Coronavirus: RSF denounces China’s censorship on academic publications

first_img Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Earlier this month, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology notified at least two universities that coronavirus research must obtain their approval prior to publishing, a measure that is unusual even for Chinese censorship.”Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Beijing to rescind this measure as it could further inhibit the flow of scientific information coming out of China and undermine the international effort against the pandemic”, says Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau, who notes that “by trying to hide scientific information on the coronavirus from the international community, Beijing shows a monstrous egotism far removed from the image of responsibility and solidarity that it tried to project since the beginning of the crisis.”Chinese authorities are doing everything they can to impose their narrative on the coronavirus, blocking the circulation of information in China,  denigrating foreign media outlets that criticize Beijing’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and spreading false information.China is ranked 177th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces China’s recent censorship on some coronavirus publications, a move that may deprive the international community of essential information to fight the pandemic. June 2, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2020 Coronavirus: RSF denounces China’s censorship on academic publications Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further March 12, 2021 Find out morecenter_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Covid19United Nations News Organisation News News PHOTO: CARL DE SOUZA / AFP Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific Condemning abuses Covid19United Nations April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider…

first_imgLimerickNews“Very angry”: Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan implores health minister to reconsider launch date of CervicalCheck TribunalBy David Raleigh – October 22, 2020 214 Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Posting a series of messages on Twitter, Ms Phelan said she was “very angry” at how the proposed tribunal of inquiry was being handled before it had even started.Yesterday Minister Stephen Donnelly brought a memo to Cabinet proposing to open the tribunal next Tuesday, which is to investigate negligence in the State’s cancer screening programme.However, Ms Phelan, a member of the 221plus campaign group, which formed following the cancer smear test scandal, claimed the women affected by the scandal and their families “who this Tribunal is aimed at, were not afforded an opportunity to respond to the Minister’s decision to formally establish the Tribunal BEFORE it was announced”.“As we have become used to, those most affected are often the last to know,” Ms Phelan tweeted.“We met the Minister and officials from (Department of Health) on a Zoom meeting just 6 weeks ago. We set out several aspects of the proposed Tribunal that were causing us, and our members, serious concern, the Minister’s response yesterday is a flat rejection of ALL of our concerns,” she said.“We asked for a non-adversarial route to be found for the Tribunal, one NOT obliging women to fight the labs given recent rulings. The (High Court) in the (Patricia) Carrick case reaffirmed the view taken by the (Supreme Court) in (Ruth) Morrissey, that it was NOT necessary for women to sue the labs…”“Women could instead rely on the non-delegable duty owed to them by the HSE, who were found primarily responsible for the cervical screening programme in the Morrissey case. The HSE could then rely on their contractual and legal indemnities against the lab.”“BUT The Minister rejected these arguments and set out in his letter how the laboratories MUST be involved in proceedings if taken before the Tribunal. This will NOT be acceptable to many of our members,” Ms Phelan said.The Limerick mother who was given a terminal diagnosis after she was given a false negative smear test result, added: “We asked that applicants to the Tribunal who receive an award be allowed to return to the Tribunal should they suffer a recurrence of their cancer, in the same way that the State allowed applicants before the Hep-C Tribunal to return where their health deteriorates.”“Such a right to return to the Tribunal would be an advantage over the High Court procedures where, of course, no such right exists. The Minister’s letter did not even address this hugely important issue,” she said.“Another issue that the Minister did not address is that of the Statute of Limitations. We explained to the Minister that some of our members have received legal advice that they may now be statute-barred because they relied on the Government’s promise of a ‘non-adversarial’ Tribunal and did not issue (High Court) proceedings.““These members may now, through no fault of their own, be statute-barred because of delays by Government of more than two years in establishing this Tribunal. The Minister did not address this issue,” she added.“We had been given to believe that it was the needs of the women and families affected by the CervicalCheck debacle and NOT those of the @HSELive and the labs that were to come first in the Government’s response to the terrible wrongs visited upon our members.”Ms Phelan further argued that “on the basis of all of the above, we would ask the Minister to reconsider any move to launch the CervicalCheck Tribunal next week”.“Instead, we would plead with him to redouble efforts to sit down again with members of the @221plus, to identify an alternative solution of redress which is what our members have asked for, and what they deserve.” Facebook Previous articleShop LOCAL | Shop LIMERICKNext articleWhat Do Level 5 Restrictions Mean For Football? David Raleigh Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live LIMERICK CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan has accused the Minister for Health of ignoring her and her fellow cancer campaigners concerns over the proposed CervicalCheck Tribunal, which is due to start October 27th. “Otherwise, we will be recommending that @221plus members NOT participate in this Tribunal should it go ahead in its current format next week.“ Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Vicky PhelanPhoto: Oisin McHugh True Media Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Advertisementlast_img read more

Allied Bakeries forecast for profit increase

first_imgAssociated British Foods plc (ABF) has said sales and profits will be up this year at Allied Bakeries, following the launch of its Kingsmill Great White loaf.The company predicted strong operating profit performances from its grocery sector in a trading update prior to this year’s close period.It also said the installation of its new bread plant in Stevenage is near completion, and is due to be commissioned in November this year.Allied Bakeries’ Glasgow bakery is also near the end of its modernisation programme, this is where Kingsmill’s new Thins range is to be produced. These investments come as its Orpington plant is in employee consultation, following its proposed closure in August.Integration of bakery ingredientsABF ingredients firm AB Mauri completed the acquisition of a bakery ingredients arm, which operates across Western Europe.The company said: “Its integration will broaden our product offering and our ability to respond to customer needs in a number of key markets.”Ingredients revenues are also expected to be ahead of last year, despite sales at actual rates being lower. ABF said this was due to the strengthening of sterling and the fact its businesses were overseas.It said: “AB Mauri made progress in all of its regions and in both the yeast and bakery ingredients businesses.”The company’s overall year-end net debt is expected to be reduced from last year’s £0.8bn to around £0.5bn this year.ABF’s full-year results, for the 52 weeks to 13 September 2014, are scheduled to be announced on 4 November 2014last_img read more