China surges past Japan in symbolic shift

first_img CHINA’S per capita annual income is just $3,600 (£2,299) compared to Japan’s $37,800 but in the second quarter of this year the once impoverished communist state surged past Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy. The faltering Japanese economy grew by just 0.1 per cent in the three months to June, an annualised pace of 0.4 per cent, with GDP of $1.28 trillion eclipsed by China, which had economic output of $1.33 trillion, according to official figures published yesterday.Although it is not the first time China has outpaced Japan in a single quarter, the figures mark a symbolic shift that is expected to see China eventually overtake the US as the world’s biggest economy. In the three decades since pioneer leader Deng Xiaoping dumped hardline-policies in favour of free-market reforms, China has leapfrogged the world league of economic powers outstripping Britain in 2005 and Germany in 2007. Already the biggest exporter, car buyer and steel producer, economists expect China, which is growing at around 10 per cent a year, to permanently overtake the Japanese economy, which is growing at just two to three per cent a year, by the end of this year. They believe it will then take over the US, whose population is four times smaller, by 2030.“The crossover has come far sooner than seemed likely two decades ago,” says Capital Economics’ Julian Jessop. But he says the story is less about China’s strength than Japan’s weakness.Struggling since the start of the 1990s when its property bubble burst, and with flat consumer spending, Japan is almost entirely reliant on exports for growth. Yet the surging yen has hit it hard. The contribution from exports was mostly concentrated in April – the first month of the quarter –?while May and June had near zero growth on a month-to-month basis.And with just 128m people compared to China’s 1.3bn, the country is also grappling with an ageing and shrinking population. Ironically, it is China, which could help to both boost consumer spending and the dwindling population. Following a relaxation on visa requirements, Chinese tourists have flocked to their smaller neighbour, with visits up 80 per cent over the past year, while Chinese workers are increasingly being brought over to Japan on working visas to serve them. As Martin Schulz of Fujitsu Research Institute said: “The stronger China continues to grow, the better it is for Japan.” China surges past Japan in symbolic shift Share Tags: NULL whatsapp Monday 16 August 2010 8:17 pm Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comlast_img read more

Tesco China aims to quadruple its sales

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Mumias Sugar Company Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgMumias Sugar Company Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mumias Sugar Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mumias Sugar Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mumias Sugar Company Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMumias Sugar Company Limited is the largest sugar manufacturer in Kenya producing about 250 000 metric tonnes (42%) of the estimated 600 000 metric tonnes of annual national output. Its own sugarcane plantations provide up to 7% of its annual output; its primary source of sugarcane is grown by outgrowers with some 400 square kilometers under cultivation Mumias Sugar Company co-generates over 30 megawatts of electricity which is used for its own operations and surplus is sold into the national electricity grid. Mumias Sugar Company also manufacturers about 24 million liters of ethanol annually and 20 million liters of distilled water. The company was founded in 1971 where the government of Kenya was a major shareholder. The initiative was implemented to provide a source of income for poor farmers in the Mumias district, create job opportunities and curb rural-urban migration. Mumias Sugar Company has reduced Kenya’s dependence on imported sugar products and created a self-sustaining sugar production enterprise where outgrower farmers reap the commercial benefits. Mumias Sugar Company Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Global poor, especially women, under attack

first_imgHealth care for the poor is under attack globally as well as in the United States.Trump’s expanded, deliberately misnamed global gag rule, “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” was announced May 15. As Slate noted that day, “PLGHA [is] the sound you’ll make when you consider the cruelty written into its provisions.”Under past Republican administrations starting with Ronald Reagan, the rule (officially the Mexico City Policy) only blocked U.S. funding for foreign organizations that provide abortion care, information about abortions and advocate for abortion legalization, amounting to $600 million annually. Now it will include health care dispensed by the U.S. Agency for International Development and departments of State and Defense, involving $8.8 billion earmarked for HIV/AIDS prevention, malaria and Zika treatment, maternal and child health programs as well as reproductive health and family planning. PLGHA will also affect men and children.Slate wrote: “The U.S. is the largest government provider of global health aid in the world. In 2006, it delivered more than one-third of all donor support for the whole planet’s contraceptive supplies. After George W. Bush reinstated the global gag rule in 2001 … millions of women went without contraception … [and] rates of unintended pregnancy rose in some of the world’s poorest populations. So did abortion rates, as they do when women have no way to prevent pregnancy. … Under Trump’s rule, countries [in Africa, the Middle East and Asia] won’t get any contraceptives at all.”To knowingly deny people the means to control their fertility is a grave abuse of human rights. There’s a connection between health care and other essential human needs for survival: food, water, clothing, shelter, education and jobs. All combine in an intricate web. “If a health clinic closes because the U.S. pulls funding due to its reproductive health work, people who depended on that clinic for all kinds of services will have nowhere to go. That’s ‘protecting life’ under Donald J. Trump,” concluded Slate.After Trump announced his gag rule on Jan. 23, Dutch Minister Lilianne Ploumen set up an international fund for ­contraception, abortion and health education to fill the gap. (WW article, Feb. 2) Representatives from more than 50 countries attended a one-day “She Decides” conference on March 2 in Brussels, aiming for pledges of $600 million. Meanwhile, global reproductive choice group Marie Stopes International estimates the rule will cause 6.5 million unintended pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions, 2.1 million unsafe abortions and 21,700 ­maternal deaths. (, March 2) National assault on abortion, contraceptionMisogynist in chief Trump is stacking the Department of Health and Human Services with virulently anti-choice haters topped by Dr. Thomas E. Price, secretary of HHS. So anti-woman is Price that he stated “not one” woman has ever had a problem paying for birth control! (, Nov. 29)Charmaine Yoest, named HHS assistant secretary for public affairs on April 28, is former CEO of Americans United for Life (2006-16), the source of legislation passed by many states to restrict access to abortion. However, two AUL laws in Texas were overturned by the Supreme Court in 2016. (WW article, July 7) Before that, Yoest was vice president of the Family Research Council, classified as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.Teresa Manning, a former lobbyist for the National Right to Life Committee and legislative analyst for FRC, was appointed deputy assistant secretary for Population Affairs on May 1. That office administers the Title X program subsidizing contraception, Pap tests and other preventive services for 4 million low-income women. (WW article, April 6) Manning told National Public Radio in 2003, “Contraception doesn’t work.”“This is the fox guarding the hen house, and women with low incomes will pay the price,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood. “It is a cruel irony to appoint an opponent of birth control to oversee the nation’s only federal program dedicated to family planning.” (Huffington Post, May 1)It’s also deliberately racist, sexist and anti-poor since the majority of women who benefit from Title X are poor women of color and other low-wage workers.Both Yoest and Manning allege ­abortions cause breast cancer (a scientific untruth)All this flies in the face of current statistics. The U.S. is at an all-time low for abortions and teen pregnancies and a 30-year low for unintended pregnancies, thanks to the Affordable Care Act’s provision of family planning as a preventative service.Trump and his ilk only like “alternative facts,” which allow them to kowtow to the religious right and his racist, bigoted base.But working-class women of all ages, nationalities and genders won’t go back. Proud and determined, women will continue to resist oppression!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Un analisis: Solidaridad con la resistencia en Bolivia

first_img15 de noviembre – El día 10 de noviembre renunció Evo Morales, presidente del Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia, junto con el vicepresidente y la mayoría de su gabinete. Vino después de que la policía nacional abonó su cargo y se unió a las protestas de la derecha, y las Fuerzas Armadas anunciaron en la televisión que pedían su renuncia, uniéndose también al.golpe de estado.Cada día hay una manifestación desde El Alto hasta La Paz. La resistencia sigue.No importaba que el gobierno ya había aceptado lo que supuestamente pedían los manifestantes: nuevas elecciones con nuevo Tribunal Supremo Electoral.Fernando Camacho, líder del movimiento opositor, entró al Palacio Quemado para tomar una foto arrodillado ante la bandera y la biblia. A su lado, un pastor declarando que “Bolivia es de Cristo”.En los días siguientes se desarrolló una situación que no debe sorprender a los que conocen la historia de América Latina: la policía reprimiendo con toda fuerza a las protestas en los barrios populares causando por lo menos seis muertes, persecución de los funcionarios y oficiales electos del partido gobernante Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS), y deteniendo a los líderes sindicales, campesinos, e indígenas.El golpe se hizo realidad con la traición del ejército y varios sectores de la policía, pero fue también resultado de una campaña de terror contra la mayoría indígena del país y todos los que apostaron por el “proceso de cambio” del MAS. Los que llevaron este terror son, aparte del sector empresarial, grupos de la extrema derecha con una ideología neocolonialista y las peores características del evangelismo.Evo Morales se retiró a la región de Cochabamba, protegido por el sindicato de cocaleros que antes de ser presidente había dirigido. Despues de refugiar a 20 miembros de MAS en su embajada, el gobierno mexicano ofreció asilo, y a la hora de escribir Evo Morales está en la Ciudad de México.Mientras tanto, en las calles de Bolivia se está desarrollando una gran resistencia al golpe, para defender la democracia pero también en rechazo contundente al racismo desatado por la victoria del golpismo.En la ciudad de El Alto, cercana a la capital administrativa de La Paz y famosa por su historia de derrocar dictadores, los habitantes, en su mayoria indigenas, forzaron la retirada de la policía nacional, quienes tuvieron que pedir refuerzos del ejército.En el resto del país, los sindicatos, organizaciones indígenas, campesinos, feministas, y otros movimientos sociales empezaron a movilizarse también. Desde varios puntos en el país llegan a La Paz, donde las marchas y los bloqueos de carretera van aumentando.Integrantes del golpe“El signo de la cruz en las empuñaduras de las espadas.” Así se titula la primera parte del libro, “Las Venas Abiertas de América Latina”, por Eduardo Galeano, y así fue el golpe en Bolivia. El movimiento “cívico,” en realidad fascista, liderado por Camacho quiere, por sus propios comentarios públicos, “devolverle” Bolivia a Cristo.El origen de este movimiento es la alianza entre la vieja élite colonial del país, los empresarios, y las iglesias evangélicas. En realidad son grupos con gran coincidencia, y su objetivo es la restauración de los criollos y su Cristo neocolonial.Los actos iniciales de los dirigentes del golpe, después de que renunció Evo y antes de nombrar un presidente interino, fueron quitar la Wiphala de los edificios gubernamentales y tomar fotos arrodillados ante la Biblia y la bandera nacional. En sus festejos sus integrantes queman la Wiphala y atacan a los símbolos de los pueblos originarios que consideran “satánicos”.Cuando finalmente los golpistas nombraron Jeanine Añez al “presidente interino”, que se autoproclamó rodeada de militares en una cámara legislativa sin quórum ni banco mayoritario presente, eligieron una mujer vinculada al uribismo colombiano por su marido y que entró al Palacio levantado una Biblia mas grande que su cabeza.Por otro lado el golpe no pudo materializarse sin el apoyo de la Policía y las Fuerzas Armadas. Esta fue la diferencia clave entre este momento y el golpe fracasado en Venezuela, por lo que se deben notar algunas cosas. Es una prueba de la idea que elaboró Lenin: el estado burgués, y en el contexto latinoamericano se puede hablar también del estado neocolonial, en el momento crítico servirá los intereses burgueses. Lo primero es que quedó obvio que los cuerpos policiales del país no cambiaron suficientemente su carácter durante los años del proceso de cambio. En el momento que les convenía, regresaron a las faldas de sus viejos amos oligarcas. Y cuando se materializó el golpe, quitaron la Wiphala de sus uniformes e iniciaron una campaña de terror en las calles.Williams Kaliman, el comandante de las fuerzas armadas bolivianas, fue entrenado en la Escuela de las Américas, una academia militar de EEUU que ha producido los peores dictadores, criminales de guerra, y genocidas en el continente, así como muchos de los oficiales. Medios bolivianos descubrieron también que un grupo de graduados de esa academia, incluyendo varios miembros del alto mando, ya habían conspirado para derrocar al gobierno ( gobierno de Evo había cerrado las bases militares extranjeras en el país, y dejó de enviar sus militares a entrenar en EEUU. Incluso inició una escuela anti-imperialista, pero por lo visto no fue a tiempo, y los lacayos del imperialismo pudieron mantenerse en el alto mando.Lo bueno es que ahora esos lacayos están desenmascarados, y sus verdaderas intenciones son innegables. Le cae al pueblo, en el proceso de organizar una resistencia al golpe, elaborar sus propias fuerzas armadas originadas en las masas populares que podrán servir como la base de un estado libre de influencia oligarca e imperialista.La constitución de 2009El movimiento fascista que formó la vanguardia del golpe no habría podido generar el caos necesario para el golpe sin una base social. Como se evidenció, esta base se motivaba por un fuerte racismo y un deseo de masacrar al indígena y destruir sus culturas.En este contexto hay que entender que uno de los logros más importantes del proceso de cambio, quizás por encima del crecimiento económico, fue el establecimiento del Estado Plurinacional con la constitución de 2009.La primera cláusula que provoca la rabia de los herederos de la elite colonial es que por primera vez estableció una Bolivia legalmente secular. Por eso es que los golpistas ahora entran con biblia en la mano.Junto con la separación entre religión y el estado, decreta la igualdad de 36 idiomas indígenas y el español como lenguas oficiales del estado. Todo territorio tiene como mínimo una lengua indígena oficial ademas del espanol. Las naciones indígenas ganaron representación explícita en la legislatura y los puestos judiciales ahora son electos por voto.Esta constitución rompe con los siglos de colonialismo y neocolonialismo que han dominado el continente entero, y por primera vez formaron un estado que no estaba controlado por las elites coloniales.El litio y los recursos naturales, factores económicos del golpeLa constitución del 2009 se decreta también que los recursos naturales del país son el dominio exclusivo del pueblo Boliviano, administrado por el Estado. Declara un límite máximo en la propiedad privada de la tierra.Bolivia tiene una de las reservas mas grandes de litio, cuyo valor está en alza por ser materia prima esencial de las baterías que usan los carros eléctricos. En general es indispensable para las soluciones a la crisis del cambio climático que propone el “capitalismo verde”. Unas semanas antes del golpe, Evo Morales había cancelado un acuerdo con una firma alemana para desarrollar sus reservas de litio, y había empezado a negociar con China.Sin duda la crisis climática requiere soluciones tecnológicas que dependen del litio, pero la pregunta es quien debe beneficiarse de su desarrollo: el pueblo que con su labor lo extrae de la tierra y, según los planes de industrialización del gobierno, lo procesa, o las transnacionales, en este caso principalmente las alemanes?La oligarquía del país, cuando logra dejar de lado a su racismo, se enrabia nuevamente cuando se acuerda de las minas perdidas en la nacionalización. Grita y prepara su golpe cuando ve lo que consideran sus ganancias “malgastadas” en programas educativos, un sistema de salud universal, y financiar la emancipación del país del FMI.El litio es solo parte de la riqueza del subsuelo Boliviano, también son importantes los hidrocarburos y los minerales. Lo mismo se puede decir de los productos agriculturales.Pero sea el recurso que sea, el deseo de la oligarquía es el mismo en todo el continente: vender los recursos minerales y agriculturales a las transnacionales, bajar los sueldos, y por lo tanto la calidad de vida, a su nivel mínimo, y quedarse con la diferencia.En consecuencia la resistencia que se está organizando ante el golpe, además de defender los derechos de los pueblos originarios, representa la lucha de clases y la oportunidad de crear una nueva fuerza pública fuera del control de la oligarquía. Por lo tanto, esta lucha merece el apoyo de la clase obrera de todo el mundo, así como de todos los antirracistas.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Nitrogen Key To Uptake Of Other Corn Nutrients

Home News Feed Nitrogen Key To Uptake Of Other Corn Nutrients Primarily, more grain nitrogen came from new nitrogen uptake from soil during grain filling, as opposed to nitrogen being remobilized from plant leaves and stems. The higher amount and duration of nitrogen uptake contributed to superior grain yields even as actual grain nitrogen concentrations declined.The timing of nitrogen uptake is also important in understanding how other plant nutrients are affected. Vyn said optimum nitrogen levels increased plants’ abilities to absorb phosphorus, potassium and sulfur. Part of the corn plant’s response to receiving adequate nitrogen is that progressively higher percentages of total plant phosphorus, potassium and sulfur end up in the grain fraction at harvest.“You need to think in terms of nutrient balance. If you have a plant with more biomass and more yield, it will be taking up more nutrients in a balanced manner that shifts with plant needs and growth stages,” Ciampittisaid.Post-1990 corn hybrids use nitrogen more efficiently, so less is necessary per unit of yield. But as those plants increase nitrogen utilization, they increase their uptake of other nutrients, which affects how much of those nutrients growers need to use and when they need to apply them.“At some point, they’ll need to increase the amount of these other nutrients applied to their fields as yields continue to increase,” Vyn said.Vyn and Ciampitti also found that the timing of nutrient uptake is important for predicting yield and nutrient efficiencies. Vyn said it would be economically beneficial to identify simple, early-stage plant traits that could be measured to predict final yield, but the earliest they could predict yield with even 50 percent certainty was at flowering, much later than hoped.“It’s desirable to estimate yield and nutrient efficiency of new genotypes at an early stage, but you have to wait until flowering time,” Vyn said. “You need to wait until flowering stage for most of the total potassium uptake to be present in the plant and recognize that proportionally more phosphorus than nitrogen uptake can occur later in modern corn hybrids. But all nutrient uptake rates are dependent on the specific interactions of hybrids with their environment and management factors like plant density and soil nutrient availability.”Ciampitti said biomass and nutrients were measured for two weeks before, at and two weeks after, flowering in an effort to predict yield. Those periods were crucial because it is the time in which most corn biomass is made in modern hybrids when water is not limiting.The results of the studies were reported in two journal articles. The review of nitrogen source changes was published in Crop Science. Nutrient accumulation and partitioning results were published in Agronomy Journal. Nitrogen Key To Uptake Of Other Corn Nutrients  A historical analysis of corn research shows that new hybrids are taking up more nitrogen than older plant varieties after the crucial flowering stage, a clue as to how plant scientists will need to adapt plants to increase yields. Tony Vyn, a professor of agronomy, and Ignacio Ciampitti, a postdoctoral research associate, are studying the timing of nutrient uptake in corn and how that process affects yield. They found that modern hybrids (post-1990) took up 27 percent more total nitrogen from the soil after flowering than pre-1990 corn plants. In fact, nitrogen uptake after flowering in post-1990 hybrids averaged 56 percent of the total grain nitrogen at the end of the season. SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 17, 2013 Previous articleSeed Consultants 4/17/2013 Market Update with Gary WilhelmiNext articleNew Report Shows DSA Provides Most Effective Safety Net for Farmers Gary Truitt read more

Revolution anniversary – 39 years of news control and censorship in Iran

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses PredatorsViolenceInternet News IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses PredatorsViolenceInternet On the 39th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its condemnation of the regime’s harassment of journalists and citizen-journalists. Thirty-nine years after the revolution, as young men and women protest in the streets, the Islamic Republic is trying to reinforce its news control both at home and internationally. RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Follow the news on Iran For the past 39 years, the regime’s control of news and information has been implacable and its persecution of media independence has been unparalleled. The exact number of journalists arrested and convicted during this dark period in Iran’s history – especially during the purge years – is still not officially known.RSF has tallied abuses since Mohammad Khatami became president in 1997. At least 350 media outlets have been closed, more than 800 journalists and citizen-journalists have been detained and interrogated and around 500 of them have been given prison sentences ranging from three months to 19 years. All have been denied their rights. Millions of Internet pages of freely and independently reported news and information have been censored.Citizen-journalists active on social networks are nowadays at the heart of the fight for freedom of news and information and political change in Iran.In what Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calls “the freest country in the world,” no independent media has survived the past 39 years of police and judicial harassment. Since 2000, Khamenei has waged a merciless war against the emergent reformist press, calling it the “operational base of foreign enemies within the country.”Despite having resisted, the pro-reform media have been losing the resources they need to cover developments freely and independently. And to tighten control and censorship even more, a newly proposed law will turn journalists into civil servants who will get their press cards directly from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.The regime’s persecution of the freedom to inform does not just target domestic media. it also targets the international media, even if the regime has always tried to keep up certain appearances.Toeing the official lineAccording to a list on the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Orientation’s official website, a total of 155 media outlets from 32 countries have bureaux in Iran that are staffed by a total of 305 foreign journalists.Officially, they include 75 radio and TV outlets but the real number is smaller because each of the different language services of media outlets such as France 24 or Al Jazeera are counted separately. Fifteen of them are Lebanese or Iraqi outlets such as Al-Manar and Al-Mayadin (Hezbollah’s two TV channels) and Al-Tajah and Al-Fart (Iraq’s Shiite TV channels). The latter four outlets are wholly funded by the Iranian regime.There are 14 foreign news agencies. Aside from AP, AFP and Itar Tass, most are from pro-Iranian Muslim countries. The Islamic Radio and Television Union, created and funded by the Islamic Republic, consists of 210 Muslim media outlets from 35 countries, its website says. Most of these outlets are officially regarded as foreign media, although funded by the regime. As well as relaying propaganda, they constitute a fake news world network that helps to suppress the freedom to inform. They mainly carry the same news reports as the Iranian state media.Other foreign news agencies in Iran are closely watched and harassed. A former Tehran-based AFP reporter said: “The regime exercises its control by placing journalists within the agency who can tell the authorities what’s going on there, or by threatening the foreign journalists who don’t accept the censor’s rules. There have been several cases of journalists who have even been accused of indecent behaviour and have been threatened with imprisonment.”Since 28 March 2012, when the Iranian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Reuters journalists in Tehran for “propaganda against the government,” Reuters has had no bureau in Iran. As a result, Reuters nowadays often covers Iranian news more freely than the agencies that still have a bureau there, which have to censor themselves to avoid losing their accreditation or to avoid harassment or even prosecution in Iran.Choosing “good” journalistsAside from the Muslim countries with a media presence, the foreign journalists in Iran are either correspondents who are based there or visiting reporters. In both cases, the regime prefers them to be of Iranian origin and to have dual nationality (one of them Iranian). Dual nationals can be accused of spying at any time, so it is easier to control them and make them accept that certain subjects are off limits.It must be pointed out that Iranian law does not permit dual nationality. Dual nationals are regarded as Iranians, and as Iranians alone. Several dual national journalists have been jailed in recent years for “collaborating with foreigners” or “espionage.” They include Roxana Saberi and Jason Rezaian.On condition of anonymity, a dual national journalist with an international media outlet told RSF: “Two days after I applied to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for accreditation, I received a call to discuss my situation. They asked me to go to a hotel. I asked who I was talking to, knowing full well it was the brothers from intelligence. Two men were waiting for me there. Very politely, they made it clear that I should not cross the red lines, which are covering Khamenei or the opposition and, in general, showing ‘the decline in the situation.’ Sometimes they sent me phrases to insert in my articles. For them, neutrality and balance meant censorship. I cooperated during the two years I was in Iran.”A committee consisting of representatives of three ministries – Culture and Islamic Guidance, Foreign Affaires and Intelligence – has a file on each foreign journalist and media outlet. The attitude of the journalists and their media determines whether they get the visas they need. Reporting critical of the regime leads to negative points in the file. But the committee takes account not only of coverage of Iran but also of international coverage, especially of countries regarded as Iran’s enemies, such as Israel and the United States.According the information obtained by RSF, several journalists who received visas and are currently in Iran have been prevented for moving about freely in the capital. In particular, they have been prevented from covering protests and from contacting government opponents or the families of political prisoners.One of world’s most authoritarian regimes, Iran is ranked 165th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 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SING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with showcase…

first_imgPrint Previous articleLimerick student to take part in the “Olympics of Programming”Next articleLimerick Unity of the Naval Service Reserve is recruiting Staff Reporter I Create Online – The Irish Chamber Orchestra Flies High and Swims Deep! TAGSColaiste Nano NagleIrish Chamber OrchestraSing out with stringsTEN!Thomond Community CollegeUniversity Concert Hall The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s MASTER & PRODIGY will broadcast live from The National Concert Hall WhatsApp The Irish Chambre Orchestra is back with another dynamic collaborative mini-series NewsLocal NewsSING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with showcase performanceBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2018 1138 Facebook Emailcenter_img Twitter Colaiste Nano Nagle leading the way for girls in STEM – preparations underway for Teen-Turn’s SciFest 2020 Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Junk Kouture | Colaiste Nano Nagle Singers with stringsPicture: Keith Wiseman The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s long-established community engagement programme SING OUT WITH STRINGS celebrates a decade of music with a showcase performance, TEN! on Wednesday 30 May at University Concert Hall at 12 noon.300 children from Le Cheile N.S, St. Mary’s N.S, Thomond Community College and Coláiste Nano Nagle come together for TEN!, an unmissable celebration. This rollercoaster of music, creativity and fun also features colourful artwork by the students, reflecting a decade of productivity. Join the ICO’s SING OUT WITH STRINGS troupe for a feast of music and song as they celebrate the youthful expression of melodies, rhythms, harmonies and sounds that move your body and soul.  A selection of genres including Classical, Rap, Blue Grass and Pop feature in an array of new songs and music composed by the children especially for the occasion.  Thanks to funding from Music Network’s Music Capital Scheme, the orchestra has expanded to a complete mini-chamber orchestra.Members of the Irish Chamber Orchestra will be joined by special guests, renowned rock-guitarist Dave Keary and master of percussion, Noel Eccles.  Music facilitator and tutor, Shirley Keane will direct this innovative showcase.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up SING OUT WITH STRINGS works to develop strong musical ability, but with an added emphasis on the transferrable skills that will help children in other areas of the curriculum and throughout their lives as they grow.  Through workshops, rehearsals and performances, children explore their abilities as musicians and gain that sense of joy and achievement that comes from working and playing together.Inspired by Venezuela’s El Sistema, SING OUT WITH STRINGS provides free tuition in singing, song writing, violin and cello to 300 children on a weekly basis throughout Limerick City. The purpose is to develop not only musical skills, but key life skills using music as a tool for tangible social change.  The SING OUT WITH STRINGS programme has enabled more than 750 children to learn to play orchestral instruments and perform publically over the past decade.So, come on along and celebrate our ten-year success story with SING OUT WITH STRINGS at University Concert Hall on Wednesday 30 May at 12 noon.The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.  It is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.More local news here. Linkedin Irish Chamber Orchestra’s 50th + Beethoven’s 250th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Can’t Allow Anyone To Go Homeless During The Pandemic; Bombay HC Refuses To Allow Municipal Corporation To Remove Encroachments [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesCan’t Allow Anyone To Go Homeless During The Pandemic; Bombay HC Refuses To Allow Municipal Corporation To Remove Encroachments [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap30 Sep 2020 10:18 PMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday conducted a physical hearing for the first time in six months, advocates who were unable to attend, did so virtually. While observing that Court cannot allow anyone to go homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic, a full bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta declined an urgent application filed by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC)…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Wednesday conducted a physical hearing for the first time in six months, advocates who were unable to attend, did so virtually. While observing that Court cannot allow anyone to go homeless during the Covid-19 pandemic, a full bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta declined an urgent application filed by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) seeking implementation of an NGT order which would result in removal of encroachments along riverbeds.Full bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, Justice AA Sayed, Justice SS Shinde and Justice KK Tated at first passed an order directing extension of all interim orders passed by the High Court and all its benches in Maharashtra and Goa and Courts subordinate to it. As per the said order, the orders for eviction, dispossession and demolition already passed by the courts will remain in abeyance until October 31, as directed earlier. Thereafter, the bench observed-“In such view of the matter, we consider it just and appropriate to extend the interim order passed on this suo motu petition, which is due to expire today, till October 31, 2020 on the same terms as directed earlier.”As for PCMC’s prayer to allow compliance of the orders dated September 26, 2019 and June 16, 2020 passed by the National Green Tribunal. Referring to previous orders that have been extended from time to time throughout the pandemic, Court said-“A larger bench has passed such an order. In fact, all high courts across the country have passed similar orders against eviction demolition, dispossession etc in view of the pandemic.We cannot allow anyone to be rendered homeless during the pandemic.”Finally, declining PCMC’s plea, the bench said-“The persons, who would be affected by the reason of grant of relief claimed in this application, are not before us. In such view of the matter, relief as prayed for is declined at this stage. It shall be open to the said Municipal Corporation to take steps in accordance with law, as it may be advised.”Advocate GH Keluskar appeared for PCMC, Advocate Supriya Dangre for the Water and Resources Department, Government Pleader PP Kakade with AGP Manish Pable for the State.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

Plea For Adjustment Of Savings Of Law Schools Amid Pandemic On Electricity, Maintenance Towards Fees: SC Asks Petitioner To Approach BCI

News UpdatesPlea For Adjustment Of Savings Of Law Schools Amid Pandemic On Electricity, Maintenance Towards Fees: SC Asks Petitioner To Approach BCI Mehal Jain12 Jan 2021 2:01 AMShare This – xLooking to the BCI circular of July 27, 2020 recommending that the centres of legal education proportionally adjust their savings on electricity and maintenance of infrastructure amid the pandemic in the fee charged, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted liberty to the petitioner to approach the BCI with appropriate prayers for the body to take such action as it may deem fit.The bench headed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginLooking to the BCI circular of July 27, 2020 recommending that the centres of legal education proportionally adjust their savings on electricity and maintenance of infrastructure amid the pandemic in the fee charged, the Supreme Court on Tuesday granted liberty to the petitioner to approach the BCI with appropriate prayers for the body to take such action as it may deem fit.The bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was hearing an application by petitioner-in-person Rauf Rahim for recall of the court’s order dated September 17, 2020 directing the petitioner-law student, seeking directions to the BCI and the UGC to issue a circular mandating Universities and institutions across India to provide a reasonable time period for payment of fees by students as well as explore all grievances made by them through adoption of a common redressal mechanism, to approach the High Court.”Amid the pandemic, many have been laid-off, many have been offered reduced salaries, businesses have become loss-making ventures. Some concessions are needed. Lakhs of parents are affected, at least 10 lakh students are affected. There is financial distress, mental trauma, suicides, parents are in difficulty, many have had to take loans! The circular has to be implemented in letter and spirit! Please recall the 17.9.2020 order!”, prayed Mr. Rahim.”And I am not just on the BCI…doctors have had to sell off their flats. So the MCI should also step up! And so should other statutory bodies!”, he pleaded.”It is an advisory by the BCI (the circular of 27.7.2020). There is no question of implementation. The advisory was to all legal education institutions. If some don’t reduce the fee, what is the remedy? Some colleges may have even reduced the fee. We can’t go into the factual matrix under Article 32″, said Justice Bhushan.The petitioner then drew the bench’s attention to a November, 2020 order on a writ petition filed by law student Gursimran Singh Narula seeking complete ban on sanitisation tunnels being used across the country to disinfect entrants of a public place/ premises. He had sought a ban on spraying of all kinds of disinfectants on human beings which is being done supposedly for protecting the human beings from COVID. “The Pandemic being a disaster within the meaning of Act, 2005, has to be dealt with sternly and effectively. We have no doubt that the Union and the States are taking all measures to contain the pandemic and all mitigating steps but the facts which have been brought on record in this writ petition indicate that in the present case, something more was required to be done by respondent No.1 apart from issuing advisory that use of disinfectant on human body is not recommended”, the court had observed in that case.”Make a representation before the BCI to appropriate action in the spirit of the advisory. It is the statutory body set up To regulate such affairs. BCI will take a call”, continued Justice Bhushan on Tuesday.Mr. Rahim pointed out that soon after the advisory was issued, on 18.9.2020, he had written a letter to the BCI but no steps have come to be taken in the past 4 months. “The legal education institutions did not take appropriate measures in the spirit of the advisory”, noted the bench in its order.”Now, we will specifically pass directions. That will help you”, said the bench.Not deeming the recall of the 17.9.2020 order appropriate, the bench proceeded to dispose off the application with liberty to Mr. Rauf to approach the BCI.By a circular of July 27, 2020, the BCI recommended that the centres of legal education proportionally adjust their savings on electricity and maintenance of infrastructure (which expenses they would have otherwise incurred if physical classes had continued as normal) amid the pandemic in the fee being charged.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story read more