COPIAGUE, NY - A Lindenhurst man was arrested after he was caught recklessly driving an ATV on Sunrise Highway in Copiague on Saturday evening, according to Suffolk Police.
TAIPEI (CNA) — Former Premier Lai Ching-te (賴清德) on May 21 accused President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) re-election team of spreading lies by saying that he previously told Tsai he would not run for the presidency. Lai and Tsai are both from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The former premier is challenging the incumbent president […]
這篇文章 Former premier fights tooth and nail for party primary 最早出現於 The China Post。
Deutsche Bank’s Mapping the World’s Prices 2019 shows the city climbed a ‘stunning’ seven places for salary over the past five years
Stock market gadflies were predicting a wealth boom to strike San Francisco this year, with several big-name tech companies set to enter the public market. But according to Deutsche Bank, the city is already there.
San Francisco beat out all other world cities for having the highest salaries and most disposable income, according to Deutsche Bank’s “Mapping the World’s Prices 2019” survey – and that’s even after taking into account the notoriously high rent.Continue reading...
Air quality rated ‘poor’ for second day in a row, as NSW Health warns conditions could aggravate respiratory issues
Hazard reduction burns across Sydney have been suspended for at least 24 hours to allow smoke from earlier burns to clear.
The New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage dropped the air quality level in the harbour city to “poor” for a second day on Wednesday, as Sydneysiders woke up to hazy conditions and the sharp smell of smoke in the air.Continue reading...
Attorney General William P. Barr on Thursday railed against federal courts issuing nationwide injunctions blocking President Trump from implementing his policies, saying they wield "unprecedented power."
In a speech before the American Law Institute, Mr. Barr said such injunctions block politicians of all stripes from enacting the voters' will.
Kentucky Democrats have nominated state Attorney General Andy Beshear to face Republican Gov. Matt Bevin in November’s general election.
Beshear, the son of former Gov. Steve Beshear, won Tuesday’s Democratic primary, defeating two main rivals for the nomination: state House Minority Leader Rocky Adkins and former state Auditor Adam Edelen.
While Republicans have dominated Kentucky elections in recent years, Bevin enters the general election following a closer-than-expected GOP primary victory on Tuesday — and with low approval ratings in opinion polls that suggest a competitive race in the fall.
Article originally published on POLITICO Magazine
North Korean women are “uniquely vulnerable” to sex trafficking in China, according to a report released Monday by the Korea Future Initiative. The London-based nonprofit’s report, Sex Slaves: The Prostitution, Cybersex & Forced Marriage of North Korean Women & Girls in China, describes “systematic rape, sex trafficking, sexual slavery, sexual abuse, prostitution, cybersex trafficking, forced marriage, and forced pregnancy of North Korean women and girls in China.”
According to data in a 2013 report published by NK News, 68.7% of all defectors from North Korea to South Korea were women, and most defectors fall into the 20s and 30s age group.
Because China routinely repatriates North Koreans found within its borders, North Korean women there are particularly at risk.
According to the Korea Future Initiative report, exploitation of North Korean women generates profits of at least $105 million dollars each year.
“Victims are prostituted for as little as 30 Chinese Yuan (U.S. $4), sold as wives for just 1000 Chinese Yuan ($146), and trafficked into cybersex dens for exploitation by a global online audience,” the report says.
“Most of the victims were in the age between 12 to 29, and experienced human trafficking more than once,” said Michael Glendinning, CEO of Korea Future Initiative in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service prior to the report’s release.
Glendinning said that the number of victims being sold into cybersex is increasing rapidly, and that even a 9-year-old victim was used to make graphic content.
While in the past, forced marriage was the mechanism by which most victims were introduced to the trade, the report notes that prostitution has overtaken this as the most common path, with women and girls “enslaved in brothels,” mostly located in urban areas of northeastern China.
For the report, the Korea Future Initiative conducted research and interviews over a two-year period.
Survivors spoke of how they were sold into the sex trade after being deceived.
“I was 14 years old [and] my mother’s cousin [in China] arranged for me to work in a garment factory in Yanbian [China] (…) I crossed the river at night [with a broker] and was driven to a house,” said a survivor identified as Ms. Hwang from Musan county in the report.
“I realised that everything had been a lie when I arrived (…) A 36-year-old man bought me for 24,000 Chinese Yuan ($3500) (…) I escaped before his mother wanted me to have a child,” said Hwang.
Other survivors said they were sold into the industry after having an argument with a landlord, or by police that had threatened to repatriate them to North Korea.
Ms. Jeon from Sinuiju talked about being abducted and raped by a group of men before being sold.
“Three men abducted me [close to the border]. It was nearly dark and they put me in their car and drove me into the mountains (...) The oldest man raped me first. I became unconscious when the other [two men] raped me,” she said.
“When I woke up I was bleeding and they had tied me to a tree (…) The next day one of the men came back (…) [He] sold me to a broker,” said Jeon.
The report called out Seoul for remaining silent on North Korean human rights abuses, and called on ordinary South Korean citizens to hold their elected political representative accountable.
The nonprofit also recommended that all countries come to the aid of North Korean women in China and for embassies in the country to grant refugee status for North Korean asylum seekers. It also called for increased resource allotment for rescue organizations working with North Koreans in China to assist them in resettlement and rehabilitation.
The report made a particular point of avoiding the word “defector” to describe victims of sex trafficking, because the term “does not accurately describe the experiences of North Koreans who have been forced into exile by their government’s imposition of poverty, hardship, and human rights violations.”
But the North Korean regime may not make the same distinction. Sources in North Korea say that the regime’s State Security Department is cracking down on female Chinese language learners in provincial cities, labeling them as potential “defectors”.
“A few days ago, a private tutor who teaches English in South Sinuiju was called to the local security department office for questioning,” said a source from North Pyongan province in an interview with RFA’s Korean Service on Monday.
“The tutor graduated from a foreign language institute in Sinuiju and was a foreign language teacher at a high school. She quit teaching after she got married and began holding private Chinese and English lessons out of her home,” the source said.
“The questioning by the State Security officials was to find information on Chinese learners. They were not concerned with students who were learning English,” the source said.
“In particular, they wanted specific information on female learners in their 20s and 30s, including their names, home addresses and [perceived loyalty],” said the source.
The source said that the State Security department told the tutor to inform them how much each female student is paying for Chinese lessons.
“[They] said that learning Chinese secretly at a high price means they are preparing to run to China. They said Chinese language tutors are helping them with defection,” the source said.
A second source, also from North Pyongan, said the crackdown began after three families from the Sinuiju area defected last June.
“[After they defected], state security began questioning Chinese language tutors. They put pressure on the tutors to set up a reporting system so they could keep tabs on anyone signing up for Chinese lessons,” the second source said.
“State security calls in ‘suspicious’ women for questioning, but this is making people resentful. The Central Committee [of the Korean Workers’ Party] is emphasizing the need to improve foreign language skills, but these women are being punished for trying to do exactly that,” said the second source.
The second source said that learning Chinese isn’t only popular with people who plan to defect. Young North Koreans want to learn foreign languages to gain an economic advantage, or to show it off as a status symbol. But for most people, their options for studying are limited to private tutors.
“Young people want to learn Chinese and English, but there are no [state sanctioned] educational institutions specializing in foreign languages for ordinary people. Language institutions in each provincial area are open only to high-ranking government officials and children from the privileged classes.
“This is why there are increasing numbers of language programs run by private tutors. However, state security is accusing people who are spending their own money to learn Chinese of being criminals preparing to defect North Korea, so people are resentful about it,” the second source said.
Additional Reporting by Hyemin Son and Hee Jung Yang for RFA’s Korean Service. Translation by Leejin Jun.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Supporters of an unsuccessful presidential candidate clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory in the Indonesian capital after the release of official election results. National Police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said protests turned violent late Tuesday and continued during the night. He said Wednesday that dozens of people […]
這篇文章 Protesters clash with Indonesian police after election loss 最早出現於 The China Post。
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor, defeating 3 opponents.
這篇文章 Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear wins Democratic nomination for governor, defeating 3 opponents 最早出現於 The China Post。
A look at what’s happening around the majors Wednesday: CURTAIN UP! LIGHT THE LIGHTS! Max Scherzer, the 2016 and ’17 NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Washington and Jacob deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young winner, starts for the New York Mets in a rematch of opening-day starters. The Mets won the opener 2-0 […]
這篇文章 LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs. deGrom, Hamels faces Phillies 最早出現於 The China Post。
Responding to criticism after some fans buying tickets for the Women’s World Cup were not given seats together, FIFA said it was working toward a solution with the local organizing committee in France. Tickets were made available for printing Monday and ticket holders learned their seats were sometimes split up in separate rows and different […]
這篇文章 FIFA working on solution for World Cup ticketing issue 最早出現於 The China Post。
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Brett Moffitt capped a storybook season by winning the NASCAR Truck Series finale at Homestead last November, securing an unlikely championship after a decade of bouncing around the stock car circuit. Moffitt soon found himself out of a job anyway. For the third time in his career, Moffitt lost his […]
這篇文章 NASCAR Trucks champ Brett Moffitt finds home at GMS Racing 最早出現於 The China Post。
A proposal to close off two blocks has been criticised as ‘piecemeal’ and ignited a debate about the direction of Australia’s most liveable city
A proposal to close sections of one of Melbourne’s main streets to cars has reignited debate about the future of Australia’s most liveable city as a car-free zone.
Melbourne City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of adopting a plan to close off two blocks of Elizabeth Street to all traffic apart from trams, bikes and pedestrians, and converting two more blocks into single-lane one-way streets.Continue reading...
Pictures show a lot of groundwater has seeped into the mine since 2010 disaster that killed 29
The first images from inside the New Zealand’s Pike river mine, where an explosion killed 29 men nearly nine years ago, have been released.
The shots were taken as a three-person re-entry crew broke through the 88cm concrete seal on Tuesday at the mine’s opening to start the process of gathering evidence on what caused New Zealand’s worst mining disaster since 1914. The bodies of the 29 victims remain in the mine.Continue reading...
WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - A Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort told a stunned judge Tuesday that she wants to fire her attorneys and rep
Bernie Sanders appears to be the favorite to secure Ocasio-Cortez’s prized endorsement in the Democratic presidential primary
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive US congresswoman and social media sensation, has said she would be “hard pressed” to endorse the frontrunner, Joe Biden, in the Democratic presidential primary.
The statement is the latest sign of the left’s apathy towards the former vice-president, who has surged ahead of the Senator Bernie Sanders and other rivals in recent polls.Continue reading...
After Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam described what would happen to a baby born alive after a botched abortion, Republican legislatures began sending infanticide bills to Democratic governors daring them to use their veto pens.
And so far, the Democrats are taking that dare.
Two weeks ago, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock ...
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