Additional jail sentences slapped on bloggers and journalists

first_img Follow the news on Myanmar RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemned additional prison terms imposed today by a special court inside Insein jail against three prisoners including famous comedian and blogger Zarganar and the sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe.Zarganar had an extra 14 years added to the 45-year sentence handed down by a special court on 21 November while Zaw Thet Htwe had a further four years added to the 15-year-sentence also imposed at the same trial. The extra sentences were in both cases on the same charges.Thant Zin Aung, a video journalist living in Thailand, received a further three years for disobedience to add to the 15 years he received at the same trial as the other two.He had accompanied Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar when they delivered aid to the victims of Cyclone Nargis. Thant Zin Aung was arrested at the airport as he tried to leave for Thailand carrying a video containing footage of the Irrawaddy Delta disaster.“The use of these extra prison terms shows that the junta is clearly trying to destroy its potential opponents both physically and morally. It is unthinkable that these people should receive such harsh prison sentences for having assisted the victims of a natural disaster and bearing witness to their suffering”, the two organisations said. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News MyanmarAsia – Pacific center_img A special court sentenced Zarganar (photo) to an extra 14 years added to his 45-year sentence while Zaw Thet Htwe had a further four years added to his 15-year-sentence imposed at the same trial. “This wave of sham trials is the latest outrageous action by a military government that wants to crush the least sign of protest before elections supposed to take place in 2010,” Reporters Without Borders and Burma Media Association said. News News May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Additional jail sentences slapped on bloggers and journalists ____________________________________________________________21.11.2008Insein prison trials called insult to rule of law and international communityReporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association strongly condemn the trials currently taking place in Insein prison, where a special court today sentenced well-known comedian and blogger Zarganar to 45 years in prison and sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe to 15 years in prison.They could receive additional sentences on other charges in the coming days and, like blogger Nay Phone Latt and poet Saw Wai in the past week, they could now also be transferred to remote prisons with very poor sanitary conditions.“This wave of sham trials is the latest outrageous action by a military government that wants to crush the least sign of protest before elections supposed to take place in 2010,” the two organisations said. “Jail terms with a combined total of several hundred years have been imposed in the past two weeks on poets, bloggers, monks, comedians, singers, ethnic minority leaders, trade unions and political activists.”They added: “All of Burma’s lifeblood has been neutralised and silenced by a subservient judicial system. These trials are a disgrace for the international community, especially China and ASEAN, which did nothing to prevent them.”Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association urge the European Union and United Nations to adopt targeted sanctions against the interior minister, Gen. Maung Oo, who orchestrated the trials using the Special Branch of the police.They also call on the EU to extend the list of Burmese officials targeted by political sanctions to include the head of the judicial system, U Aung Toe, and the following judges who took part in these trials: Daw Aye Myaing, U Thaung Nyunt, Daw Soe Nyan, Daw Than Than, Daw Nyunt Win and U Tin Htut. The Burma Lawyers’ Council and the Global Justice Centre identified them as the judges chiefly responsible for these trials.In today’s trials, Zarganar got his 45-year sentence under the Electronic Law. Sports journalist Zaw Thet Htwe got his 15-year sentence above all for photos he took during last May’s referendum. One of Zarganar’s students, Tin Maung Aye, received a 29-year prison sentence.A monk, Ashin Gambira, got a 12-year jail term today for helping participants in last year’s protests. He has already been sentenced to 56 years in prison on other charges.The trials being held in Insein prison violate international standards and, often, Burma’s own laws as well. The defendants’ families and lawyers are rarely notified about the trials and witnesses for the defence are not allowed. The police and judges have also been violating limits on the length of pre-trial detention.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association therefore also support the call made by U Win Tin, a leading journalist and member of the opposition National League for Democracy, to United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon not to go to Burma under the current circumstances.Nicknamed the “Burmese Chaplin” and known for his outspoken comments, Zarganar was arrested on 4 June after talking to the BBC World Service and other foreign news media about the delays in the humanitarian relief organised by the military after Cyclone Nargis. He also wrote in his blog about the activities of the country’s Buddhist monks during the September 2007 protests and after the cyclone in May.The former editor of the sports magazine First Eleven Journal, Zaw Thet Htwe was arrested by military police on 13 June. The police searched his Rangoon home two days later, confiscating files, his mobile phone and his computer.Both Zaw Thet Htwe and Zarganar played an active role in helping Nargis victims. May 26, 2021 Find out more to go further US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torturelast_img read more

Letter to the Editor: PUSD Failed to Treat its Teachers with the Respect they Deserve – Longfellow Elementary School

first_img Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff The Pasadena Unified School District has failed to treat its teachers with the respect we deserve. We are told that teachers are the most important variable in the quality of the education provided to students. Yet, teachers have been offered a paltry 3% salary increase over the last eight years. We accepted 10 furlough days to help the District weather the recession. We are continually expected to adjust to the ever-shifting educational pendulum and changing superintendents. We spend many hours researching and creating curriculum to meet the shift in standards and to meet the needs of our students. Longfellow teachers do this because we are dedicated to the children and families within our community. We are passionate and experienced. We love what we do.The District needs to understand that we must also care for our own families- our own children or parents. We must pay our rent or mortgage, student loans, car loans, and medical bills. Many of us buy school supplies and snacks for our students. We deserve to be valued and respected by our Administration. A 6% raise would begin to move Pasadena from 43/47 in comparable district salaries. Our highly trained and valuable teaching staff is a resource that needs to be retained. The students of Pasadena/Altadena/Sierra Madre deserve to have great teachers who will continue to work hard every day, love what they do, AND feel they are fairly compensated.Sincerely,Longfellow (Henry W.) Elementary School Teachers HerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Community News Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Opinion & Columnists Letter to the Editor: PUSD Failed to Treat its Teachers with the Respect they Deserve – Longfellow Elementary School Published on Monday, April 18, 2016 | 7:41 pm 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Art leaders reflect on ‘spectacular year’

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County had an outstanding year for the arts in 2013.The Pike County Year of the Arts 2013 was nothing short of spectacular.That’s the way Mack Gibson, chairman of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center board of directors, described the year 2013 in regards to the cultural arts in Pike County.“I don’t know how you could describe the year any other way,” Gibson said. “We had a great and successful year in the arts all around the county. Troy, Brundidge. I just can’t say enough good things about all that’s going on with the arts in Pike County. It was just a great and spectacular year.” Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 11:01 pm Wednesday, December 25, 2013 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “I don’t think that the general population realizes how much Troy and Pike County have to offer in the way of the cultural and performing arts,” Walker said. “There is always something going on and often there is more than one cultural arts event going on at one time. I’m proud to be a part of the arts movement in Pike County.”Walker said that the Troy Arts Council had a very successful season beginning with guitarist Michael Kelsey’s performance.“Other than Shelia Jackson’s Christmas concert, ‘Riders in the Sky’ was probably our best-attended event,” she said. “Of course, the Shelia Jackson and Friends concert packed the Claudia Crosby Theater. It’s always one of the most popular events on our calendar.”“Amahl and the Night Visitors” was also a popular performance.“The matinee gave a lot of students the opportunity to see an opera and also enlarged the participation in the event,” Walker said. “Overall, the 2013 calendar of events was a great success. We look forward to the events planned for early 2014 that include the Minetti Quarter and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra.“In April we’ll have TroyFest and also Peter Oprisko will be back at the Crosby Theater. He will be remembered for his Frank Sinatra performance. This time, he will be doing songs from the Silver Screen and it should be fantastic.”The TAC 2013-2014 calendar of events will close with the Southeast Alabama Community Band Concert in May.“This has been a good year for us and we look forward to another great year in 2014,” Walker said. “Our 2014-2015 events are in the planning stage right now but already it’s shaping up to be one of the best years ever.”The arts are also alive and well in Brundidge where the focus is on the folk arts.“Down in Brundidge we like to say that we are cultured – buttermilk cultured,” said Johnny Steed, president of the Brundidge Historical Society producer of Alabama’s Official Folklife Play, “Come Home, It’s Suppertime.”“I guess that you could say that we find something we like and stay with it,” Steed said.“Back about 24 years ago, the Brundidge Historical Society sponsored a quilt show. We made $46 and invested that in a festival to honor our heritage in the peanut butter industry. The Peanut Butter Festival celebrated it 23rd year in 2013.”In 2002, the BHS ventured into the arts with an original folklife play presented in the former city hall building that had been gutted by fire.In November, the curtain came down on the 24th season of “Come Home.” The play has been successful in that all performances have been sold out. “Come Home” received the 2008 Governor’s Tourism Award.“The year 2013 was a very successful one at the We Piddle Around Theater,” Steed said.“Our folklife calendar of events opened the last weekend of January with the seventh annual Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival that featured four nationally acclaimed storytellers, Donald Davis, Sheila Kay Adams, Andy Irwin and Michael Reno Harrell.”Steed said the storytelling festival was attended by more than 900 storytelling enthusiasts.“Sheila Kay Adams and Michael Reno Harrell performed for nearly 800 students from the city, county and private schools. So, more than 1,700 got to hear some of the best professional storytellers in the country.”“Come Home, It’s Suppertime” was performed at six sold-out performances in April plus a private performance for a local company. Suzie “Mama” Whaples was the featured teller at the June Buggin’ storytelling event and Donald Davis, the Dean of Storytelling, was the featured teller at the Chili Country Christmas event in December.“All in all, 2013 was a great year,” Steed said. “We have a very dedicated group of volunteers including the cast, crew and musicians of ‘Come Home’ and BHS members who make it possible for us to have community theater and storytelling events. We thank them all.”Just down the street from the We Piddle Around Theater, studio 116 brings a variety of performers to the 116 stage. On almost any given Saturday night, the stage lights go on and blues, jazz, country, popular, gospel or country performers take the stage.Studio 116 also features an art gallery and a variety of art-related workshops or not. Often studio 116 features presentations on subjects such as Indian artifacts and belly dancing.There’s always something going on at studio 116 on South Main Street. On New Year’s Eve everyone will be invited to the 2nd annual Peanut Drop as the community counts down to the year 2014. Skip Art leaders reflect on ‘spectacular year’ By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Gibson said that it would be hard to pinpoint any one outstanding event at the Johnson Center for the Arts.“But, if I were pinned down, I would have to say that ‘Christmas at the Center’ was a headline event,” he said. “Everyone who attended loved it. The exhibition was outstanding. The Christmas trees were beautifully and creatively decorated by children and volunteers. The Christmas shop was a huge success and the Christmas ornaments by Tara Sartorius were incredible. She made a hundred and we sold them all. The Christmas dinner was wonderful and so well attended. So, monetarily, the Christmas events were a great success and a lot of fun.”Gibson said the exhibitions throughout the year were outstanding but he singled out the Roots series. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author You Might Like Christmas means tradition, heritage and community The nativity scene at Salem Baptist Church was painted by Larry Godwin. The City of Brundidge has long been recognized… read more “The Roots exhibits that showcase local talent generate so much interest,” he said. “Troy and Pike County have a history of talented artists and we continue to have a wealth of talent today. It’s amazing how many outstanding artists we have here in this small county.”Gibson said the Johnson Center offers a wide variety of exhibitions from folk art to modern art and from paper cuttings to metal sculptures.“And, across the street, we have The Studio where we have events including Thursday Night at the Studio where we everything from sock hops to workshops,” Gibson said. “One thing that we are most proud of is the Art Bridges teacher workshops. Teachers from all around the county come and learn new ways to incorporate the arts into the core curriculum. And, students – hundreds of them – benefit. And, of course, we are excited to bring students to the Johnson Center and expose them to the arts in a gallery setting. The arts are alive and well in Troy and Pike County.”Ruth Walker, president of the Troy Arts Council, said, too, that Pike County is alive with the arts. Print Article Sponsored Contentlast_img read more