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Two court cases test online free expression

first_img to go further February 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two court cases test online free expression March 17, 2021 Find out more Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments Organisation News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts MalaysiaAsia – Pacific center_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of the charges against blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, also known as “RPK”, and human rights lawyer P. Uthayakumar, whose cases were heard in appeal hearings yesterday before the federal court in Putrajaya, the country’s highest court. Both Kamaruddin and Uthayakumar have run afoul of the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA), under which suspects can be held for two years without trial. “Both RPK and Uthayakumar are victims of a law that openly violates the right to free expression,” Reporters Without Borders said. “RPK spent 56 days in detention at a minister’s pleasure. Uthayakumar is still being held in this manner in appalling conditions, and has been so for the past 426 days. If the judicial system dared to question what has happened, it would demonstrate some impartiality. We hope it can rise to the challenge posed by these cases.” Kamaruddin’s case was postponed yesterday until 17 February at the request of his seven lawyers, who have challenged the partiality of one of the three judges, Augustine Paul. At the next hearing, a new panel of judges will consider the interior minister’s appeal against a 7 November high court decision to free Kamaruddin, who had been held at the minister’s behest following his arrest on 12 September under article 73 (1) of the ISA for allegedly spreading confusion and insulting “the purity of Islam.” Kamaruddin edits the Internet Malaysia Today website (, in which he often criticises government policies. There are two other cases currently pending against him, one on a charge of defamation, and the other on a sedition charge. An hearing in the defamation case is to be heard before the Kuala Lumpur high court tomorrow. The federal court in Putrajaya yesterday rejected a request for the release of Uthayakumar for the second time. Held under the ISA since 13 December 2007, his case was heard at the same time as those of four other members of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf). Uthayakumar is accused of violating the ISA by posting a letter he wrote to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on his website asking Brown to support a UN security council resolution condemning the Malaysian government’s “atrocities” and “persecution” of the country’s Hindu minority and referring the case to the International Criminal Court. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Uthayakumar, who is diabetic and has been mistreated while in detention. “Throughout these 14 months of my imprisonment under the ISA, my health condition has deteriorated,” he wrote in an open letter on 10 February that was posted online. “Sometime on or about January 2008, I believe I had suffered a silent heart attack at a time when I was denied my diabetic medication (…) sugar is being added to my food from time to time.” Follow the news on Malaysia News RSF_en News News Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

General Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8

first_imgLimerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Will @LimerickCouncil agree to add all voters who have submitted forms since the last electoral register was published to the Supplementary Register for the General [email protected]_Leader @Live95fmNews @limerickpost @LimerickToday— Claire Keating Green Party Candidate (@ClaireKeatingGP) January 14, 2020 TAGSClaire KeatingGE2020general electionGeneral Election 2020IrelandLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Print Email Linkedin Government ‘makes a complete mess’ of pub reopening Advertisement “It’s already been revealed that Dublin City and Fingal Councils will include all new voters from the last year on the Supplementary Register, which is allowed under the Electoral Act. I’m sure all parties would agree that Limerick City and County Council should act now and announce they will do the same.” Twittercenter_img NewsPoliticsGeneral Election 2020 to be held on Saturday, February 8By Cian Reinhardt – January 14, 2020 274 This will be the first time a General Election vote will be held on a Saturday, and candidates are now facing into a four-week campaign.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In holding the General Election on a Saturday for the first time, I do so knowing the inconvenience to families of a polling day on a weekday during school term – time off work, lost income, increased childcare costs. I also want to make it easier for students and those working away from home to cast their votes,” Mr Varadkar said.With progress made on Brexit in the United Kingdom, the Fine Gael leader believes now is the “best time for the country” to hold a General Election.Addressing the short run-in to the polling day, he said, “Brexit is not done yet. In fact, it’s only half-time.“The next step is to negotiate a free trade agreement between the EU including Ireland and the United Kingdom that protects our jobs, our businesses, our rural communities and our economy.“The capacity to do everything else that needs to be done – health, housing, climate action, tax reform – depends on achieving this outcome. And, it has to be done by the end of the year.“There exists now a window of opportunity to hold a General Election and to have a new Government in place before the next European Council meeting in March with a strong mandate to focus on these negotiations into the summer and autumn.”The short campaign was met with some concern from opposition parties and candidates over the fact that some citizens eligible to vote may not have enough time to register.Claire Keating, the Green Party candidate for Limerick County, has called on Limerick Council to confirm that everyone who has registered to vote in the last year will be able to vote in the upcoming General Election.“After yesterday’s revelation that people who registered to vote since the last register was published might not be able to vote if the election is in early February, it’s important that Limerick Council moves quickly to end any uncertainty. Excluding new registrations would be undemocratic, and would be a total waste of Garda time if people need to go back and get new set of forms signed.” Previous articleWins for Thomond, Richmond and Abbeyfeale over the weekendNext articleLimerick Post Show | Metis Music for Mental Health Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Facebook Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the General Election will be held on Saturday, February 8. Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision last_img read more

Polish pensions raid ‘harmed credibility’ of future reforms – OECD

first_imgThe OECD noted only two advantages of the transfer of assets, driven largely by the government’s desire to address increasing public debt perceived to be the result of second-pillar reforms that diverted part of the population’s pay-as-you-go contributions into the OFEs.It said the “upsides” would be a reduction in debt-service payments and a fall in “high” OFE operating costs, although it speculated that a reduction in management costs could have also been achieved through better regulation of the funds forming the second pillar.However, overall, its view of the pension changes seemed negative.“The combination of the 1999 reform and its partial reversal might well damage social trust in the pension system and harm the credibility of future structural reforms more broadly,” the report said.Plans to overhaul the structure of the pension system first became public last summer, as the government considered how best to design the 15-year old system’s payout phase.At the time, the Polish Chamber of Pension Funds (IGTE) alleged that the information used by the government to make its case was “false and dishonestly presented”.Polish president Bronisław Komorowski nevertheless signed the controversial bill into law at the beginning of January. Poland’s forced transfer of more than half the second pillar’s pension assets to the state social security fund (ZUS) undermines trust in its pension system and could harm the credibility of future reforms, the OECD has said.The think tank also warned that the changes – which will see the open pension funds’ (OFE) ability to invest in fixed income restricted – could cut “already low future replacement rates”.The report, part of the OECD’s regular economic surveys of its member states, continued: “Another result of the recent reforms will be somewhat less liquidity on the domestic Treasury bond market.“Moreover, the cancellation of the OFEs’ Treasury bond holdings increased the share of non-resident investors in zloty-denominated public debt and curtail the participation of local investors with a long-term investment horizon.”last_img read more

Alex Wood sent to Dodgers’ bullpen, as Ross Stripling takes his spot in rotation

first_img“He’s done it before and he’s really flourished in that role,” Roberts said. “We expect him to pitch leverage innings and dominate. That’s probably the main reason (for the move). And we’re going to go with five starters.”Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Wood has made only nine relief appearances (including three in the postseason) in parts of four seasons with the Dodgers. Overall in his career with the Braves and Dodgers, though, he has made 42 relief appearances (five in the postseason) and has a 2.75 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, holding batters to a .225 batting average with two home runs allowed and 59 strikeouts in 55-2/3 innings.Wood has started more games (27) and pitched more innings (148) than any other Dodgers pitcher this season. But his velocity has dropped significantly since the first half of 2017 when he consistently hit 92-94 mph while pitching his way onto the All-Star team. This year, his fastball average has dipped under 90 mph and the quality of his secondary pitches has also dropped.In his past four starts, opposing batters hit .300 against Wood with a .783 OPS. But Roberts said there is reason to think the quality of Wood’s pitches, as well as the velocity, will “play up” in shorter relief appearances.“From what’s happened in the past years – whether it be last year or two years ago – it did play up,” Roberts said. “So logic says that. We’ll see how it is in practice. I expect him to get guys out when called upon.” Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season CATCHING UPOne of the Dodgers’ top prospects, catcher Will Smith, has joined the team in St. Louis. Smith is not on the 40-man roster and won’t be activated. But the Dodgers wanted him to get a taste of the big-league routine and expectations for their catchers.“He had a great year,” Roberts said of Smith, who split the year between Double-A and Triple-A, batting a combined .263 with 20 home runs and a .776 OPS.“We as an organization wanted to bring him along to see the routine, the pre-game preparation, meeting with the catchers, the pitchers, the pitching coaches – being in a big-league ballpark and seeing how the rhythm goes. So going forward next year, two years, whenever the time comes, that it kind of defuses the anxiety a little bit.”UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Walker Buehler, 6-5, 3.09 ERA) at Cardinals (RHP Jack Flaherty, 8-6, 2.92 ERA), Friday, 5:15 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available)Related Articles ST. LOUIS — The Dodgers’ bullpen will now have two displaced starting pitchers who don’t believe they belong there.Left-hander Alex Wood will move to the bullpen (joining right-hander Kenta Maeda, who moved to a relief role in mid-August). Right-hander Ross Stripling will take his spot in the rotation “for the foreseeable future,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.“Alex sees himself as a starter. We do as well,” Roberts said, echoing statements that followed Maeda’s move to the bullpen. “But right now, where we’re at with the roster, there’s gotta be concessions made by a lot of people. He received it like a professional and said he would do whatever we asked. And I knew he would say that.”Wood lasted just 3-2/3 innings and was roughed up in his most recent start, a loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. Roberts said Wood would not be available to pitch in relief until “Saturday or Sunday.” But he plans to use Wood “probably an inning or two at a time, but he’s going to help us pitch some big innings.” Despite his All-Star season last year, Wood opted to ditch his windup and pitch exclusively from the stretch this season. In theory, it would make maintaining his mechanics easier – there would only be one delivery to hone. Whether that has played into the decline in Wood’s stuff is not relevant now, Roberts said.“I think for the remainder of this season, the ship’s sailed on that,” Roberts said. “That might be something Honey (pitching coach Rick Honeycutt) and Alex might revisit over the winter.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more