Reporters Without Borders calls for support for blogger Roy Ngerng

first_img RSF_en News SingaporeAsia – Pacific 看中文Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who brought a libel suit against the blogger Roy Ngerng Yi Ling in May, is now trying to rush the case through the courts to prevent a full examination of the evidence.This is the first time a Singaporean prime minister has taken legal proceedings against one of his own citizens. On the eve of the first hearing in the trial tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders calls for urgent action by all netizens to support Roy Ngerng (see below).The suit arises from an article published on 15 May headlined “Where your CPF Money is going: Learning from the City harvest Trial”. There is a strong possibility that Ngerng will be denied a fair trial and thus the chance to prove that the allegations against him are baseless.On July 11, the prime minister applied for a summary judgment, in order to wrap up the case quickly and determine the damages against Ngerng, without the evidence being heard in full. This procedure is only possible if the judges do not have to decide the case in the belief that the accused has already admitted his guilt and is unable to present an effective defence against the allegation. “The case brought by the prime minister against Roy Ngerng is nothing but a diversionary tactic and a deterrent,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific Desk.“It is based on the fact that a blogger works alone and does not benefit, for example, from the support of the news organization he works for, and on the desire to divert public attention from the scandal surrounding the Central Provident Fund, which he has written about. The disproportionate resources deployed by the prime minister shows he wants to issue a warning to all Singapore citizens who might publish any information that directly or indirectly challenges the government. “We urge Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong purely and simply to withdraw his case.”Reporters Without Borders considers Ngerng to be the latest victim of a particular legal device known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP). It is designed in the first place to deny the blogger the ability to publish or the chance to defend himself. Secondly, it is intended to send a deterrent message to all those involved in news and information who might be tempted to publicize, or carry on with, his work. Finally, it is intended to divert public attention from the revelations in Ngerng’s article. It is a procedure designed ultimately not to win the case but to publicly exhaust the blogger psychologically, financially and physically. Never-ending SLAPPA letter to Ngerng from Prime Minister Lee’s lawyer on 18 May accused him of “false and baseless allegation” and demanded deletion of the blog post, a public apology and payment of damages and Lee’s legal costs.The alarmed Ngerng responded by issuing a letter of apology recognizing that the allegations were “false and completely without foundation.”He told Reporters Without Borders why he and his lawyer decided to apologize. “we thought that that was the easiest way out of the situation, knowing that if we had proceeded to fight, it would result in certain bankruptcy, which has happened.”Reporters Without Borders subsequently learned that the apology was actually drafted by Lee’s lawyers and not by Ngerng, despite the repeated public references to Ngerng’s so called admission of guilt.In a series of exchanges in the media and by letter, Lee refused to withdraw his libel suit and said Ngerng’s apology was not “genuine.” His lawyers also demanded the deletion of some of Ngerng’s subsequent blog posts, threatening to increase the amount of damages sought.On 10 June, Tan Tock Seng Hospital fired Ngerng from his position as patient coordinator on the grounds of “conduct incompatible with the values and standards expected of employees.” After many online comments by members of the public in support of Ngerng, the health ministry issued a statement endorsing his dismissal and condemning his actions.A few days later, Lee’s press secretary, Chang Li Lin, wrote to The Economist criticizing its story about the libel suit. The letter was widely criticized in online posts questioning the involvement of government officials in a private matter and, in a reference to the health ministry’s statement, voicing concern about the possibility that the government had intervened directly against Ngerng.COMBAT CENSORSHIP AND SUPPORT ROY NGERNG!You can thwart the Singaporean prime minister’s attempt to censor Roy Ngerng by using the Streisand Effect. To this end, Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to:* Circulate, share or host Ngerng’s blog post, which is available here:…* Circulate, share or host the blog supporting Roy Ngerng: * Contribute to Wikipedia’s articles on Singapore’s Central Provident Fund and on the prime minister mentionning the caseReporters Without Borders also urges Internet users to:* Contribute to Ngerng’s legal defence fund… * Follow Ngerng’s blog and YouTube channel* Voice your support for Ngerng on his Facebook page, The Heart Truths… * on the prime minister’s Facebook page* on Central Provident Fund contact page: Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Press freedom organization says PM’s libel suit is designed to silence whistle-blower and warn off others. 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Orsted and partners won UK funding for green hydrogen project

first_imgThe Gigastack feasibility study is a six-month project, led by ITM Power, to explore the potential delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen Image: Gigastack project is aimed at validating the delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen. Photo courtesy of Ørsted A/S. Denmark-based energy company Ørsted in partnership with ITM Power and Element Energy, has won UK Government funding for a green hydrogen project.The Gigastack feasibility study is a six-month project, led by ITM Power, to explore the potential delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen.Orsted said that the funding is part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Hydrogen Supply Competition, to accelerate the development of low carbon hydrogen supply solutions.In addition, the project is designed to identify opportunities to reduce the production cost of hydrogen through electrolysis process, and making it a more sustainable option for the UK decarbonising industry.Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said:  “We must continue taking urgent action to limit the damaging effects of climate change. The UK already leads the world in deploying renewable energy and accelerating the use of new technologies, such as green hydrogen, has a crucial role to play in decarbonising industrial processes.“We’ve seen the cost of offshore wind reduced dramatically thanks to industry and government working together, and I hope this project can be the start of a similar journey with green hydrogen.”Gigastack project will demonstrate delivery of bulk hydrogenThe Gigastack project is aimed at validating the delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen through gigawatt scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis manufactured in the UK.The project is expected to evaluate the development of a new 5MW stack design to reduce material costs and a new semi-automated manufacturing facility with an electrolyser capacity of up to 1GW per year to increase throughput and decrease labour costs.In addition, it will investigate the deployment of large scale and low cost over 100MW electrolyser systems using a number of the 5MW units also comes under the project scope.Ørsted Hydrogen vice president Anders Christian Nordstrøm said: “Combining renewable power with flexible green hydrogen production is a key part of decarbonising energy systems across Europe and ultimately creating a world that runs entirely on green energy.“Hydrogen production by electrolysis is a technology with great potential and this Gigastack project is an important step forward as we look to reduce costs and make green hydrogen a viable solution for the energy transformation. It is great to have this support from the UK Government for the project.”last_img read more

Find out who is involved and who is not, the Initiative for free tourist guides in every city in Croatia “Meet your country”

first_imgRecently, an initiative was launched to provide free tourist guides in every city in Croatia. As part of the project ‘Get to know your country’, the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides (ZDTVH), with the support of the Croatian Tourist Board, on the occasion of the Day of International Recognition of Croatia, January 14, 2018 (Sunday) starting at 12:00 p.m. to organize free guided tours in all cities where tourist guide associations operate – members of ZDTVH.In particular, it is about the organization of free guided tours by local tourist guides in each city, and all guided tours with tourist guides will start at the same time. The guides are intended for the local population to get to know their city and become ambassadors of Croatian tourism, but of course all visitors and tourists.”With this action we want to mark the Day of International Recognition of Croatia in a slightly different way, invite citizens to get to know cities all over Croatia and discover hidden stories they tell, because we believe that every citizen of our country can be a promoter and ambassador of their homeland. Croatia as well as the importance of national identity and cultural heritage, which is the only thing that exempts us from globalization. At the same time, we want to point out the importance of the Ordinance on protected localities that is being drafted. Namely, protected localities will be the only places where the activity of tourist guides and the representation of our country will be able to be performed by guides who are educated exclusively in the Republic of Croatia.”Points out Kristina Niuć Prka, president of the Association of Croatian Tourist Guides, and added that she hopes that all cities from Slavonia, through Zagreb, Lika, Kvarner, Istria, Dalmatia to Dubrovnik will join the initiative.So far, about 40 cities have joined this excellent initiative, unfortunately not all, although the CNTB has directly informed all tourist boards in Croatia about the Initiative, and the list of cities that have joined is still much smaller than it should be. List of cities where free guided tours are organized, as well as associations (members of ZDTVH) and associations and tourist boards of the project partners: Trogir, Split, Solin, Klis, Sinj, Trilj, Vrgorac, Makarska, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, Sibenik, Knin, Drnis, Zadar, Rab, Rijeka, Trsat, Kastav, Pula, Fazana, Labin, Vodnjan, Porec, Mali Losinj , Rovinj, Karlovac, Zagreb, Varaždin, Čakovec, Ivanec, Ludbreg, Varaždinske toplice, Slavonski brod, Lipik, Osijek, Vukovar, Vinkovci, Ilok, Županja, Nin, Motovun, Bakar.Why have other cities, ie tourist boards, not joined the whole initiative so far?A great tourist story and a very important segment in the mosaic of our tourism that we have absolutely neglected. The city is the people, so the local people are tourism and the best ambassadors of Croatian tourism. The locals give rhythm and pulse to the destination, and guests want to get to know us and our culture of living, customs, our stories… because that is the very essence of tourism.In conclusion, this is an extremely important topic, getting to know your city and turning citizens into ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Why other cities, ie tourist boards, have not joined the whole initiative so far, even though it is their “obligation” precisely because of their primary activity and the importance of the topic, and it costs nothing but good will, is a question that all tourism entrepreneurs must ask themselves. of every city.Do we want tourism development or not? Obviously some don’t want to and don’t care. So don’t be surprised afterwards if things stand still. It’s up to the people.Related news: DO WE CARE ABOUT THE STORY WE TELL TO OUR TOURISTS?last_img read more

Horgan looking forward to the big day

first_imgSars overcame Kilruane McDonaghs in a close semi final while Nenagh beat Drom after extra time to reach the final.Ahead of tomorrows game match referee Ferghal Horgan told Tipp FM Sport he is looking forward to being the man in the middleSunday’s match throws in at Semple Stadium at 3.15 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in assocation with Horse & Jockey KIA, Thurles. Before that Clonakenny take on Sarsfields in the Intermediate final at 1pm.The county Intermediate football final takes place today  at 3pm in New Inn where Upperchurch Drombane will take on Clonmel Og  for the right to play senior football in 2016. Clonmel Og defeated Holycross en route to the final while Upperchurch beat Mullinahone in the semi final.Upperchurch Drombane manager and club chairman Conor O Dwyer told Tipp FM Sport to earn the right to play senior club football would be a huge milestone for his clubPlenty of other games on today as well, Clonmel Commercials will take on Loughmore Castleiney in Golden in the under 21 county football A final today. That game gets underway in Golden at 1pm. The minor B football championship semi final takes place when Clonoulty Rossmore take on Ardfinnan in Littleton at 7pm.In hurling the Minor B hurling championship semi final sees Knockavilla Kickhams come up against Grangemockler Ballyneale. that one gets underway in Boherlahan at 3pm.Scotland will host Ireland this afternoon in the first test of this year’s Hurling/Shinty International Series.The action gets underway in Inverness at 2pm.Meanwhile, Portlaoise and Emo must go head-to-head once-again in the replay of their Laois Senior Football Championship final.The two sides couldn’t be separated last weekend and so they will return to O’Moore Park this evening, where throw-in is at half-past six.last_img read more