News November 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information about imprisoned journalist’s stroke unavailable in press or Facebook Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more The Vietnamese government is behaving in a criminal manner towards certain prisoners of conscience, keeping them in detention although they are in very poor health. Father Nguyen Van Ly, the editor of an opposition newspaper, has had as stroke in prison, while writer Tran Khai Thanh Thuy’s health has been undermined by harsh prison conditions.“Such ruthless treatment of political prisoners, including journalists and writers, is unworthy of a government that has just presided the United Nations Security Council,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This appalling reality is very far from the ‘New Vietnam’ that French Prime Minister François Fillon praised during a recent visit.”The press freedom organisation added: “In view of the urgency of these humanitarian cases, we expect a public reaction from the European Union, which is engaged in a human rights dialogue with Vietnam that has yet to produce any results.”The Vietnamese themselves will not find any mention of these cases in the press, especially as the government has just issued a new directive of which article 7 makes the dissemination of news and information “not in accordance with the interests of the nation and people” punishable by heavy fines or the withdrawal of the journalist’s press card.Neither will Vietnamese Internet users be find information about these cases on the social-networking website Facebook, which is almost entirely inaccessible. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to explain why Internet users are having so many problems accessing the site. Vietnam is making a mistake if it is following China’s example in targeting Facebook.Internet users in Vietnam told Reporters Without Borders they have been having increasing difficulties in accessing Facebook for the past week. The website has more than a million users in Vietnam and most of them use the Vietnamese-language version that was developed by Facebook itself, which is based in the United States.The Associated Press has quoted a technician at Vietnam Data Corp, an Internet service provider, as saying the authorities gave orders for Facebook to be blocked.Prisoners of conscienceFather Nguyen Van Ly, a Catholic priest, suffered a stroke on 14 November in his cell in wing 11 of Ba Sao prison, where he has been held since 2007. His family say the right side of his body is now paralysed. He has been taken to a hospital in the capital where he is slowly recovering the use of his right arm. The security minister said in early September that Nguyen Van Ly’s health was “assured” in the prison. He nonetheless had a serious of problems prior to the stroke – including haemorrhaging, a fall and incipient paralysis – that were almost certainly due to his hypertension.The editor of the dissident newspaper Tu do Ngôn luan, Nguyen Van Ly is serving an eight-year jail sentence on a charge of “propaganda hostile to the government.”Writer and human rights activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy’s health suffered a marked deterioration after he was transferred to Hoa Lu prison, near Hanoi, on 19 October. She was beaten at the time of her arrest on a trumped up charge of aggravated assault. Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, who suffers from diabetes and tuberculosis that is in an advanced stage, was denied medical treatment during a previous spell in prison.Other dissidents are having problems in jail. Secondary school teacher Vu Van Hung went on hunger strike in protest against his three-year sentence for defending multi-party democracy. Lawyer and blogger Le Thi Cong Nhan is suffering from allergies exacerbated by the conditions in her prison. In the 50-square-metre cell she has to share with 60 other inmates, the space in which she has to sleep on a mat is just 60 cm wide.At least 21 journalists and bloggers are in prison in Vietnam. Organisation VietnamAsia – Pacific Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam to go further RSF_en News Receive email alerts RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out more News
NewsEducationLimerickMIC Student Experience Virtual SessionsBy Sarah Carr – May 7, 2021 74 Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener 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 Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Twitter WhatsApp Linkedin Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mary Immaculate College LimerickPicture Credit Brian Gavin/Press 22THE MIC Student Experience virtual sessions, set to take place on the 1 and 2 of June, will see students from both MIC Limerick and MIC Thurles, and graduates who are now pursuing a range of further study and career paths, talk about college life. The free-flowing in conversation sessions will cover topics such as how to navigate the transition to third-level education, tips on managing finances, sporting and social life at MIC and much more. Session participants will also talk about their programme of study.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Dr Geraldine Brosnan, MIC Director of Student Life, “Students today are looking for the complete college experience – an excellent education, great student supports, a vibrant student scene and a good balance between college work and recreational time. The MIC Student Experience sessions will be an ideal opportunity for CAO Change of Mind applicants to get an insight into what college life at MIC is all about.” Dr Brosnan adds that MIC prides itself on offering excellence in teaching, learning and research, and under the normal run of events offers plenty of opportunities to get involved in sporting, cultural and social activities. Highly sought-after degrees combined with extremely responsive student services means that students get a rounded education at MIC and are supported every step of the way. The teaching and learning experience along with cultural, sporting and artistic opportunities, as well as welfare and support services such as health facilities, counselling and pastoral care, are what makes the MIC student experience so unique. According to Emma Byrne, 1 Year BA in Education, Gaeilge and Business Studies student in MIC Thurles, “Although college life consisted of a laptop and home this year, I still felt a sense of belonging to MIC. The approachable lecturers, realistic deadlines and shorter days made my first year very enjoyable. I found Irish grinds with MIC provided support and gave me lots of confidence with the language. MIC is a student-centred college that prioritises us – I am really looking forward to life in MIC Thurles with friends when things get back to normal!” A large part of the student experience is engagement with the students’ union. The Mary I Students’ Union (MISU) plays a key role in giving students a voice, helping them to use it, and enriching the college experience. The benefits of having an active students’ union are many and varied – MISU gives students a say in their own student/college life, they create a positive college experience for students, help students to integrate into MIC and facilitate extra-curricular activities for students. For many student’s involvement in sport is what makes their college experience. MIC has a proud sporting history with many students, and alumni, making their mark having represented county and country in various sports including GAA, hockey, rugby, athletics, handball, soccer and rowing. Many current and past students are playing at county-level in Gaelic games and individuals are excelling in a number of sports at national and international level including Ciara Griffin (Ireland women’s rugby), Roísín Upton (Ireland women’s hockey) and Amy O ’Donoghue (middle distance runner for Ireland) to name but a few. The MIC senior hurling team have won the Fitzgibbon Cup twice. Indeed, MIC recently introduced Elite Sports Scholarships open to all students who have excelled in their chosen sport. MIC strives to enrich the lives of the students and staff through introducing art into the surroundings, hosting cultural events and fostering an atmosphere where the community can express itself. There are numerous opportunities for students to participate in informal productions and public performances. The College has a particularly active drama society, the MIC Dramatic Arts Society (MIDAS), which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019 and the MIC Limerick campus boasts a 510-seat theatre, the Lime Tree Theatre, which plays host to the best in local, national and international performing arts. MIC also boasts a community radio station designed for the third-level students of Limerick. Wired FM, which recently celebrated its 25th Anniversary, is always looking for volunteers who want to try their hand at student broadcasting. According to Station Manager, Ray Burke, “Wired FM offers so many opportunities for the learning and development of students. Not only do we provide a source of specially tailored programming for student listeners, but the content is produced by students for students. It’s a forum for the cross pollination and exchange of ideas, especially with Wired’s unique set up, where there are multiple colleges and campuses involved in the partnership.” Both the MIC Limerick and MIC Thurles campuses are within walking distance of social and cultural hubs making both campuses great places to live and study and offer students the complete college experience. According to Bachelor of Arts graduate, Tina ODwyer, “Choosing MIC was one of the best decisions I have ever made. 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continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA Technology Council formally presented the 2017-2018 Executive Committee at this year’s CUNA Technology Council Conference and CUNA Operations & Member Experience Council Conference on September 30 co-located in Phoenix.The full roster of the 2017-2018 CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee includes:Mike Atkins, chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and chief information officer, Bellco CU and, CEO, Open Technology Solutions, Centennial, Colo.;Chris Saneda, vice chair, CUNA Technology Council Executive Committee and executive vice president, technology and digital innovation, Virginia CU, Richmond, Va.;
HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola-hit countries appeal for $3.2 billion to rebuild by: Associated Press – July 11, 2015 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 53 Views no discussions UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone appealed for $3.2 billion Friday to help their countries recover from the Ebola epidemic which has devastated their economies, severely damaged the social fabric of their nations and killed more than 11,000 people.Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, speaking on behalf of the three countries, told a high-level UN conference that international support will give millions of people a chance to rebuild their lives and promote regional stability and world trade.“The world as a whole has a great stake in how we together respond to this global threat,” she said, adding that “virus diseases, just like terrorism, know no national boundaries.”The first five pledges to finance the national plans of the three countries totaled more than $1.5 billion — $340 from Britain, $495 million from the European Union, $360 million from the Islamic Development Bank, $266 million from the United States and $80 million from Japan.Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said making the plans work “has the urgency of a life and death situation for over 20 million people in our countries.”Guinea’s President Alpha Conde stressed the need for “a Marshall Plan” that includes writing off the international debts of the three countries, a reference to the US program to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II.In addition to the $3.2 billion needed for the countries’ national plans, Sirleaf said another $4 billion will be needed to finance a regional recovery plan.Dr David Nabarro, the UN special envoy on Ebola, told the meeting that “the end of the outbreak is tantalisingly in sight,” with about 30 new infections a week in the three countries and intense detective work under way to trace the chains of transmission.He told reporters Thursday that there are fewer than six transmission chains in each country, far less than two months ago.But he said the virus is surviving in some people longer than the 21 days of quarantine — including for months in the prostate gland, the eye and fetus — which makes keeping track of those who have been exposed critical.Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, speaking as chair of the African Union, said the meeting was “a clarion call to the international collective to up-scale its preparedness and capacity to handle and manage disasters, particularly health epidemics.”World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, speaking by video conference, pledged to create “a pandemic response team” to respond to pandemics in every country.
June 19, 2013 Here are photos from the first day of our Juneteenth event this past weekend. It was a day filled with wonderful music, delicious food, and lovely people.At 1:30pm, Billy Mitchell, Ray Carter and Brian Messenger took the stage, delighting the audience with songs from everyone’s favorite jazz artists, ranging from Charlie Parker, Dizzie Gillespie, Miles Davis and more. Billy Mitchell was on piano and vocals, Ray Carter on electric bass guitar, and Brian Messenger was on the guitar.(Photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo)Here they were accompanied by Leslie Daniels on the drums, Julian Davis on the harmonica, and vocals by Mel Bridges.Here is a closer look at Julian Davis’s harmonica serenade, along with Billy Mitchell and Brian Messenger.Around 3pm legendary saxophonist Richie Cole came on stage, playing with Sean Brogan on the upright bass, Rick Jones on the trumpet, and two members of the Groovin’ High Trio, trumpeter Patrick Adams, and his brother, Nicki Adams on the piano.Here’s a closer look at saxophonist Richie Cole, featuerd guest artist of the event.As the afternoon progressed, the music moved to a smaller stage set up in the vaults, where the returning band Six Feet brought a rock ‘n roll vibe to the event. Pictured here are David Maez on the keyboard, Rick Cucuzza on the Chapman Stick and guitar, and David Paez on drums.