Press freedom organisations challenge military junta’s denial over closure of Khit-Sann

first_imgNews MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Organisation May 31, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association (BMA) have challenged the military junta’s denial that the bi-monthly Khit-Sann was closed for political reasons.The two press freedom organisations said that after making fresh checks following the junta’s 17 September denial, they were sticking to their assertion that the closure was ordered without justification by Maj. Aye Htun, head of the censorship bureau – an arm of the Military Intelligence Service (MIS).In its statement, the Burmese government spokesman said that financial problems had led to Khit-Sann’s closure. But information obtained by Reporters Without Borders and the BMA showed that the magazine’s financial situation was healthy. It was expanding and circulation had increased by more than 30% in recent months.A journalist working for Khit-Sann told the two organisations that when the decision to shut down the paper was taken on 1 September, that month’s second number was already finished and awaiting approval from the censorship bureau. This confirms that the closure decision was taken hurriedly and against the wishes of the magazine’s management.Radio Free Asia reported that according to its own sources the main reason for the censorship was the type of articles that Khit-Sann published, including searching analyses on international and political issues.Khit-Sann was one of the few privately-owned publications to deal with news, socio-economic problems and philosophy. It had a circulation of 4,000 and was popular with young people and intellectuals. News Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture to go furthercenter_img September 22, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom organisations challenge military junta’s denial over closure of Khit-Sann Help by sharing this information RSF_en News May 12, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts May 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Three Generations in the Hall of Fame

first_imgThe Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame Banquet occurred on April 11 at JCD Elementary School.  I think this marked the first time that the third generation in a family became a member of the Hall of Fame.  Ed Westmeyer, a South Ripley graduate, was one of this year’s class.  His grandfather, Irvin Freudenstein, was a 2007 inductee into the Hall.  Roger Freudenstein, his uncle, was a 2002 inductee into the Hall.  All 3 of these men played either for Versailles or its consolidated partner, South Ripley.  In his speech, Ed said that he was proud to carry on the tradition of excellence in the South Ripley school system.Ed currently works for MainSource Bank in Troy, Ohio.  He is a vice-president at this bank.  In his acceptance speech, he said he was worried because his high school speech teacher was in the audience.  Mary Margaret Moorhead is the speech teacher in question, and she and her husband “Gus” (also a member of the Hall of Fame) are part of that South Ripley tradition of excellence.last_img read more

Lambert goes on the front foot

first_imgPaul Lambert will not curtail Aston Villa’s dynamic style of play despite recognising the need to end a run of 25 Barclays Premier League games without a clean sheet. The Scot earned plaudits last season for his side’s attacking philosophy, even though they spent much of the campaign battling relegation due to their tendency to leak goals. However, Villa seem better positioned to play with freedom this term after Lambert bolstered his squad over the summer and continues to mould the side he wants. Press Association “Listen, I don’t bring players in to say ‘you can sit on the bench for six months’,” said the Scot ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Newcastle. “He’s here to help and that’s what he’ll do. “We’ve got options here now. I can play the two of them up front, I can do what I want really, because he’s a number nine. Which is what I think we’ve needed as well.” Lambert added: “He’s different (to what we’ve got) but what I do know is that he can score goals. We know that. He’s a handful and he’s played in Serie A, a league renowned for some of the hardest defending you can come against. “It’s really tough to get away from a defender in Italy. His goalscoring in the Europa League was incredible, to score 10 in 11, an incredible rate at that level when you’re up against top players in that competition as well. “I don’t know what happened at Lazio and what went on that meant he couldn’t get many starts in Serie A but if you’re hitting 10 goals in 11 games in the Europa League it shows you know where the goal is. “He scored a brilliant goal the other night against Italy in a real high-pressure game, so I don’t have any worries about him at all.” “Of course I want to put it right at the back but I want a team that’s exciting,” he said. “I want to try to attack. This season we’ve started off by playing really well and we’re doing well at the moment.” Lambert, whose side beat Arsenal away before losing narrowly to Chelsea and Liverpool this season, added: “We’ve taken a lot of confidence from the first three games. “Sometimes you can walk out of a game thinking you deserved to be beaten but against Chelsea and Liverpool I don’t think we deserved to lose. We played really well at Stamford Bridge and particularly in the second half against Liverpool I thought we deserved something. “You can take that confidence from it because the way we played was really positive. If we keep doing that and keep that belief in what we’re doing (we’ll be okay). “I’ve seen that this week in training. I haven’t had to say much because it’s been that high-level. We just have to take that into Saturday.” Villa’s attacking department has been further enhanced this summer by the arrivals of strikers Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak, the latter a late signing from Lazio before the transfer deadline. Lambert insists the Czech Republic international has been brought in as much more than cover for star striker Christian Benteke. last_img read more

It’s a girl! Not necessarily, says Serena

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Serena Williams said Thursday that big sister Venus did not necessarily reveal that she is expecting a baby girl.Venus, playing at the French Open in Paris, told a TV interviewer: “She’s going to call me her favourite aunt.”“We all like ‘baby V, baby Lyn, baby Isha’. We all want the baby to be named after us,” the 36-year-old told Eurosport, referring to the names of Serena’s sisters.The interview led many to believe that the baby, due in September, will be a girl.However, Serena took to Twitter on Thursday in an attempt to cool all those cooing on social media for a baby girl.“I think the surprise of knowing what you are going to have on that very special day you give birth is probably the best surprise you can ever have,” wrote the 23-time major winner.“So just to clarify what Venus said, I am always joking with my sisters to see what favours I can get them to do for me next.“If I want something from one of my sisters, I say baby Venus, baby Lyn, or baby Isha needs it. “I did not grow up with any brothers, only sisters and we all say ‘she’ rather than ‘he’.”Serena, who revealed she was pregnant in April, has always refused to discuss the sex of the baby she is expecting with fiance Alex Ohanian, the founder of Reddit.She was at Roland Garros on Wednesday watching her older sister defeat Kurumi Nara in the second round on the showpiece Philippe Chatrier court.Earlier this week in Paris, Venus had talked about her anticipation of becoming an aunt.“I’m definitely looking forward to it. I hope that I can live up to this job,” she said.“I think you just have to be ready, aware, and alert. Then have a lot of diaper duty.”Serena, 35, learned she was pregnant just two days before the Australian Open.She intends to resume her career in 2018.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

New Brookdale Programs Prep Job-Seekers in Growing Fields

first_imgLINCROFT – Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.New for the 2013-2014 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online.The social media certificate teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media.  Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls.  The courses are Introduction to Social Media, Writing in the Digital Age and Social Media Marketing.The national security studies track is part of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science program. Courses prepare students to transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s program at New Jersey City University.The communication disorders option is a pre-professional program that provides academic groundwork for students considering a career in speech and language.  Students earn an associate of arts degree and transfer to another institution for further study. Courses include Voice and Diction, Introduction to Communication Disorders and American Sign Language.The criminal justice certificate is a 36-credit certificate designed for those seeking a career in law enforcement or looking to enhance their current career with academic credentials. Classes provide an overview of the criminal justice system and teach skills in emergency response and physical fitness. Students can apply the credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice.“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services.In addition to the new courses developed for these programs, other new courses this fall include Magazine Writing, Introduction to the Music Business, Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Project Management, Human Biology, Elementary Portuguese, Independent Chemistry Research and ESL Writing through Research I and II.last_img read more

Halloween Events Friday-Saturday

first_imgBy Madelynne KislovskyOct. 30, Highlands: Windansea is hosting a Halloween Bash with Chris Knoxx, Brandon Alex, and DJ Cati. Prizes for best costume. Starts 9 p.m., at the restaurant located at 56 Shrewsbury Ave. in Highlands. Phone: 732-872-2266Oct. 30, Monmouth Beach: School childrens’ Halloween Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. up Hastings Place to Wesley Street and then east to Riverdale Avenue.Oct: 30, Highlands: Halloween Costume Contest at the Highlands Elementary School Athletic Field. Starts 3:30 p.m. Participation is divided up by ages 3 and under, ages 4-6, ages 7-9, ages 10 and up, and themed groups of three or more. Activities include a bounce house, animal balloonist, prizes, candy, and refreshments.Sponsored by the Borough of Highlands Recreation Department. Call 732-872-1224 ext. 232 or email [email protected] 30, Asbury Park: Porta‘s Halloween Bash features a costume contest beginning at 11:30 p.m. awarding $1,000 grand prize for best overall, best female, best male, and best couple costumes. Other prizes include Apple watches and iPads. Admission begins at 9 p.m. and is free before 11 p.m. Located at 911 Kingsley St. in Asbury Park.Oct. 31, Atlantic Highlands: Annual Halloween Parade begins 2 p.m. along First Avenue.Oct. 31, Asbury Park: Johnny Mac’s House of Spirits Halloween Party. Costume contest winner will win a $1000 prize, second place will win $300, and third place will win $200. The winner of the mummy wrap contest will win a $200 Johnny Mac gift certificate, and the winner of musical chairs will win an iPad. The party begins at 9 p.m.Oct. 31, Sea Bright: Annual Pet Costume Parade starts at noon on Ocean Avenue, starting at Valley National Bank and ending on Peninsula Avenue at the Sea Bright Mural. At 5-6  p.m.,Trunk or Treat at the Sea Bright Municipal Parking lot. Costumes are encouraged, and activities include face painting and music. At 6 p.m., The Halloween Parade and Costume Contest at Rooney Park and end in the Municipal lot. Hot chocolate will be available in the Church Meeting Room after the parade. Prizes are available for all participants.last_img read more

Two skiers rescued outside ski area boundary of Kicking Horse Mtn.

first_imgOn Sunday, Jan. 30 at 9:30 p.m. Golden RCMP received a missing persons report about two overdue skiers.The two males from Vancouver Island had been skiing at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort the day prior to the report. RCMP were notified by a friend of the party that the two individuals were unaccounted for. Golden RCMP notified Golden Search and Rescue and Kicking Horse Mountain Resort of the missing persons. Kicking Horse Mountain Resort conducted an inbounds perimeter search for the missing party. No missing persons were found within the ski area boundary. In addition, a full air search began with Golden Search and Rescue at first light on Monday, Jan. 31. At approximately 8:37 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31 the first individual was spotted by the Golden Search and Rescue approximately six kilometres outside and beyond the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort controlled recreational area. A long line rescue was used as the individual was in a heavily forested area. At 9:30 a.m. the first individual was rescued and transferred to Golden and District Hospital. At 10:16 a.m. the second individual was found outside Kicking Horse Mountain Resorts controlled recreational area in approximately the same region. The individual was transferred by helicopter to hospital. Both males are presently being treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Golden RCMP is currently investigating the incident.last_img read more

Cartoon: Not With a Bang, But a Twitter

first_imgTags:#Cartoons#web Related Posts rob cottingham 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Twitter went down last week. So did Facebook, LiveJournal, and Blogger.They were all victims of a denial of service attack that was, depending on who you believe, either the work of Russian nationalist hackers targeting a Georgian economist, a clever ploy by the United Economists of Georgia to garner sympathy by feigning an attack by Russian nationalist hackers, or an attempt by Paramount Pictures to divert attention from reviews of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.But Twitter was what struggled most in the face of the attack. The result was hundreds of thousands of frustrated users, plaintive API calls gone unheeded, and pods full of exhausted fail whales working double, even triple, shifts.Yet we all made it (including countless girl’s-name-plus-random-four-digits Twitter spam accounts… oh, how I missed you lot these past few days). I’ll let you know where to get your “I Survived the Twitter DoS Attack of 2009” t-shirts shortly. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Let A Million Diggs and Reddits Bloom

first_imgThe advent of social content sites like Digg and Reddit are an important trend on the internet. and it’s in early alpha — but sort of works.  If you’re a business geek, we’d love for you to check it out.  If nothing else, we think you’ll find some great content of interest there.  If you’re curious about what would motivate us to do such a thing, you can read the of these niche-topic social content sites — just like there are millions of blogs today. Traditionally, there have been relatively few television stations that carry a wide variety of un-segmented content. Recently there have been some new entries into the space, some of which are going general purpose with sub-categories and others of which are going into narrow segments. It is interesting to note the historical differences in the industrial structure in the tv/cable industry versus the magazine/newspaper industry. Originally published Apr 12, 2007 3:44:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 millions What do you think the industrial structure of social bookmarking sites will look like in five years? Wired So, what does this mean to you? Along the specialization/segmentation spectrum, I am predicting that the industry will look a lot more like the magazine/publishing industry than the tv/cable industry. We are currently at the beginning of the social content industry and there are a handful of players including Digg, Reddit, Youtube, del.icio.us, Netscape, etc that make up its industrial structure. that just focus on the tech crowd. This difference in industrial structure makes a lot of sense because the barrier to entry to create content Do you agree with me? The barrier to entry for new sites is going to get low relatively quickly. your For example, there are local newspapers like the For example, ABC carries news, sports, soap operas, movies, etc. make a market for advertisers has traditionally been far higher in the tv/cable industry than in the magazine/newspaper industry. DailyHub.comlast_img read more