Threats against seven journalists who criticised ruling party legislator

first_imgReporters Without Borders reiterated its fears about the safety of journalists in Bangladesh today after seven journalists in the southern city of Bagerhat received identical letters on 24 August threatening them with violence if they continued to criticise Mah Selim, a parliamentary representative of the ruling Bangladesh National Party (BNP).”It is outrageous that journalists have yet again been targeted by the BNP,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the authorities to devote all the necessary resources to investigating this case. It is vital that measures are taken against those responsible for these threats so that journalists can work normally.”The journalists who received the letters were Hasanul Qaiyun of the daily Manabzamin, Ahad Haider of the daily Prothom Alo, Rob Molla of the regional daily Dainik Janmabhumi, Babul Sarder of the daily Dainik Janakantha, Nihar Saha of the News Network of Bangladesh (NNB), Zakaria Mahmud of the daily Amar Desh and Azadul Huq of the daily Sangbad.Each got a personally-addressed copy of the same letter, which threatened to break their hands and legs if they continued to write anything about Selim and warned that members of the radical Islamist group Ahle Hadith Andolan would be used to carry out the threats.The targeted journalists had all reported on 17 August that two young sisters were tortured in an unoccupied house belonging to Selim.Bagerhat press club general secretary Babul Sarder filed a complaint about the threats at the city’s police station and demanded police protection. The police promised to investigate the case. BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Organisation September 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats against seven journalists who criticised ruling party legislator News May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh News Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Receive email alertscenter_img RSF_en News BangladeshAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Fire at Romanian hospital treating virus patients kills 5

first_imgBUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Authorities in Romania say a fire at a key hospital in Bucharest that also treats COVID-19 patients has killed at least five people. The fire broke out early on Friday on the ground floor of the hospital. The blaze forced the evacuation of more than 100 people. An unspecified number of people have been injured before firefighters put out the fire, according to Romanian emergency services. Hours later, charred balconies could be seen at the Matei Bals hospital where health authorities organized the start of the anti-virus vaccination in Romania. The Balkan country of some 19 million people so far has reported more than 700,000 cases and 18,000 deaths.last_img read more

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EIOPA details first stress test for workplace pension funds

first_img“The stress test will retrieve valuable information on the sensitivity of IORPs (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision), sponsoring undertakings and members and beneficiaries to such a scenario,” Bernardino said.The regulator said it was running the stress test and the quantitative assessment alongside each other to minimise the burden on IORPs.Both exercises will run until 10 August, the deadline for data to be submitted to the national supervisory authorities (NSAs).On 19 May, there will be a workshop with participating IORPs, and a Q&A procedure for the institutes will go on between May and August.From the end of August into September, EIOPA will then carry out what it described as a centralised quality assurance of all submissions, and finally, in December 2015, it will publish the results of the stress test analysis.The stress test exercise will be conducted in seventeen European countries and cover both defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pensions.EIOPA said it would use the quantitative assessment to gather data from pension funds on the potential uses of its controversial holistic balance sheet (HBS) idea – which critics have said is too standardised – within an EU-wide supervisory framework.The outcomes would, it said, help EIOPA in further developing its advice to the European Commission on EU solvency rules for IORPs.At the same time, EIOPA has published responses to the consultation it launched last year addressing further work on the solvency of IORPs.Among other things, the paper discussed possible uses of the HBS, such as an instrument to set funding requirements.The responses reveal many negative reactions to this idea from the pensions industry.The UK’s BT Pension Scheme questioned whether EIOPA’s proposed one-size-fits-all approach was the best way forward.“Developing and complying with a mandatory and prescriptive regime predicated on the use of a holistic balance sheet will inevitably be time-consuming and costly for IORPs,” it said, adding that it did not see that this would lead to better outcomes for IORPs or their members than the processes already used locally.On the sponsor side, umbrella employers’ association Gesamtmetall in Germany described applying more solvency requirements to pension funds via a “Solvency II-like” approach using the HBS methodology as “objectively unnecessary and counter-productive”.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, told IPE: “Like most people in the pensions industry, we struggle to see why EIOPA is proceeding with the stress tests, since the European Commission has taken the issue of solvency away from the IORP review that’s currently taking place.“It seems to us this is going to cause quite a bit of work and cost to schemes but doesn’t add anything to the protection of schemes across Europe, as it’s largely an academic exercise.” The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has announced details of its first stress test for occupational pension funds, as well as a quantitative assessment of the solvency of the institutions.The stress test is aimed at judging how resilient pension funds are to tough market scenarios, as well as a longevity scenario, the EU regulator said.Gabriel Bernardino, chair at EIOPA, said: “Pension funds are already experiencing a challenging environment with low interest rates and rising life expectancy.”He described the long period of low interest rates – combined with the fall in asset prices as risk-on financial markets had been reappraised – as a key vulnerability for the occupational pensions sector.last_img read more

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EPL: Klopp doesn’t care about records as Liverpool close in on title

first_img Promoted ContentHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Biggest Cities In The World So FarPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney PrincessesBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 2019Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool are not motivated by making history after the runaway leaders took another step towards the Premier League title with a 2-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday. Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession and they moved 19 points clear at the top with their 23rd victory from 24 league games this season. Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rounded off their win at West Ham Mohamed Salah opened the scoring with a first half penalty at the London Stadium and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain wrapped up Liverpool’s 15th successive league win after the interval. Second placed Manchester City are now so far behind Liverpool that the question is not if but when the Reds clinch their first English league title since 1990. The Reds have won 31 of their past 32 league fixtures, only dropping points in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October. With 14 games left, Liverpool’s incredible run has given historic overtones to their impending title coronation. But Klopp is only concerned about getting Liverpool over the finish line, with any landmarks set on the way merely the icing on the cake. “In a season you have to dig in, you don’t breathe pretty much, then after 38 games you come out of the water and see how you did,” Klopp said. “I’m not too much concerned about records. We had a record at Dortmund and Bayern beat it the next season. “I don’t want to be boring. We just don’t feel like that.” The European and World champions are now 41 games unbeaten in the league – just eight away from the 49-match English top-flight record set by Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ across 2003 and 2004. Matching that Arsenal team’s achievement in going an entire league season without defeat is within Liverpool’s reach, as is Manchester City’s Premier League record of 100 points. – ‘Proper history’ – Liverpool’s latest success on a chilly night in east London will be just a footnote when the full story of their likely title triumph is written, but they still managed to record another small piece of history. Read Also: Liverpool to face Chelsea if they see off Shrewsbury in FA Cup “They are as good as there has been at this moment in time. It’s very difficult when you have been the manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that!” Moyes said. “They are an excellent side. They have so many strings to their bow. But when you think of some of the great Manchester United and Arsenal teams of the past, it’s difficult to judge them (as the best ever). “Two years ago everyone was saying it was impossible to beat Manchester City.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… They have now beaten all 19 of the other teams in the league at least once this season – the first time the club have achieved that feat in the top-flight. Told of the milestone, Klopp maintained his only motivation was to get the best from his team in each match, but he did stop to briefly salute the achievement. “This game, it was not a brilliant performance. The difficulty tonight was to get rhythm, keep rhythm and stay concentrated. Their biggest chances came because we gave them away,” he said. “I trust these boys 100 percent with my kids, but they still made these ridiculous mistakes. It’s completely normal that you don’t always perform at the highest level. “It is not a motivational problem for us. We are Liverpool, we have a proper history and everyone knows what we have to do to reach that. “If it was easy to get this number of points other teams would have done it. It’s just really incredibly difficult. “If we reach any records we will take that when it happens.” West Ham manager David Moyes admitted Liverpool deserve their place among the Premier League’s all-time great teams. But, as a former boss of Liverpool’s two greatest rivals, he unsurprisingly stopped short of anointing them the best English football has ever seen.last_img read more

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Classes to open on August 24 – DepEd

first_imgShe added that students will either go to class physically or via online due to the enhanced community quarantine and general community quarantine implemented in different parts of the country. According to DepEd secretary Leonor Briones Briones, it was agreed upon during the consultations made that the school year will begin on Aug. 24 and will end on April 30, 2021. “Yes. Because my bill gives the President the power to adjust [the] school calendar unlike the previous law,” Sotto said on his Senate Bill No. 1438, which aims to amend Section 3 of the Republic Act No. 7977 or the Act on Lengthening of School Calendar./PN “Ang napili nating school opening date ay Aug. 24,” Briones said. “Una sa lahat, ang pinakamalaking konsiderasyon natin dito ay to protect the health and safety and well-being of learners. ‘Yun ang pinakaunang priority natin.” Briones also said that the changes will pose a huge challenge for the DepEd as new teaching methodologies before the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, including Flexible Learning Options, have been fast-tracked. Briones also ordered teachers to render service to DepEd, whether physically or virtually, from June 1 to June 30, for them to undergo capacity building for new lessons, including the DepEd Commons. MANILA – The new school year will open Aug. 24, whether it will be physically or virtually, the Department of Education (DepEd) announced Tuesday. Even with DepEd’s announcement, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said that he will still push for the bill granting authority to President Rodrigo Duterte to adjust the schedule of opening of classes. “May mga schools na handa na daw sila na magbukas ng online, public o private, ng kanilang school lessons. Marami ring through the cellphone. Nag-survey kami, puwede ding sa telebisyon at saka sa radyo,” Briones said.last_img read more

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