China: RSF and NGO coalition demand release of citizen-journalist, jailed for life

first_img January 15, 2019 China: RSF and NGO coalition demand release of citizen-journalist, jailed for life June 2, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and several human rights organizations demand the immediate release of citizen-journalist Ilham Tohti, who has been held in Chinese custody for five years and sentenced to life imprisonment for “separatism”. News to go further Related documents 2019-01-15 Civil society calls on China to immediately release uyghur professor Ilham Tohti five years after his arrest.pdf PDF – 117.72 KB ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalists News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures In a letter published today, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and a coalition of human rights organizations call on Beijing to immediately release Uyghur-born citizen-journalist, Ilham Tohti, 49, a former economics professor in Central University of Nationalities, Beijing.Exactly five years ago, on January 15, 2014, the Chinese authorities closed Uighur Online (Uighurbiz) and arrested its founder Ilham Tohti and other collaborators. A few months later, after a closed trial, the Urumqi District Court (Xinjiang, West) sentenced Tohti to life imprisonment on charges of “separatism”.The collective is made up of the following associations: Amnesty International, ChinaChange, CSW, Free Tibet, Frontline Defenders, Ilham Tohti Initiative, International Campaign for Tibet, International Tibet Network, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, Scholars at Risk, Society for Threatened Peoples, Taiwan Association for Human Rights, Tibet Initiative Deutschland, Tibet Justice Center, Tibet Watch, Unrepresented, Nations and Peoples Organization, Uyghur Human Rights Project and World Uyghur Congress.China is the largest prison in the world for journalists, with more than 60 of them behind bars. In the 2018 World Press Freedom Index published by RSF, the country stagnates at 176th place out of 180.See the joint letter in full below PHOTO: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses ImprisonedCitizen-journalists Follow the news on China Organisation last_img read more

Limerick treasures are in the post

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick postal sorting office evacuated over suspect package Previous articleLimerick’s rail line see increase in passenger journeysNext articleLimerick school scores special award Staff Reporter Twitter Send Love to someone special with free An Post Postcards TAGSan postArdagh ChaliceNational Museum of Irelandstamp Ardagh ChaliceOne of Limerick’s most prized possessions has received the stamp of approval from An Post.The Ardagh Chalice has been selected to appear on Ireland’s latest set of definitive stamps which are termed “everyday” stamps that remain on sale for a number of years. The artifact previously featured on the stamps twenty two years ago.The stamps are the second phase of the series, ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection’. The definitive series is based on Fintan O’Toole’s book, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, with each object opening a window into an important moment in Irish history between 5000BC and the early 21st Century. The project marks a partnership between The National Museum of Ireland, The Irish Times, The Royal Irish Academy and An Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Ardagh Chalice was discovered in September 1868. Constructed from 354 individual pieces the chalice is made from silver and bronze alloy and contains inscription‘s of the names of the eleven apostles and St. Paul. The purpose of the Chalice was to distribute Eucharistic wine. The chalice currently resides in the National Museum of Ireland.The stamps are available at all Post Offices and online. More about heritage here. Linkedin Advertisement Printcenter_img An Post release St. Patrick’s Day stamp of Richard Harris NewsLimerick treasures are in the postBy Staff Reporter – January 27, 2018 1542 Facebook Email TV licence service Ardagh treasure finder lives on in song WhatsApp Seven Limerick post offices confirmed for closurelast_img read more

Kudzu bug control

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researcher John Ruberson is looking for natural enemies of the kudzu bug in an effort to fight the pest’s spread across the Southern states. A tiny Asian wasp may be the best option. The kudzu bug was first spotted in Georgia in the fall of 2009. It feeds on kudzu, soybeans and other legumes and has become a nuisance to homeowners and a threat to international trade as an agricultural contaminant.A test runThis summer in collaboration with colleagues Walker Jones, of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Miss. and Jeremy Greene of Clemson University Ruberson plans to test the effectiveness of an egg parasitoid as a kudzu bug control method. A parasitoid is an organism that spends the immature portion of its life attached to or within a single host organism causing the host to die. Ruberson’s parasitoid of choice is Paratelenomus saccharalis, a tiny wasp no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. The wasp lays its ow egg in each kudzu bug egg, and the developing wasp larva destroys the kudzu bug egg as it develops. And, the wasp doesn’t sting humans.“Using classical biological control is an option in the tool kit,” said Ruberson, an entomologist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There are several known parasitoids, one pathogen from India and one predator from Pakistan that are all natural enemies of the kudzu bug.”UGA scientists “know very little” about the predator and the pathogen, Ruberson said. They are working closely with Keiji Takasu of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan who has extensive knowledge of the wasp.It has to be safe for the ecosystem“We have to demonstrate the safety of the organism before it can be released,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s a safe release so it doesn’t mess up the ecosystem.” Ruberson and his colleagues are applying for a USDA permit for parasitoid release and will follow the required steps to ensure the wasp isn’t a danger to native insects and pests.UGA researchers are still searching for natural kudzu bug enemies that are native to Georgia and the Southeast. “We haven’t found any egg parasites in the past two years in Georgia on kudzu or soybean,” Ruberson said. “We have found some chewed kudzu bug eggs that have been damaged by something. We just don’t know by what yet.”Kudzu bug buffetJones and Ruberson set up makeshift kudzu bug buffets in their laboratories to find out whether or not native egg parasites and predators like to dine on the new pest. Native egg parasites “show no interest” in the eggs, Ruberson said. He offered common predators a meal of 10 kudzu bug nymphs and observed their dining habits. Two predator species (big-eyed bugs) ate all the nymphs and the rest ate 20 to 30 percent of the nymphs.“Lady beetle larvae ate quite a few, but the adults weren’t interested,” Ruberson said. “We do have some native predators that like to eat the nymphs, but we need to find out what they will do in the field. These species are all generalists. They may move back and forth between types of insects and not provide consistent control.”last_img read more

PGS wraps up 3D seismic survey offshore Guinea

first_imgNorwegian marine seismic specialist PGS has completed its first multi-client acquisition project offshore the Republic of Guinea.The Ramform Atlas vessel / Image source: PGS“The Guinea MC3D survey PGS’ first MultiClient project in collaboration with the Republic of Guinea and marks the start of a series of planned acquisitions,”  PGS said.The Ramform Atlas seismic survey vessel started operations in mid-February and acquired 3D seismic data over the blocks A4 and A5 for 84 successive days.The vessel, equipped with 70-meter back deck, covered a survey area of 7900 square kilometers in water depths ranging between 60 meters and 4500 meters.The streamer length was 8025 meters, with streamer separation of 150 meters between the twelve streamers used.According to PGS, the survey project was completed on May 8, and fast-track processing is ongoing and the data will be available within the next few weeks.MarineTraffic data shows the Ramform Atlas vessel is currently located at Las Palmas, Spain.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more