Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders is extremely relieved to learn that Jigme Gyatso, a Tibetan monk who disappeared nearly two years ago in Tibet, has resurfaced safe and sound in the northern Indian city Dharamsala.There had been no news of Gyatso – who helped Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen to secretly film the documentary Leaving Fear Behind in 2008 – since his arbitrary arrest by the Chinese authorities in September 2012.“It is wonderful to learn that an information hero who had been missing for nearly two years has resurfaced safely and in relative good health,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “This is excellent news.”“But our delight can only be partial because we are still very concerned about Dhondup Wangchen, who remains in prison. We urge the Chinese authorities to free him and all others whose only crime has been to enable a discriminated people to use its voice.”No information has so far been made public about how Gyatso escaped or how he spent the past two years. He has announced through the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and the Swiss organization Filming for Tibet that he will provide this information at a news conference at 11 a.m. on 28 May in the Hotel Tibet.Contacted by Reporters Without Borders, Yeshe Choesang, editor for the Tibet Post International, an online newspaper based in Dharamsala, said : “I am very happy to hear about Jigme’s escape to India, a free country, where he is free to express the Sufferings of the Tibetans inside Tibet without fear of arrest, imprisonment or any other form of punishment, including torture”.Leaving Fear Behind, which consists of interviews with 108 Tibetans, was screened clandestinely in Beijing as the 2008 Olympic Games got under way. Gyatso was immediately arrested and was sentenced to seven months in prison, during which he was beaten and tortured. Released in October 2008, he was detained arbitrarily again in 2012. Leaving Fear Behind from Filming for Tibet on Vimeo.New measures restricting the flow of information have meanwhile just been announced by the authorities in Golog, a prefecture with a mainly Tibetan population in Qinghai province. According to an official document, all of the prefecture’s monks are required to sign an undertaking to support the Communist Party and to demonstrate this support in their behaviour.The document also says that using a telephone or the Internet to send information outside the region is strictly forbidden, as is “listening to external sources of information.” The monks must also undertake not to leave the region during the next four years.China is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Sign the petition for Dhondup Wangchen’s release here. For more informations on the May 28 press conference : [email protected] China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific May 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tibetan “information hero” finally free June 2, 2021 Find out more News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News to go further News
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Facebook Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook Jury returns verdict of misadventure at Buncrana pier tragedy inquest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter The deaths of all five people who drowned in the Buncrana Pier Tragedy have been ruled as death by misadventure.The jury in the two day inquest into the deaths made the ruling, which differs from death by accident in that some element of risk was introduced.The coroner involved said that describing the tragedy as terrible and devastating for the family didn’t even begin to describe it. Harps come back to win in Waterford By News Highland – November 23, 2017 Google+ Google+ Previous articleDonegal’s new U20 manager will be Gary McDaidNext article News Highland WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA
Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme CSO figures show 143 people in Donegal have died with Covid-19 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Twitter Twitter Previous articleTanaiste urged to prevent renewal of exploration licence for Donegal companyNext articleMan in Derry charged with a number of drugs-related offences News Highland WhatsApp The latest CSO figures show that 143 people in Donegal have died with Covid since the pandemic began.An additional 14 deaths were recorded since the 19th of February, with 5 in the last week.The median age of the deceased in Donegal remains at 83.The figures cover up to the 5th of March and show that 8,529 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in Donegal with the median age of cases being 39 Google+ Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp By News Highland – March 13, 2021 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) — When a worker at the newly installed bridge near Florida International University heard cracking, he immediately locked in his harness — an action he thinks saved his life, according to his cousin.Carlos Chapman, who was injured when the bridge collapsed Thursday, is “being very repetitive and doesn’t remember much of what happened,” his cousin, Jayleen Gutierrez, told ABC News on Friday.“All he really remembers is hearing a cracking noise and immediately locking in his harness,” she said. “Seconds after that, he fell. He said if it weren’t for that harness, he would have easily died.”Chapman suffered a shoulder fracture and underwent surgery on his nose, mouth and eye, Gutierrez said.“He is still in disbelief and is in denial about what happened,” Gutierrez said. “However, he will be OK. We are all praying for him, and glad he is still here with us.”Six people were killed and many others injured when the bridge crumbled, trapping cars beneath it.Florida International University had touted the bridge as one of the first of its kind, tweeting that it swung into place Saturday.The cause of the collapse remains under investigation. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 88.3 million people worldwide and killed over 1.9 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern:Jan 10, 5:33 amUK Health Secretary says every adult in country will receive vaccine by autumnUK Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed on Sunday morning that every adult in the United Kingdom will be offered the coronavirus vaccine by the fall. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC, Hancock said that the vaccine will be distributed according to need and that the British government has over 350 million doses of the vaccine on order.“We are going to have enough to be able to offer a vaccine to everyone over the age of 18 and by the autumn,” Hancock said in the interview.Hancock also said that the priority is to immunize the most vulnerable 13 million people in the country by the middle of February — something he confirmed to Sky News on Sunday that the U.K. government was on track to accomplish.Jan 09, 10:24 pmNumbers increasing nationwide post-holidaysNew numbers from The COVID Tracking Project are showing the dire situation facing the country right now, especially in the West.There were just shy of 700 deaths reported in California on Saturday, with the state now averaging 410 death per day over the last seven days. The seven-day average for cases is up in 38 states since last week, including most states in the West, according to The COVID Tracking Project. In addition to the pandemic ravaging California, Montana and Washington have the second- and third-highest increases, respectively.There were more deaths, cases and average hospitalizations this past week than any other during the pandemic, according to the project.The report released Saturday showed a record seven-day average for total hospitalizations (130,350) and daily deaths (3,091). There were 3,500 deaths nationwide reported on Saturday.Jan 09, 8:54 pmNearly 8,000 currently hospitalized in LA CountyThe record-setting COVID-19 numbers continue to skyrocket in Los Angeles County.The county crossed 900,000 confirmed cases on Saturday — more than twice as many as any other county in the nation. There were also another 221 deaths reported Saturday, bringing the total to 12,084. Sixty-five of the people who were reported dead on Saturday were 30 to 64 years old, the remaining were older. LA County alone has more total deaths than 41 U.S. states.There are currently 7,966 people hospitalized with coronavirus in the county, 22% of whom are in the intensive care unit.“To the families and friends experiencing the sorrow of losing of a loved one due to COVID-19, we send you our deepest condolences,” Dr. Barbara Ferrer, the county’s health director, said in a statement. “This is another devastating day for Los Angeles County. The speed with which we are reaching grim milestones of COVID-19 deaths and cases is a devastating reflection of the immense spread that is occurring across the county. And this accelerated spread reflects the many unsafe actions individuals took over the holidays.”Of the 4.96 million people tested so far in the county, 17% have tested positive.ABC News’ Bonnie McLean contributed to this report.Jan 09, 2:41 pm3 new cases of UK variant detected in New YorkThree more cases of the U.K. COVID-19 variant have been detected in New York state, Gov. Cuomo said Saturday. Two of the cases were in Saratoga County and one in Nassau County.The governor blasted the federal government for what he said did nothing to stop the arrival of the variant in the state.There have been 259,000 vaccines to date this week in New York. With the state’s current allocation of 300,000 vaccine doses per week, it will take 14 weeks to vaccinate all of 1A and 1B groups.A vaccine call center will open 4 p.m. on Monday and a website will go live the same day at 8 a.m. for New York.– ABC News’ Jamie A. AranoffJan 09, 1:54 pmQueen Elizabeth, Duke of Edinburgh receive COVID-19 vaccinations“The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have today received Covid-19 vaccinations,” according to a statement from a Buckingham Palace spokesperson Saturday.The vaccinations were administered by a Household Doctor at Windsor Castle, according to a Royal source.The announcement was made to the public “to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation” and “Her Majesty decided that she would let it be known she has had the vaccination,” according to a statement from the Royal Communications at Buckingham Palace.– ABC News’ Zoe MageeJan 09, 3:04 amCuomo expands vaccine eligibility for New YorkersNew York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Friday the expansion of “the state’s vaccination distribution network to help accelerate the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine” to residents under groups 1A and 1B, according to a release.Thanks to this, essential workers and residents over the age of 75 can begin to make vaccination reservations at administration sites as early as next Monday, Jan. 11.“Over the past week, we have seen hospitals increase their vaccination rates and I thank them for their efforts, but it’s still not enough, so we’re going to accelerate the distribution,” Cuomo said.Thousands of new providers statewide will help vaccinate health care workers, essential workers and individuals 75 and older.“The federal government controls the supply, so as we continue to receive more, New York will not only ensure doses are distributed in the most fair and socially equitable way possible, but that health care workers continue to be prioritized so our hospitals remain safe and staffed,” Cuomo added.Group 1B, the largest group, is comprised of 3.2 million New Yorkers, including 870,000 education workers, 207,000 first responders, 100,000 public safety workers, 100,000 public transit workers and 1.4 million people 75 and older, the release states. All of these people will now be eligible to receive the vaccine. Prior to Cuomo’s announcement, only the 2.1 million New Yorkers in group 1A were eligible to receive the vaccine.Jan 08, 8:47 pmUS crosses 300K new daily cases for 1st timeThe U.S. has surpassed 300,000 new daily COVID-19 cases for the first time, according to The COVID Tracking Project.There were 310,080 new cases reported Friday. New Jersey and California both “greatly influenced” the surge in cases, the tracker said. New Jersey reported nearly 20,000 probable COVID-19 cases and California had over 50,000 cases.Sixteen states also reported record COVID-19 hospitalizations this week, the tracker said: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.Hospitalizations in California and Arizona in particular are increasing at an alarming rate, it noted.Jan 08, 5:07 pmPfizer vaccine likely to work against new, rapidly-spreading variants: StudyA new study says Pfizer’s vaccine is likely to work against the new, rapidly-spreading variants of COVID-19.Dr. Pei-Yong Shi of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston told ABC News this is “the first study to show that one of the most prominent mutations in the fast-spreading UK and the South African strain … doesn’t affect the neutralizing activity of the current vaccine.” Some of the antibodies produced by the vaccine “may be weakened by a single mutation, but others will remain active,” he said, which he believes will continue to provide protection from the variants.Although Shi only studied Pfizer’s vaccine, he said the results “can be generated to the other vaccine platforms,” including Moderna and AstraZeneca.The vaccines “are all based on the same sequence of the spike protein,” he said, “so I will not be surprised that it will be it will be the same result.” While the U.K. variant that’s been confirmed in several U.S. states appears to spread more rapidly, there’s no evidence that it’s more deadly.ABC News’ Sony Salzman contributed to this report.Jan 08, 4:43 pmFlorida State Rep. asks those returning from Capitol to quarantine, get testedFlorida State Rep. Mike Caruso, a Republican who represents Boca Raton, told ABC News he is concerned about people who attended the U.S. Capitol riot coming back to his district — where there’s a high elderly population — and spreading COVID-19. “I would ask them to quarantine when they do come back and to go get tested,” Caruso said, adding that they should be tested before flying home.ABC News’ Sasha Pezenik contributed to this report.Jan 08, 4:33 pmBiden to get 2nd vaccine dose on MondayPresident-elect Joe Biden will get his second vaccine dose in public on Monday “to continue to instill confidence in the vaccine’s safety and efficacy,” said incoming White House press secretary Jen Psaki.This will be 21 days after Biden received the first dose, she said.When Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris receives her second dose, it will also be in public, she said.Psaki added, “The Biden-Harris transition team today started to vaccinate incoming members of the administration. Up to 35 individuals will be vaccinated.”“These individuals are people who will be in close proximity to the President or Vice President, who are critical members of the National Security team or are Cabinet nominees in the line of succession to the presidency,” she said. “These vaccinations are being conducted now so that these individuals can complete their inoculation shortly after January 20. The vaccine being used for this purpose is coming from supplies previously allocated to the White House medical unit.”ABC News’ John Verhovek and Molly Nagle contributed to this report.Jan 08, 3:31 pmNFL stadium to open as 24/7 vaccination site in ArizonaState Farm Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, will open as a 24/7 vaccination site on Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey said.The site aims to “vaccinate thousands more individuals each day as Maricopa County, the state’s largest county, moves into Phase 1B of vaccine distribution,” the governor’s office said. “The start of that phase prioritizes protective service workers, teachers and K-12 school staff, child care workers, and those age 75 and older.”State Farm Stadium will offer vaccines beginning Monday for law enforcement and other protective service workers. Appointments for others in Phase 1B and Phase 1A will be available starting Tuesday.Jan 08, 2:16 pmCalifornia reports over 50K cases in 1 dayCalifornia reported 50,030 new cases and an additional 493 deaths on Friday.Hospitalizations in the hard-hit state are down just 0.1%.Over 2.56 million people in the Golden State have been diagnosed with COVID-19.Jan 08, 12:15 pmUS reported more cases than ever before during 1st week of 2021In the first week of 2021, U.S. states and territories reported more cases than at any point in the pandemic so far, according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project. Cases are on the rise in every region of the country. The CDC reports that New Jersey leads the nation with the highest average of daily cases per 100,000 people in the last seven days, followed Arizona, Rhode Island, Arkansas and California.In New York, daily cases are nearly 50% higher than they were during the spring surge. The U.S. surpassed 132,000 patients in hospitals this week — meaning more people were hospitalized than during the peak of the spring and summer surges combined. Arizona, Nevada and Alabama currently hold the highest hospitalizations rates per million people in the country.Thursday marked the nation’s deadliest day on record with 4,085 deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.Now, one in every 905 Americans has died from the virus. In the last week, the seven-day average of daily deaths increased by 18.6%.Jan 08, 11:45 amBiden will move to release more vaccine doses when he takes officePresident-elect Joe Biden will move to release more vaccine doses when he takes office, a departure from the current policy.“He supports releasing available doses immediately, and believes the government should stop holding back vaccine supply so we can get more shots in Americans’ arms now,” Biden transition spokesperson TJ Ducklo said in a statement. “He will share additional details next week on how his Administration will begin releasing available doses when he assumes office.”Transition officials have faith that the manufacturers that can produce enough vaccines to ensure people can get their second dose in a timely manner while also getting more people their first dose, according to one official.ABC News also obtained a letter from a group of eight Democratic governors to HHS Secretary Alex Azar and Operation Warp Speed Chief Operating Officer Gen. Gus Perna. “Our states are ready to work around the clock to ramp up distribution, get more shots in arms, and save more American lives.”“General Perna, as you have stated before, ‘a vaccine sitting on a shelf is not effective.’ We couldn’t agree with you more,” the governors wrote in part. “That’s why we are asking for your help now.”Jan 08, 10:46 amNYC police commissioner tests positiveNew York City’s police commissioner, Dermot Shea, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “doing well,” NYPD spokesman Rich Esposito told ABC News. Shea is at home and “running the department remotely,” he said. Esposito said the commissioner regularly attends functions and is in close contact with people all the time. “He takes extensive precautions, but the COVID rate is increasing in the city,” he said.So far this month, 463 NYPD members have tested positive for COVID-19. As of Thursday, New York City’s seven-day average positivity rate stood at 9.21%.Jan 08, 9:24 amHospitalizations on rise in London, mayor declares ‘major incident’London Mayor Sadiq Khan has declared a “major incident” as the virus’ spread threatens to overwhelm the city’s hospitals.One in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19, the mayor said.The city has 7,034 people currently hospitalized — a 35% increase from the April peak.The number of people in hospitals jumped by 27% from Dec. 30 to Jan. 6, Khan said.The London Ambulance Service is now taking up to 8,000 calls per day, when an average day would bring 5,500 calls.“The stark reality is that we will run out of beds for patients in the next couple of weeks unless the spread of the virus slows down drastically,” Khan said. “We are declaring a major incident because the threat this virus poses to our city is at crisis point. If we do not take immediate action now, our NHS could be overwhelmed and more people will die.” Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HSE names and shamesOn 1 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Big companies named in HSE’s publication of 1,600 health and safety offencesduring 1999-2000The historic first “naming and shaming” of health and safetyoffenders took place at the end of October. Well-known companies were named in national newspapers after the Health& Safety Executive included the relevant web page in press releases. Theseincluded Johnson Matthey, 3M and Tarmac. Expressing his satisfaction at the development, HSE director-general TimothyWalker said firms’ professional reputation should depend on their health andsafety performance. “The convictions are there for everyone to see,” he said,”including would-be customers, contractors, investors, employees andinsurers. “They all have a right to be aware of an organisation’s health andsafety record before they decide whether to invest their capital andlabour.” The HSE revealed 1,600 individual offences during 1999-2000, giving fulldetails of each. Users can access the information according to a number ofcriteria, including geographical location, type of industry, size of fine andtype of work activity. Walker also criticised the courts for imposing fines that were too low.”In 1998 the Court of Appeal stated that fines were too low,” hesaid. “I agree, yet since then, there has been only limited progress –with the average fine under £7,000.” The move is part of the Revitalising Health and Safety initiative, whichfollows demands by trade unions and Labour MPs, who say fines are aninsufficient deterrent to unsafe practice. www.hse-databases.co.uk/prosecutions/ www.hse.gov.uk
The available literature on marine debris and its impacts in the sub-Antarctic Islands, the Antarctic Peninsula and on the coasts of Antarctica was organized and interpreted here. A total of 98 documents covering from 1982 to 2010 were found and 95% had their full contents accessed. Seventy documents were on line scientific abstracts from the Commission on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). The occurrence of marine debris in the Antarctic environment, fur seals entanglement in marine debris, interactions between seabirds and marine debris and long range transport of benthos on floating plastics were the main issues discussed. Fishing operations in the Southern Ocean were identified as the major source of marine debris, but according to the type of debris reported, plastics from lower latitudes may also cross the Polar Front (PF). Possible links between Antarctic and South America, the closest intercontinental connection, in relation to plastic marine debris pollution are highlighted. As reported for lower latitudinal gradients, plastic pollution is an important problem to the Antarctic environment. However, specific and detailed works are necessary since our current knowledge probably expose only a small part of the real problem. Concerning this sort of pollution in the Antarctic marine and coastal environments, we may be looking solely at the tip of iceberg.