Provincial court restricts media freedom, sentences reporter to a year in prison

first_img Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the one-year jail term that Zaw Phay, a reporter for DVB Multimedia Group (DVB), received from a court in the northern city of Magway on 7 April on charges of trespassing on government property and disturbing a civil servant. He has already begun serving the sentence.The case dates back to August 2012, when Zaw Phay went with the father of a student to the local education department in Magway to interview the official in charge of a Japanese-funded scholarship programme.The official subsequently filed a complaint against both Zaw Phay and the student’s father, Win Myint Hlaing, who has also been sentenced to a year in prison. Both intend to appeal.DVB has condemned Zaw Phay’s conviction, pointing out that he was just doing his job as a journalist by investigating a subject of general interest.Zaw Phay’s lawyer, Thein Tun, told Reporters Without Borders that Zaw Phay defied a ban – imposed in a completely illegal manner by the local authorities – on taking photos of government buildings.The long delay between the incident and the trial may have been orchestrated deliberately by the local authorities in order to “teach Zaw Phay and Win Myint Hlaing a lesson,” he said.“I am going to prepare a petition about this sentence, in order to mobilize as much support as possible, especially of people likely to come to the help of Zaw Phay’s family, who are now in need,” Thein Tun added.“We are not only worried about the impact this sentence could have on freedom of information in Burma but also about what it reveals about the situation in the country,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“It is unacceptable that local officials can obstruct a journalist’s work and have him sentenced to imprisonment just because they feel he disturbed them. We call on the local authorities to release Zaw Phay and we ask the government to ensure that media freedom is respected equally everywhere, without differences between Rangoon and the rest of the country.”Burma is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. MyanmarAsia – Pacific center_img May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar News RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture to go further News April 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Provincial court restricts media freedom, sentences reporter to a year in prison May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Heavy snow buries Midwest with up to a foot possible in Mid-Atlantic

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The winter storm that dumped 10 to 20 inches of snow on parts of Missouri, Iowa and Illinois from Friday into Saturday is hitting the East Coast on Sunday. The storm will bring heavy snow and ice from North Carolina to Maryland.With at least 10.9 inches of snow in St. Louis through early Sunday, this is the biggest snowstorm the city has seen in five years. Montgomery City, Missouri, had already seen 20 inches of snow, while Dulles International Airport was just seeing the beginning of the snow by 5 a.m. with 3.8 inches.There are two parts of the storm system affecting the Midwest and East Coast on Sunday morning. A coastal low is beginning to take shape off the Carolina coast line and will strengthen as it begins to head out to sea.Heavy snow bands are currently hitting parts of the Washington, D.C., metro area, as well as down through parts of Roanoke and Charlottesville, Virginia. Snowfall rates in these areas could range from 1 to 2 inches per hour through the morning.Additionally, there is mixed precipitation in western North Carolina on Sunday morning. Ice could rapidly accumulate in the morning hours in that region, especially from Winston-Salem, North Carolina and west.There are still winter weather alerts from Missouri to southern New Jersey Sunday morning. The winter weather alerts will begin to expire from west to east as the day goes on.Much of the snow should be consolidated to the Mid-Atlantic, especially Virginia and Maryland. Some light snow is also expected to reach parts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with the best chances for notable accumulation of snow in the southern parts of those states.The High Resolution Rapid Refresh model shows heavy snow bands lasting through much of the day in Washington, D.C., and northern Virginia, where some of the highest snowfall totals will come.There is the possibility for over 6 inches of snow in northern Virginia and parts of Washington, with some areas likely to approach 1 foot of snow. Additionally, over half an inch of ice is possible in parts of North Carolina and southern Virginia.As the storm pulls out to sea it will usher in another blast of cold air with wind chills in the teens and single digits for much of the Northeast on Monday morning.Half a foot of rain likely in Southern CaliforniaOn the West Coast, a storm caused some relatively minor mud and debris flows in Southern California on Saturday. However, several more Pacific storms are on the way this week and the concern for flash flooding, mudslides and debris flows will increase in the coming days.Another storm will arrive in Southern California on Monday, and another one will sneak in right behind by Tuesday.Several rounds of rain will likely dump 4 to 6 inches of rain on parts of Southern California this week.Heavy mountain snow is also expected for the entire Sierra Nevada range, and parts of the mountains outside Los Angeles. A winter storm watch has been posted for the Southern California mountains with locally over 1 foot of snow and 60 mph wind gusts possible. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nor’easter moving through New England leaving up to 40 inches of snow

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEWYORK) — A Nor’easter has brought more than 3 feet of snow to the Northeast, causing disaster and even death in certain areas.Two people died and numerous more were injured in Pennsylvania after a 30-60 car pileup in Clinton County, as a result of the bad weather Thursday morning.The place with the most snow as of yet is Litchfield, Pennsylvania, which is seeing up to 40 inches of snow.Washington, D.C. is seeing just 1 to 2 inches, while Philadelphia is 6.3 inches and New York City and Boston are seeing about 8.Hartford, Connecticut, has gotten about 10 inches so far and Albany, New York, has gotten 14.Meanwhile, Binghamton, New York, has seen almost 3 feet of snow — and it’s still coming.The highest pure ice accumulation is 0.6 inches in southern Virginia, where 37,000 are without power due to the extreme temperatures. Also, the highest wind gusts hit the New Jersey coast, at up to 60 mph.Thursday morning, the snow is finally leaving New York City and moving through upstate New York and toward New England.Snow will continue to fall in New England and Boston through the early to mid-afternoon. Over the next several days, temperatures will not warm up much, so most of the snow will stay on the ground.Black ice will be the biggest problem over the next week, as temperatures overnight will fall well below freezing, producing dangerous invisible black ice on the roads.The coldest air of the season for the Northeast will hit Friday morning, with wind chills falling to below zero degrees in Maine and hitting single digits and teens for the rest of the Northeast.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Video Arts enters market with tailor-made approach

first_imgVideo Arts enters market with tailor-made approachOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Video Arts, one of the biggest names in training and experts in blendedlearning solutions, has acquired Manchester-based e-learning venture LearningPack in a bid to extend its range of products and services into tailor-madecoaching programmes. “We have been watching the market closely and there is now a muchgreater demand for e-learning programmes that are made to fit perfectly withthe needs of individual organisations,” said Video Arts managing director,John Lowe. The new range of from Video Arts will be called Exact Solutions. Learning Pack developed out of the award-winning Gemisis programme, a £15mcollaborative research and development initiative involving NTL, University ofSalford, ICL and Cities of Manchester and Salford. “As part of thisacquisition, we will also be able to commission specific research projectsthrough its continuing collaboration with the Gemisis programme,” saidLowe. Video Arts also commissioned research by NOP into UK organisations’attitudes to e-learning.  Of thosesurveyed, 57 per cent of companies not using e-learning programmes said theywere likely to adopt a tailored package within the next two years. Findings also reported that a large proportion of organisations use acombination of tailored and off-the-shelf e-learning programmes. Among the prosof e-learning were accessibility (42 per cent), flexibility (37 per cent), costeconomies (35 per cent) and consistency (11 per cent). The disadvantages were loss of interpersonal aspect (33 per cent), cost (20per cent) and no opportunity to ask advice (16 per cent). Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announces “One Night Only” At The Met Philly

first_imgTedeschi Trucks Band is bringing their winter tour to the newly renovated and reopened venue, The Met Philly, in Philadelphia, PA for one night only on February 26th, 2019. Pre-sale begins on Thursday, November 15th at 10 am, with a general on-sale on Friday, November 16th at 10 am here.Opening up in early December, the 3,500-capacity Met Philly is is a brand new venue converted from the historic Metropolitan Opera House on Philly’s North Broad Street. The Metropolitan Opera House was built in 1908 by the well-known theater impresario Oscar Hammerstein I—the grandfather of the famed musical librettist Oscar Hammerstein II of the critically acclaimed composing duo, Rodgers and Hammerstein. While the venue was used as an opera house until 1934, the renovation marks the latest evolution of the historic building, which has also been used as a movie theater, a ballroom, a sports venue, and a church in the past.Tedeschi Trucks Band has slowly been rolling out winter tour dates, with multi-night runs scheduled in Chicago, New Orleans, Nashville, Washington, D.C., and more. For a full list of the husband-and-wife-led band’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Make This a December to Remember!

first_imgDell EMC PowerEdge Servers 14G offers the best possible platform for IT transformation – so let’s deliver strong year-end sales of our advanced server solutions… Since the global launch in July of the eagerly anticipated 14th generation of the Dell EMC PowerEdge portfolio, these best-of-breed servers have proved to be a huge hit with organizations of all sizes, all around the world.Partners, too, have been reaping the rewards of being able to promote and offer to their customers a comprehensive choice of advanced technology that was specifically developed to help accelerate business and drive IT transformation.Our new PowerEdge Servers represent an exciting new way to take advantage of impressive performance and operational enhancements at the same time as a range of unbeatable business benefits.We have some of the best products and the best Partner Program, so there’s never been a better time to promote and sell the PowerEdge Server portfolio. As the year end approaches, let’s deliver December sales that are just as strong as the initial launch interest in these industry-leading server solutions!Transformation Without CompromiseThe 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers is continuing its predecessors’ trend of setting the standards for others to follow.Our new PowerEdge servers are designed to be the bedrock of the modern data center. They are built from the ground up with a no-compromise approach to deliver an end-to-end, fully flexible and innovative solution that customers can absolutely rely on—whatever the workload and whatever the future demands of their IT infrastructure.In short: they’re specifically designed to deliver transformation without compromise.You can use our latest PowerEdge servers to help your customers realize their vision of a worry-free infrastructure that allows them to maximize performance and optimize efficiency.The latest Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers deliver a knock-out combination of unbeatable business benefits, available across a comprehensive range of server models to suit all infrastructure needs.A Comprehensive Choice of Winning Server SolutionsWhatever sector your customers are in, whatever the size of their organization and whatever their workload demands, you’re able to offer them a best-in-class server solution that’s designed to drive transformation in the most efficient and effective way for their business. Plus, of course, a suite of professional services that helps provide ongoing expertise and peace of mind.PowerEdge Servers 14G steals the show in three key areas: Scalable business architectureWith fully flexible and dynamic server technology that’s optimized for the emergence of NVMe and all workloads, customers can adapt quickly to help address ever-evolving business and workload needs. Intelligent automationWith iDRAC and Open Manage Enterprise driving built-in automation, customers can handle more routine tasks more efficiently, while also freeing up skilled resources for business-critical operations. Integrated securityDell EMC’s sophisticated cradle-to-grave protection is embedded at every step to safeguard organizations and their clients, so your customers can fortify their operations and their profitability.Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers 14G technology is clearly designed to deliver the difference. Let’s make it a December to remember!To access all the sales tools you need, visit the Partner Portal >>last_img read more

Goldfish & koi care

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaAdding a water garden, complete with colorful goldfish and koi,to your home landscape may sound like a good idea. But, just liketraditional gardens, a water garden must be tended.To make sure water gardeners start with the right information,the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering aone-day class on fish management in water gardens.The class is set for Tuesday, May 16, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.on the UGA campus in Tifton, Ga. It will meet in the AquacultureUnit.UGA aquaculture expert Gary Burtle, an associate professor withthe UGA College of Agricultural and Environment Sciences, willlead the class, which will cover types of fish, introducing fishinto a pond, diseases of koi and goldfish, feeding and fishbehavior, pond water quality and pond features.This training is designed for novice and experienced watergardeners and those who advise pond owners. The cost is $20,which includes class materials and lunch.Participants must preregister by May 12 by calling Burtle at(229) 386-3364 or emailing him at [email protected] For moreinformation on the class, see the UGA aquaculture program’s Website at read more

People’s United Bank-VPT effort raises $15,000 for Vermont Disaster Relief Fund

first_imgWhen Vermont Public Television held its fall fundraising campaign, people who gave to VPT also helped those suffering the effects of Tropical Storm Irene.Any contribution to VPT supported Vermont’s statewide public television network and sparked a donation from People’s United Bank to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.  The fund was set up in September to provide long-term relief to Vermonters after natural disasters.As a result of the televised campaign, People’s United Bank donated $15,000 to the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund. George Hauenstein, chief development officer of Vermont Public Television, Michael Seaver, president of People’s United Bank, and David Coates, chairman of the Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery Group.People’s United Bank-VPT. 11.9.2011last_img read more

Principal Testifies in NCPD Conspiracy Case

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York William Flanagan surrendered to Nassau County prosecutors in March.The principal of John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore took the stand to testify Thursday in the trial of the ex-Nassau County police commander accused of covering up a campus burglary for his friend.Lorraine Poppe was one of five witnesses the jury heard from in the second day of arguments—but her testimony is pivotal for prosecutors trying to prove William Flanagan accepted bribes for helping nix the 2009 theft probe as a favor.“We wanted to have Zachary arrested,” Poppe testified, referring to former student Zachary Parker, who pleaded guilty this year—after the alleged cover-up was exposed—to stealing more than $11,000 worth of electronics from the school.The Merrick man is the son of Gary Parker, who Flanagan is accused of accepting Morton’s Steak House gift cards and other gifts from after the former second-deputy police commissioner allegedly saw to it the younger Parker dodged justice.Judge Mark Cohen recessed the case before prosecutors could conclude direct examination, but Poppe is expected to be back in court Friday. Flanagan’s defense attorney, Bruce Barkett, is expected to question Poppe on an email she sent to her boss suggesting that the district hold off on pressing charges at one point.But, before Poppe entered the courtroom, Barkett won a motion to bar the prosecution from questioning her about a harassment charge the principal filed against a private investigator the defense attorney hired in the case.“I don’t want any of this to come up at trial,” Barkett told the court, saying that prosecutors are “trying to make me look bad.”Poppe had filed the complaint after Barkett’s private investigator tracked her last month to an address where she’s being staying since being displaced by Superstorm Sandy, knocked on her door in the middle of the night and startled her awake before leaving a note for her to call Barkett, according to Assistant District Attorney Bernadette Ford.“If they asked me ahead of time should they do this, I would have said ‘no,’” Barkett said, calling the move “inappropriate.”Judge Cohen agreed to exclude the testimony on the grounds that there was “insufficient proof of sufficient probative value.”Lothar Keller, a 24-year-old friend of Zach Parker’s, also testified Thursday that he turned over to police the stolen laptops and a projector that Parker had given him after Parker’s father called Keller and “said that I would be going down for the stolen stuff.”Flanagan pleaded not guilty to misconduct, conspiracy and other charges in March 2012 along with former Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Det. Sgt. Alan Sharpe, whose cases were severed from the current one. Opening statements were Tuesday.last_img read more

LIRR Bans Booze Saturday for Santa-Con

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Several hundred Santa-Con revelers stop at the post office on Eighth Avenue in Manhattan Dec. 11, 2010.Leave the spiked-eggnog at home.That’s the Long Island Rail Road’s memo to any revelers taking the train to New York City on Saturday for Santa-Con, an annual Christmas-themed convention in which thousands of people dress in Santa suits, sing naughty carols and drink holiday cheer.The LIRR, which similarly bans booze on alcohol-fueled holidays such as New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day, said the policy is designed “to maintain orderly travel.”The ban starts at noon. Santa-Con starts at 10 a.m. before parading randomly throughout lower Manhattan.The event, which organizers balk at being referred to as a bar crawl despite its stops at countless pubs, is the only non-holiday to draw the LIRR ban, which will be enforced by MTA police officers.Santa-Con has gotten a bad rap in recent years due to the rowdiness of some participants committing public-intoxication fueled quality-of-life crimes such as public urination. Organizers maintain that donations to charity are the event’s entry fee.While many establishments offer Santa-Con participants drink specials, this year some city pub owners are reportedly taking at least one NYPD officials’ advice and insisting that over-served Santas not belly up to their bars.Santa-Con, believed to have started in San Francisco in the 1990s, has spawned hundreds of similar events in cities worldwide, although the New York City version is considered to be the largest with estimates as high as 30,000 participants last year.last_img read more