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RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros

first_imgNews Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) secretary-general Robert Ménard denounced today as “disgraceful” the 1,000 euros fine imposed on him today by a Paris court for his part in occupying the Tunisian Tourism Office in Paris last June. “There was no attempt to find out the truth in this matter,” he said. “The judge refused to hear witnesses or to watch a video showing that I never touched, much less roughed up anyone. We know very well that the Tunisian government was behind this case.” RSF has appealed against the conviction.Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government premises last 28-29 June by Ménard and other RSF members in protest against the arrest of Tunisian journalist Sihem Bensedrine. A tourism official, executive secretary Samia Ayari Mattei, had filed a complaint against Ménard, saying she had to take six days off work sick after the occupation.Ménard said he would seize the opinion of the minister of justice and the National Council of Judges about the refusal of the judge to consider evidence that may have proved him innocent when the judge had a duty to ensure a person’s right to a defence and a fair trial.He said his prosecution was “part of the campaign of slander, insults and defamation against me in the official Tunisian press.” In an editorial on 4 February this year, the managing editor of government daily La Presse, Moncef Gouja, called Ménard “a notorious pervert”… “a defender of paedophilia” and “a son of the OAS, whose hands are covered in Algerian blood.”The RSF secretary-general appeared before the 28th division of the Paris magistrates’ court on 28 February and the verdict was announced on 7 March, along with a fine of 1,000 euros and a symbolic one euro in damages against him.voir le dernier communiqué News December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more March 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros November 12, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Robert Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government permises. Sentenced to 1 000 euros, Ménard will seize the minister of Justice and the National Council of Judges last_img read more

Limerick children urged to read for World Book Day

first_imgFacebook Senior Infant pupils Zo‘e Hanley and Jay O’Sullivan from St John’s girls and infant boys school in Cathedral Place who take part in the Doodle Den literacy programme.by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Senior Infant pupils Zo‘e Hanley and Jay O’Sullivan from St John’s girls and infant boys school in Cathedral Place who take part in the Doodle Den literacy programme.CHILDREN in Limerick are being encouraged to take part in some fun reading this week as part of World Book Day, which takes place this Thursday, March 3.The Childhood Development Initiative (CDI), which coordinates a literacy programme in six schools across Limerick, have urged teachers, parents and children to get involved.CDI Speech and Language therapist Michelle Quinn outlined useful tips for Limerick parents to encourage their children’s reading.“It’s never too early to start. Share books them with your child for at least 10 minutes each day. Ask for books as presents for your child’s birthday or Christmas. Join the local library and you’ll never be short of books,” Michelle explained.She also pointed out that what works to get children’s interest also varies according to their age.“Children in Junior Infants like books about everyday things, story books about adventures, alphabet books, counting books, non-fiction books about insects or dinosaurs or imaginative books – about fairies. While children at crèche stage like small books that fit into their hands, books with simple rhymes, flap books and books about everyday things, clothes, animals and toys.“Preschool children often like books that tell stories about children and also nursery rhyme books. When reading talk about the book. With smaller children this may be pointing out pictures while it would be pointing out words with older children,” she said.CDI are also encouraging parents and children to use www.doodleden.ie, a fun website for 5-6 years olds with interactive language and number games.World Book Day resource packs are available at www.worldbookday.com Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSChildhood Development Initiative (CDI)limerickWorld Book Day NewsLocal NewsLimerick children urged to read for World Book DayBy Alan Jacques – March 3, 2016 1059 Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WhatsAppcenter_img Previous articleLimerick plays host to film industry eventNext articleIrish Cancer Society appeal to Limerick businesses to support Daffodil Day Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Advertisement Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Vietnam to expand restrictions to fight avian flu

first_imgApril 20, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam will get rid of small live-poultry markets, cull ducks, and convert to factory-style farming in 15 cities and provinces to beat back the H5N1 avian influenza virus, under plans announced yesterday.An existing ban on poultry raising in Ho Chi Minh City will be extended to Hanoi, Hue and Danang, Quang Ninh, and the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho, among other places, according to a report published yesterday by Agence France-Presse (AFP). Free-range waterfowl breeding will be banned, the Agriculture Ministry announced.Poultry vaccinations will begin in August, and the program will expand to high-risk areas in early October, AFP reported. The estimated $6.3 million for each year of the 2-year program will be paid by the Vietnamese government.Compliance with the existing rules for containing avian flu has been spotty, according to a Bloomberg News story.A government report issued April 18 said poultry checks remain inconsistent at international borders, many farmers don’t know how to prevent flu among birds, dead poultry are not properly disposed of, and sick poultry continue to be consumed, according to the Bloomberg story. In Ho Chi Minh City, where poultry raising has been banned, chickens still roam freely, the story said.”The awareness of people and administration at all levels of the danger of the disease is not yet complete,” the report said. “The implementation of our laws on animal health is not yet serious, especially on reporting about the epidemic, trading, transportation, and the slaughter of poultry.”As Vietnam pushes for internal changes, Asian nations are emphasizing collaborations among countries. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended a 2-day conference in Bangkok today by pledging greater cooperation in fighting avian flu. Specifically, the conference emphasized developing vaccines, improving data-sharing, and defining public health responses, AFP reported.Asian countries should push harder to stockpile antiviral medication and develop vaccines, experts said.”Each individual country should develop their own bird flu vaccine, and we should not be preoccupied and worried about the infringement of intellectual property,” said Senator Kraisak Choonhavan, chairman of Thailand’s senate foreign relations committee, as the conference wrapped up today.A World Health Organization (WHO) official emphasized speedy sharing of information.”Collaboration in research can lead to a better understanding of the problem, and this is important because this is an evolving or changing infectious agent,” the WHO’s Southeast Asia regional director, Samlee Plianbanghcang, told AFP. “The avian influenza virus can modify and change itself, so we need to be constantly updating, exchanging information between countries.”last_img read more

Town Council cleans up dead fish in Essequibo Coast canal

first_imgMayor Rajendra Prabhulall; Deputy Mayor Rudolph Williams; Superintendent of Works, Brian Hercules; Environmental Health Officer Eashwin Persaud and Councillors at the clean-up exerciseThe Anna Regina Town Council on Wednesday led a clean-up exercise to remove all the dead fish from the canal between Richmond and La Belle Alliance, Essequibo Coast.The clean-up team included Mayor Rajendra Prabhulall and Deputy Mayor Rudolph Williams as well as Superintendent of Works, Brian Hercules; Environmental Health Officer Eashwin Persaud and several Councillors.A hole was dug and the dead fish buried, bringing much relief to nearby residents who were complaining about the stench.Meanwhile, staff from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Georgetown office also visited the area and took samples of the water to conduct the necessary tests.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder had revealed that the fish most likely died as a result of lack of oxygen in the water, which could have been caused by low water levels, owing to the prolonged dry season.The hole that was dug to bury the dead fishlast_img read more