Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist

first_img News News Reporters Without Borders today condemned anonymous death threats made against Lem Piseth, of Radio Free Asia in Cambodia after he reported on damage from deforestation in the Kompong Thom province in the centre of the country.The authorities had banned all national media from carrying extracts from a report on deforestation in the area, recently released by the NGO, Global Witness. The journalist has now fled the country to take refuge in Thailand.Piseth, aged 38, was on his way to Kampong Speu in southern Cambodia on 16 June when he received a call on his mobile phone from a number he did not recognise. When he replied a man’s voice said to him: – “Is that you Lem Piseth?- Yes. Who are you?- You are insolent. Do you want to die?- Why are you insulting me like this?- Because of the story about the forest and know this, there will not enough land to bury you in.”The unknown caller then hung up and when the reporter tried to cal the number back, he found himself through to a call centre.“It is obvious that the Global Witness report on the over-exploitation of the Cambodian forests is upsetting some people,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “Since this report was released, all media have been subjected to unjustified state censorship. We urge the authorities to identify those who made these threats so that Lem Piseth can safely resume his work”.Following publication of the Global Witness report, Piseth wrote four articles on the damage resulting from deforestation in Kompong Thom province, particularly in the Tumring region, where it has been particularly disastrous. While reporting in Kompong Thom, the reporter said he was followed by police and the military. He had to leave the hotel room he was staying in for several nights, at the request of the owners who gave him no explanation.Information Minister, Khieu Kanharith, said on 8 June that “the media has had a week to put out news (about the report) and that is more than enough. Newspapers can refer to it but not reproduce it. If this ban is not respected, we will take the necessary legal steps”.Radio Free Asia is among several media which have continued to talk about the report. A man went to the radio’s broadcasting centre and asked the journalists to stop mentioning the report.Soren Seelow, a journalist on Cambodge Soir was sacked without notice on 10 June for having mentioned the Global Witness report but there were hopes that a strike by staff at the paper could lead to the case being resolved. Organisation CambodiaAsia – Pacific CambodiaAsia – Pacific Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream to go further June 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threat made against Radio Free Asia journalist Follow the news on Cambodia December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results RSF_en Receive email alerts January 21, 2021 Find out more News February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Texas investigating child abuse allegations at temporary migrant facility, governor says

first_imgLynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty ImagesBy Morgan Winsor, ABC News(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has urged the federal government to shut down a temporary facility that is holding scores of migrant children in San Antonio, following reports of abuse and neglect.Abbott announced during a press conference Wednesday that he has ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers to investigate the allegations inside the federally-run unaccompanied minor facility set up at the Freeman Coliseum, a concert and sports venue in San Antonio. The Republican governor said state officials have received complaints that include reports of sexual assault, insufficient staffing, children not eating throughout the day and children who have tested positive for COVID-19 not being physically separated from those who have tested negative.Further details on the allegations were not provided.Abbott described the facility as a “health and safety nightmare,” blaming President Joe Biden’s border policies and lack of planning for increased migration flows. Since taking office on Jan. 20, Biden has reversed many of the controversial immigration policies that his predecessor, Donald Trump, put in place, including the practice of immediately expelling unaccompanied children and teenagers. However, migration is driven by many factors, and the exact impact of Biden’s policies is unclear.“The Biden administration opened the borders and failed to plan for the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border, and now we are faced with our worst fears — allegations of child abuse and neglect,” Abbott said in a statement. “I am calling on the Biden administration to close this facility, and I am directing the DPS and the Texas Rangers to immediately begin investigating these allegations. President Biden’s disastrous decisions caused this crisis, and his administration must act now to protect these children, secure the border and end this crisis.”Bexar County Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores, who has been inside the facility as both an elected Democratic official and a volunteer, said the children are offered three meals plus two snacks a day and that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is placed in a separate area from other children. Clay-Flores toured the facility with Abbott after the press conference, later telling reporters that she wished the governor had done so before “he politicized children.”“What I saw when I went in there on several occasions, it was well-staffed, the children are very happy and very excited to be here,” Clay-Flores told reporters after Abbott left. “This is not a political issue. This is about children who deserve protection from adults.”It’s the first time that state officials announced they are investigating such allegations at one of the emergency intake sites that the federal government has rapidly opened in Texas, as the United States grapples with a surge in Central American migrants arriving at its southern border. The number of children and families attempting to cross the border increased by more than 100% between January and February. Meanwhile, the amount of children trying to cross the border alone jumped by 61% to over 9,400, the highest monthly total since the spring of 2019, according to statistics released last month by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.Initially, 500 boys aged 13 to 17 who had arrived at the border alone were bused from El Paso to the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio on March 29. As of Monday, the makeshift site was holding 1,370 unaccompanied minors. The facility has the capacity to house up to 2,500 children, who are eventually transferred to longer-term shelters, according to San Antonio ABC affiliate KSAT.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Tottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star

first_imgTottenham pull out of Wilfried Zaha race boosting Arsenal’s chances of landing the Crystal Palace star Mauricio Pochettino is not willing to meet Crystal Palace’s demands (Picture: Getty Images)This is an increase on Palace’s original valuation of £70m, which had already put Tottenham off, and now they are firmly not interested at a newly inflated price.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal are thought to be leading the chase for the winger and are looking to drive down his price by offering players in exchange for the Ivory Coast international.Chelsea were believed to be interested in offering Zaha a new London home, but their transfer ban is still in place, ruling them out of making any signings until the summer of 2020.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityManchester United have already taken a punt on Zaha once with the forward enduring a disastrous spell at Old Trafford from 2013-15, while Liverpool and Manchester City are not interested.If Zaha is to stay in the Premier League it looks like Arsenal is the only option left, although he did speak of his desire to leave Palace to pursue Champions League football, and if the Gunners don’t win the Europa League final against Chelsea, they will not be able to offer him that.MORE: Liverpool enter race with Arsenal to sign Bournemouth winger Ryan FraserMORE: Thomas Meunier speaks out again over transfer links to Manchester United Video Settings Advertisement PLAY About Connatix V67539 Full Screencenter_img Comment Phil HaighTuesday 21 May 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link70Shares Wilfried Zaha won’t be going to Tottenham (Picture: Getty Images)Tottenham have reportedly ended their interest in signing Wilfried Zaha this summer having balked at Crystal Palace’s mammoth asking price.The 26-year-old has told Palace that he wants to leave during the current transfer window, alerting a number of Premier League sides who are interested in his signature.However, Zaha only signed a new deal at Selhurst Park last August, which runs for another four years and is worth £130,000-a-week, so Palace are in a strong position to make demands.The Eagles are flexing their muscles and are asking for a whopping £100m for their star man, a figure so vast that Spurs have taken themselves out of contention, according to the Evening Standard.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story Advertisementlast_img read more

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People moves: Former USS CIO to chair UK infrastructure fund (updated)

first_imgGresham House, BSIF, VFPK, PensionDanmark, VFPK, BPL Pensioen, Pensioenstichting Transport, GroupLife, Penvita, Mercer, VvV, Aegon, Willis Towers WatsonGresham House – Peter Moon is stepping down from the alternative asset manager’s board to become chairman of the investment committee of its patient capital fund for UK housing and infrastructure-related assets, the British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF). Moon was chief investment officer of the now £60bn (€67bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) for 17 years, retiring in 2009. Before USS he used to manage investments at the British Airways Pension Scheme and the then National Provident Institution (now Phoenix Life). Moon joined the board of Gresham House in July 2014 and helped oversee the manager’s transformation under a new management team.He will be replaced on the board by Simon Stilwell, who joined Gresham House as a non-executive director this week. Stilwell was chief executive of Liberum, the investment bank he co-founded in 2007, until 2015.  The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund, which has a 20% stake in Gresham House, is a cornerstone investor in BSIF. The fund raised £150m in commitments from Berkshire and another UK local government pension scheme for a first close in June. Gary Steinberg, former CIO of the International Monetary Fund and the Wellcome Trust, has been working alongside Moon on the investment committee of the incipient fund.LGPS Central – Five new senior hires have been made by the asset management company set up to manage the £40bn of assets of nine Midlands-based local government pension schemes (LGPS). Mike Vinton joins as chief compliance and risk officer, Sharon Johal as general counsel, David Kane as head of finance, David Evans as investment director for passive equities and Adam Neilson as head of information technology. Vinton was most recently head of compliance and money laundering reporting officer at Nestlé Capital Management Limited, while Johal was previously head of legal at Kuwait Investment Office. They complete LGPS Central’s senior executive team, which also comprises Andrew Warwick-Thompson as CEO, John Burns as chief operating and financial officer, and Jason Fletcher as CIO.Verband der Firmenpensionskassen (VFPK) — The board of the association of German corporate pension funds has been reorganised following the death of its head, Peter Hadasch. Helmut Aden, member of the board of BVV, has succeeded Hadasch as chairman. Carsten Ebsen, of the Hamburg Pensionskasse, has taken over the role of first deputy chair and Andreas Hilka, member of the board of at the €7.9bn German Hoechst Pensionskasse, that of second deputy chairperson. Hilka is the newest member of the VFPK board, having been elected to his role in July. Aden has been a VFPK board member since 2006 and Ebsen since 2011. One of the founders of the VFPK, Hadasch died in October aged 64. PensionDanmark — Emilie Juel-Helwig has been appointed to the newly-created position of head of corporate sustainability at PensionDanmark, having been promoted from her job as personal assistant to the chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen.  The Danish pension fund explained that until now it has primarily worked with sustainability from an investor perspective. From now on, as head of corporate responsibility, Juel-Helwig will represent PensionDanmark on a broader sustainability agenda. This will include corporate social responsibility and the task of integrating the sustainability agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into the pension fund’s core business.BPL Pensioen — Monique van der Poel has been appointed on the supervisory board (RvT) of the €16.6bn pension fund for the agricultural sector (BPL Pensioen). She will focus on communication, pension management and legal matters. Van der Poel is a pensions lawyer and is also a member of the RvT of the €780m industry-wide scheme for dental technicians (Tandtechniek).Pensioenstichting Transport – Jeroen Tuijp has been named as member of the supervisory board of the €1.1bn company pension fund of delivery firm DHL. Tuijp is actuary, adviser as well as supervisor at consultancy Edmond Halley.GroupLife — Penvita, which offers eduction for members of Dutch pension funds’ accountability bodies (VO) is to be fully taken over by GroupLife, a consultancy for pension fund strategy and education. Penvita’s founders Kees de Wit, former board member of the €8.6bn pension fund PWRI and Dick van Haaster, former employee chair of the €6.8bn sector scheme for painters and decorators (Schilders) remain tutor and adviser for the VO education business. GroupLife had already become co-owner of Penvita earlier this year.Mercer — The consultancy has appointed Tony Miller as leader, investment sales solutions in the Netherlands as of 1 January, becoming responsible for the asset management sales strategy for pension funds and insurers. Tiller joins from LGT Capital Partners where he is head of sales for Benelux. Prior to this, he worked at ING Investment Management. Tiller is to co-operate with Jacco Maters, who will head Mercer’s financial sector clients team. In addition to actuarial pensions advice, Mercer is increasing its focus on asset-liability management (ALM) as well as investment services.VvV—Willem van Duin, executive chairman of Achmea, has been named as new chair of the Dutch Association of Insurers (VvV) as of 20 June 2018 for a two-year period. He will succeed David Knibbe, chief executive of Nationale-Nederlanden, who has been the VvV’s chair since December 2015.Aegon – William Connelly is to become chairman of the supervisory board of the Dutch provider of life insurance, pensions and asset management services. He will replace Robert Routs, who has decided to step down at company’s next annual general meeting in May. Routs will have served on the board for 10 years by then. Connelly, a French national, has been a member of the supervisory board since May last year. Connelly’s appointment as chairman has been approved by the Dutch central bank. Willis Towers Watson – Alberto Gallego has been named head of Iberia, a role he will continue alongside that of head of corporate risk and broking for western Europe. He starts his new role in January, replacing Anton Serrats, who will take on the role of vice president of Willis Towers Watson Iberia. Gallego joined the consultancy in 1990 and has held several senoir leadership positions since then.last_img read more

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