August 1, 2021

Call for release of Hindu minority lawyer arrested a year ago under security law

first_imgNews News News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Help by sharing this information January 29, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Malaysia Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of Malaysian human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar, who has been held since 13 December 2007 at Kamunting prison (northeast of Kuala Lumpur) under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for posting a letter he wrote to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on his website (http://“Uthayakumar’s detention yet again shows to what degree the ISA is used to violate the principle of free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By allowing someone to be arrested and held without charge, this law enables the government to silence its opponents. We urge the authorities to release Uthayakumar, who just used his right to free speech.”Uthayakumar was arrested under article 8 of the ISA, which says: “If the (interior) minister is satisfied that the detention of any person is necessary with a view to preventing him from acting in any manner prejudicial to the security of Malaysia or any part thereof or to the maintenance of essential services therein or the economic life thereof, he may make an order directing that person be detained for any period not exceeding two years.” The detention order can be renewed indefinitely.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard wrote to the British prime minister on 3 November asking him “to intercede as quickly as possible and to press for Mr. Uthayakumar’s release.” The 10 Downing Street staff told Reporters Without Borders that the prime minister had “taken note of his request.”In his letter to Brown, dated 15 November 2007, Uthayakumar asked him to support a UN security council resolution condemning the Malaysian government’s “atrocities” and “persecution” of the country’s Hindu minority and referring the case to the International Criminal Court.Urging Brown to act on behalf of Malaysia’s Hindus, Uthayakumar wrote that: “Since independence in 1957, the Malaysian Indians have been permanently colonialised by the Islamic fundamentalists and Malay chauvinists of the (…) government.” He also wrote that: “Every week one [Hindu-minority] person on average is killed in a shoot-to-kill policy and every two weeks one person is killed in police custody.”Aged 47, Uthayakumar has been campaigning for more than 10 years on behalf of Malaysia’s Hindu minority and trying to alert public opinion about the deaths of Hindus in detention.center_img February 22, 2021 Find out more MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News December 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for release of Hindu minority lawyer arrested a year ago under security law MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Organisation to go further March 17, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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​LD picks Nordea for DKK1.2bn sustainable global equities; Impax exits

first_imgThe environment and climate mandate is currently in the hands of Impax Asset Management, which took over the management of the sub-fund in January 2011.Charlotte Mark, LD’s finance director, said: “Nordea has a strong team with many years of experience, and we find it very positive that Nordea is strengthening environment and climate through active ownership.“Experience, stability, commitment to ESG and ESG integration in stock selection, together with active ownership, have been important parameters for our choice,” she said.The tender was launched in June, dubbed the “Positive Pursuits” mandate, with LD searching for a manager offering global equity investment aligning with the criteria of the non-profit organisation Future-Fit, by creating positive impacts, by amplifying the positive impact of others, or by reducing negative impacts.LD Funds said it had been crucial in the selection process that the new investment adviser should have an understanding of the active ownership cooperation it had established with Future-Fit.When it announced the link up with Future-Fit, LD Funds would expect all its managers to promote use of the foundation’s tool to help companies progress towards the UN’s global sustainability goals.Mark said the bidding round for the DKK1.2bn mandate had been “intense and exciting”, and that the array of bidders had been strong.“Today there are many new and experienced managers in the field of sustainable investment, which makes it possible to have fairly ambitious goals,” she said.Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler is a new fund currently being set up by LD Funds to hold and invest extra holiday allowances Danish employers are having to grant as a result of a change in employment law.The fund is being run alongside the pension fund Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsmidler which LD was originally set up to manage. This fund is gradually shrinking, deriving from cost-of-living allowances given to workers in the 1980s.LD Funds is expecting to launch several tenders in the next year or more largely due to requirements of the new holiday fund.It is preparing the scope for new mandates to replace existing contracts expiring in 2020.Due to uncertainty about the size of the holiday allowance fund, the number of mandates is still unknown, but LD says it will potentially launch searches for a quant strategy and a couple of fundamental active managers. In Denmark, Nordea Investment Management has been awarded an active global equity mandate worth an estimated DKK1.2bn (€161m) from LD Funds, which is to be run with an impact or sustainability investment strategy.Copenhagen-based LD Funds, which is responsible for the pension funds Lønmodtagernes Feriemidler and Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsmidler, announced it had awarded the contract to the Nordea unit following a public EU tender in which 17 offers were received.The mandate is for up to five years, plus two additional 12-month extensions, with LD remaining able to terminate at any point.The initial assets Nordea will be taking over when the contract begins in the first quarter of next year are those of the LD Funds’ DKK550m LD Environment and Climate sub-fund, and more resources will be added in time as the needs of the two funds LD runs change.last_img read more

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Johnson ready to take on rival conference foe Minnesota

first_imgFresh off a series sweep over Minnesota State this past weekend, beating the Mavericks 3-0 Friday night and 5-1 Saturday, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team will shift its focus to the squad’s preeminent foe, No. 1 University of Minnesota (2-0). It’s a rivalry that has the attention of both the coach and the players.“[The players] know what’s at stake,” head coach Mark Johnson said at his weekly press conference Monday. “My job starting today is to make us a better hockey team in some of the areas we need to improve to get ready for Friday night.”The No. 6 Badgers (2-0, 2-0 WCHA) will find two-time defending national champions in Minneapolis; a Gophers team that has not lost a game in their past 51 contests. Their undefeated stretch includes handing Wisconsin a defeat in the 2012 national championship game, which helped launch them to a perfect 41-0-0 season last year.Minnesota will have to play without several players including star forward Amanda Kessel, who is currently training with the women’s national team in preparation for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Johnson recognized there are significant changes in-between last season’s undefeated Gophers and this season’s squad.“As a coach, your preparation is going to be a little bit different if the other team loses a special player like that,” Johnson said. “It presents different challenges and it presents different opportunities for other players to get more ice time and show their coaching staff what they can do.”Johnson also emphasized it is not just Minnesota that is missing a key skater this season since the Olympics affect all the top teams in the nation. He added the Badgers are also learning to play without their star forward Brianna Decker, who graduated a year ago and is now practicing alongside Kessel for Team USA.Johnson said it is easy to get his team excited for match-ups like this weekend against Minnesota because of the two teams’ shared history. He expects both high intensity and high quality hockey throughout the two-game series.That said, Johnson said he looks forward to seeing how his players will respond and handle the setting, particularly the freshmen.“I’m excited because they’ve stepped in, they’ve eaten up some minutes, they’ve conducted themselves in a real positive way, and they’ve made a contribution,” he said. “Now there [is an] opportunity for us as a team to see how they react in a hostile environment.”Johnson was impressed with the play of his upperclassmen this past weekend, as well as how the senior players are fulfilling leadership roles at the same time. Senior captain Alex Rigsby was a wall between the pipes against Minnesota State, allowing just one goal in two games and recording 51 saves on the weekend, 28 on Saturday and 25 on Friday.“Alex played well in the net both nights. Most nights that she’s in the net, she’ll give us an opportunity to win,” Johnson said. “She’s been very consistent over the course of her tenure here.”Entering his 11th season as head coach, Johnson said he was impressed by his team’s ability to perform despite a quick series, playing a Friday night and Saturday afternoon game.Leading the offensive charge was redshirt junior Brittany Ammerman, who scored once on Friday and found the twine twice on Saturday. Johnson said he was encouraged to see her have a strong start to the season, especially since the forward sustained a concussion early last season that kept her from returning.Senior forward Madison Packer also had a successful weekend, netting a goal in Saturday’s win. She also tallied an assist in Friday night’s victory. The aggressive Badger has had an injury-laden career, but her coach has high hopes for her health and performance this year.“I think a lot goes to her character and her willingness and, probably most importantly, her love and passion for the game of hockey. She enjoys playing,” Johnson said. “I’m just hoping she stays healthy this year and has a great season for us.”last_img read more

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first_imgA fictional book about a fictional girl is set to come to life at a very real book launch in Letterkenny tonight.Princess Alexandra Rose of No Fixed Abode’ is a fictional girl with a majestic title who resides amongst us.Being about a Princess, it is only fitting that the book launch for the first publication from New York author, Sheila Clancy O’Donnell, be set at the impressive “Castle on the Hill” known as St. Eunan’s College. With the approval of Principal Chris Darby and help from The Saint Eunan’s Parents Committee, this story will come to life tonight, October 23rd from 7:00-8:30pm.This special, feel good book follows this Irish & American Princess on adventures near (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Donegal GAA matches) and far (an upstate New York bakery, A Chocolate Park), causing her heart to long to be in several places at once…thus the title “of No Fixed Abode.” It is what lies within her castle, which is like no other, that will capture your heart.Sheila admits she would have never had gotten to this point without the support of many people, most importantly from her husband, who sent her to Spain for a week to write, to which she did and then rewrote & rewrote again.As for the illustrations, it was a chance meeting with Sofie Di Bartomoleo, a talented Italian design student who stumbled upon Letterkenny to master her English. In need of a home and with an interest in fashion, LYIT Fashion Lecturer Sheila took Sofie under her wing, with the result not only being this book, but the entire O’Donnell family gaining a friend and new family member for life. Utilizing the brilliant resources around her, the Author called on local teacher Anne Gillespie, to provide the initial critique while Annraoi Cheevers, Local Primary School Principal gave invaluable and much appreciated editing advice.A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to help the stellar work of the Marie Keating Foundation & The Michaela Foundation, making this book all the more worthwhile.This local book will be available for sale at retail outlets from Friday: Eason’s Courtyard Letterkenny, Eason’s Letterkenny Shopping Centre, Mourne Antiques & Gifts Letterkenny, MucknMuffins Dunfanaghy, Macs Newsagent & Bookstore Buncrana, and The Donegal Shop Dublin.For more information or to order online (international shipping available) please go to: or like us on Facebook: Princess Alexandra Rose of No Fixed Abode. BOOK LAUNCH TO TURN FICTION INTO REALITY FOR NEW AUTHOR TONIGHT was last modified: October 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:book launchletterkennyPrincess Alexandra RoseSHEILA CLANCY/O’DONNELLlast_img read more

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Family-Provided Health Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs – Time and Cost Review

first_imgFound within this publication were four effects of time and cost of Family-Provided Health Care for CSHCN:“CSHCN have 3 times the health care expenditures, including out-of-pocket costs, of other children. ““Caregiving can take a physical, psychological, and financial toll and is associated with increased stress, morbidity, and mortality.”“Parents of CSHCN are more likely to experience poorer physical and emotional health that patents of other children.”“Caregiving families also experience financial problems, reduce work hours, and stop work altogether at higher rates than families with that do not provide health care to CSHCN, and financial problems and work loss tend to increase with the severity of the child’s condition.” Romley, J. A., Shah, A. K., Chung, P. J., Elliott, M. N., Vestal, K. D., & Schuster, M. A. (2016). Family-Provided Health Care for Children With Special Health Care Needs. Pediatrics,139(1). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-1287 What can be done to support families caring for a child with special health care needs?Some suggestions were:Work schedule flexibility.Time-banking of shared leave among employees.Paid family leave programs.  This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on January 27, 2017.center_img What suggestions would you add to this list? In a recent publication from Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics entitled Family-Provided Health Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) statistics and findings were released concerning the time spent and cost of family-provided health care for CSHCN.The following report displays the statistics and information as relayed within the article. For more information, download a copy of this publication.last_img read more

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U17 World Cup: ‘England were excellent, deserved win’

first_imgChile U17 v England U17 U17 World Cup: England U17’s Cooper focused on Mexico duel as Chile’s Caputto calls for renewed focus Shivayan Roy Last updated 2 years ago 22:00 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jadon Sancho England U17 vs Chile Jan Kruger – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images Chile U17 v England U17 U17 World Cup Chile U17 England U17 The Chile coach reflected on a superb England performance and called for improvement while the England coach talked up in his strength in depth… There was only one name dancing about the lips of those who’d watched the England U17s demolish Chile U17s 0-4 in a group F bout in India’s spiritual football capital of Kolkata. And that was Jadon Sancho.England sent a statement to those in their group and possibly future challengers with the depth in the squad. Hudson-Odoi scored the opening goal five minutes into kick-off before Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho settled the result with two goals after the restart. Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes, who replaced Hudson-Odoi in the second half, added a beautiful fourth through a free-kick to provide the finishing touch to England’s dominance against Chile. “It is obviously a good scoreline 4-0, a decent match. It was a great occasion for the youngsters,” explained the British coach Steve Cooper, who further added, “Credit to the boys. That is how we expect English teams to play. A lot of positives from the game.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Quizzed about their future games involving Sancho, the former Liverpool academy coach expressed, “We are only thinking about the group stage matches at the moment. We have to play Mexico and Iraq next. We need to recover quickly and prepare for our upcoming matches in the group stage.”The 37-year-old refused to be drawn out on eulogies for specific players and instead pointed out the collective strength of his squad.”We have 21 players. All the players in the squad are capable of starting. As I always say it’s a team game and every player is important. We have to make sure that all the players get proper chances to play in the World Cup,” he concluded.In contrast, the mood was quite sombre and mournful in the Chile camp and coach Hernan Caputto made no effort to conceal his disappointment.”It was an unexpected start to the tournament. England were excellent and totally deserved to win,” stated the 42-year-old, who also claimed, “Individually we have to work really hard. We still have 2 matches to play and have the time to recover. We have to work on our errors and perform better in future.”On Sancho’s steely performance and why he chose not to man mark the Borussia Dortmund fledgling, the former Universidad de Chile goalkeeper replied, “He is a very good player no doubt. But the other 20 players are also equally good. We had plans for him sure but we had to focus on other players too.”Finally, the coach was effusive in his praise for the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, concluding, “It was an outstanding and great facility. It looks beautiful from outside. Its a privilege for the young players to come in such a stadium and play. Unfortunately, the result was not in our favour today.”last_img read more

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Information Minister Reiterates Call for Media Complaints Council

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, has again called for the establishment of a Media Complaints Council, to accommodate persons seeking redress for damage deemed done to their reputation, consequent on media publications, without resorting to court action. The Minister repeated the call while making her contribution to the debate on the Bill entitled: ‘An Act to Repeal the Defamation Act and Libel and Slander Act’, also referred to as the Defamation Act, which commenced in the Senate on July 5. Senator Falconer, a former practising journalist, noted that the delay in establishing the Council, nearly 50 years after media practitioners developed a code of ethics in 1965 to govern the profession, “is a matter of deep concern to me”. “There are many persons who can’t afford to go to court to seek damages. There are people who have suffered gross misrepresentation; who have been damagingly misquoted; and whose statements have been slanted to give a wrong impression. (There are) many persons who have legitimate complaints about an imperfect Press, but who have no means to seek redress, because of economic or other limitations,” she contended, while pointing out that some persons prefer to avoid court proceedings to have their grievances addressed. Senator Falconer argued that establishing the Council “is not asking too much of a media, which must, themselves, be accountable to the people.” “People who want a voice or need to redress a matter should not have to depend on a letter to the editor which the editor has no obligation to publish. I don’t believe in any State regulation or censorship. I am against that. This Government is opposed to that and we will never go that route; the media must self-regulate. I call upon the Media Association of Jamaica and the Press Association of Jamaica to get together and finally establish this Media Complaints Council,” Senator Falconer implored. The Defamation Bill seeks to amend the defamation law of Jamaica to address the inadequacies of the current libel law by implementing, with accompanying revisions where considered, recommendations made in the Report of the Joint Select Committee of the Houses of Parliament on the reform of the laws. The Bill also seeks to further promote speedy and non-litigious methods of resolving disputes. Some of its provisions include: he abolition of the distinction between libel and slander and the establishment of one single cause of action to be known as defamation; abolition of the law relating to criminal libel; reduction of the limitation period for actions in defamation from six to two years; replacement of the defence of justification with the defence of truth; resolution without court proceedings; introduction of the defence of innocent dissemination; and introduction of new remedies, such as declaratory order and a correction order. The Joint Select Committee considered and reported the recommendations that had been made by the committee chaired by retired High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Ronald Hugh Small, in the report on the Review of Jamaica’s Defamation laws, also referred to as the Small Committee Report. Pointing out that the Small Committee urged the adoption of this code “as a matter of urgency” in its report in 2008, Senator Falconer argued that “the ball is now in the media’s court.” “Let us all work together, public officials, media owners and practitioners, and civil society to strengthen our democratic institutions, processes and governance,” the Minister urged. Contact: Douglas McIntoshlast_img read more

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Susan Sarandon To Feature On CNNs Impact Your World

first_imgSusan Sarandon will feature on today’s edition of CNN’s Impact Your World, and will talk about her work with Heifer International, a nonprofit focused on ending hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.“Heifer International works to empower women in their communities until they overcome hunger and poverty. I watched this amazing work in progress on a trip with Heifer in Cambodia, and will be sharing my experience on CNN’s Impact Your World on Tuesday, October 22,” says Sarandon.Susan Sarandon was recently honored by Heifer International at the Beyond Hunger event in LA for her long-time support of the organization. Susan even traveled Cambodia with her daughter, Eva Amurri, to meet with women empowered by Heifer International’s work.Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Since 1944, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in 40 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant.CNN’s Impact Your World is an empowerment initiative that gives people an opportunity to interact with and respond to the news. CNN connects our worldwide audience to the interests, passions and causes they care about through the people and stories covered by our award winning journalists, as well as by those presented by prominent figures and celebrities.It’s a movement inspired by the audience’s desire to be a part of the solution as they consume CNN news coverage on television, online and on their mobile devices. People are informed and connected to organizations that allow them to act easily and on demand, and then share with the CNN community their own personal impact on the world.To find out how you can watch CNN’s Impact Your World, click here.last_img read more

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How USCs Upset Of SMU Rattled The East Region

10Marquette0+1000 Unsurprisingly, the changes in odds are mostly concentrated in SMU’s sector of the bracket. Baylor’s path became far easier with SMU out of the way (our model considered that Round of 32 game a virtual toss-up), and even Duke saw a slight increase in its probability of advancing deep into the tournament.The way this largely upset-free tournament has been going so far, those changes count for some of the most movement we’ve seen, and they show just how much impact the loss of one dark horse (or is it one dark Mustang?) can have at this stage of the tourney.Check out our March Madness predictions. 11USC+18+4+100 Changes caused by SMU losing to Southern California on Mar. 17.Source: ESPN 4Florida000+10 SEEDTEAMSWEET 16ELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMP.WIN The NCAA tournament started with one of the chalkiest opening days in NCAA tournament history, and Friday wasn’t looking very different: better-seeded teams won the first five games of the day, bringing their record to 19-2 going into the late afternoon on the east coast. But what was shaping up to be one of the most boring opening rounds ever received some much-needed surprise when University of Southern California upset SMU on Friday afternoon, knocking out what the computer power ratings considered one of the tournament’s most tempting dark-horse picks.Despite being seeded sixth in the stacked East region, SMU was a trendy choice to go to the Sweet 16 — or beyond. After going 27-4 in the regular season and winning the American Athletic tournament, SMU was the 11th-best team in the country according to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, and one of only 15 schools to rank among the top 30 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.But against Southern Cal, SMU’s shooting efficiency and rebounding cratered. Now, with one SMU out of the mix, the landscape of the East region — the most difficult quadrant of the tournament — has been altered. CHANGE IN ODDS OF REACHING… 5Virginia00+100 3Baylor+30+10+3+1+1 The ripple effects of SMU’s loss in the East region 2Duke0+4+1+10 1Villanova00+1+10 read more

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