Trial postponed until 30 June

first_img RSF_en News LaosAsia – Pacific February 13, 2017 Find out more to go further Radio – last bulwark of media freedom and independence Follow the news on Laos LaosAsia – Pacific Website: with online petition Journalists Thierry Falise and Vincent Reynaud will be publicly tried on 30 June in Phonesavanh (ten hours by road north from Vientiane), their Support Committee has learned. Falise’s wife and Reynaud’s girlfriend, as well as Roland Neveu, representing the Committee, are expected to be able to attend.The French ambassador in Laos, Bernard Pottier, the lawyer for the two journalists, Thivat Vorachak, a Belgian diplomat and a US official, will also be present.The Committee has no assurance that the trial will be impartial. The charges against the pair are not yet known and their right to be legally defended has not been established.The Committee asks Belgian and French diplomats, the international media and human rights organisations to make every effort to attend the trial to see that defence rights are respected and to stress that Falise and Reynaud are journalists.___________________________________________________________________________________________Journalists Thierry Falise and Vincent Reynaud will be publicly tried on Friday 27 June in Phonesavanh (more than 10 hours by road north from Vientiane), according to diplomatic sources. The charges against them are not yet known. The official enquiry into the case is expected to finish late the previous day.The sources said prison sentences could not be ruled out. A lawyer named by the French embassy is expected to represent them.The Committee set up to support them condemns the holding of the trial in such a remote place as Phonesavan and calls for international standards of justice to be respected at the trial.It also asks Belgian and French diplomats, the international media and human rights organisations to make every effort to attend the trial to see that defence rights are respected and to stress that Falise and Reynaud are journalists.Based on what it knows of the case, the Committee reiterates its belief that the strong accusations against them are groundless.More than 2,000 people, including dozens of journalists and media outlets, have signed the petition for their release.The Committee has set up an emergency fund to help their families. Donations can be sent by cheque to Reporters Without Borders, 5 rue Geoffroy-Marie, 75009 Paris, France, made out to “RSF” and mentioning the Falise-Reynaud Support Committee. Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img December 10, 2019 Find out more News Open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone Background:Belgian freelance reporter Falise, a regular contributor to the French weekly magazine L’Express, and freelance French cameraman Reynaud were arrested in Xieng Khuang province (northeast of Vientiane) on 4 June 2003 along with the Rev. Naw Karl Mua, a US citizen of Hmong origin, and four Laotians. They were completing a report on the plight of the Hmong minority. French diplomats were able to visit them on 16 June and said they were in good health. Two days later, Falise’s wife was able to see her husband for five minutes and said he had got thinner. Reynaud’s girlfriend was allowed to visit the cameraman on 23 June. News Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison June 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Trial postponed until 30 June News Receive email alerts June 23, 2006 Find out morelast_img read more

Man found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab wounds

first_imgAdvertisement NewsBreaking newsMan found slumped on county Limerick street with serious stab woundsBy admin – December 16, 2013 1087 Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] GARDA investigation has been launched in County Limerick after a man was found slumped on a public street in Kilmallock with serious stab wounds this Monday morning.The man in his 20s, from Limerick City, was discovered on Sarsfiled Street in the county Limerick town at 8am this Monday by people going to work and about their morning business. The injured man was taken to the University Hospital Limerick for medical treatment but his injuries were not believed to be life threatening.House to house inquiries were being carried out by Gardai in the town and the area was sealed off for technical examinations.A location for the attack is as yet not known but the man was found slumped and bleeding on Sarsfield Street with serious stab wounds. Garda investigations are focusing on the area of the discovery.Gardai from the Crime Office attached to Bruff garda station are leading the investigation and have appealed for the assistance of the public who may have seen or heard anything in relation to how or where the man received the serious injuries. They can be contacted on 061 382940 Previous articleAn Taoiseach says we are moving in the right directionNext articleRugby Stars Launch Ulster Bank League Awards admin WhatsApp Printcenter_img Linkedin Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Vermont treasurer cautions US debt ceiling impasse could impact state’s credit rating

first_imgWhile federal negotiations continue on raising the U.S. debt ceiling, Vermont’s State Treasurer is cautioning that the seeming impasse could negatively impact Vermont’s hard-earned Triple-A bond credit rating.                 ‘Yesterday, we learned from Moody’s Investor Services that even the highest-rated states, including Vermont, would have their ratings reviewed next week in light of the continued U.S. debt ceiling debate,’ said State Treasurer Beth Pearce. ‘However, I’m confident Vermont’s track record of fiscal responsibility will serve us well in any rating review. Vermont has the highest credit rating in New England, one of the highest ratings in the country, a strong cash position and healthy reserves.’                 Pearce said such disappointing news concerns her because the State’s high bond rating enables Vermont to borrow funds for critical infrastructure needs at very low rates and save taxpayers millions of dollars in interest payments. On July 13, Moody’s placed the U.S. government’s debt ratings on review for possible downgrade. Moody’s informed the Treasurer’s Office that it also was concerned that states would be negatively impacted by disruptions caused by the failure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling.                 State and federal governments sell bonds to investors to borrow money to make investments in areas such as public infrastructure. In Vermont, money raised by a bond sale funds a wide range of capital purposes, including State building construction and maintenance, health and public safety, and pollution control projects. The higher such bonds are rated, the more creditworthy a rating agency evaluates the bond issuer to be. Vermont bonds are rated Triple-A by Moody’s and Fitch Ratings and Double-A+ by the Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service.                 ‘The debate in Washington is a painful reminder that even though Vermont is fiscally sound and we are responsibly managing our finances through this economic downturn, we also are affected by national public policy decisions. It would be regrettable if all of the hard work and sacrifice that State government, employees and taxpayers have made to earn Vermont’s excellent ratings is put at risk due to events beyond our control,’ said Pearce.                 Vermont’s next general obligation bond sale is not scheduled until mid-October and Pearce said the State has sufficient cash balances and receipts to delay that sale even further if necessary.                 ‘We are fortunate that we can get through any short- or even medium-term bond market disruption,’ explained Pearce. ‘Many states are not in such an advantageous position. If a resolution to the debt ceiling issue is not forthcoming, debt markets will be volatile. States and municipalities with lower credit ratings may have difficulty accessing the market at affordable interest rates, if at all. I remain hopeful, however, that a resolution will take place before the deadline.’                 The Treasurer’s Office has worked closely with State officials to review rating agency concerns and to develop contingency plans. Vermont has sufficient liquid cash reserves to manage delays in receipt of federal funds, and all of its existing debt is fixed rate and long term, which protects it from both rising interest rates and ‘rollover’ risk.last_img read more

Music and culture as an opportunity for tourist promotion of Croatia

first_imgMembers of the most famous Chinese pop group from Shanghai SNH48 met with the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović as part of his stay in Croatia on the occasion of recording the video.Namely, the teenage sensation SNH48, led by the popular singer Huang TingTing, recorded a video in Zagreb’s Upper and Lower Town and in the Trakošćan castle. Huang TingTing is one of the most influential musicians on Chinese social networks, followed by millions of followers from China, South Korea and the world.”Shooting the video in attractive locations in Zagreb and its surroundings will enable a great promotion of Croatia in the Far East. We expect further strengthening of promotion and cooperation with China after the opening of the office of the Croatian Tourist Board in September, within the Representation of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, “said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. Luka Burilović. According to the readers of the Chinese edition of the American magazine Travel + Leisure, Croatia was declared the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018. This is confirmed by the figures of almost 200 Chinese tourists in Croatia. It is mostly made up of younger tourists between the ages of 25-44, who will be additionally encouraged by this video to visit Zagreb, but also the whole of Croatia.last_img read more