Decision to impose censorship under state of emergency decried

first_img Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Organisation Government lifts censorship orderPrivately-owned TV stations resumed broadcasting news programmes this evening. The interim government lifted the verbal ban it issued yesterday.———————-Reporters Without Borders today condemned the interim government head’s decision to impose general censorship on the news media following yesterday’s verbal order to radio and TV stations to stop broadcasting news programmes. Journalists have also been prevented from circulating freely in Dhaka.“The desire to extricate Bangladesh from the current political crisis in no way justifies censorship,” Reporters Without Borders organisation said. “On the contrary, the interim government should guarantee the public’s right to news and information because the country is going through a difficult period. This decision sends Bangladesh back to the dark days of the dictatorship. We call the new interim government head Fakhruddin Ahmed for the immediate lifting of all curbs on press freedom.”President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday proclaimed a state of emergency and a curfew. He then announced his resignation and the postponement of legislative elections scheduled for 22 January. At the same time, the information ministry’s Press and Information Department gave verbal instructions to terrestrial and cable TV stations to censor news reports.The broadcast media were told to just broadcast the news bulletins issued by the government television station BTV. “This restriction is to be applied until further notice,” a representative of the NTV station told the Associated Press.All the privately-owned TV stations have complied with the news ban. Asked by Reporters Without Borders why they had complied, the news editor of a privately-owned TV station said the broadcast media were not sufficiently organised to resist. “The owners of the TV stations are businessmen with interests to defend,” he said. “They cannot oppose the government.”The authorities have also warned the print media not to criticise the interim government, whose job is to organise the elections. But many daily newspapers have published front-page editorials condemning the censorship measures. Mahfuz Anam, the well-known editor of the Daily Star, wrote: “Since it is not a written order we cannot consider it to have the backing of the law. (…) Friends of democracy never gag the press, only autocrats do. The people of Bangladesh will never accept autocrats.”The privately-owned Radio Today station continued to broadcast news on 11 January. But the authorities today verbally ordered the station to no longer broadcast anything but the programming of the governmental Radio Bangladesh.The police last night forcibly prevented journalists from moving about the capital, now under curfew. Although the media have “emergency service” status, the vehicles of several news organisations including the Daily Star were prevented by police from circulating for several hours.The police also reportedly placed the owner of the Channel One television station, Giasuddin Al-Mamoon, under house arrest in Dhaka.The interim government’s decision to postpone the elections has been welcomed by the opposition Awami League, which organised the recent protests against the elections, claiming they would be rigged in favour of the ruling BNP. January 12, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Decision to impose censorship under state of emergency decried News BangladeshAsia – Pacific May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh Reporters Without Borders today condemned the interim government head’s decision to impose general censorship on the news media following yesterday’s verbal order to radio and TV stations to stop broadcasting news programmes. Journalists have also been prevented from circulating freely in Dhaka. to go further News Receive email alerts February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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#67: Introducing Isilon All-Flash

first_imgThe rapid growth of unstructured data represents a significant challenge for many enterprises across industries. As the volume and sources of data have expanded dramatically, traditional techniques to store and analyze information have proved to be too expensive and too slow to handle the massive data volumes modern enterprise product and manage.  Dell EMC Isilon is designed to directly address that challenge, taking your data lake strategy to the next level with new scale-out offerings providing breakthrough efficiency, scale and agility from edge to core to cloud.Earlier this week at Dell EMC World, Isilon became the latest member of the Dell EMC All-Flash Portfolio. This week on Dell EMC The Source, Ed Beauvais (@EdBeauvais), Director Isilon Product Marketing stops by to talk Isilon and the impact of All-Flash for density (68 PB) and performance (25 Million IOPS). How does that translate to your workloads?  Find out this week on Dell EMC The Source.  For more visit www.emc.com/isilonDon’t miss “Dell EMC The Source” app in the App Store.  Be sure to subscribe to Dell EMC The Source Podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play and visit the official blog at thesourceblog.emc.comThe Source Podcast: Episode #67: Dell EMC Isilon taming unstructured data in a flashAudio Playerhttp://traffic.libsyn.com/thesource/EMC_The_Source_Episode_67_audio.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.EMC: The Source Podcast is hosted By Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

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Opening night races rescheduled due to postponed Frostbusters

first_imgVINTON, Iowa (April 8) – Regular season openers at four IMCA sanctioned tracks have been rescheduled due to postponed Frostbuster specials.First local point races of the season at Southern Iowa Speedway will be Wednesday, April 16. Marshalltown Speedway opens on Friday, April 18, Boone Speedway on Saturday, April 19 and Benton County Speedway in Vinton on Sunday, April 20.Southern Iowa Speedway hosts a Wednesday, April 9 practice preceding the Frostbusters. That session starts at 7 p.m. and pit passes are $15.Dates for the Frostbusters are Thursday, April 10 at Oskaloosa; Friday, April 11 at Mar­shalltown; Saturday, April 12 at Boone; and Sunday, April 13 at Vinton.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot qualifying features at each Frostbuster. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250.Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the Sunday program at Vinton. All four Frostbusters will be broadcast live on XSAN.Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa on April 10. The draw closes and hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on April 11 at Marshalltown. The draw closes and hot laps start at 6:15 p.m. Racing gets underway at 7 p.m. At Boone on April 12, pit gates open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 5 p.m.Gates and the grandstand at Vinton open at 3 p.m. on April 13. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at all four Frostbusters. Pit passes are $25 each night.last_img read more

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SF Giants sign 25 prospects, including headliner Esmerlin Vinicio

first_imgSAN DIEGO — The San Francisco Giants have struggled to sign and develop top international talent over the last two decades, but there’s a belief inside the organization that the tide is beginning to turn.The Giants announced their latest wave of international free agents Tuesday, signing 25 prospects including the No. 23 international player available according to MLB.com, left-handed pitcher Esmerlin Vinicio of the Dominican Republic.Vinicio was the only player on MLB.com’s top 30 …last_img read more

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Still hot, for now…Cooler weather ahead

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Last week’s forecast remains on track. After a cool week last week we expect a much warmer than normal week this week. Temperatures will run some 5 to 7 degrees above normal. After the recent dry period, it does look like rain chances will be increasing this week. Due to summer convection, rainfall will be quite variable, but most everyone should get something. Rainfall will likely range from 0.25 to 1.50 inches. Most will average 0.50 to 1 inch, though.The roller coaster ride looks to continue for the rest of June. The week of June 19 will return to cooler than normal temperatures with temperatures about 5 degrees below normal. Rainfall will average close to normal from 0.75 to 1.25 inches in many places.Rainfall for the two-week period on the attached image will be at or above normal in the eastern half of the Corn Belt.The week of June 26 will switch back to warmer and drier than normal.The outlook for July and August still calls for somewhat warmer and drier than normal.last_img read more

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The CSB/REDUX Vs. High 36 Decision: Retirement Options

first_imgWe have closed comments on this topic. Please refer inquiries to your local Military Installation Personal Financial Manager.Find out more about the Blended Retirement System on militarypay.defense.gov or http://www.militaryonesource.mil/By Carol ChurchWith the new changes to the military retirement system and the introduction of the blended retirement system, service members will have many decisions to make. One choice that has been part of the system for some time, however, remains crucial for some: whether to take the so-called “High 36” plan or the CSB-REDUX plan. These options are available to service members who are retiring after at least 15 years of service and who entered service after August of 1986.It’s important to note that the option to take the CSB will no longer be available after December 31, 2017.  This option will be sunsetted after that time and no longer available to anyone. However, for current members who have 15 years of service this year, the CSB will still be an option until that date.At its core, the choice between High 36 and CSB-REDUX is a choice between taking a lump-sum payment ($30,000) after 15 years in exchange for a lower pension for years to come or refusing this lump sum in favor of a higher pension in the future.The exact terms are a bit more complex, but work like this:CSB-REDUX:Retirees receive a monthly payment that equates to at least 40% of the average of their monthly base pay over the three highest years of salary (2% x 20 years). They also get 2.5-3.5% increases added to that percentage for every year they work over 20 years. For example, if Jane Q. Servicemember earned an average of $6,000/per month during her 3 highest-paid years in the military, she would receive at least $2,400 per month in retirement at 20 years. This amount will increase if she puts in more than 20 years.Of course, those who opt for CSB also get that $30k lump sum at 15 years, but more on this later.High 36: Retirees receive a monthly payment that equates to at least 50% of the average of their monthly base pay over the three highest years of salary (2.5% x 20 years). They also get 2.5% increases in that percentage for every year they work over 20 years. For example, if John Q. Servicemember earned an average of $6,000/per month during his 3 highest-paid years in the military, he would receive at least $3,000 per month in retirement at 20 years. This amount will increase if he puts in more than 20 years.COLA Adjustments: A Key DifferenceImportantly, there is also a difference in cost of living adjustments for these two plans. So-called COLA adjustments are calculated based on the Consumer Price Index and are intended to compensate for inflation over time. (However, service members will never experience a decrease in their pension due to changes in the CPI.) For members who take the CSB-REDUX, the COLA adjustment rate will be decreased by a percentage point (except for one year at age 62, when it readjusts to be in line with CSI temporarily). For instance, if the COLA adjustment is 1.5% for those under High 36, it will be .5% for those under CSB-REDUX. In other words, those taking the CSB-REDUX are less protected from increases in the cost of living than those taking the High 36.Why Take The CSB Plan?Some might argue that the CSB plan is attractive. After all, it gives members the opportunity to get that 30k up front, allowing service members to do things like pay off loans, purchase homes or vehicles, or even start a business. You start off “ahead” of those who choose High 36, and remain “ahead” for some years.However, it’s important to note that the 30K bonus has remained the same (no adjustments for inflation) since it was introduced, over 10 years ago. This means it has lost ground in terms of value. What’s more, depending on if and how that 30K is spent, it may not bring any future return to the member at all.What if the service member instead chooses to invest the 30K, perhaps in the military’s TSP plan (to the extent possible)? This is certainly the prudent choice. However, as various articles and calculators show, even a high-earning investment (which is by no means a sure thing) may not “make up for” the money lost due to the reduced pension rate and COLA rate. After starting “ahead,” the CSB retiree will eventually end up “behind” the High 36 retiree in many cases (but not all) Of course, how long you live in retirement is also a factor here.Why Choose the High 36?Although those choosing High 36 miss out on the attractive 30K lump sum at 15 years, many financial experts believe this is the more prudent choice. For one thing, it can be difficult to resist the temptation to spend at least some of the lump sum. For another, these retirees will enjoy a higher pension rate and continued accurate COLA adjustments.However, the situation is not completely cut and dried. The service member’s number of years of service and final rank and pay make a difference here. As the years pass, the REDUX pension rates gets closer and close to the 36 pension rate.To see some possible scenarios and how they might play out financially, visit the “Typical Situations” page, which gives examples of how the CSB and High 36 plan will pay out differently for members at different pay grades and years of service. Remember, however, that these scenarios assume an 8% return (which could be high) and that the money is invested, partly in the TSP.And for more on deciding which plan is best, visit http://militarypay.defense.gov/Pay/Retirement/Considerations.aspx. As the military itself advises, this choice affects the rest of a retired service member’s life, so it pays to think carefully.Join us this week for the Personal Finance Virtual Learning Event with the theme “Retirement Revised.” More information: /personal-finance/virtual-learning-event/last_img read more

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Child Ambassadors: Safeguarding the Welfare of Abused Children

first_imgEducating young Jamaicans about child abuse and the course of action to be taken to address this, while helping children who may be suffering in silence, are some of the objectives of the newly established volunteer Child Ambassadors initiative of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR).Launched in 2012, the programme is one of the OCR’s main initiatives aimed at involving more youngsters in the fight against child abuse.Currently, there are nine child ambassadors, who were selected from across the island six months ago and presented with their instruments of appointments by Youth and Culture Minister, Hon. Lisa Hanna. They will serve for one year. One of the ambassadors, St. Andrew High School student, Ashlie Barrett, has high praises for the concept.“So far the programme has been excellent (and) it has been great experience. We have had a lot of exposure,” she tells JIS News.Miss Barrett says her love for other children led her to joining the programme, noting that children “are our most important investment in this country because they are our future.”Registrar of the OCR Greig Smith, says prior to being appointed, the ambassadors participated in several workshops and training programmes at the agency’s head office, in KingstonHe explains that they learned about the importance of children’s agencies and how they, on their roles as ambassadors, can interface children within their communities and schools, as well as their peers.Mr. Smith tells JIS News that they are expected to encourage children who they know have been or suspect of being abused, to make reports to the OCR.“They can now educate their peers at devotions, educate parents at Parent/Teachers Association (PTA) meetings on what they need to do if they suspect or know of cases of child abuse,” he points out.Miss Barrett says she has endeavoured to heighten the level of awareness by distributing flyers and brochures at her school, and sharing information garnered at the training sessions.“I am planning to initiate a club. But right now what I am doing is handing out some flyers and informing my fellow class mates as well as members of the school population (on) what the OCR is about. I tell them not to be afraid, (but) to speak up against child abuse of any form,” she points out.The young ambassador notes that her peers’ interest is often piqued whenever mention is made of the $500,000 fine which failure to report knowledge of child abuse, attracts.Being an Ambassador has not sidetracked Miss Barrett from her studies. In fact, she indicates that she is currently preparing to sit this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).She points out that she has successfully maintained a balance between her duties as an ambassador and school work. This, while disseminating useful information on how to deal with child abuse to her peers, through the social media networks.“When I have free time, I put my efforts towards being an ambassador and really representing the OCR as much as I can. I’ve been spreading the word on Facebook and other social network,” she says.While noting that she is yet to encounter any case of child abuse, Miss Barrett informs that persons have advised her of such occurrences.“Students have been coming to me to say that they know of cases and I have been trying to get information. I’m in the process of collecting (more information) before making a report to the OCR,” she discloses.Other Child Ambassadors have welcomed their appointments and are committing to doing everything possible to make a difference in the lives of youngsters who have experienced abuse.“I saw being a Child Ambassador as a chance to bring about a change and I think the OCR has given me the opportunity to do just that. I will make it my priority to see (that) our nation’s children cared for in the best way possible,” student of Glenmuir High School in Clarendon and Ambassador for Region 6, Tasheka Nevers, says.Saran Wilson of Westwood High School in Trelawny and Ambassador for Region 3, points out that:  “I chose to become a Child Ambassador for the OCR as I believe that all children should be encouraged to express themselves, as they are usually undermined in society.”The other ambassadors appointed are: Robyn Boyd of Marymount High School, St. Mary; Moesha Allen, Maud McLeod High School, Westmoreland; Deandra Goss, Hampton High School, St. Elizabeth; Francesco Wilkie, Pembroke Hall High School, St. Andrew; Brandon Blythe, Petersville All Age School, Westmoreland; and Xaundre Mohansingh, Glenmuir High School.Since receiving their instruments of appointments, seven of the ambassadors have been formally introduced to their respective institutions through school tours organized by the OCR. These tours will eventually be rolled out to other schools across the island, and will also be used by the agency to launch the OCR Clubs in Schools initiative. CONTACT: ELAINE HARTMAN-RECKFORDlast_img read more

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NRC is political vendetta of BJP wont allow it in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made it clear in the state Assembly on Friday that she will not allow the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in Bengal and termed it as a tool on the part of the BJP to divide Hindus and Muslims and people who speak diverse languages. Banerjee’s remark assumes significance as the BJP has been insisting on the implementation of the NRC in the state.”The BJP-led government at the Centre wants to initiate NRC in Bengal as part of political vendetta. They want to divide people. We will never let BJP implement the NRC in Bengal,” said the Chief Minister while participating in a discussion on the subject in the Assembly under Rule 185. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsShe also informed the House that Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has also made his stand clear on the issue and has asserted that he would not allow the exercise in his state. Banerjee further argued that the Supreme Court had directed the NRC exercise in Assam because it was part of the Assam Accord. “What is applicable for Assam can’t be extrapolated for the entire country,” she maintained. Coming down heavily on the saffron party over the recent developments in Assam, she said: “They went for the NRC in Assam with the intention to exclude Muslims from the NRC list. So, 41 lakh people were excluded from the primary NRC list. Later, when they found that they have not been able to fulfil their objective, the figure came down to 19 lakh and they insisted on incorporating the dropouts. Most of the dropouts in Assam are Bengalis. They have also excluded about one lakh Gorkhas,” she claimed. Banerjee then turned to the earmarked seat for Darjeeling MLA and said: “Where is our Darjeeling MLA? You voted for the BJP and see what BJP did for you,” she said. She told the House members that the NRC authorities in Assam did not even recognise the refugee cards that were handed over to those who came from East Pakistan during Partition and settled in Assam. Continued on P7last_img read more

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