UN refuses to accredit taiwanese journalists to cover World Health Organisation meeting

first_img May 18, 2020 Find out more November 20, 2020 Find out more Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom Organisation Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage June 29, 2020 Find out more News to go further News Follow the news on Taiwan RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation”center_img Reporters Without Borders has protested at the decision of the UN to refuse accreditation to journalists from Taiwan applying to cover the World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting in Geneva from 22-27 May 2006 and has called on it to reconsider.The WHO justifies its refusal by the fact that Taiwan is not recognised as a member state by the UN General Assembly and that Taiwanese journalists cannot therefore be accredited.“This is an obstruction of press freedom and the right to information. Taiwanese journalists are being made victims of a political measure,” the organisation said.It is the third consecutive year that journalists from Taiwan have been refused accreditation. TaiwanAsia – Pacific May 18, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN refuses to accredit taiwanese journalists to cover World Health Organisation meeting News News Receive email alerts TaiwanAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img read more

Unemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008

first_imgLimerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy Email Print Twitter More than €1 Million allocated to Limerick homeowners this year through energy efficiency grants WhatsApp First directly elected mayor vote could take place in 2021 BusinessNewsPoliticsUnemployment in Limerick now lowest since 2008By Editor – May 8, 2017 1443 Senator Maria ByrneThe Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since this time last year. Overall there has been a decrease of 47.2% since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.Commenting on these figures, Fine Gael Senator, Maria Byrne said: “The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 %, down from a peak of 15.2% in 2012, as highlighted by my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor earlier this week. The Live Register has declined by 40% nationally since we launched the Action Plan for Jobs in early 2012.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Thankfully this is not just a national success story; Limerick is also benefitting from the trend of falling unemployment.“CSO figures show that the Live Register in Limerick has fallen by 15.6% since April last year. Overall the Live Register has decreased by 47.2% here in Limerick since the launch of Fine Gael’s Action Plan for Jobs in February 2012.“The number of persons on the Live Register in April 2017 is the lowest number recorded in the seasonally adjusted series since October 2008.“We must ensure that this trend continues for the well-being of all our people.“In February we launched the Action Plan for Jobs 2017 to help creates jobs for all who seek one.For rural Ireland only 70% of the new jobs added in 2016 were outside Dublin and the Action Plan for 2017 will continue with this focus.“Each new job created in Limerick is another family looking forward to a brighter future. Fine Gael in Government continues to prioritise job creation, because we believe that only a strong economy, supporting people at work, can pay for the services needed to improve people’s lives here in Limerick and around the country,” Senator Byrne concluded. Facebookcenter_img TAGSLive RegisterSenator Maria Byrne Previous articleThree year funding delay for LEADER projectsNext articleRemarkable day in the life of Maz and Bricks Editor Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Live Register in County Limerick down 64 per cent since 2011 Linkedin Process to install second MRI scanner at UHL is underway 16% drop in Limerick live register figureslast_img read more

“Nothing But A Phishing Investigation”: SNC Lavalin Engineering India Moves Kerala High Court Against ED Summons

first_imgNews Updates”Nothing But A Phishing Investigation”: SNC Lavalin Engineering India Moves Kerala High Court Against ED Summons Lydia Suzanne Thomas23 April 2021 4:41 AMShare This – xKerala High CourtSNC Lavalin Engineering India Private Limited (Lavalin Engineering) has moved the Kerala High Court challenging the summons issued to its Director from the Kochi Zone of the Enforcement Directorate. The summons purportedly relate to contracts executed between 1995 and 1998, which were the basis of a CBI Investigation between 2005-2009. The petition came up before a vacation bench of Justice K Haripal today. The matter was adjourned after the Bench directed the Enforcement Directorate to respond to the writ petition with a counter affidavit. In its petition, the company charges the ED with issuing the summons under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 (PMLA), mischievously, arbitrarily, and in colourable exercise of power and seeks a quash of the same and a prohibition against any action pursuant to these, among other prayers. The company, Lavalin Engineering, states in its petition that it is a subsidiary of SNC Lavalin Inc., Canada (SLI) . The allegations investigated by the CBI were against its parent company and related to a period prior to the commencement of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the petition says. Accordingly, it is stated, “The Petitioner Company has no role whatsoever to play with the contracts and/or the transactions between 1995 and 1998, which were directly handled by SLI from Canada. The Petitioner Company was not subjected to investigation by DRI, and is not an accused in the charge-sheet fled by CBl in 2009” Lavalin Engineering narrates that the summons was addressed to ‘M/s SNC Lavalin, India’ and sent to Lavalin Engineering’s branch office in Gurgaon. The Company recounts that it responded informing that no such entity operated from that office. Lavalin Engineering was a separate entity with a registered office in Mumbai and a branch office in Gurgaon, it was additionally said in its response. Following this, in April, Lavalin Engineering’s Finance Director was summoned in connection with certain documents relating to the CBI investigation, without specifications about the offences investigated, the petition lays out. “The summons issued are bald and vague. The summons merely state “certain investigations under PMLA” without disclosing the name or the nature of the case or the transaction in respect of which, the summons have been issued. The summons are mala fide and peverse.” The petition seeks the quash of summons since, -Lavalin Engineering had no connection to the CBI investigation-The offences investigated pertained to activities prior to the commencement of the PMLA and continuing the ED investigation would violate Article 20 of the Constitution-The summonses were vague Lavalin Engineering’s petition reads, “the said action of the 2 Respondent, in issuing the summons dated 08.04.2021, merely because the letter was written by the Petitioner in response to the first Summons dated 25.02.2021 being sent to its address under the name of a non-existing entity, clearly shows that the investigation is a phishing investigation and is being conducted on conjectures and surmises, without any tangible information or any reason to believe that the Petitioner needs to be investigated under PMLA.” SNC-Lavalin Case The instances in the case relate to a period between 1995 and 1997 when Pinarayi Vijayan was electricity minister in the then LDF government in Kerala and pertain to contracts between the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and Canadian firm SNC-Lavalin for renovation of three hydel power projects in Kerala. The Supreme Court is presently seized of a plea against a Kerala High Court verdict upholding a special court’s decision to allow the discharge petition of sitting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, one of the accused in the SNC-Lavalin case.The case in the High Court is expected to be taken up in three weeks, after the respondents file a counter affidavit.CASE NAME: SNC Lavalin Engineering India Private Limited v. Union of India and AnotherCOUNSEL: Advocates Leejoy Mathew V, Sabu S.Kallaramoola along with Jitendra Motwani. for the petitionerTagsSNC Lavalin High Court of Kerala Justice K Haripal #ED Pinarayi Vijayan Next Storylast_img read more

Wisconsin school’s ban on T-shirts depicting guns prompts federal lawsuit

first_imgsmolaw11/iStock(MILWAUKEE) — A Wisconsin high school has been hit with a federal lawsuit alleging it is violating the constitutional rights of two students by forbidding them from wearing T-shirts on campus that depict guns in a “non-threatening, non-violent manner.”The lawsuit was filed in Milwaukee federal court by the mothers of two students at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales, Wisconsin, who are self-described gun enthusiasts, avid hunters and supporters of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. “An image of a gun on a shirt, you know — there’s a giant leap of faith to get from that to an actual school shooting. I mean, there’s just not any correlation between those two,” John Monroe, an attorney for the students’ mothers, Tara Lloyd and Kimberly Newhouse, told ABC affiliate WISN-TV in Milwaukee.Monroe said his clients are not seeking any monetary damages, but are requesting a permanent injunction prohibiting the school from barring the students from wearing T-shirts that depict “firearms in a non-violent, non-threatening manner.”Beth Kaminski, the principal of Kettle Moraine High School, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.On Feb. 19, according to the suit filed on Thursday, Kaminski allegedly had Lloyd’s son removed from class and brought to her office because he was wearing a T-shirt bearing the inscription “Wisconsin Carry, Inc.” and the gun-rights organization’s logo of a handgun partly tucked behind the inscription as if it were a holster.Kaminski and her associate principal allegedly informed Lloyd’s son that the school’s dress code “prohibits wearing anything threatening, violent and illegal, such as drugs and alcohol,” and told him to cover his T-shirt with his jacket, according to the suit.On the same day, Newhouse’s son was also called to the principal’s office and told to cover up his T-shirt, which was inscribed with the words “Pew Professional” and depicted the outline of an AR-15 style rifle, according to the suit. The word “pew” is used to denote the sound made by “real or futuristic firearms when they are discharged,” the lawsuit states.Both students were allegedly told by the principal and associate principal that making them cover up their T-shirts was not a violation of their First Amendment right to free speech, according to the suit.Kaminski, according to the suit, later followed up in an email to Newhouse, writing, “We do not allow students to wear clothes that depict guns” and told her that her son would not be allowed to wear such clothing to school in the future.“The shirts are not threatening, violent, or illegal, and they do not depict drugs or alcohol,” the lawsuit reads. “The dress code does not provide objective criteria by which plaintiffs can determine what clothing is restricted.”In a statement to WISN, a spokesperson for the Kettle Moraine School District defended Kaminski, saying school officials have “legitimate concerns in preventing school violence.”“Wearing shirts with images of weapons is not an issue of free speech, and it can be respectfully regulated by the District,” the spokesperson said.In 2019, there were back-to-back school shootings in Wisconsin. One of the shootings occurred at a high school just eight miles from Kettle Moraine High School in Waukesha, where on Dec. 3 a school resource officer shot and wounded a 17-year-old student who allegedly pointed a pellet gun at classmate’s head.The other school shooting occurred on Dec. 4 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, about 80 miles from Kettle Moraine High School, where another school resource officer shot and wounded a 16-year-old student who allegedly stabbed him.Monroe said precedent has already been established in Wisconsin on the issue of whether T-shirts depicting guns are protected under the First Amendment.In November 2018, Monroe represented Matthew Schoenecker, a student at Markesan High School in Markesan, Wisconsin, who was barred from wearing to school a T-shirt with guns and other weapons spelling out the word love.Schoenecker filed a federal lawsuit claiming his First Amendment rights were violated. A federal judge rejected the school principal’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit and granted the student a preliminary injunction, ruling the student would likely prevail based on the merits of his case against the principal.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SpaceX launch forecast includes possible showers and thunderstorms, unfavorable conditions

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — There was record rainfall in Miami Tuesday where half a foot of rain fell in in just 90 minutes and numerous streets and roads were flooded. For the month of May, Miami had 18.88 inches of rain, which is 14.8 inches above normal. The recent bout of rain was due to a tropical system moving through the area over the last few days. This storm system is now moving away from Florida and closer to the Carolinas where a Flash Flood Watch has been issued. The heaviest rain in the Eastern U.S. will be with this tropical system and it could bring up to 4 inches of rain in the Carolinas with some possible flash flooding.As for the SpaceX Launch Wednesday afternoon, it looks like there will be showers and thunderstorms in the area. These storms could bring gusty winds, heavy rain and lightning which would not be favorable conditions for the launch.A separate storm system is now moving though Texas Wednesday and it will bring severe weather to the area with damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. Meanwhile, there was record heat Tuesday in the Eastern Great Lakes, Northeast and the Southwest. Some record highs include: Buffalo, New York at 93 degrees, Syracuse also hit 93, Burlington, Vermont, tied their record high at 92, and even Traverse City, Michigan hit a new high with 91 degree heat. In the West, record highs were broken in Sacramento with a record of 104 degrees, Reno at 92, and Napa in California at 99 degrees. The record heat is now over in the Northeast and Eastern Lakes but the heat continues in the West. On Wednesday morning, numerous Heat Warnings and Advisories have been issued from northern California to Nevada and into large parts of Arizona, with more record highs possible Wednesday in the West. There will be more heat over the next three days, especially as it moves into the Southwest deserts where some areas could approach 120 degrees.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Qatar Petroleum to take full ownership of QG1 LNG project from 2022

first_img Qatargas is the operator of the three-train QG1 LNG project. (Credit: Qatargas Operating Company Limited) Qatar Petroleum has announced that it will become 100% owner of Qatargas Liquefied Natural Gas (QG1), the holding company of an LNG project in Qatar, effective from the start of next year.The Qatari national oil company said that it will not renew the QG1 joint venture after the expiry of the relevant agreements during the year-end.Qatar Petroleum holds a 65% stake in the LNG joint venture and has been partnered by ExxonMobil and Total, which hold stakes of 10% each, and Mitsui and Marubeni, which have stakes of 7.5% each.Qatar Petroleum president and CEO and Qatar Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said: “The takeover by Qatar Petroleum will conclude more than 25 years of successful operations of QG1, from which the first ever Qatari LNG cargo was exported.“This is a momentous event that highlights Qatar Petroleum’s efforts to further enhance the utilization of our natural resources for the benefit of our country and its current and future generations as well as to continue serving the world’s need for cleaner energy.”QG1 was the first LNG project to have been developed in Qatar. The three-train project laid the foundation of the LNG industry in Qatar.Qatar Petroleum’s subsidiary Qatargas is operating seven trains under the QG1, QG2, QG3, and QG4 joint ventures.Created in 1984, the QG1 joint venture manages Trains 1, 2, and 3, which have a combined production capacity of 9.9 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).Al-Kaabi said: “This event marks the start of the next chapter in QG1’s history, which we hope and believe will be even more successful than the last chapter, and we look forward to serving our customers for the next three decades from this world-class asset.”Last month, Qatar Petroleum took a final investment decision (FID) for the $28.75bn North Field East project. The 33mtpa LNG project is expected to become the largest of its kind in the world, and will raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77mtpa to 110mtpa. The Qatari company will not renew the QG1 joint venture agreements with ExxonMobil, Total, Mitsui, and Marubenilast_img read more

SECNAV Names New Sub USS Vermont

first_img View post tag: sub Mabus named the submarine to honor the longstanding partnership its namesake state has had with the Navy.“From our nation’s beginning, the people of Vermont have tirelessly supported our Navy, enabling us to become the unparalleled fighting force we are today,” said Mabus. “I am here on the banks of Lake Champlain, to once again honor the sailors and Marines who have come from this great state, and to honor your support of our Navy and Marine Corps and your naval history.”Vermont’s Lake Champlain was the site of two critical historic naval battles. Under the command of Commodore Benedict Arnold, the 1776 Battle of Valcour Island had a profound impact on the outcome of the Revolutionary War, and during the War of 1812, the U.S. defended Lake Champlain against invasion from Great Britain in the Battle of Plattsburgh.“The name USS Vermont has a long history in our Navy,” said Mabus. “In honor of the victories on Lake Champlain, following the War of 1812, the first USS Vermont was laid down and became one of our nation’s largest and most powerful ships. The second USS Vermont was one of our great battleships in the years before World War I, and was one of the ships that led the Great White Fleet around the world.”This is the first ship named for Vermont since 1920 when the second USS Vermont was decommissioned.Virginia-class submarines have enhanced stealth, sophisticated surveillance capabilities, and special warfare enhancements that enable them to meet the Navy’s multi-mission requirements.Virginia-class submarines have the capability to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Other missions include anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; mine delivery and minefield mapping. They are also designed for special forces delivery and support.Each Virginia-class submarine is 7,800-tons and 377 feet in length, has a beam of 34 feet, and can operate at more than 25 knots submerged. It is designed with a reactor plant that will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing underway time. The submarine will be built in partnership with General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corp. in Groton, Connecticut.[mappress]Press Release, September 19, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: names SECNAV Names New Sub USS Vermont View post tag: News by topic September 19, 2014 View post tag: americas View post tag: SECNAV Authoritiescenter_img View post tag: USS Vermont View post tag: Naval Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus hosted a ship-naming ceremony Sept. 18 to announce that SSN 792, a Virginia-class attack submarine, will bear the name USS Vermont. View post tag: New View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today SECNAV Names New Sub USS Vermont Share this articlelast_img read more

MMEA coastal patrol vessels to feature Kelvin Hughes radars

first_img February 15, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Malaysian coastal patrol vessels to feature Kelvin Hughes radars View post tag: Patrol Vessel Share this article Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s six new coastal patrol vessels, to be built by Destini Shipbuilding, will be featuring Kelvin Hughes radars.According to Kelvin Hughes, the vessels will be equipped with a widescreen navigation radar display along with the new type-approved 12kW X-Band radar and an S-Band SharpEye™ radar.Equipment for the first two ships was delivered earlier this year and it is anticipated that they will be commissioned during the first half of 2017 with the remaining systems being delivered during the second half.The 44.25 meter vessels are being built under a design license agreement with German shipbuilder Fassmer. The vessels will be engaged in search and rescue, firefighting, fishery protection, law enforcement, disaster relief, training, pollution control and EEZ (Economic Exclusion Zone) duties.Kelvin Hughes’ earlier equipment deliveries to Malaysia include the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Second Generation Patrol Vessel (SGPV) programme. The company supplied a pair of type-approved, upmast I-Band (X-Band) and E/F-Band (S-Band) SharpEye™ Doppler radars for each new ship in the class.Kelvin Hughes has also recently supplied Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) for MMEA’s Fast Interceptor Boats.“Our ongoing success in meeting the navigational needs of Malaysian maritime forces is further evidence of our ability to deliver the very best situational awareness solutions,” Spike Hughes, Kelvin Hughes’ sales and marketing director, commented. “In particular, our solid-state SharpEye™ systems offer ultra-high reliability and, with their Doppler processing technology, an unparalleled ability to distinguish between targets of interest and environmental clutter caused by high sea states and adverse weather conditions. We are looking forward to working closely with our Malaysian partners and the relevant Malaysian government departments to ensure the successful commission of all our delivered systems.” View post tag: Kelvin Hughes View post tag: MMEA Authorities Malaysian coastal patrol vessels to feature Kelvin Hughes radarslast_img read more

INDOT Offers Scholarships, Jobs To Engineers in Training

first_imgINDOT The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering students scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation.Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply using the form at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31, 2019.INDOT’s scholarship program uses federal funds to offer $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education. Scholarship funds can be applied to educational expenses, fees and books. In return, recipients will work for INDOT in full-time, paid positions during their summer breaks and upon graduation.Students must be accepted or enrolled full-time in one of Indiana’s Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) certified civil engineering programs. Eligible programs include Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, Purdue University Northwest, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, and Valparaiso University.Learn more about the INDOT Engineer Scholarship program the application process at www.INDOTScholarship.IN.gov. Applications for the 2020-2021 school year must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31st.Students or parents with questions may contact Talent Development Manager Adam Beasley at [email protected] or 317-234-7930.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

DCS Releases Second Evaluation Progress Report

first_imgMARCH 1ST, 2018  TYRONE MORRIS INDIANA We`re getting a better look into the problems plaguing the Indiana Department of Child Services. The group tasked with doing a full assessment of the agency came out with a list of challenges this Thursday morning.One top concern the number of attorneys DCS has on staff to deal with thousands of open cases.The assessment teams suggest having DCS attorneys spread out over too many jurisdictions can block kids from getting permanent stability in their lives.The consultants are also looking into whether the people charged with protecting the state`s most at-risk children (e.g. the caseworkers and supervisors) have the right qualifications.Consultant Sue Steib says, “We are just hearing some early input that people question whether that`s sufficient preparations for the nature of the work. We`ll be looking in more detail at the training they`re providing once they`re hired.”The assessment group still needs to talk to former Director Mary Beth Bonaventura, whose scathing resignation letter about the agency led Governor Holcomb to call for this assessment.The full report is due to the governor`s office in June.Tyrone MorrisWeb ProducerMore Posts – WebsiteFollow Me:TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img