Student activist and journalist released in Rangoon

first_img MyanmarAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Myanmar News News RSF_en Receive email alerts May 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 31, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmarcenter_img to go further RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum August 26, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Student activist and journalist released in Rangoon Journalist and student activist Thaw Thaw Myo Han was freed by the military secret police on 23 August along with 19 other students. He told Radio Free Asia they had been arrested and interrogated in connection with”illegal publications” and had not been mistreated._______________________________________________________ Thaw Thaw Myo Han, an electronic communication student at Rangoon’s University of Technology, writer and contributor to the magazines Sa-be-byu, Han-thit and Atwe-amyin, was arrested by the military secret police on 17 August along with two other students. There has been no news of them since their arrest.”The Burmese junta has shown unprecedented signs of opening-up in recent months, with the release of Aun San Suu Kyi and numerous other dissidents. These fresh arrests are the most unfortunate and most blatant refutation of this opening-up. They raise the spectre of a new wave of repression of opposition activists, in particular journalists, who attempt to inform the population about the activities of opposition movements and the situation in the country,” state Robert Ménard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders and U Thaung, President of the Burma Media Association, in their letter to Burmese Interior Minister, Lieutenant-General Tin Hlaing. The two organisations have called for the immediate release of Thaw Thaw Myo Han and his companions, and have called on the regime to halt arbitrary arrests immediately.Thaw Thaw Myo Han was arrested at his Rangoon home during the night of 17 August by the military intelligence service. The authorities, when questioned about the reasons for the arrest, refused to make any comment. The student, who was writing articles in support of democracy and of Aung San Suu Kyi, had previously been taken into police custody in July 2002, after he published the University Literary Journal, under the auspices of the University Students’ Literary Association, without authorisation. The day he was arrested, a final-year law student, Thet Naung Soe, distributed a statement in a Rangoon street calling on the Burmese people to “make a clear choice between living in fear or living in freedom”. According to the Irrawaddy news magazine, Thaw Thaw Myo Han was arrested because the military authorities suspected him of being involved in a plan to organise a pro-democracy demonstration.At least 21 students have been arrested since 17 August, and dozens more have gone underground. MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 12, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation last_img read more

Maersk Drilling awarded three-well contract offshore Trinidad by BP

first_img Maersk Drilling awarded three-well contract offshore Trinidad by BP. Image credit: MAERSK DRILLING. Maersk Drilling has secured a three-well contract for the semi-submersible rig Maersk Discoverer with BP for development drilling at the Matapal project offshore Trinidad and Tobago. The contract has an estimated duration of 322 days and is expected to commence in July 2020. The value of the firm contract is approximately USD 78m, including a mobilisation fee. The contract contains an additional one-well option.“It is obviously exciting for us to see Maersk Discoverer go to Trinidad for BP, for whom the rig has performed successful operations offshore Egypt for the last six years, including the shallowest water well ever drilled in dynamic positioning mode for both BP and Maersk Drilling which delivered significant cost savings to the customer. We are very pleased that BP is recognising Maersk Discoverer’s qualities by re-signing the rig for this new campaign,” says COO Morten Kelstrup of Maersk Drilling.The Maersk Discoverer is a DSS-21 column-stabilised dynamically positioned semi-submersible drilling rig, able to operate in water depths up to 10,000 ft. It is currently operating offshore Egypt. Source: Company Press Release The contract has an estimated duration of 322 days and is expected to commence in July 2020last_img read more

SOCU needs to investigate money given to Minister’s children

first_imgDear Editor,I commend the whistleblowers who courageously exposed the secretive and unethical transfers of tens of millions of dollars from the treasury to the kids of former Minister Broomes for personal use.Such a situation arouses suspicion that there is rampant stealing of State finances within the former Government (APNU/PNC/AFC). SOCU needs to investigate these problems or else Guyana will never stand a chance to develop in spite of our vast natural resources.It is clear that the Granger Government is hell-bent on holding to power to continue stealing. Life is good in Government.And it needs to be highlighted that the PNC eliminates racial/ethnic diversity to create a secretive environment to simply steal. And this is one of the major reasons why the Granger Government largely shuts out Indo-Guyanese from the public service.Editor, I am convinced that such PNC values embolden dysfunction and they are responsible for rampant corruption and armed robbery in Guyana.Also, it can easily be predicted that the current lawlessness will worsen because of dysfunctional PNC values being modelled in Guyana.Under the current level of corruption, there is a dire need for whistleblowers. But the executive head of the WPA, Dr David Hinds, took a retaliatory stance when three whistleblowers exposed the illegal transfer of funds to the kids of former Minister Broomes. Dr Hinds can’t be fair and he can’t be of any good to Guyana because he is fixated on unjustly defending an Afro-Guyanese-backed Government. He even stereotyped the whistleblowers as PPP/C moles and PPP/C spies and he even called on the former Granger Government to fire them. Flagrantly, Dr Hinds supports wrongdoings in the Granger Government because he is blinded by the issue of race/ethnicity. Dr Hinds is downright divisive and destructive.Dr Hinds needs to be informed that whistleblowers are patriotic citizens whose contributions cannot be underestimated. They are needed. They selflessly expose corruption so that Guyana becomes a better place where every Guyanese can benefit from the fruits of this country, not just PNC Ministers.To this end, I urge every Guyanese to call out stealing within the Granger Government but Dr Hinds will never endorse this. He will use his voice to destroy Guyana. Dr Hinds is the least interested in the welfare of all Guyanese. His actions can never benefit Guyana and its people.Also, the former WPA Minister within the Granger Government confirmed to Dr Hinds when she unjustly fired three whistleblowers to also conceal corruption in her Government. This is abuse of power. This former Minister ought to be fired.Her actions are inexcusable. This is all corruption which can never be good for Guyana. Guyana needs whistleblowers or anyone who will expose outright stealing, corruption and lawlessness.And it needs to be clear that whistleblowers ought to be protected and at the very least, those whistleblowers who were fired by the former WPA Minister need to be reinstated in their jobs.They did nothing wrong. And I once again commend the whistleblowers for their selfless act. The former Minister Broomes needs to return the tens of millions of dollars to the treasury. This is the decent thing to do.Sincerely,Annie Baliram PhDlast_img read more

“Do Not Be Afraid to Explore Further Education”

first_imgThe orator: Hon Elias Shoniyin -NCCC Graduates Urged, The graduates of the Nimba County Community College have been urged not to be afraid to explore further education, as they exit the walls of the college with their “AA” degrees.Delivering the keynote address at the commencement convocation  on January 12, 2019, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. B. Elias Shoniyin, told the graduates, “for some of you, this is the end of your official scholastic journey, while for others, the journey goes on to another level, a full Bachelor of Arts degree or beyond.”“But, I urged you to not be afraid to explore further education, for therein lie the adventure that will guarantee the expansion of your intellects and success,” he said.Hon. Shoniyin, who spoke on the theme, “How the DCD Government is Rebuilding the Liberian Educational System” stimulated the consciousness of the graduates for pursuing a realistic, but optimist future.He said, “the event we celebrate today, marks a milestone and a turning point in the lives of you, young men and women, who are honored here today.”“It is milestone, because you have taken a major step in reaching your life goal, the essence of your aspirations as you ascend in the journey of life,” he said.“Today marks a turning point for many of you, not because degrees are being conferred on you, but that you are headed out there into the real world. It is a turning point because you must now step forward to begin a new journey that offers much promise from which there must be no return to your past life, the sky can no longer be your limit,” he added.Hon. Shoniyin explained that the Administration of President George Manneh Weah recognizes that education is a catalyst for driving sustainable socio-economic development which would lead Liberia into a prosperous future.He added that to maintain the peace, education remains a paramount commitment of government that is why the pillar #1 of the Pro-poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD) promises power to the people, which marks the new dawn for Liberia’s development.“Noting the urgency of investing in the people, particularly the youth, as promised in the PAPD, President Weah demonstrated his government’s unrelenting dedication when he declared tuition free for all public universities and colleges in Liberia,” he said.Explaining the government’s recognition of empowerment of our people, where 60% of the population is under the age of 35, many of whom were war affected youth, he told the graduates, “The government and the people of this county have given you an undeniable platform, where you have engrossed ourselves in the doctrine of academia for the last two years.”The Nimba County Community College graduated about 126 students in this 4th Commencement Convocation with associate of arts degrees.Among the 126 graduates, the Department of Science and Agriculture put out 103 students. This department offered several courses, including geology, forestry, general agriculture, mining engineering, information technology, laboratory technology, natural resource management and nursing.However, the President of the college Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor has expressed many thanks and appreciation to President George M. Weah the opportunity given them to help move the country forward in a process aimed at enhancing peace, reconciliation and development.He said the NCCC is a developing institution, with the aim and objective to provide knowledge, skills and to encourage individuals to develop self-esteem.However, Dr. Wonkeryor has expressed some financial difficulties, since he took over as president of the college last year. “Currently, the college is faced with a multiplicity of challenges critical among which is the issue of finance,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more