first_img News In a press release on 1 December, RSF defended another target of the judicial harassment to which The Frontier Manipur is being subjected. It was one of its journalists, video presenter Kishorechandra Wangkem, who had been held for the past two months. He was freed on bail ten days later but continues to be the target of constant judicial harassment. He has repeatedly been arrested since 2018, when he criticized Manipur’s chief minister and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at national and state level. News “I wasn’t expecting anything of that sort given that we had already made the necessary corrections,” Soraisam told RSF after being bailed. “Things are really very bad in [Manipur] right now. The government wants to muzzle all critical voices.” IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence March 3, 2021 India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independence ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival “By using such methods to target journalists it doesn’t like, the assembly’s secretariat is behaving in an absolutely unacceptable manner for an institution that claims to safeguard democracy,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News “What is happening in Manipur now is systemic state repression of the media,” Chaoba told RSF. “The government wants to gag the media and repress civil society as a whole. This is in keeping with the larger trend in India. A journalist working in this state is constantly under threat as it is. With the government now coming down heavily on critical voices in a very arbitrary manner, it is getting increasingly difficult to do journalism.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is zooming in today on Manipur, a small state in northeastern India where press freedom violations are on the rise and where journalists are increasingly being persecuted by the local government, parliament and judiciary. RSF calls on the local authorities to stop trying to intimidate reporters. Orchestrated crackdown Organisation After confiscating her pass and escorting her to the exit, “they said they had an order to not let me in,” Jajo said, “I asked to see the order but the order never came. While I waited, they treated me very badly, insulted me and finally asked me to vacate the entrance.” “We call on assembly speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh to immediately drop the absurd proceedings against Grace Jajo and The Frontier Manipur. And more generally, in the light of the steady decline in press freedom in Manipur, we caution chief minister N. Biren Singh against any future violation of journalists’ rights and we remind him that he used to be a reporter before he entered politics.” Institutional credibility The pretext was her Facebook post sharing an article that a local news website, The Frontier Manipur, had published on 20 February, in which it exercised its right to respond to the accusations of “breach of privilege” and “contempt of the House” that the assembly’s secretariat had brought against the site in connection with one of its articles. The article, about an address that Manipur chief minister Nongthombam Biren Singh had delivered to the assembly, took all of its information from an official press release. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Chaoba and one of his editors, Dhiran Sadokpam, were themselves arrested a month before, on 17 January, and were held overnight after The Frontier Manipur published an op-ed about the “armed revolutionary movement” in Manipur. In order to be released, they had to tell the police they did not know its author, M Joy Luwang, and doubted the authenticity of his sources.center_img “Grace Jajo was humiliated despite having all the necessary journalistic credentials,” The Frontier Manipur executive editor Paojel Chaoba told RSF. “She was not given any explanation for not being allowed to enter the assembly. It was a shoot-first-ask-questions-later situation.” Even talking about press freedom is becoming problematic. After Wangkem dedicated the “Khanesi Neinasi” programme on 16 February to freedom of expression, it was threatened with judicial proceedings on 1 March. Manipur’s state government thereby became the first in India to take advantage of a new federal code of conduct for online content that gives local officials extensive powers to restrict press freedom. After a national outcry, Manipur’s authorities backed down and withdrew their threat of prosecution. to go further Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more The independent journalist Grace Jajo (RSF) RSF_en As well as all of these harassment cases, Manipur’s journalists were also shocked by a grenade attack on the Imphal headquarters of two local newspapers, Poknapham and People’s Chronicle, two weeks ago. The attack failed but journalists went on strike for five days until the authorities appointed a team of investigators to find those responsible. News Grace Jajo is a freelance reporter who often covers debates in Manipur’s legislative assembly in the state’s capital, Imphal, and who had a pass for the press gallery. But, on 22 February, “the security guards came for me, threatening to evict me by force” she told RSF. “At one point, I was surrounded by armed guards on all sides (…) I was totally shocked.” India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Kirmil Soraisam, the director of the 7Salai News site (RSF) Elected Chief minister of Manipur (red on the map) in march 2017, N. Biren Singh (on the left) met Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi, both members of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the ruling party at national and state level (illustrations : Twitter – RSF). Receive email alerts February 23, 2021 Find out more On the day that Jajo was notified of the charges against her, 23 February, two other journalists, Kirmil Soraisam, the director of the 7Salai news site, and Rabi Takhellambam, one of his reporters, were arrested on a “fake news” accusation over a small error in a story that had been quickly corrected. They were released on bail three days later but are now charged with disturbing public order, criminal intimidation and defamation. The next day, Jajo learned that the assembly’s secretariat was accusing her of “intentionally trying to malign the official procedure” and “breach of privilege” – a charge inherited from the colonial era that is supposed to protect the legislature from a threat to its independence. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting June 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgLinkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Photographed with Minister Jan O’Sullivan are teacher Calre Farrell, Patrickswell NS and 6th class students from Patrickswell, NS Grace Meagher, Rachel Real, Jessica Rennicks, Aoife McDarby, Ciara Kelly, Orla Kirwan, Lauren Griffin and Caitlin Considine.Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22THE RDS Primary Science Fair will be held in Limerick as well as Dublin next year, as Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan this week launched the expansion of the event.Complementing the RDS Primary Science Fair Dublin that happens alongside the BT Young Scientists & Technology Exhibition each January, the RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick will take place next January 15 and 16 in Mary Immaculate College.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Launching the expansion on Monday, Minister O’Sullivan said: “The RDS Primary Science Fair is a fantastic initiative. It nurtures young students’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder and provides them with a great stage to show off their endeavours. The Primary Science Fair has gone from strength to strength and today’s announcement is a very visible sign of that success.“Enhancing science and maths at primary level is an important goal.  This year we’ve seen very strong evidence that the Government numeracy strategy is really making a difference among primary school students. The RDS Primary Science Fair complements that success and having the event here in Limerick will be a great boost for our youngest scientists in Limerick and throughout the region.”Veteran of four RDS Primary Science Fairs in Dublin, teacher Clare Farrell of St Patrick’s GNS, Limerick, said: “The RDS Primary Science Fair is one of the highlights of the year for my class. Each September we start looking around for suitable projects and have great fun in working through them.“It’s also a unique way for my class to learn and each year they always respond really well to the creativity and thinking challenges involved. It’ll be great to have RDS Primary Science Fair Limerick on our doorstep at Mary Immaculate College next year.”Professor Michael A Hayes, President of MIC said the college was “very excited to be hosting and supporting the RDS Primary Science Fair here in Limerick”.The Fair is part of the RDS Science and Technology programme, which aims to encourage the development of science and mathematical skills in primary school children.Though almost 3,000 primary school children participated in 2015, the success of the RDS Primary Science Fair has meant that is greatly oversubscribed.The expansion to Mary Immaculate College means that thousands more students will be able to participate, and in many instances with much shorter travel times.The Fair encourages primary school teachers to focus on developing students’ core scientific skills by investigating a question or problem by ‘working scientifically’ and ‘designing and making’ as per the primary science curriculum. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories NewsPrimary science fair expands to LimerickBy John Keogh – June 10, 2015 1277 Previous article#VIDEO 106 doctors graduate from UL’s Graduate Entry Medical SchoolNext articleFish kill under investigation John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement TAGSeducationEducation Minister Jan O’SullivanlimerickMary Immaculate CollegeRDS Primary Science Fair Printlast_img read more

first_imgFulham defender Sascha Riether has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association for his apparent stamp on Manchester United’s Adnan Januzaj. Riether is the first player to be charged under a new pilot scheme where a panel of three former referees reviews video evidence of incidents not seen by match officials. The German defender appeared to stamp on Januzaj in the last minute of Fulham’s 3-1 defeat to United, but the incident was not seen by referee Lee Probert or his assistants. Press Associationcenter_img Riether has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond to the charge. An FA statement said: “Fulham’s Sascha Riether has been charged by the FA for violent conduct following an incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during his side’s game against Manchester United on November 2 2013. “The charge is in relation to an incident involving the defender and United’s Adnan Januzaj which occurred in added time of Saturday’s match at Craven Cottage. “Riether is the first player to have been charged retrospectively by the FA under a new pilot project for potential ‘not seen’ incidents in Premier League matches. “Previously, where the match officials had confirmed to The FA that none of them had seen an incident, the match referee was then asked to review all available video evidence before being asked what action, if any, he would have taken had it been seen. “Under the new process, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees Steve Dunn, Eddie Wolstenholme and Alan Wiley will be asked by the FA to review it and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time. “The panel were of the unanimous decision that it was an act of violent conduct.” last_img read more

first_imgRoberto Di Matteo has warned his players they cannot afford to take anything for granted when Benfica visit Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.Kalou scored in Lisbon.Salomon Kalou’s goal in Lisbon gave Chelsea a 1-0 first-leg victory and left them within sight of the semi-finals.Interim Blues boss Di Matteo was delighted with the result but insisted it would be a huge mistake to believe the tie is over.AdChoices广告“It’s a dangerous result if we think we’ve already qualified – we cannot think we’re through yet,” he said.“We’ve put ourselves in a good position, but it’s only one goal. You look at the results which have been achieved in the tournament, and we’re not going to sleep easily because of that.”Di Matteo, who made a number of changes for the game, added: “It was an excellent performance from the whole team.“Benfica are a good side with good individual players and are a threat from set-plays. But I always felt we looked solid defensively and I always fancied us to score a goal.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgRUMSON – A cold fall morning Saturday, Nov. 16 wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Rumsonites and friends from coming out to support Rumson PTO’s second annual 1-mile Fun Run and 5K Dawg Dash and Kiddie Dashes. Nearly 400 athletes of all levels registered for the runs that took place around the Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Over $6,000 was raised by the Bulldogs, according to Tara Harmon, who co-chaired the event with Irene Hall. The money will go toward funding academic enrichment programs and a variety of assemblies for Rumson’s elementary and middle schools. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more

first_imgIt wasn’t pretty, but it was a win.Carsen Willans and Travis Wellman scored goals to power the Nelson Leafs to a nail-biting 2-1 victory over the Spokane Braves in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff action Tuesday at the NDCC Arena.Nelson leads the best-of-seven Murdoch Division Semi Final series 1-0.Game two is Wednesday at the NDCC Arena.Playing the game without the services of leading scorer Jamie Vlanich and veteran center Linden Horswill, Nelson struggled to find any offence through the first 38 minutes of the contest. That’s when a bad pinch in the Braves defence gave Nelson a 2-on-1 break.With Willans carrying the puck into the Spokane zone, Wellman played the opportunistic winger tapping in a Rayce Miller pass for the game’s first goal.In the third it was Willans’ turn.The diminutive winger skated through the Braves defence before depositing a backhander past a surprised Jon Manlow in the Spokane nets.Nelson then put the game into the hands for netminder Adam Maida, who shutout the Braves for 59 minutes before Sean Collins scored on the power play.Maida is currently riding a three-game winning streak after taking over for injured Brad Rebagliati in the Nelson nets.Nelson out shot the Braves 29-23.Puck drop Wednesday is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Kimberley, Creston, Osoyoos and 100 Mile House all took one-game leads in their respective playoff series as all but one series opened Tuesday in the KIJHL. Beaver Valley hosts Castlegar in Game one of the other Murdoch Semi Final. . . . The loss of Jamie Vlanich and Linden Horswill takes 140-plus regular season points of offence out of the Nelson lineup. Vlanich could be in the lineup for Wednesday while Horswill is possible for Friday when the series shifts to Spokane.last_img read more

first_imgResidents and business owners filled Burt Hall to full capacity on Thursday night to express their views over the ongoing smell in South Inishowen. Further meetings are now being sought to mount pressure on Glenmore Estates, with the aim of an organised action group for the community being set up to tackle the issue.Concern was raised in recent weeks over the continued spreading of digestate in the 2,500-acre area with home and business owners suffering as a result. In an interview on Wednesday, Cllr Jack Murray told Donegal Daily how the stench was hugely affecting people’s lives, including cancer victims and young children. And while two members of the Finn Valley company were in attendance, Murray, who also attended the meeting on Thursday, said a full commitment was needed to stop the spreading of the digestate permanently.He told Donegal Daily: “I think it was a massive step forward for this community in the right direction.“I believe that the community showed that they are not going to be pushed over on this and they stand totally united in bringing an end to what is an environmental assault on the South Inishowen area. “I am glad there was representation at the meeting from Glenmore Estates and I know that they left that meeting, without any doubt in their minds of how strongly the community are going to fight this,” Murray said.“They gave a commitment to engage with the community but there is no commitment yet to ultimately stop the spreading of this toxic substance.“This issue is far from over and I am certain that this won’t be the last public meeting over this issue in Burt.”A loophole in current legislation leaves the company within their rights to continue the activity in the area, despite the recent and ongoing push back from the community.And Murray said the ‘unmoral’ loophole had to be looked at again at on a national level. “There seems to be a legislative loophole which makes this legal and they are within their rights to continue to do this,” he added.“But, as I said at the meeting last night, it doesn’t make it right, it doesn’t make it moral, and it certainly doesn’t make it acceptable to the people and we’ll fight and work for change on this loophole on a national front.“The legislation seems to not exist or has been closed in England and in the six counties and just because it doesn’t exist here yet doesn’t make it acceptable.“I would appeal to the goodwill and the conscience of the owners of the company to stop this. “They have heard how much of a health impact this has on the community and they need to recognise the massive impact they are having on people.”However, Glenmore Estates issued its own statement on Friday, refuting claims it is using legislative loopholes to spread digestate in South Inishowen.It read: “Further to last night’s meeting at St. Mary’s Hall in Burt, Co. Donegal, Glenmore Estate Farms wish to provide clarification on a number of points raised and the associated reporting of.“Glenmore Estate Farms operate an organic dairy farm at the An Grianán farm near Burt. Inaccordance with the nutrient management plan in place for the farm, digestate which is a renewable organic fertiliser is applied to lands as a substitute to chemical fertilisers.“Glenmore Estate Farms wish to clarify that they do not spread “chicken excrement” to lands. The digestate fertiliser used at the An Grianán farm is produced in accordance with strict EU and National standards at the Glenmore Biogas Plant. Digestate is an excellent and safe fertiliser containing all macronutrients and micronutrients necessary for modern farming, including nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.“The material is a product of the anaerobic digestion process at the Biogas Plant. Digestate is pasteurised, which eradicates animal or plant pathogens, and is then tested in an approved laboratory for a wide range of parameters including nutrients, metals and microbes. Glenmore Estate Farms refute the allegation of the company using “legislation loopholes” in respect of their activities and seek further clarification on this.“Glenmore Estate Farms wish to thank the organisers of the event and those who attended and participated. Glenmore Estate Farms look forward to meeting with the Local Action Group when formed and are committed to working with the local community to resolve concerns expressed.”Glenmore Estate refute ‘loophole’ claims as action group is established in South Inishowen was last modified: November 8th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe current licence fee is set to be scrapped and replaced with a charge that will hit virtually every Irish home, regardless of whether a television set is present. According to the Irish Independent, it will mean that anyone with a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone at home will be liable to pay.The Government is to issue a new tender for the detection and collection of the current licence fee from such evaders. Once the five-year contract tender is up, the State will then switch to the new household charge system.Speaking on this RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, Minister Bruton said that it is not currently known what devices will be included in the charge as technology quickly changes and develops.“While we know there are certain devices being used, we don’t know what devices will appear on the scene in the coming years and we want to make sure however we devise legislation that that base is secure and doesn’t become eroded.“One of the problems we have at the present is a high level of evasion and we want to set up a new system that is not subject to erosion in the same way,” he said. When pressed that RTÉ is short of funding now, the minister said that the Government has been advised to wait.“I think we put in place a working group which had all the key players, they clearly have recommended that the complexity of implementing a broadcasting charge would not be robust at this point, it needs time.“While I can understand RTÉ would like to see something come in very quickly, the advice to government is that we need time to get it right,” he said.Privately, Government figures are fearful of the backlash to what may be interpreted as a new ‘household charge’.“We are not necessarily talking about a new household charge,” a Government source said. “We need to make sure public broadcasting is funded in a fair and sustainable way. Otherwise public broadcasting is being sacrificed at the expense of the internet giants.” TV licence fee set to be scrapped and replaced was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceLONDON — Greetings from across the pond, everyone.I touched down in London around 7 a.m. local time Wednesday, a little over two days before the Raiders land here for their Sunday game against the Seahawks at 6 p.m. local time (10 a.m. PST). Feel free to send over any recommendations for what to do these next two-plus days.For now, let’s get to some of your Week 6 mailbag questions. There were some good ones among …last_img read more

first_imgALAMEDA — Familiar faces were back with the Raiders Monday as they announced their 10-man practice squad.Seven players who were released at the cutdown to 53 players were back at practice — wide receiver Marcel Ateman, defensive end Quinton Bell, guard Lester Cotton Sr., wide receiver Rico Gafford, cornerback Dylan Maybin, cornerback Nick Nelson and defensive tackle Anthony Rush.Three players cut by other teams also landed jobs with the Raiders — running back Damarea Crockett, linebacker …last_img read more