January 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso RSF_en Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan December 18, 2020 Find out more News Mr. José Manuel Barroso – President of the European Commission Follow the news on Turkmenistan News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia to go further March 31, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Dear President Barroso,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends media freedom, would like to refer you to the press freedom situation in Turkmenistan as you are about to visit that country. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the plight of two imprisoned journalists and human rights activists, Annakurban Amanklychev and Sapardurdy Khadjiyev.They were arrested together with Ogulsapar Muradova for helping to make a documentary about Turkmenistan for “Envoyé spécial,” a current affairs programme broadcast by the French state-owned TV station France 2. They also gathered information about the human rights situation for the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation. Ms. Muradova died in detention in September 2006 as a result of mistreatment.Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev were sentenced to seven years in prison in August 2006. After a long time without any news of them, we learned that they were being held in Turkmenbashi prison in the west of the country, a prison with a reputation for the most appalling conditions.Turkmenistan is ruled by one of the world’s most brutal and absolute dictatorships. Cut off from the world, its impoverished population is subjected to a police state that shows no respect for human life and dignity. Those who, like these two journalists and human rights activists, are regarded as enemies of the regime are exposed to the most terrible forms of violence. Year after year, Turkmenistan has been one of the last three countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. In 2010, it was ranked 176th out of 178 countries.The United Nations working group on arbitrary detention urged the Turkmen authorities last November to release Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev. Their plight has also been raised within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.The European Union is pursuing a strategy of developing relations with the countries of Central Asia including Turkmenistan. We understand the logic but we would also like to believe that Europe will not abandon those who fight for respect for the most fundamental freedoms, at risk to their lives and the lives of their loved-ones.We therefore urge you to raise the situation of Mr. Amanklychev and Mr. Khadjiyev with the Turkmen authorities and to echo the requests for their release that have been made by many civil society and international organizations including Reporters Without Borders. We thank you in advance for not sacrificing freedom of expression to the strategic interests at stake.We look forward to your reply,Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General Organisation March 13, 2020 Find out more News TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan News #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Paris, 14 January 2011
A 0.5% reduction in the commercial rate has been unanimously agreed by all of the city councillors, following its proposal by Cllr Diarmuid Scully.The €153,311 saving to pay for this comes from a reduction of that amount in the provision for lump sum payments to retiring members of City Council staff.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr John Gilligan had proposed an increase in the rate by 1% to fund repairs to the water supply in St Mary’s Park but withdrew his proposal when he was given an assurance by the city manager that St Mary’s Park would be dealt with as a matter of priority within the existing budget.Cllr Joe Leddin, who proposed a reduction of 1% in the rate, failed to identify any savings and did not get a seconder to his motion. Advertisement Twitter Previous articleFinal section of M7 opens unceremoniouslyNext articleShortt’s ‘quit’ plea falls on deaf ears admin NewsLocal NewsMeagre rate reduction agreedBy admin – December 23, 2010 384 Linkedin Facebook Email Print WhatsApp
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old Queens man was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into another car that burst into flames, killing three over the weekend in a Bay Shore hit-and-run crash, authorities said.O’Neil Sharpe, of Springfield Gardens, was apprehended in Rockville Centre and charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.Troopers said Sharpe was driving his BMW westbound on the Southern State Parkway when he rear-ended a Toyota near exit 41 for Bay Shore Road at 1:30 a.m. Sunday.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released.The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe fled the scene but was found at the home of the registered owner of the BMW he was driving. He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Someday they will run our businesses, lead our nation, make discoveries and change our world. But first, they will practice within these walls.”Those words, written about youth and on display at the Junior Achievement Finance Park in Landover, Md., struck a chord in Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed) President/CEO James Schenck. That chord continues to reverberate in the halls of the $20 billion asset credit union in Alexandria, Va.“That quote, combined with the high-energy students I saw during presentations to MBA students at Georgetown and Hampton universities, inspired me to make sure we’re in a position to attract the best and brightest students,” Schenck says. “We want PenFed and the credit union system to be on the radar for students looking for internships, and on the radar for students looking for their first jobs out of college.”PenFed’s program, launched this summer, has 24 interns from around the country. True to Schenck’s vision, it aims to bring fresh eyes into the not-for-profit, member-owned financial services landscape. continue reading »
Citing an analysis of the US surveillance program released in April, Johanns said, “Experts believe that in an adult cattle population of 42 million we might find four to seven animals with BSE.” With BSE that rare and with the SRM ban in place, the risk of BSE-contaminated beef getting into the food supply is “virtually nonexistent.” “To put it simply, we’ve accomplished our enhanced surveillance goals, and it’s time to move forward with a level of surveillance that corresponds to the very low level of BSE in this country,” he added. In a news release, he stated that the reduced testing program “will maintain our ability to detect BSE, [and] provide assurance that our interlocking safeguards are successfully preventing BSE.” In response to questions, Johanns said the USDA told the nation’s trading partners about the testing cutback in advance. He also said it would have been “enormously disingenuous, if not downright dishonest” if the USDA had waited until the foreign markets reopened and then reduced the testing program. “Both the Alabama and the Texas cows had a slightly different prion” with a higher molecular weight than in previous cases, he said. He added that researchers are working to find out what that means. Starting as early as late August, testing will be reduced to about 40,000 cattle a year, or about 110 a week, Johanns announced. The reduced testing programsimilar to what was done before the expansionwill cost about $8 million a year, versus about $52 million a year currently, he said. “From the regulatory standpoint we’re considering those to be two cases of BSE. But we feel very comfortable that our existing program provides the appropriate level of protection,” regardless of the type of prion involved, DeHaven said. About 759,000 cattle, or more than 1,000 cattle per day, have been tested since the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded BSE surveillance in June 2004, Johanns said at a news conference. Two cases were found during that time, in addition to the first US case discovered in 2003. The plan to reduce testing comes as Japan prepares to resume importing US beef, long banned because of BSE worries, and as the USDA tries to reopen South Korea and China to American beef. Japan has been inspecting US beef processing plants this month and, if the results are satisfactory, is expected to resume imports of beef from cattle younger than 20 months. Jul 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) The US government’s expanded testing program for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) will be cut back soon, having shown that the nation has “no significant BSE problem,” Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said today. But he also said the USDA will consider any findings about Canada’s latest BSE case before making any changes in the import rules. The latest case was in a 4-year-old cow, born years after a ban on putting recycled cattle protein into cattle feed took effect in 1997. The testing program was expanded in response to the first BSE case in 2003, with the aim of determining the disease’s prevalence. The government originally proposed to test about 275,000 cattle over 12 to 18 months, but the program now has lasted more than 25 months. Johanns stressed that the testing program is not a food safety program but rather a way to assess the prevalence of BSE. The key to protecting food safety is removing the specified risk materials (SRM)cattle parts such as the brain and spinal cord, which are likely to carry the BSE agent if an animal is infected, he said. Removal of SRM from carcasses of cattle older than 30 months has been required since early 2004. Jun 8, 2004, CIDRAP News story “No BSE found in first week of expanded testing” Also at the news conference, Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, said the USDA is considering relaxing restrictions on imports of live Canadian cattle. Canada recently identified its sixth BSE case. DeHaven also commented on recent reports that the two latest US BSE cases involved a different “strain” of prion protein from that seen in the first case and in European cases. Johanns said that testing 40,000 cattle a year is 10 times as many as recommended in the science-based guidelines of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The USDA will continue to test cattle from high-risk populations and from a variety of places around the country, he said. Because of BSE concerns, the only live Canadian cattle allowed into the United States are those destined for slaughter before reaching the age of 30 months. In response to a question, DeHaven said the USDA is considering allowing older cattle to be imported, because the Canadian system for preventing BSE “mirrors what we have in the US.” See also: Jul 20 USDA news release To the suggestion that the current level of testing should continue indefinitely, Johanns said, “There simply is no scientific justification for doing so. . . . The reality is this: there is no significant BSE problem in the United States. And after all this surveillance I am able to say there never was. We’ve proved that with our enhanced surveillance.”