Call for investigative journalist’s immediate release

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns investigative journalist Liu Wei’s detention for the past 11 days on a charge of “illegally obtaining state secrets” in connection with his coverage of a high-profile corruption case. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific to go further RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News October 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for investigative journalist’s immediate release Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more The deputy editor of Southern Metropolis News (南方都市报), a newspaper based in Guangdong, the 37-year-old Liu Wei (刘伟) was arrested in Chengdu on 8 October while on his way to Beijing to attend a seminar, and taken to Jiangxi province, where he is still being held in Pingxiang.The corruption case involves a controversial master of qigong (a traditional system of exercise and meditation), Communist Party officials, businessmen and celebrities. The charge brought against Liu under article 282 of the 1997 penal codes carries a possible seven-year jail sentence.“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of Liu Wei because, like Gao Yu, he is guilty of nothing more than doing his job in a professional manner and with a sense of duty,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“President Xi Jinping’s government proclaimed combatting corruption to be one of its priorities but yet again it has shown its authoritarian nature. By using a ‘state secrets’ charge to gag the source of information of public interest, Xi’s party has betrayed its real goal, which is to protect its members and prevent a new blow to its legitimacy.”Ever since the controversial qigong master Wang Lin was arrested in a murder investigation in June, Liu had been published a devastating series of documents provided by Wang’s former wife and a police officer. According to the South China Morning Post, these two sources have been held on the same charge as Liu since September.The official media have said nothing about Liu’s detention and the Communist Party is censoring social networks. But Southern Metropolis News, for which Liu has worked since 2009, issued a statement supporting him on 16 October.The requests for Liu’s release on bail that his wife and lawyer submitted on 10 and 13 October were rejected.Gao Yu, a well-known journalist who was awarded UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano prize in 1997, was sentenced to seven years in prison on 17 April on the same charge of disclosing state secrets. Article 282’s vague wording allows the authorities to define any information as a state secret, even after the event.China is ranked 176th out of 180 counties in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Help by sharing this information News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Clare’s Wish Foundation helicopter request

first_imgNewsClare’s Wish Foundation helicopter requestBy John Keogh – April 24, 2015 668 Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories  CLARE’S Wish Foundation, a Limerick-based charity that helps to grant the wishes of adults who have a life-threatening or terminal condition, is seeking the service of a helicopter to carry out a very urgent wish request for a person with a serious illness. Anyone who may be able to help can contact the Foundation on 061 633301. Previous articleCaoimhe and Saoirse get all grown up for RapunzelNext articleNeville exasperated by failure to erect signs John Keogh Print Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img TAGSClare’s Wish Foundationlimerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Regeneron advises students to focus on STEM subjects

first_imgTwitter Leaving Cert and Junior Cert orals and practical exams cancelled Previous articleTime for reparationNext articleScrap metal fire poses serious health risks Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Comment: NAPD on the cancellation of the Junior and Leaving Certificate Oral and Practical Exams Facebook STEPS Engineers Week kicking off in Limerick this weekend Regeneron’s Ed Keogh, Aidan Neville and Mike Lynch putting the finishing touches to the Learning Hub revamp.Students returning to school or starting their third level education should focus on technology and science subjects, a leading Limerick company has advised.Regeneron is highlighting the benefits of studying STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) through its sponsorship of a local initiative, the Learning Hub (formerly St. Martin’s Centre) in Thomondgate. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The company is Ireland’s largest scale bulk biologics production facility and is based in Raheen Business Park with more than 800 full time staff.Regeneron is actively committed to supporting STEM development in local education through various community initiatives. One of its key focuses has been its sponsorship of the Science Hub within the Learning Hub. This is the first initiative of its kind in Limerick and works with primary school children from fourth to sixth class, along with their teachers and parents, to deliver engaging and exciting experiences of STEM subjects.The Science Hub runs four main project strands which cover a range of age groups such as science magic shows, Science Hub school projects, Science Hub after-school and public engagement projects. This year’s Leaving Certificate results showed a five per cent increase in the numbers studying STEM subjects at higher level when compared to 2016, with more than one third of students sitting the higher-level Maths paper.Regeneron Vice President Fred Austin believes that STEM participation needs to increase even further to meet future demand nationally.“A proven way to encourage more participation is by ensuring students are exposed to STEM learning at a younger age. An increase in the number of students studying STEM subjects in school is of vital importance for Regeneron and companies within the STEM sector and also to ensure Ireland avoids a national skills shortage in these areas in the future”. “At Regeneron, we recognise the positive benefits of engaging with young people to encourage interest and a passion from an early age in the STEM sector. The Science hub allows primary school children to learn about science in a fun and engaging way that encourages imagination, intrigue and interest. Creating this curious mindset in young people is key to opening up a whole world of future opportunities.” As well as sponsoring the Science Hub, Regeneron’s Facilities team spent time over the summer giving the entire Learning Hub building and its grounds a complete revamp. Learning Hub chairperson Gillian Barry said, “Environment helps to shape behaviour, to uplift, motivate, engage and inspire. Thanks to Regeneron the Learning Hub is once again an inspiring yellow beacon of light right in the heart of the community”.Click here for more education news. Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day, Engineers Ireland calls for students to consider CAO options Limerick Post Show | Homemade tripods Advertisementcenter_img Email TAGSengineeringFred AustinGillian BarryLeaving CertificateMathsRaheen Business ParkRegeneronscienceScience HubSt Martin’s CentreSTEMTechnologythe Learning Hubthomondgate NewsEducationRegeneron advises students to focus on STEM subjectsBy Bernie English – August 29, 2018 7586 Linkedin WhatsApp Online registration for Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades opens Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

USA: Northrop Grumman Corporation Signs USD 48.7 Million BACN Contract

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: 48.7 May 20, 2011 View post tag: News by topic USA: Northrop Grumman Corporation Signs USD 48.7 Million BACN Contract The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation  a $48.7 million contract modification for continuing operations and support of the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node (BACN) system.Under the contract modification, Northrop Grumman will continue providing management, engineering, implementation, test, site and training support.BACN provides an advanced airborne communications gateway capability to commanders and warfighters, enhancing situational awareness and connecting disparate voice and datalink networks throughout the battlespace. BACN bridges and extends voice communications and battlespace awareness information from numerous sources using a suite of computers and radio systems.The Air Force Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., awarded the contract to Northrop Grumman in support of the Air Force Materiel Command.Northrop Grumman is the prime contractor for the development, fielding and maintenance of the BACN system. The company was awarded the first BACN contract in April 2005.Northrop Grumman’s work on the BACN program is managed and performed primarily in San Diego.The BACN program has received a number of accolades over the past year. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the National Defense Industrial Association selected the BACN Joint Urgent Operational Need program to receive one of the Top 5 DoD Program Awards, which are given annually for excellence in systems engineering.BACN also was honored with the Weapon Systems Award from the Order of Daedalians, a national fraternity of military pilots, and the 2010 Network Centric Warfare Award™ for Outstanding Achievement from a Defense Industry Partner, by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement.Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.[mappress]Source: Northrop Grumman, May 20, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: Corporation View post tag: Signs View post tag: usacenter_img Share this article View post tag: Northrop View post tag: BACN Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Northrop Grumman Corporation Signs USD 48.7 Million BACN Contract View post tag: contract View post tag: Grumman View post tag: USD View post tag: millionlast_img read more

Fraser stands tall against Klautky … takes home Bakewell Junior Open Girls U-14 title

first_imgIN THE Bakewell Junior Open Girls U-14 Lawn Tennis tournament which finished last Saturday, Kalyca Fraser pulled off a comeback win to secure the title. At the beginning of the match, Fraser was off to a slow start, immediately going down to Klautky 0-1. Both players were without a commanding serve and traded service breaks until Fraser held serve to go up 3-2. She then broke Klautky to take the set at 4-2.In the second set, Fraser lost her first serve to once again trail 0-1. Klautky then held serve to go up 2-0 but Fraser rallied back with increasingly angled approach shots to win three straight games to pull ahead at 3-2.Klautky then maintained good standing with a flurry of solid groundstrokes at game points to hold serve to level at 3 and break again to go up 4-3. But Fraser broke back to force the tie-breaker. Both players improved their consistency dramatically trading points to 6-6 when Fraser made a crucial double fault that turned out to a be a confidence-booster for Klautky, who won the point then the set at 5-4(8-6) to force the third set tie-breaker.In the third set tie-breaker it was clear that both players were tiring, since they both missed good opportunities to win. However being up at 5-4 Fraser became overconfident and aggressive which led to many unforced errors at the net, giving Klautky three critical points to go up 7-5.Learning from her mistakes, Fraser settled and caused trouble for Klautky with her crosscourt forehand for the next four points to go up 9-7, as Klautky became visibly frustrated at her weak service game. After Klautky managed to win one point, Fraser was able to close out the match at 4-2 4-5(6-8), 10-8.Leading up to the match, Klautky defeated Nathalie Ramdyhan in the semis 4-0 and 4-2 while Fraser defeated Ciara Pooran 4-0 and 4-3.last_img read more