland; 17. Jeff Waterman, Quincy, Ill.; 18. Alex Hanson, Northwood; 19. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 20. Kyle Brown, Kellogg; 21. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 22. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 23. Richie Gustin Jr., Gilman; 24. Rob Rose, West Des Moines. 1st heat – 1. Wise; 2. Sobbing; 3. Kyle Brown; 4. Carter; 5. Ruter; 6. Jeff Ignaszewski, Wells, Minn.; 7. Waterman; 8. Logan Brown, Clear Lake.2nd heat – 1. Rose; 2. Joldersma; 3. Christensen; 4. Jergens; 5. Less; 6. Wray; 7. Coty Albers, Wellsburg; 8. Ed Thomas, Waterloo. 3rd heat – 1. Gustin; 2. Mills; 3. Elliott; 4. Van Genderen; 5. Lauritzen; 6. Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 7. Dustin Brown, Thornton; 8. Murray.4th heat – 1. Hanson; 2. Heetland; 3. Nielsen; 4. Marriott; 5. Casey Greubel, Lacona; 6. Kurt Moeding, Mason City; 7. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 8. Scott Olson, Blairsburg.5th heat – 1. Cordes; 2. Ward; 3. Ryan Watnem, Humboldt; 4. David Brown, Kellogg; 5. Jamie Anderson, Mason City; 6. Kyle Krampe, Baxter; 7. Nick Roberts, Des Moines; 8. Josh Ruby, Lakota. 1st “B” feature – 1. Nielsen; 2. Jergens; 3. Lauritzen; 4. Kyle Brown; 5. Roberts; 6. Murray; 7. Ignaszewski; 8. Moeding; 9. Albers; 10. David Brown. 2nd “B” feature – 1. Ruter; 2. Christensen; 3. Van Genderen; 4. Wray; 5. Watnem; 6. Greubel; 7. Krampe; 8. Logan Brown; 9. Dustin Brown; 10. Olson. 3rd “B” feature – 1. Elliott; 2. Carter; 3. Less; 4. Marriott; 5. Waterman; 6. Ruby; 7. Rust; 8. Anderson; 9. Rogotzke; 10. Thomas.last_img read more

Light shines at Wexford

first_img Press Association Weld doubled up for the day in the concluding Borro Mares INH Flat Race as Jane Mangan guided 100-30 chance Wandering Star to a two and a quarter-length debut victory. Weld and Smullen were narrowly denied when the Tommy Stack-trained Tooreen Legend justified strong support in the Sharon Boland Last Days Of Freedom Rated Race. The 11-4 chance prevailed by half a length and winning rider Billy Lee said: “He travelled well the whole way and I just bided my time with him as it was his first time over the trip. I might have got there half a furlong too soon but he kept going well. He doesn’t do a whole lot in front and he was rolling around a bit.” Patrick Prendergast has one or two nice horses in his care this year, chief among them Irish Derby hope Sugar Boy, and the handler bagged another winner with Longshadow in the Black Point Handicap. The not-unbacked 4-1 chance was ridden handily by Declan McDonogh and strode on three furlongs out, keeping on well to see off Longdock by three and a half lengths. Prendergast said: “It’s unusual for a Monsun but he likes fast ground. His last run was much improved and he’ll make a lovely hurdle horse.” Young Charlie Elliott again looked good value for his claim as he steered Jessica Harrington’s 9-4 joint-favourite Takeyoucapoff to victory in the Campile Apprentice Handicap. The Dermot Weld-trained three-year-old had run with promise at Dundalk last month and the benefit of that experience, allied to the step up in trip, was not lost on her. Hitting the front just over a furlong out, the 11-4 chance ran on strongly for Pat Smullen to beat Madam Mo by two and a half lengths. Smullen said of the Khalid Abdullah-owned winner: “She had progressed nicely from her first run, this looked a nice opportunity and she did it well. She was working well enough to win a maiden of this calibre.” center_img There could be better to come from Tuscan Light judged on her manner of victory in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Median Auction Fillies Maiden at Wexford.last_img read more

Gleneagles given Breeders’ Cup Classic aim by Aidan O’Brien

first_imgAidan O’Brien has nominated dual Guineas hero Gleneagles for the Breeders’ Cup Classic in which he could take on American Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. Press Association The high-class three-year-old is still in line to make an appearance in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday week, providing the ground is suitable. He has missed intended outings in the Sussex Stakes and the Juddmonte International due to ground which was deemed to be too soft. center_img Should he not appear at Leopardstown, Gleneagles will have the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day as a back-up on October 17. A mouthwatering duel with American Pharoah, who only finished second in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga last Saturday, could then be on the cards if Bob Baffert’s colt stays in training. In a statement released to Press Association Sport, O’Brien said: ” Given suitable ground, Gleneagles will run in the Irish Champion Stakes on Saturday week and, failing that, he will be aimed at the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot in October. “His end-of-season target is the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland where he may face American Pharoah.” Gleneagles has proved himself the best of his generation over a mile, with Classic wins at Newmarket and the Curragh supplemented by his St James’s Palace Stakes victory at Royal Ascot. He was declared to take on the Derby winner Golden Horn over 10 furlongs at York in the Juddmonte International, but O’Brien felt the ground had too much give in it after walking the track. The Irish Champion Stakes is also over a mile and a quarter, but if the ground goes against him again it would mean Gleneagles could have to tackle a new trip, and an alien surface in dirt, at Keeneland. O’Brien’s inmate was given an 8-1 quote by Coral for the Classic on October 31, behind 7-2 joint-favourites American Pharoah, to whom Coolmore now have the breeding rights, and Beholder. last_img read more