U Thar Ban freed after seven years in prison

first_img Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release from prison of 67-year-old journalist and political activist U Thar Ban, detained for more than seven years for helping a university student write about Burma’s student movement, but said it was “very concerned” about the physical and mental health of at least 10 other journalists in jail in Burma. Follow the news on Myanmar to go further News News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News July 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 U Thar Ban freed after seven years in prison Organisation RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the release from prison of 67-year-old journalist and political activist U Thar Ban, detained for more than seven years for helping a university student write about Burma’s student movement, but said it was “very concerned” about the physical and mental health of at least 10 other journalists in jail in Burma. In a joint statement with the Burma Media Association, it regretted he had not been freed earlier. He was released on 12 July from Rangoon’s Isein prison, four months after his sentence had been completed. A lawyer and former staff member of the government paper Kyemon (The Mirror), he has spent 12 of the past 14 years in jail.. He was imprisoned from 1990 to 1995 for his involvement in the United Nationalities’ League for Democracy (UNLD), which is linked to the opposition National League for Democracy.He was held for several years in a prison in Kale, in his native northwestern state of Arakan, and has trouble walking and seeing. Requests to see an eye-doctor were refused. His health sharply deteriorated in 1999 but he was not allowed to go to hospital. Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have criticised what they call a “criminal and deliberate policy” by the authorities of allowing prisoners’ health to worsen. At least 72 political prisoners have died in the country’s jails in the last 25 years.U Thar Ban worked on Kyemon from 1962 to 1978 and with various independent magazines from 1986 and 1990. He was arrested in March 1997 and accused of helping a student write articles and a book about the Burmese student movement. Thirty-one other people were arrested in the case. MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


NewsOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. This month’s newsRadioactive waste The Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant has been issued with a legalrequirement to take action to reduce the quantity of its liquid high-levelradioactive waste, says the Health & Safety Executive. Continence awards An awards programme for people with interest in continence care is receivingapplications for its 2001 funding round. The 2001 Dorothy Mandelstam Awardsoffer travel up to £1,500 and two £500 education awards for Association forContinence Advice members.  01825762626. In flight air quality A three-year research project is being launched to study the quality ofcabin air in commercial passenger aircraft. It is being co-ordinated by theBRE, part of the Foundation for the Built Environment. New appointment US nursing leader Beverly Malone has been offered the post of generalsecretary at the Royal College of Nursing. She is currently deputy assistant secretary of health in the US Departmentof Health and Human Services and is a former president of the American NursesAssociation. She is also the first black candidate to take on the RCN job. read more

moe. Welcomes Roosevelt Collier In St. Petersberg [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgmoe.‘s third of four stops across the sunshine state found the band in St. Petersberg, Florida at the beloved Jannus Live ready to stretch out a little bit and have some fun with special guest Roosevelt Collier. This stretch of shows, with its special sit-ins, bust outs, and incredible jams have almost felt like a gift to the moe.rons. of the area. With a small Christmas tree onstage, the band is in full celebration mode–though that spirit has been easily misplaced in the sunny skies and 80 plus degree days the run has seen.Bassist Rob Derhak, whose mischievous grin has always given him an air of childlike charm, wasted no time tearing off the wrapping paper of the show and diving right in with a poppy, energetic “Spaz Medicine”. Following “Spaz” was the full-on sonic stampede of the merging of Frank Zappa and country-western music, rocker “Waiting For The Punchline”. Luckily the band had a spacey, tripped out “Kyle’s Song” up their sleeves to give everyone a chance to get caught up and back into groove mode. The bouncy, wistful music and lyrics of “Kids” delighted a few young fans in the front row while the epic solo taken by Al Schnier gave grins to the adult supervision they and a few of the rowdier crowd members needed.After one more upbeat song, “Blue Jeans Pizza”, it was time for the big surprise gift of the evening, a visit from the always jolly and smiling master of slide guitar Roosevelt Collier. Eagle-eyed fans up front had spotted the extra amplifier onstage and the cheers for this local hero were well deserved. In keeping with the almost all ages sense of wonder that permeated the first set, the band played kid approved fave “Moth”, with Rosie and moe.’s own fierce slide proponent Chuck Garvey. Though he had to dash away after only one song to his after-show, Collier gave everyone in the audience a taste of the fun to come after moe. finished their antics.  Garvey, Schnier, Derhak and Schnier bunched up center stage and seemed to have as much fun passing the musical baton around as the fans had listening to the joyful noise.A quick set break later and moe. was back to it, though Garvey clearly wasn’t done with his fun with the slide guitar. No moe. run in Florida is complete without their ode to “St.Augustine” and the long peals of guitar that serve as the intro were counterpointed perfectly by the rolling thunder of drummer Vinnie Amico, who once again managed to give every song it’s own distinct flavor. From there, the band segued perfectly into “New Hope For The New Year,” reinforcing the holiday theme of the night. Garvey, with some massive seasoning from percussionist Jim Loughlin, then delivered a heartfelt take on the moe. song that best exemplifies the spirit of the holidays, the big sky sing-a-long ode to friendship and family “Wind It Up” that brought the crown together in both voice and spirit.With the sold-out crowd roused and rallied to the cause, moe. took that energy for a fun in-and-out intertwining of “Threw It All Away” and “Crab Eyes”, likely a nod to parents’ feelings just after the frenzy of Christmas morning and the annoying clean up of torn shiny paper, bows, and no sleep. Obviously still in nostalgia mode, moe. closed out the second set with one of their earliest standards, a harmony-laden jam fest version of “Brent Black.”After the first Florida installment of the love it or hate it “Al.nouncements”, the band had one last gift to sneak in, an encore version of “Johnny Line-Up” with a special revisiting of their Halloween cover of the Super Mario Brothers theme. The game song was a surprise but a perfect fit given the holiday feel of the evening. After all…who doesn’t enjoy finding some video game fun under the tree?Special thanks to taper Marcus Flarcus for the speedy turnaround from last night’s show, that you can check out in the playlist below via the Internet Archive:[Audio: Marcus Flarcus]Setlist: moe. | Jannus Live | St. Petersberg, FL | 12/1/18I: Spaz Medicine, Waiting for the Punchline, Kyle’s Song>Kids, I Can Never Remember, Blue Jeans Pizza, Moth (w/ Roosevelt Collier)II: St. Augustine>New Hope for the New Year, Wind It Up, Underworld>Threw it all Away>Crab Eyes>Threw it all Away>Crab Eyes, Brent BlackEncore: Alnouncements, Johnny Lineup (with theme from Super Mario Bros)last_img read more

We believe in Balotelli – Skrtel

first_img Balotelli was far from the worst player on the pitch, producing a committed display which offered encouragement after some of his heavily criticised efforts of recent weeks. But coming after the controversy of midweek, when he was seen swapping shirts at half-time of the 3-0 loss to Real Madrid, the spotlight was on him. That meant his lack of goals was again highlighted and the spurned stoppagey-time chance, when Eldin Jakupovic denied him at point-blank range, commanded a lot of headlines. A bookmaker also ridiculed Balotelli’s lack of output, offering fans outside the ground the chance to trade in shirts bearing his names for different ones in a publicity stunt. But Skrtel came to the Italian’s defence, saying: “He is working hard and showed some good moments. I feel sorry for him. He is working hard in training, he is working hard in the game. He just hasn’t got the goals. “We just believe in him. We will be supporting him and just hope he will start scoring goals.” Liverpool’s performance was patchy but they had some good spells, notably in the first and last 15 minutes, and Balotelli was at the fore. He brought a good early save from Hull’s third-choice goalkeeper Jakupovic, took up good positions, worked hard off the ball and had a penalty appeal turned down. He almost settled the game in dramatic circumstances in the fourth minute of injury time when he got on the end of a Philippe Coutinho cross but Jakupovic blocked. Press Association Coutinho had himself been denied by Jakupovic moments earlier and Raheem Sterling shot narrowly wide. Steven Gerrard and Dejan Lovren also had good chances for Brendan Rodgers’ men. Hull’s best spell came in the latter stages of the first half when Jake Livermore, Mohamed Diame and Tom Huddlestone had chances. It was another frustrating result for Liverpool, who have won just four of their nine games and Skrtel took little satisfaction from an improved defensive showing. The Slovakia international said: “It is normal when you are conceding goals that the back four and the keeper will always be the first to be blamed. “We fixed it, we got a clean sheet, but we couldn’t get the three points, so that’s not good enough. We played for the points. We could have won and it’s disappointing. “I would have preferred to win 5-4 and get three points than draw 0-0 and get a point. “I think we played well and just couldn’t score the goal.” For Hull, who have had to deal with a clutch of injuries, the result was another encouraging one after last week’s point at Arsenal. Midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady felt it was further proof of the club’s continuing development, with the squad’s greater depth now allowing the Tigers to compete with the top sides on a regular basis. The Egypt international said: “Everyone in the squad is absolutely fantastic. We missed (Michael) Dawson, Jela (Nikica Jelavic), (Steve) Harper, Allan McGregor – but all the players came and did fantastic. “Everyone is working hard to get their chance in the team and we worked very hard. “We are looking forward to every game to get a result, home or away, even against the tough teams. “That’s two games in a row against top-four teams and we are looking forward to the next game at home now, against another tough team in Southampton. We are looking forward to getting the three points. “We should have scored in the first half here and we had two or three chances but we will take a point. The performance was absolutely fantastic.” Balotelli has still not scored in the Barclays Premier League since joining the Reds in a £16million deal in August. His luckless run continued as Hull frustrated the Merseysiders to claim a goalless draw in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel feels sorry for Mario Balotelli as the striker’s struggles continue. last_img read more