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Cheng Lei, imprisoned Australian journalist, reveals harsh prison conditions

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Australian journalist Cheng Lei, who has been incarcerated in China for the past three years, has shared her first public statement detailing the challenging conditions of her imprisonment.

In a letter dictated to an Australian consular official in Beijing and passed on to her partner, Nick Coyle, Cheng Lei addresses the Australian public directly, expressing her yearning for the sun and nature of Australia, which she sorely misses during her incarceration.

“I miss the sun. In my cell, the sunlight shines through the window, but I can stand in it for only 10 hours a year,” she writes.

Cheng Lei, who was working as a broadcast journalist for Chinese state-owned media CGTN, was arrested on August 13, 2020, on charges of “supplying state secrets overseas,” a claim she denies. She has been held under Residential Surveillance at a Dedicated Facility (RSDF), a form of detention that restricts detainees’ contact with the outside world.

In her message, Cheng Lei reflects on her life in Australia and the memories she cherishes, contrasting them with the stark reality of her prison experience. She shares her yearning for the Australian people, the diverse landscapes, and even the humor that she associates with her Australian upbringing.

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Cheng Lei’s case has garnered international attention, with concerns raised about her treatment and the allegations against her. Her partner, Nick Coyle, reveals that she has been able to correspond with her children and parents through letters since leaving the RSDF system. However, the toll of separation from her family is evident in her words.

The Australian government has advocated for Cheng Lei’s rights and humane treatment in accordance with international norms. The Chinese Embassy in Canberra stressed that China adheres to the rule of law and is willing to provide assistance within the bounds of legal provisions.

Cheng Lei’s case highlights the complexities of diplomatic relations between China and Australia, with hopes that a resolution will lead to improved bilateral engagement.

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions

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Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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Australia’s electricity grid faces an urgent overhaul as consumption dramatically doubles

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By 2050, AEMO has predicted that Australia’s electricity use will double due to renewable energy and electrification, prompting a necessary overhaul of the country’s aging power grid.

The adoption of renewable energy sources and electrification is set to double Australia’s electricity consumption by 2050.

The fast-adoption has created an urgent need for reconfiguration and enhancement of the nation’s century-old electricity grid.

James Hunt, Pacific Vice President of Power Systems and Services of Schneider Electric joins to discuss. #featured

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House of the Dragon season 2 profits despite review scores

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Viewership Surge: 1 Million Revisit “House of the Dragon” Ahead of Season 2.

 

HBO took a big bet on its “Game of Thrones” spin-off, with one million people rewatching the first season of “House of the Dragon” in the days leading up to the Season 2 premiere, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. However, not all reviews have been glowing. #featured #trending

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