Military junta launches manhunt for informants of international news media

first_imgNews Receive email alerts News MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association voiced great concern today about a campaign launched by the military regime to track down people in Burma who give information to international media. Military officers have been trained in how to identify the sources used by international radio stations and new phone tapping facilities have been installed.”The paranoia and violence of the Burmese military, especially Gen. Than Shwe, the head of the military junta, could have dramatic consequences for Burmese who dare to give information to journalists based abroad,” the two organisations said. “International radio stations are often the only source of independent information for millions of Burmese, and it would do great harm if people were afraid to talk to them.”Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association have gathered information about a recent series of measures taken by senior junta officials to train agents within the Military Security Force (Sa Ya Hpa) – which replaced Military Intelligence (MI) – to identify and catch foreign media informants.A number of businessmen, journalists and civil servants have been interrogated recently by members of the Military Security Force about their role in giving information to Burmese-language radio stations. During these interrogations, the military had recordings of broadcasts by foreign stations such as Radio Free Asia and tried to get these people to admit they had talked to journalists abroad. The military also repeatedly examined their mobile phones.Lt. Gen. Myint Swe, the military chief for the Rangoon division and head of the Defence Services Intelligence, recently organised training on the way to identify Burmese who give information to foreign news media or news media operated by Burmese in exile. Former MI officers taught Military Security Force personnel methods for identifying press sources.According to the Independent Mon News Agency, the chief trainer was Capt. Aung Kyaw Kyaw, the former head of MI in Mon State, who got a reputation there for threatening to kill people who gave information to the foreign media.A group of Rangoon-based Burmese journalists, including correspondents for foreign media, were recently summoned by the information ministry and asked to respond to attacks orchestrated by the foreign media. Ministry officials asked some journalists to provide a list of their contacts. The ministry also organised seminars for civil servants to train them in how to respond to “foreign propaganda,” while civilians have been trained in how to identify “informants.”Several journalists in exile have confirmed to Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association that the authorities often take sanctions against their sources in Burma. “It is often the case that people we talk to have their phone lines cut,” one reporter said. The government has just installed two new mobile phone tapping centres in the central city of Mandalay, while the Military Security Force has stepped up control of communications in the regions bordering Thailand. Two people were arrested in the southern city of Moulmein (in Mon State) for receiving “suspicious” international calls on their mobile phones.This hunt for informants coincides with a report in the exile magazine Irrawaddy that the junta fears a US military invasion. The report cites a document in which a military commander suggests eliminating members of the opposition National League for Democracy in the event of a US attack.center_img February 9, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military junta launches manhunt for informants of international news media Organisation News News US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture May 31, 2021 Find out more to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmarlast_img read more

The Goods: Fly Fishing Gear

first_imgThe best fall fly fishing gear for 2013:1. Sage Bass II Smallmouth Fly RodWarm water abounds in the Southeast and when you are targeting bucketmouths, bronzebacks, toothies, or old pajamas, you need to wield a big stick with a stiff backbone to show them who’s boss. These rods are engineered specifically for different types of bass, from bluegill to peacock, and they have the power to huck big streamers and poppers all day while still being accurate enough to cast into deep cover.  If you are into bass fishing, the Sage Bass II is a must-have for your quiver.$550; 2. Cheeky Ambush 375 ReelThe latest, and definitely boldest, entry into the high-end reel market is Cheeky Reels. Founded by four anglers who quit their lucrative day jobs to pursue their obsession for fly fishing, that passion is reflected in their products: the flashy colors belie the top-notch quality of these reels. The Ambush 375 ranges from 5-7 weight, making it the perfect reel for everything from Blue Ridge trout streams to big water bass fishing. The sealed disk drag will stop any fish in its tracks and the MAX arbor will bring them to net faster. Don’t let the price scare you off, this reel will last a lifetime.$360; cheekyflyfishing.com3. Costa Prop ShadesCosta makes sunglasses for fishing, it’s their specialty and they are very good at it. New for 2013 is the Prop, an homage to the 1950s with retro styling in a medium fit. These shades are lightweight so you can wear them all day, and feature a no-slip nose pad to keep them on your face as you cast. Cut even more weight with the 580p scratch- and impact-resistant plastic lenses.$150; costadelmar.com4. Simms Down Under Zip TopDuring the fall, temps can drop in a hurry at the golden hour, that time right before sunset when fish go into a feeding frenzy. Then you still have to hike back to the car. Carry the Down Under mid-layer for extra warmth; the wool will still keep you toasty even when wet and provides an outstanding weight to warmth ratio. Plus, it fights off body stench so you can fish in it all day, then rock it to the bar. Only your fish stories will turn people off.$99; simmsfishing.com5. Umpqua Ledges 650 Waist PackUmpqua Feather Merchants jumped into the pack market with both feet in 2013, producing a product line that garnered rave reviews, and the Ledges 650 may be the cream of the crop. This hip pack has enough room to store any fly you will ever need, and is packed with innovative features like a high wear tool sheath and weather proof pocket to hold your camera for that “grip and grin” shot. This pack also features a suspended back panel to keep you comfortably fishing all day.$129; umpqua.com6. Patagonia Ultra light Wade BootsOne of the most challenging aspects of fishing in the Blue Ridge is getting to that secret spot. Whether you are trekking high into the mountains for brook trout or walking down the tracks to your favorite smallmouth shoal, doing it in waders can be a bear. At just over two pounds, these wade boots are lighter than anything on the market and are comfortable enough for the long slog up the trail, because you know what they say: less people, more fish.$179; patagonia.com7. E-Case Protective CaseThese days, it’s almost impossible to leave the cell phone in the car. A smartphone is now a fish finder, camera, life line, and map all in one, but can cost a pretty penny if you drop it in the drink trying to get the hero shot. E-Case allows you to store your phone or tablet in a waterproof sleeve, while also allowing you to swipe, talk, and take photos without exposing your device to the elements.$25; e-case.com8. Loon Streamside KitWhether you are just starting out or looking to upgrade your gear, having the right tool for the job is essential, especially on the river. Loon provides you with everything you need in their Streamside Kit. Whether you are trying to keep a fly afloat, make it sink, see it better, cut it off, or keep it close, this kit has you covered. It even includes UV wader repair in case something comes out of the water to burst your waterproof bubble.$70; loonoutdoors.comlast_img read more

Two Major Events in Atlanta to Mark Jamaica’s Independence

first_img WASHINGTON, D.C.- Jamaicans and friends of Jamaica in Atlanta, Georgia, will mark the country’s 51st Year of Independence with two major activities between August 4 and 10.The programme of activities, which are being planned by the Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA), commences with a Thanksgiving Service at the Hillside Presbyterian Church in Decatur at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4. The service will feature music, songs and poetry, which capture Jamaica’s rich cultural heritage.The sermon will be delivered by Professor of Theology at Emory University, The Rev. Dr. Noel Erskine, while the Rev. Dr. Barry Davis, will bring a special musical tribute.The celebration comes to close on Saturday, August 10 with the Annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway.This spectacular black tie event, which is the premier annual Caribbean event in Atlanta, attracts patrons from Georgia and surrounding states.A special feature of this year’s event will be the honouring of the Hon. Vin Martin, former Jamaican Honorary Consul in Atlanta, who retired from that position at the end of June this year after serving for 16 years. Among those who will be paying tribute to Mr. Martin are US Congressman, Hank Johnson; President of the Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA), Errol Ritchie; Dr. Noel Erskine and Dr. David Panton.Two education scholarships will be awarded, one from the AJA and the other from the Tropical Sports Club, to two students of Jamaican parentage. The AJA Community Service Award will be presented to Ms Jacqueline Hawthorne-Robinson of Golden Krust Bakery.According to  Mr. Ritchie, the annual events commemorating the anniversary of Jamaica’s independence are very important to Jamaicans in Atlanta.“They serve to bring us together in a cultural bond that oftentimes overpowers the individualistic urges that seem to restrict our coming together as a people. These events bring back memories of our time in Jamaica and force us to reflect on our achievements as a nation and as individuals. They also serve to remind us of our rich culture and generate the festive mood that we have all come to associate with our independence celebrations,” he said. Thanksgiving Service at the Hillside Presbyterian Church in Decatur at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 4 Story Highlights Annual Independence Ball and Scholarship Awards at the Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway on August 10 The programme of activities are being planned by the Atlanta Jamaican Association (AJA)last_img read more

Kvarken Link RMC Sign LOI for Hybrid Ferry

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kvarken Link/Rauma Marine Constructions Kvarken Link, a Finnish-Swedish consortium, has inked a letter of intent (LOI) with Finnish shipbuilder Rauma Marine Constructions Oy (RMC) for the construction of a new car and passenger ferry with a hybrid propulsion system.As informed, the newbuilding is set to operate between the Finnish city of Vaasa and the Swedish city of Umeå. It is expected to be delivered by April 30, 2021.It will have two cargo decks with a total capacity of 1,500 lane meters for lorries. In addition, the ferry will be able to accommodate 800 passengers.The vessel will be designed to be environmentally friendly, with a machinery running on a dual fuel and battery solution, and the main source of fuel being liquefied natural gas (LNG). The vessel will also be able to use biogas produced in Vaasa.According to RMC, the ferry has an ice class of 1A Super, which guarantees that the vessel is able to navigate in the challenging ice conditions of the Kvarken region as independently as possible.The vessel order has a value of around EUR 120 million (USD 137.6 million). The formal construction agreement is to be signed in early 2019, with the design and construction work set to start immediately thereafter, as explained by Jyrki Heinimaa, CEO of RMC.“I would like to express my highest appreciation to all involved for the hard work performed, bringing the project to a success. The Board of Directors would also like to thank everybody in their different roles for the positive development of the future business relations between Ostrobothnia and Västerbotten,” Mayor Tomas Häyry, Chairman of the Board of Directors, commented.last_img read more