PAN GANG, THE PRESIDENT OF YILI GROUP (PHOTO: EPOCH TIMES) ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information News News News June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternetJudicial harassment Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on China November 15, 2018 – Updated on November 21, 2018 China: two financial journalists sentenced to jail terms On October 24, a court in the Chinese Autonomous Province of Inner Mongolia sentenced financial reporters Zou Guangxiang and Liu Chengkun to prison terms of one year and eight months, respectively, on the charge of “picking quarrels and provoking troubles.” Their sentencing comes after having revealed the existence of an investigation against Pan Gang the chairman of the dairy group Yili, from the region.Zou was arrested in Beijing in March, two days after disclosing on his blog the existence of the investigation, information which became viral and caused a 3.5% fall in the share price of the company. Liu took some elements of the story and published them as fiction, probably to protect himself, which did not prevent his arrest a few days later.”These two journalists have done their job by bringing crucial information to the public’s attention and it is outrageous that it costed them their freedom, said Cédric Alviani, director of RSF’s East Asia office, who condemns “the policy of terror put in place by the Chinese authorities to replace independent journalism with a new media order based on censorship and propaganda.”China is one of the world’s most egregious jailers of journalists, holding more than 60 professional and non-professional journalists behind bars. In the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country stagnates at 176 out of 180. RSF urges Chinese authorities to release two financial journalists sentenced last month to jail terms for the simple act of revealing the existence of an investigation against the chairman of Yili Industrial Group, a powerful dairy company. News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further Organisation China’s Cyber Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more
CHROMA NOMINATED FOR A NATIONAL BUSINESS ETHICS AWARDChroma Technology, Corp of Rockingham has been nominated to receive a Business Ethics Award from Business Ethics Magazine.The nationally-known magazine’s mission is to “promote ethical business practices and serve the growing community of professionals striving to work and invest in responsible ways.”Employee-owned Chroma has been nominated in the category of “Living Economy,” which seeks to reward companies that are “locally based, human scale, stakeholder-owned, democratically accountable, life-serving, and which seek fair profits rather than maximum profits,” according to the award criteria.The nominations are made by experts in the field. “What we’re looking for is companies that have found a way to preserve their social mission beyond the founding generation, and that can include employee ownership,” said Karen McNichol, the magazine’s business manager. “Chroma is 100 percent employee owned. They were founded that way, which is quite unusual. It has a flat and high pay scale. When it needed to grow, it decided not to move out of state because of its commitment to the place. And it’s one of the fastest growing technology companies in Vermont.”Chroma specializes in the design and manufacture of precision optical filters and coatings. Its filters have been developed for a variety of applications: low-light fluorescence microscopy and cytometry; spectrographic imaging in optical microscopy; laser-based confocal and multi-photon instrumentation; and Raman spectroscopy. For each of these applications, the company provides the greatest accuracy in color separation, optical quality and signal purity.Founded in 1991, Chroma expects to see sales of $16 million this year. About 37 percent of its products are exported overseas to Japan, China, Singapore, Germany and England.”We’re particularly proud of being nominated for the Business Ethic’s Living Economy award,” said Chroma co-founder and CEO Paul Millman. “That award recognizes small companies that are locally rooted. We began in Windham County. We grew from 6 employees to 68 employees in Windham County. The employees of Chroma own our company completely. We work here and, we live here. Its hard to get more locally rooted than we are.”An independent panel of judges will select the winners, which will be announced in the Winter 2004 issue of Business Ethics Magazine.”Once the judges have made their selections, we’ll contact the winners and do interviews for our cover story about them,” McNichol said.
Austin Spohn (21) and the Badgers hope to finish the spring with a victory.[/media-credit]Although a five-day layoff should leave the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team well-rested heading into Saturday’s Wisconsin Cup, consecutive matches should be quite a test for the squad.Fortunately for the Badgers, the games will switch from the standard 45-minute half to 30-minute halves. Nevertheless, according to head coach Todd Yeagely, the team will likely use most of the roster for the games.“I like the fact that it allows us to experiment with different players with different positions,” Yeagely said. “We have to certainly look at how we are performing and make evaluations on performance.”In Wisconsin’s last home game, Yeagely used his two backup goalies and a variety of bench players en route to a 5-0 victory over UW-Milwaukee. Junior Cale Cooper, who had limited playing time during the fall, scored a goal on his only shot, and freshman Austin Spohn added a pair of goals. Although freshman Jamal Habibi and sophomore Ryan Vint played well in their opportunity against the Panthers, it is unknown how long starter Alex Horwath will play.Another issue for Wisconsin could be the timing of the games. Not only are the games on the same day but having the matches start within a few hours will likely mean the Badgers will not be able to prepare for their second opponent until an hour or less before the latter game starts.“You got to prioritize what’s most important in spring — we’re taking it one game at a time,” Yeagely said.Unlike most tournaments, Wisconsin will face an opponent in the second round even if it loses in the first contest. In the second game, UW will either face UW-Milwaukee or UW-Green Bay, which both faced Wisconsin last year. If UW-M goes on to the face the Badgers in the second round of the Wisconsin Cup, it will mark the third time this season that the Panthers and Badgers have faced off.In the morning game, the Badgers will face Marquette. The Golden Eagles, who finished the 2008 season a disappointing 3-10-4, have followed with a mediocre spring. Although the team had a bad loss to the University of Tampa and only managed a 2-2 draw with Saint Leo University, Marquette did have a solid win against Illinois-Chicago in penalty kicks. Wisconsin also faced the Flames earlier in the spring season, but the Badgers had to settle for a 0-0 tie on the road. The Badgers actually scored in the first minute against UIC, but the goal was called off and both teams struggled to find the net.Even though the Golden Eagles are off to an average start to the exhibition season, Wisconsin has been preparing hard for their matchup this weekend.“I think our thought process moving forward has been much better than when we started in the spring,” Yeagley said. “We’re already working quite a bit as a team. … We’re seeing it in training; hopefully, we can have a good wrap-up to the spring in these last two matches.”With their last spring game before the end of the year, Wisconsin is looking to improve upon Sunday’s result against Western Illinois in which the Badgers fought to a 1-1 tie. Although the Badgers did not lose, the Leathernecks broke Wisconsin’s three-game shutout streak. According to Yeagely, the team has fixed the problems that plagued them last week.“Our composure could have been better,” Yeagley said. “We could have been better on second chances and we addressed that as a team.”