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The British newspaper The Guardian interviewed a prisoner in a labor camp in China, who says he was a usual practice using prisoners for to bet via the Internet in their leisure time.
Dali Liu was imprisoned in forced labor camp Jixi. Said that day, twelve hours spent trenching and breaking rocks in the coal mines open pit in northeast China.
At night, I had to spend hours of rest to Internet games.
Liu says he was just one of dozens of prisoners forced to play online to earn credits that the guards exchanged later for cash money.
According to Liu, in charge of the field made more money by forcing prisoners to play than what they did with his day job.
“There were about 300 prisoners are forced to play. We worked 12 hours. I heard that you could make up to $ 700 or $ 800. I never saw any of that money. The computers never went out.”
Virtual backlog, real punishment
Liu went to the field of “reeducation through labor” of Jixi in Heilongjiang province in 2004 after it occurred to “petition the government” central to investigate corruption in his hometown.
At 54 years, aside from working in coal, Liu sticks and toothpicks manufactured from wooden planks. Also produced tapestries for car seats that the prison exported to Japan and South Korea.
However, where Liu and other prisoners themselves had to meet their quotas was in the game. If they did, forced to stand with hands raised in the air and beaten with plastic pipes when they returned to their dormitories.
“So we played until I could not see,” Liu confessed to The Guardian.
The credits that accumulate on the Internet through the repetition of basic tasks, they become actual values because there are millions of players in the world who are willing to pay real money for such credits.
The virtual currency exchange multigame has become so common in China that its regulation is very difficult.
Only last April, the provincial government of Sichuan in central China, brought to justice at an online player who stole thousands of yuan loans.
In 2009, the central government issued a directive to define how they can sell virtual currency, which outlawed the practice of trading without a license.
Liu left the labor camp, also that year, but believes that the practice of forcing prisoners to win games, internet currencies continues.
BC correspondent in Beijing, Quentin Sommerville, says that the detainees in these facilities operated by provincial governments and local authorities are often subject to physical and psychological abuse.
A study by scientists from the Carnegie Institution determined that the moon’s interior contains as much water as the Earth’s upper mantle, which is an amount a hundred times higher than previously thought.
Scientists discovered water on the lunar magma, specifically trapped in the crystals found inside tiny beads of volcanic glass that are surfacing due to rash to suffer from periodic satellite.
According to experts explain what the real significance of this finding is that “challenges assumptions about how the moon formed and what is the origin of frozen water that the sun has at its poles, like Earth.
In this sense, the document’s author, James Van Orman, said that “the interior of the moon appears to be quite similar to the interior of the Earth” and analyzed the data determined that concentrations of water and volatile elements such as fluorine, chlorine and sulfur in the lunar magma, are “almost identical” to the concentrations recorded in the magma solidified in mid-ocean on Earth.
This discovery, published in the journal Science, reinforces the theory that the Moon and Earth have a “common origin” which, as explained by Van Orman, advocated by some scientists and is based in a large impact on the origins the planet caused the expulsion of material into orbit around the Moon was formed.
However, this theory has its “flaws.” Thus, there are experts who say that an impact as described in this theory should have ended due to heat water, so could not finish part of the satellite.
The Erik Hauri Carnegie geochemist, has defended another of the theories that can also be solved after this finding. At trial, Hauri, the amount of water found on the moon should “make” scientists to consider the volcanic activity as a possible source of ice found in the shadows of craters at the poles.
New York, May 10 (EFE) .- The sons of Osama bin Laden accused the U.S. today to violate the fundamentals of international law to be “summarily executed an unarmed man” and called for an investigation of the facts.
In a statement sent to The New York Times, adult children of the former leader of the terrorist network Al Qaeda claim to “not convinced the death of his biological father, in the absence of trials, as” the body, photographs or videos, “and called” conclusive evidence to believe the news stories “in relation to his death.
“If he was killed in the operation, as the U.S. president said (…), we question why an unarmed man was not arrested and tried in court,” write the children in writing.
It argues that if his father was summarily executed, “not understand” the desirability of such a murder, in which international law has been blatantly violated. ”
In addition, they draw attention to the “example” has given U.S. Regarding the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty by a court, which itself was offered to former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia, as recalled.
“We hold arbitrary killing is no solution to political problems”, defended in a statement in which he described as “unworthy” that U.S. forces fired on unarmed women relatives of Bin Laden and kill one of them and one of their children.
Another issue is complaining that there will contact the family of Bin Laden “to receive the body” because its “sudden burial without witnesses deprived him of offering religious services expected of a Muslim.”
“Now that the operation is finished, we hope that the Government of Pakistan released and delivered to all children of the family and all members will be repatriated to their country of origin, especially women, to prevent further oppression,” he added children, call for international support in this regard.
Failure to respond to these issues, say they will be forced to attend an international forum of justice, as the International Criminal Court or International Court of Justice, while “United Nations should take note of the violation of laws International and help us get answers. ”
“It is forming a panel of leading UK and international lawyers who will take action if there is no response in thirty days”, say in the letter.
In the same text point out that Omar Osama bin Laden, a son, “always faced (his father) in relation to violence and always asked to change their methods and not to attack civilians under any circumstances.”
“Despite the difficult public face for our father, never hesitate to condemn any violent attack perpetrated by anyone, expressed sympathy for the victims of all attacks,” say his brothers.
“As he condemned our father, he adds, now we condemn the U.S. president for ordering the execution of unarmed men and women.”
After insisting that they disagree with “how to think and operate,” the legitimate sons of Bin Laden calling for “a UN investigation to determine the accuracy of the facts reported by the U.S. and get to the fundamental question of what our father was not arrested and tried, but summarily executed without trial. “
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Acolyte was speaking just before the Regional Board meeting of his party to discuss the results of regional and municipal elections on Sunday.
Under questioning from reporters, has denied that the act tonight at 20:00 pm, will take place at the Palacio de Congresos de Mérida, to celebrate the victory of the PP in the regional and municipal elections in Extremadura, can be interpreted as a form of pressure on IU and has made clear that “here is not pressuring anyone and who is not thinking right.”
In that regard, he reiterated that the PP can only hope to complete this process of reflection and consultation within the coalition that is engaged and has insisted he is “very friendly” with a decision taken by IU has recognized “complex.”
PP Regional President has also clarified that the act of this evening is not a recognition of his person but “a tribute to civil society Extremadura” who “voted for change after 28 years of socialist government.”
This, he said, that citizens “feel” that the PP is a “party grateful for that wealth of confidence you have placed in the hands and tell them that we will work very carefully and with great caution.”
Therefore, explained that this act of recognition will have the word, not only PP mayors of small and large populations, but people of Extremadura civil society “they can continue to speak his words again, as they did through of forums that led his party before the elections.
In that sense, José Antonio Monago stressed that society wants to have Extremadura to “put Extremadura in its rightful place” and to stop being “a land of opportunity” and becomes “a land of realities” .
He has also stressed that his priority remains job, as it has been before and during elections, so “it,” stressed “we will devote all our energies.”
On the other hand, questions from the media, he considered it obvious that today the former president of the Junta de Extremadura, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Ibarra, to assure that “democratic” is that he, as the PP candidate for the Presidency Board and winner of the elections, whatever it may try to form a government.
Monago also noted that the internal problems that have the PSOE “are not good for Extremadura” and wondered “what will they think of the 125,000 unemployed Extremadura” when they see their problems “are not fixed with this monumental mess in which we have gotten Socialist Party. ”
In that regard, he pointed out that Guillermo Fernández Vara, although operational, is still the president of Extremadura, so you should spend, he said, “all his energy until the last minute, if need be, to resolve the Extremadura problems, as in his opinion, should Zapatero in Spain.
Therefore remain confident that the ruling PSOE when before their problems, because in the meantime, he lamented, “is leaving many people in the way.”
Asked by the journalists, José Antonio Monago considered a “farce” that the Socialist Party spokesman, Ignacio Sánchez Amor, he has urged it to make his tax returns to the Assembly of Extremadura, as required by House rules because otherwise, according to the PSOE, lose your rights as a congressman. EFE.
ACS, Iberdrola’s main shareholder, with 19.02% of titles, has urged the council power to apply to the BBK the same standard of “incompatibility” and “consistency” the council excluded from power at the sitting, while holding other positions in Repsol.
In addition, he has opposed the bylaw amendments that seek to give the Basque company president, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, “and almost all-embracing powers beyond” to “limit the rights of countless shareholders.”
The builder who chairs Florentino Lopez has made these statements during the general meeting of shareholders held on Friday in Bilbao, with representatives of shareholders 148,683 (82.34% of capital) and which was present on 29% stake. The other 53% was represented.
The board has approved the opposition of its majority shareholder, ACS, reduced to 14 members of the board of directors, who were prevented from entering the building on the board last year. It has also given its approval to the merger by absorption of its subsidiary, Renewable.
It has also approved the other statutory changes and the power of the governing body for further capital increases and bond issues at a meeting at which, for the first time attended by the representatives of Qatar Holding, has recently entered the capital with 6.1%.
The board has served for both the Council and its President at its head, and the majority shareholder, ACS, have once again staged their differences, that has led to clash in the courts, after the past year prevented the builder to sit in the body.
On this occasion, the president of BBK access to the board of Repsol, while Xabier de Irala’s nominee director in Iberdrola, ACS has served the council has claimed the power to apply to the Basque case the same criteria of incompatibility prevent its incorporation into the Council of the Basque company.
On the turn before the vote at the meeting, the ACS Secretary General, José Luis del Valle, who recalled that the construction is the majority shareholder, took the floor to explain his vote against several of the proposals of the Board of power management.
Del Valle announced in the first place, his opposition to the management of the governing body during the past year, because “once again, and persist in their attitude, has developed a large part of his performance” to “avoid the presence of more shareholder of the company “on the board. Also opposed to “strategic guidelines and bases for action” for 2011, because “there are explicit” and tantamount to “a vote of confidence in black and anticipated.”
After listing the discrepancies with the proposed changes, he was convinced that the statutory changes intended to “very serious, like to subvert the guiding principles of any corporation.”
He recalled, in this sense, both the council and its president “should be subject” to the board “and not the other way” and warned that the reform of the Constitution seeks to “put on the top social board and, in particular, its chairman. ” “It is intended, we understand that illegitimately, to give the president powers falling and almost all-embracing to limit the rights of countless shareholders,” he explained.
For the valley, thanks to the modifications, Galán would be “empowered” to “deprive shareholders of their right to obtain information, if it considers inappropriate or inconvenient or their right to propose to the board.” He has also warned the president of the Electrical that “the only conflicts of interest that has to deal with a board of directors are those that affect its members from society.” “Mr. President, distinguished advisors, it is you who are serving the company’s shareholders, who own the company and not the other way,” he criticized.
As expected, ACS has voted against reducing the maximum number of Council representatives to 14, compared to 15 above, which has been interpreted as “another example of the obsession with” the governing body of the company “trying to prevent the presence of its main shareholder in his bosom. ” At this point, he recalled that, despite the court ruling that upheld his exclusion from the council, “pending a final court order and sign” the Supreme Court.
ACS Secretary General has rejected amendments to certain articles of the bylaws and, finally, he has used his speech to address the presence of BBK in the Council, through its former chairman Xabier de Irala, while the current President, Mario Fernández, sits on the board of Repsol.
Del Valle recalled that Repsol has been operating in the energy sector not only directly, “in competition with the paramount activity, almost unique, Iberdrola,” but through “under the shareholders’ agreement with La Caixa”, owned by the oil of 66% stake in Gas Natural Group, “the principal and dominant operator in the markets for gas and electricity.”
Rejected that justification may be that Fernandez has joined the board of Repsol in a personal capacity, and pointed out that to oppose, in court, his presence on the board of the utility, Iberdrola was based on “the incompatibility arises from the possibility of having access to confidential information that could be used by a competing company. ”
“From this point of view, the current president of BBK for Repsol and Iberdrola former president for, they will be in two competing companies directly,” he said.
In his view, “unless there are different yardstick, or solutions wherever they have the same problems,” Iberdrola’s advice “if you want to be consistent, must apply” to the criteria put forward BBK to exclude from the advice ACS. “If this were so, would have no choice but to also exclude from its board to any board member to act as nominee director of BBK, while a representative of this entity is present to the Board of Repsol,” he said.
Galán has avoided responding to the site by José Luis del Valle about BBK, but said “respect” the decisions of the “competitors” of Iberdrola and rejected “public comment” about “plans or strategies implemented by other companies “.
On the other hand, has responded to the criticisms of the building for its ‘veto’ on the Council to insist that since the ruling of the Commercial Court of Bilbao has made it clear that “the protection of social interests should prevail over the system allows a shareholder to appoint a director for proportional representation “by” any damage that could lead to Iberdrola “to allow entry to his advice to a shareholder who is” in turn, a competitor. ”
To Galán, the court decision provides that the decision of the general meeting of Iberdrola held last year “was fully justified.”
Moreover, during the presentation of 2010 results to shareholders, Galán has claimed the validity of its business model, with which the company has achieved in 2010 a total of 2.871 million profit, and has exceeded 1,000 million in the first quarter.