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Myanmar Times and other media threatened and sanctioned by military censors

first_img Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the recent sanctions taken by the military government’s censorship board against the Burmese-language edition of the Myanmar Times weekly, which was ordered to suppress its next issue for carrying a report about an increase in the price of satellite dish licences (http://www.mmtimes.com/no400/n006.htm) in its 11 January issue.The newspaper apparently published the story, which quoted an Agence France-Presse dispatch, without requesting the censorship board’s permission.”The latest sanctions against news media that are already subject to censorship and self-censorship appear to be linked to recent official statements on press freedom,” the two organisations said. “Information minister Kyaw Hsan, for example, told a group of media publishers on 13 January that the media must make an effort to help the national economy to improve and to protect itself against the destructionists threatening the country’s interests. We suspect that this kind of comment may pave the way for new sanctions and restrictions.”A Rangoon-based journalist said the government also asked the Myanmar Times to fire four of its journalists, Nwe Nwe Aye, Win Nyunt Lwin, Myint Soe and Win Kyaw Oo. The four were reportedly told to go this week.The censorship board recently ordered at least two magazines, the Myanmar Tribune and Action Times, not to publish any “political” news. A journalist employed by one of these publications said Maj. Tint Swe, the head of the censorship board, threatened them with reprisals if they did not concentrate on entertainment and sport. Myanmar Tribune and Action Times decided to temporarily suspend publication.A spokesperson for the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, was summoned by the censorship board on 11 January and reprimanded for issuing a newsletter on 4 January, Independence Day. Reference was made to the Printers and Publishers Registration Act, under which an unauthorised publication is punishable by up to seven years in prison.According to the Burmese exile magazine Irrawaddy, young NLD activists printed and circulated a newsletter entitled Ah-Yoan-Thit (The Dawn) containing articles on last September’s demonstrations and arrests of party activists.The military government has refused to give the NLD any publication permit since the start of the 1990s. Aung San Suu Kyi has herself repeatedly requested authorisation to publish a newspaper.Around 150 weekly newspapers and 80 magazines are published in Burma. Most of them do not cover politics but all of them are subjected to prior censorship. According to some sources, rampant corruption within the censorship board means that publications are sometimes able to carry reports that would normally be censored. Follow the news on Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture RSF_en Receive email alerts May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation News January 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Myanmar Times and other media threatened and sanctioned by military censors Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylumcenter_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go further May 31, 2021 Find out more News MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 26, 2021 Find out more News Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Newslast_img read more


first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that yesterday the ADVOCATE magazine reported that “ten members of the Tri-State Alliance recently attended a board meeting of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County School Corporation to ask for greater protections for LGBTQ students”? …the ADVOCATE also reported that The Tri-State Alliance claimed that EVSC School Board member Ann Ennis stated there was no support on the board for addressing suicide concerns among “trans” students?”  …that a video posted to the group’s Facebook page, that a woman in the group identifies EVSC School Board member Ann Ennis making a gesture as if she’s playing the violin and saying “cry me a river?”  …that EVSC School Board members are the stewards of the public trust and should start acting like it?IS IT TRUE one of the best-known secrets in Vanderburgh County is the non-commissioned analysis that current Evansville City Controller and former Mayor Russ Lloyd, Jr. recently did concerning the outcome of the 2019 City election? …we are told that his analysis was thoughtful, detailed, statistically based, a little presumptuous? …we were told that his analysis of the City Council Ward 1 and Ward 2 is an interesting read?IS IT TRUE the pressure will be on the Vanderburgh County Council this coming Wednesday, December 4, 2019?…that members of the jail study committee will present members of the Vanderburgh County Council four (4) options to consider for the new addition to the county jail? …that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners, Vanderburgh County Sheriff, EPD, Building Authority, County Prosecutor, Jail Consultants, local Judges, and Project Engineers have done all they can in prioritizing and projecting future public safety concerns?  …it’s time for Vanderburgh County Council to step up and decide to build a new addition to our county jail that will serve local law enforcement needs for the next 20 years?…we are told that the same two County Council members may be on the verge of making the same mistake they made back in 2004 by building the current jail too small?IS IT TRUE on December 4, 2019, at high noon at the Civic Center the Board of Park Commissioners is scheduled to approve and execute the Board Recommendation for Wesselman Par 3 Golf  Course?  …that  Commissioner Stewart will be presenting the bad news to those in attendance that enjoy playing Par 3 golf at Wesselman?IS IT TRUE last week we read with interest in the Evansville Courier and Press that The Vectren Foundation will invest $750,000 towards the $28 million low-income housing and commercial development on North Main Street?  …we wonder if anyone can tell us where Vectren Foundation gets the money to help subsidize this for-profit development?IS IT TRUE we should be finding out real soon who has been hired as the new Convention Visitors Bureau CEO and the Chancellor of Ivy Tech-Evansville? … we are told that both positions are attracting high-quality candidates?….we are told that by January 1, 2019, both these positions will be finalized?.IS IT TRUE we are told that County Commissioners Jeff Hatfield and Ben Shoulders are again hosting an event in late January benefitting the”Victory Fund PAC”?…this event was well attended last year but this year are being forced to move it to a much larger location?…we are told that over 400 people have made reservations to attend this year’s event?  …last year this political fundraiser raised over $75,000 and could potentially raise around $100,000 this year?IS IT TRUE  we are told that County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave will be announcing and filing for re-election in early January?….she will make County history by becoming the first female Commissioner to ever win re-election?… that County Commissioner Musgrave continues to be a change-maker in many ways?IS IT TRUE we are told that we should know real soon who are the new hires for the  CEO of the Convention Visitors Bureau and the new Ivy Tech Chancellor? … we hear that both positions are attracting experienced candidates?….we expect by January 1, 2019, that both positions will be finalized?IS IT TRUE we wonder if the Evansville City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr., CPA has paid the  Victory Theater bills for this year?IS IT TRUE that the Honorable Vanderburgh County Circuit Court Judge for Vanderburgh County David D. Kiely is doing an outstanding job as the Circuit Court Judge for Vanderburgh County?Today’s non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that its time to make a decision concerning the Vanderburgh County jail?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

USI Faculty and Staff Achievements

first_img Kelly Sparks, (principal investigator) and Rick Hudson received an extension grant from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education towards their work with the Pott College’s Teaching Eagles program. The current award is for $476,496 and provides $2000 scholarships for science majors seeking a secondary education minor or an elementary major who wishes to earn a minor in either mathematics, instructional technology, or science. Information can be found here /science/teaching-eagles-scholarship-program. Rick Hudson, (principal investigator), Jeff Seyler and Henri Maurice were awarded a STEM Teacher Recruitment Grant by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The $286,941 grant will support math/bio/chem dual credit teachers to take graduate coursework and support the development of a Quantitative Reasoning conference for high school teachers in 2017.Jennifer Bartek, clinical assistant professor of dental hygiene, is the second recipient of the John M. Lawrence ’73 Health Professions Faculty Member Award.Dr. C. Elizabeth (Beth) Bonham, assistant professor of nursing, has been promoted and received tenure. Her clinical expertise as a psychiatric clinical nurse specialist focuses on mental health issues of children and adolescents.Joy Cook and Heather Schmuck, clinical assistant professors of radiologic and imaging sciences, each receivedAdvancing Your Profession: Education and Professional Growth Grants—$500—sponsored by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.Additionally, Schmuck was recognized by the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists (ISRT) as the 2015 Outstanding Technologist Award, as well as earning USI’s 2015 College of Nursing and Health Professions Excellence in Teaching Award.Both Cook and Schmuck were elected to new positions on the ISRT board of directors. Cook, immediate past president, is now a senior board member, and Schmuck was elected vice president of the board.Dr. Roberta Hoebeke, professor of nursing, was named the 2015 Alumni Service Award Winner for the Michigan State University College of Nursing for her work with those in need.Kim Parsons, chair of Dental Assisting, assumed the duties of chair for Dental Hygiene. She served as interim chair of Dental Hygiene following the retirement of Deborah Carl Wolf in Spring 2015.Wes Phy, chair of Respiratory Therapy, received a master’s degree in secondary education from USI. He has over 32 years of extensive experience in all areas of respiratory therapy, including education, management, home care, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary diagnostics, and adult and pediatric critical care.Mary Rock, RN, JD, was selected by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to serve on the Indiana State Board of Nursing. Her four-year term began July 1, 2015.Dr. Ann White, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Dr. Erin Reynolds, assistant professor of health services/health administration have been appointed by USI’s President Linda L. M. Bennet to the Distance Education Advisory Committee to represent the College. The mission of this committee is to consider issues that affect the development and delivery of distance education courses and programs and to make recommendations on matters affecting distance education.Britney Orth will be joining the Dean of Students Office as the assistant director of Student Conduct. Orth is a 2003 graduate of the University of Southern Indiana where she double-majored in broadcast journalism and sociology while serving as president of the Student Government Association. She completed her Masters of Education in College Student Personnel at the University of Louisville. She has held a variety of professional positions at Southern Methodist University, the University of Evansville, Ivy Tech and USI.In her role, Orth will serve as a member of the University’s Care Team and will work closely with Housing and Residence Life. Dean of Students, Dr. Bryan Rush, said, “Britney has a rich commitment to USI and our students. I am excited to see the support and accountability she will provide to the community.”Gregory Johnson has been promoted to Assistant Director of Planning, Research and Assessment (OPRA), as of November 1. Johnson has a master’s in experimental psychology from Indiana State (2011) and bachelor degrees in both psychology and sociology from Western Kentucky University (2007). He joined USI in 2012 as a research associate in OPRA, and until May 2015 he also served as an adjunct biostatistics lecturer the College of Nursing and Health Professions, Health Services program.Dr. Renee Frimming was the recipient of the Sydney L. & Sadelle BergerFaculty Community Service Award. The Berger Community Service Award recognizes a University faculty member for distinguished community service to groups, agencies and institutions external to the University of Southern Indiana.Dr. Thomas Weber’s article “borjo coffeehouse: Franchise, Independence, & Starbucks” was published recently inEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice.Dr. Joyce Gulley, associate professor of Teacher Education, was selected for the Celebrating Literacy Award by the Evansville Area Reading Council. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of literacy education.Xavia Harrington was nominated by a USI student and won a Pearson Professor Award. Pearson’s overall mission is to help people progress in their lives through learning-all kinds of people and all kinds of learning. One Professor pays tribute to higher education faculty who make a difference in the world everyday.  In an age dominated by the latest social network or gadget, the most meaningful connections still happen between people. Through the stories of students, One Professor highlights the importance of these connections and aims to inspire students everywhere to open up their minds to the world of possibilities right in front of them, in classrooms each day.Dr. Mary Ann Shifflet was featured as part of the JMP Marketing blog series “Beyond Spreadsheets.”Dr. Glenna Bower has been promoted from assistant dean to associate dean of the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. Bower also serves as chair of the Kinesiology and Sport Department and associate professor of kinesiology and sport.Dr. Bonnie Beach has been promoted from associate dean and Interim chair of Teacher Education to associate dean and chair of Teacher Education. She is also professor of education in the Teacher Education Department.Dr. Jennifer Williams’ article “Cyberbullying victimization:  Do victims’ personality and risky social network behaviors contribute to the problem?” was accepted for publication in Computers in Human Behavior.Dr. Perry Burnett’s research article: “Land Use Regulations and Regional Economic Development,” was accepted for publication in the well-known journal: Land Economics.Note: Land Economics ranks 10 out of 192 journals in Urban and Regional Economics (Barrett, Olia and Bailey 2000)This article will mark the second publication by Dr. Burnett in Land Economics.Dawn M. Worman BSN ’07, MSN ’10, instructor in Nursing, was selected for the 2015 Melissa Faye and John M. Lawrence Baccalaureate Faculty Teaching Award. The award is selected by the 2015 senior class and given to a member of the undergraduate faculty who demonstrates a commitment to nursing education.The award is given by John M. Lawrence ’73, a generous benefactor of the College of Nursing and Health Professions and its nursing programs.Dr. Dinko Bacic is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Teaching Award.Dr. Gongjun Yan is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Research Award.Dr. Jack Smothers is the 2015 recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Service Award.Dr. Chad Milewicz is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Research.Mr. Tim Bryan is the 2015 co-recipient of the Romain College of Business Dean’s Excellence Award in Service.Dr. Kathy Elpers was recognized as the Region 8 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).Dr. Gabriela Mustata Wilson, assistant professor of health services/administration, participated in a live conversation on Health Informatics with WNIN on February 16, 2015. With her in the studio were Chris Thompson, coordinator of clinical simulations from USI, Aaron Litherland, CEO of ClearFuture Healthcare and Brian Norris, CIO for Perscio, who joined from Indianapolis. Listen to the entire program here: http://news.wnin.org/post/trend-health-informaticsDr. Khaled Elkhal and Dr. Sudesh Mujumdar had an article published in the Journal of Applied Economics and Business (2014, Vol.2, Issue 4), titled “There Should be NO CAP on Subordinated Debt: William Poole is Right!”Dr. Jill Raisor, assistant professor of Education, recently received the Christine L. Fisher Early Childhood Education Grant from the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children. The grant will provide toddler and preschool aged children at the USI Children’s Learning Center an opportunity to work with USI artists, Al Holen (ceramics) and Rob Millard-Mendez (woodworking), in preparation for an annual art show.Dr. Perry Burnett, Dr. Kenneth Shemroske and Dr. Mohammed Khayum had an article published in Administrative Issues Journal, 4(2). It is titled: “Disrupting Faculty Service: Using Technology to Increase Academic Service Productivity.”The Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series announced that 3 Southwestern Indiana women have been selected as members of its historic 25th Anniversary Class of 2014-2015.  Renee Kabrick, Pepper Mulherin andDaniela Vidal join a group of 25 women from around the state to participate in the annual women’s leadership development program.Dr. Perry Burnett and Dr. Curtis R. Price’s paper (co-authored with T.H. Kuethe): “Consumer preference for locally grown produce: an analysis of willingness-to-pay and geographic scale,” Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development 2(1):269-278. (2011) was cited in the following USDA Report to the U.S. Congress:http://ers.usda.gov/media/1763057/ap068.pdfDr. Serah Theuri, assistant professor of Food and Nutrition, was the recipient of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development Faculty, Outreach and Engagement Summer 2015 Fellowship Award.Dr. Kevin Valadares, associate professor in Health Services, was a recipient of the USI Historic New Harmony Outreach and Engagement 2014-2015 Fellowship Award.Dr. Stephanie Young, assistant professor of Communication Studies received the USI Foundation Outstanding Teaching by New Faculty Award. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img USI Faculty and Staff Achievementslast_img read more

Will contactless payment cards catch on in the United States?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Contactless debit, credit and prepaid cards – payment cards that can be used by tapping a point of sale (POS) terminal or waving the card near the terminal – have been issued by major banks around the world since 2007.  Also referred to as “tap and pay” or “tap and go,” these cards feature an embedded NFC antenna and chip (different than the EMV chip) which allows the card to exchange payment credentials to an NFC enabled terminal with just a wave or a tap. They are touted for both speed and convenience mostly because no signature or PIN is needed.  In addition, transaction amounts using this capability are typically limited to $25 or $50, consistent with the waiving of the need for signature for mag stripe transactions for those amounts.Common in most countries around the worldContactless cards are very common in most developed countries. In the United Kingdom, for example, 88 million contactless cards have been issued and 187.7 million transactions were made in the month of April 2016 out of 1.1 billion global transactions. Overall, the total number of contactless transactions are up 185.9% from the previous year which means consumers like using the cards for their convenient, tap and go capability.In Australia, 66% of cardholders have a contactless card that allows them to tap and pay. Industry data reports that 53% of the Australian cardholders use their cards as tap and pay at least once a week.  In Canada, 10 percent of all domestic transactions are contactless now and said to be growing at the rate of 1% per month. continue reading »last_img read more

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