Some Internet cafés ordered to close

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information News CambodiaAsia – Pacific RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” News to go further Follow the news on Cambodia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM) raise their concerns about online freedom in Cambodia as the Minister of Telecommunications, So Khun, signed a circular on November 16th, 2012, to regulate the use of Internet in the country.According to the decree issued by the ministry, Internet cafes cannot be located within 500 meters of a school or allow their clients to gamble, porn surf, visit websites selling drugs or commit crimes that threaten national security or “traditions”. The Minister of Telecommunications also stated that “students can learn new technology as long as (it) is legal”. “The lack of definition of the notions of “entertaining website”, “game” or “traditions”, leaves a wide interpretation of the decision if applied. This is a step towards a tighter control of the Net in Cambodia”, said Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary-General and Pa Nguon Teang, CCIM’s Director. “It is a decree, meaning that there is a will to impose a decision to Cambodian citizens on their use of the Internet. We have seen this happening in neighboring countries such as Vietnam and Burma and are very concerned about Cambodia ignoring its international human rights obligations. We are therefore encouraging the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia to investigate further the situation during his stay in the country ”, they continued.The news was published by local media on Friday, December 7th before Dr. Subedi, the United-Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Cambodia arrived in the country where he will stay until December 15th. It is its eighth mission in the Kingdom since he took office in 2009. The year 2012 is known to have been bad in terms of human rights violations in Cambodia. On December 9th, the local NGO Licadho published a report in which it states “Recent threats and attacks against HRDs have been overwhelmingly targeted at four main groups: community representatives entangled in land disputes; factory workers and union leaders; NGOs and NGO staff; and journalists”. Pa Nguon Teang insisted that Cambodian authorities are aggressively closing all means for freedoms of expression in the country.” If this decree is applied, it will help the government to introduce a law to control the internet use”, he concluded.In February 2012, a decree had already been imposed on Internet and telephone service providers to install surveillance cameras in order to “promote protection of national security, safety and social order for the country”. CambodiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en January 21, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more Organisation Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream December 14, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Some Internet cafés ordered to close Receive email alerts Translation of the circular: Circulation on prevention measures related to internet café serviceIn Cambodia nowadays, advanced telecommunication and information technologies have been used widely for working, economic, diplomatic and everyday-life relation of people, civil servant, arm force, diplomats, investors, monks and foreigners through their advanced telecommunication devices such as: mobile phone, immobile phone, internet, fax, instance messages etc.Through experiencing in suppression and investigation dozens of offenses, the ministry and relevant authorities has noted that many criminals have used telecommunication mean to commit the offenses such as inter-border criminal, robbery, murder, extortion, illegal drug trafficking, human trafficking, economic crime, illegal running telecommunication service, pornography and other immoral act, which has affected our tradition and social morality. More importantly, recently, we have founded that many parents or children’s guardians complained about their children addiction to internet game and pornography, which cause those children dare to steal money from house, not to attend class, and not follow teachers’ advice. In order to eliminate all negative activities as described above, the ministry of telecommunication would like to inform to all service operators, private-public companies, private companies and other distributing branches all over the country, and all internet café who has run and planned to run that:1. The internet café which was opened and planned to open its service near educational institution and school must relocate 500 meters distance from educational institution and school avoiding disturbing students. 2. All internet café are not allowed to be used for playing all kinds of game especially football match betting and lottery via internet. 3. All internet café are not allowed to be used for guest to check any pornography websites, which lead to exist of many crimes such as rape, domestic violence etc.4. All internet café are not allowed to be used for committing crimes such as illegal drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundry, inter-border sexual exploitation, which has a bad effect to nation’s dignity and prestige.Cambodia telecommunication operator, all provincial departments of telecommunication, provincial-municipal halls, specialist institutions and departments, relevant authorities and all internet café providers must cooperate well to implement this circulation effectively. In case of any internet café provider don’t follow this circulation, ministry cooperation with law enforcement institutions and relevant authorities will suppress and confiscate materials, and also arrest the internet café owner in accordance to law.Ministry of telecommunication fully hopes that all internet café providers throughout the country will cooperate to implement this circulation with highly responsibility. Phnom Penh, November 12, 2012 Minister Sor KhunOriginal of the circular : see portfoliolast_img read more

USS Zumwalt visits Mayport en route to San Diego

first_img October 26, 2016 Share this article USS Zumwalt visits Mayport en route to San Diego View post tag: USS Zumwalt View post tag: US Navycenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Zumwalt visits Mayport en route to San Diego The U.S. Navy’s next-generation guided-missile destroyer USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Mayport, Florida, for a port visit October 25 after a period of operations in the Atlantic Ocean.Mayport marks Zumwalt’s fifth port visit after it departed the Bath Iron Works shipyard and headed to her new homeport in San Diego.As the lead ship of a class of multi-mission destroyers, Zumwalt features a completely new electric propulsion system, wave-piercing tumblehome hull, stealth design, and the latest warfighting technology and weaponry available.The ship was commissioned Oct. 15 in a ceremony in Baltimore, during which Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus delivered the principal address to more than 7,000 guests.“We arrived in Mayport after a highly successful commissioning week in Baltimore,” said Capt. James A. Kirk, commanding officer of Zumwalt. “The crew has performed superbly through a period of at-sea operations and testing, and will now get a chance to experience the hospitality and professionalism of Mayport Naval Station and the surrounding community.”The ship’s crew members will conduct maintenance and training while moored in Mayport, but will also get a chance to enjoy liberty and recreational events.While in port, Zumwalt Sailors will conduct tours and engagements with other Mayport surface ships from U.S. 4th Fleet.The destroyer is scheduled to begin her transit to her new homeport of San Diego, making several port visits along the way. Upon arrival in San Diego, Zumwalt will begin installation of her combat systems, testing and evaluation, and operational integration with the fleet. Authoritieslast_img read more

This Is What It Sounds Like When A 300+ Person Choir Sings “Christmas In LA” by Vulfpeck

first_imgThe music of Vulfpeck is special, but it’s especially exciting to see it performed by different artists around the world. We’ve seen it done by a college a cappella group, a French horn section, and now we get to enjoy it one more time performed by an enormous choir across the pond. There are 380 people in the London City Voices, a non-audition, non-religious, multi-branch choir based in London.“Most of the people you see singing in the video don’t read music or do music for a profession. I like to inspire them and keep their minds open to music they wouldn’t usually hear on the radio. Vulfpeck were perfect for that!” explained Ben Swan, the Assistant Director to the program, who also organized the Vulfy arrangement in 2016. “I’m a big fan of changing up the style of songs choirs usually perform. My dad, Richard (the genius behind London City Voices) tends to arrange more traditional songs, so I try to keep things different and fresh!”. Indeed, this is about as fresh as it gets.“I chose the song because I think it’s a corker of a track, and I’m a little bit bored of the classic Christmas pop tunes you hear on the radio all the time. It was time to introduce people in my network to a new type of festive song,” Swan told us.Enjoy 338 of the London City Voices performing “Christmas In LA” in the video below:[Video: London City Voices Choir]last_img read more

Apathy not an option, Biden says

first_imgHe speculated that the Class of 2017 chose him over Thursday’s Commencement speaker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, because, “You needed someone more in tune with your generation.” And he admonished students who avoid being specific when asked where they went to college to think of their parents, since, “They paid a hell of lot of money for you to say ‘Harvard!’”True to form, Biden also spoke earnestly about the enduring greatness of America and its ideals, and about the role that Harvard students and other young adults need to play in shaping its direction at this difficult yet pivotal moment in world history.One of four orators, Jonathan Roberts (left) addressed the audience with “Back in My Day” as Joseph Biden looked on. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBiden cited an Institute of Politics survey released in April that showed fewer students plan to participate in public service now than in 2012, and a new Harvard Crimson report that 37 percent of the Class of 2017 who had once considered working in the federal government changed their minds after the 2016 presidential election.“Forgive me, but I think that’s the wrong reaction. It’s your obligation to get engaged,” Biden said.“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that disengaging from the system that you think is broken will hold you harmless from the system’s failures,” he said.Though a Harvard degree opens many doors that aren’t available to others, it’s no panacea to life’s hard knocks, he said, “You can’t cut yourself off from the consequences of a failed political system. You can’t erect a bubble around you and your family” that protects against racism, sexism, violence, political division, economic inequality, the harmful effects of climate change, and other ills.Biden urged the seniors not to succumb to pressures that value “the social trappings of success rather than really making a difference,” but to choose what’s best and most important to them, rather than caving to other people’s perceptions.Rakesh Khurana, Danoff Dean of Harvard College, snaps a quick selfie with Biden. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“My dad used to have an expression: ‘Joey, it’s the lucky person who wakes up in the morning and puts both feet on the floor and knows what they’re about to do and thinks it still matters.’” Successful and happy people understand that it’s about being personal and present with those around them, he suggested. “Resist the temptation to let ‘network’ be a verb that saps the person away,” said Biden.Recalling the profound political and social turmoil of 1968, the year he graduated from college and the first year that Harvard hosted Class Day, Biden compared the tensions of the Vietnam War era to today’s upheaval and discontent. But despite the ugliness and brutality of that time, he said, “I never doubted for one instant that we could change history.” Four years after his graduation, Biden ran for the U.S. Senate “determined to end the war in Vietnam.”“That was 1968. This is 2017,” he told students. “And one thing I’m absolutely certain — absolutely certain — of is this graduating class, this generation, is fully and completely capable of changing the trajectory of this country today. You’re better equipped to tackle the challenges that lie ahead than my generation was. You’re the best educated, most talented, most engaged generation this country has ever, ever produced. That is not hyperbole. That is a fact.”Jennifer Hao ’17 makes her way to the stage to receive an Ames Award for her work with the Youth to Youth Homeless Shelter in Harvard Square. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut to fulfill that potential and destiny, he said, “It’s absolutely essential for you to engage in the world around you, engage just like you did on Harvard’s campus,” whether by protesting for Black Lives Matter, or standing in support of dining service workers during their strike last fall, or participating in recent marches on issues facing women, science, and climate.“You must maintain that determination and commitment to making things better” outside Harvard’s gates, he said, because “none of that will matter if you don’t engage in the public affairs of this nation.”Quoting Plato, Biden noted, “The penalty good people pay for not being involved in politics is being governed by people worse than themselves.”“So you have to engage, you have to be involved even in this dirty business of politics. You have to, for your own safety’s sake. And I have no doubt you will, because you must.”As vice president under President Barack Obama, Biden was particularly influential in foreign policy and national security matters. Prior to that, he represented the state of Delaware as U.S. Senator, a position he held without interruption from 1973 to 2009.Juhwan Seo ’17 stands up when he learns he’s an Ames Award recipient for his efforts to allow history or literature concentrators to focus on people of color and other identities. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerSince leaving the vice presidency, Biden has entered academia, leading two new teaching and public policy research entities. In February, he was named director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the University of Pennsylvania’s center for diplomacy, national security, and foreign policy, which will open in Washington, D.C., in the fall. An alumnus of the University of Delaware, Biden also will be founding chairman of the Biden Institute, a research arm of the University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.As part of the Class Day festivities, seniors Jennifer Hao and Juhwan Seo were named recipients of the Ames Award, Hao for her tireless commitment to the Youth to Youth (Y2Y) Homeless Shelter in Harvard Square, and Seo for his efforts to allow history or literature concentrators to focus on people of color and other identities. The honor, given to seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership and a passion for helping others without fanfare or acknowledgement, is given in memory of alumni Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames. The brothers died in 1935 while trying to save their father, who had fallen overboard during a storm off Newfoundland.Delivering the Harvard orations, traditionally a formal reflection on students’ years at Harvard, were Jonathan Roberts and Bessie Zhang, while Declan Garvey and Rachel Stromberg were the Ivy Orators.Class Day is a less formal prelude to Commencement Exercises. Chosen by seniors, the main Class Day speakers are often notable performers, writers, political leaders, sports stars, and social or political activists, and sometimes College alumni. Past speakers include actress-writer Rashida Jones ’97 (2016), former President Bill Clinton (2007), Nobel laureate Mother Teresa (1982), newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin (1971), and Civil Rights icon Coretta Scott King (1968).Watch the full video of 2017 Class Day Exercises. Though these can feel like turbulent and divisive times for many Americans, standing on the sidelines out of apathy or disaffection is an unacceptable option, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden told graduating Harvard College seniors Wednesday afternoon during the annual Class Day celebration at Tercentenary Theatre.Nicknamed “Uncle Joe” for his folksy, gregarious demeanor and lack of pretense, the two-term Democratic vice president who left office in January gave students the “full Biden experience.” At times funny, Biden, 74, an unintentional star of popular internet memes, delighted students by dramatically pulling out his Ray Ban sunglasses and posing for a selfie with College Dean Rakesh Khurana.“Me and the dean in one place. It’s time to break the internet!” he joked.Vice President Joe Biden: Class Day Speech <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK0MltvFFdE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/mK0MltvFFdE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Cappelli: Croatia will have 12 billion in tourism revenues this year

first_imgMinister of Tourism Gari Cappelli held a working meeting with the leaders of the Zadar County, the City of Zadar and their Tourist Boards at the Tourist Information Center in Zadar.Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli pointed out the problem of the workforce in tourism and emphasized that we urgently need to educate the best possible staff, and use winter for education. “There will be a fierce match next year. We have good players but we will need a lot of money. You asked me a lot about the residence unit, we will have to invest twice as much compared to this year to keep this year’s resultCappelli pointed out, he writes local.vecernji.hrReferring to other topics of conversation, the Minister stated that one of them was the support that would go to connecting with the sea with joint advertising. “By connecting the two coasts, the Italian and Zadar and the surrounding area, we would make a step forward in air transport, we have invested 30 million kuna this year, now we will 60 million kuna”Said Cappelli and added that Croatia is currently growing by 5-6 percent, both overnight stays and tourist stays this year.”The law on catering services, which is now in the second reading in the Parliament, will be recategorized. Many have complained about this because we have about 20.000 facilities registered in the 70s, a large part of them have not been recategorized, and they have three stars. We will go into these facilities, recategorize them and get a fairer picture of how much of that gray market there was. There will be no new employments in the inspectorates, but only changes from a certain part of the administration that will go to the inspection services. We should definitely work harder and better because Croatia is losing some of its money in this gray market. Croatia will have 12 billion in tourism revenues this year, about 10 percent more than last year, but there is still room for growth ”Concluded the Minister.For a successful season, in addition to tourist promotion, the safety of the destination is equally important. So far, we have had 14 million tourists in Croatia, more than 70 million overnight stays, so it can be said that this is a successful season in terms of security, according to the relevant ministry.last_img read more

Jokowi supports reopening of Bali tourism

first_imgRead also: Luhut to reopen tourism in Banyuwangi, Bali next weekThe Bali administration has prepared a three-phase plan for relaxing restrictions to welcome back tourists to the island. The first phase started on July 9 when the administration began reopening local businesses and tourist spots for residents of Bali.The second phase will be carried out on Friday by reopening for domestic tourists. The third phase, which is reopening the border for international tourists, is set to start on Sept. 11.Deputy Bali Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha said the island would only reopen its natural and cultural tourist destinations for visitors, not entertainment establishments such as nightclubs and karaoke lounges.”Nightclubs are not allowed [to reopen] yet. Bali offers a lot [of other tourist destinations] like natural or cultural [sites],” Tjokorda said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.As of Thursday, Bali has recorded 3,360 cases of COVID-19 with 2,788 recoveries and 48 fatalities. (nal)Topics : The coordinator of the presidential expert staff, Ari Dwipayana has said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo fully supported Bali’s decision to reopen tourism for domestic tourists starting on Friday.He added that since the start of the pandemic, Jokowi had been paying special attention to Bali, whose economy is heavily reliant on tourism.”We must overcome this difficult challenge. Bali needs to rise with a new spirit, new hope to be a stronger and better Bali,” Ari said.last_img read more

From ‘aqiqah’ to airplane dining: Southeast Asian airlines go out of box to survive pandemic

first_imgMalaysian budget airline AirAsia introduced digital platform IKLHAS for Muslim travelers in April. Offering services for religious traditions such as umrah (minor haj), qurban (animal sacrifice) and now aqiqah (Islamic sacrificial ritual following the birth of a child), IKHLAS is available in 35 countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and India. In addition to the services, IKHLAS also allows customers to collect points for AirAsia’s loyalty program Big Points when conducting transactions on the platform.Read also: Garuda paints masks on aircraft to support health campaign As a result of travel bans and restrictions, as well as decreased travel over coronavirus fears, civil aviation is among the industries hit hardest by the global COVID-19 pandemic.In Indonesia, the airline industry experienced a loss of US$1.56 billion between February and April this year, which was driven by a decrease in domestic and international passengers following the outbreak, according to data released by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) on April 24.Throughout this time of crisis, several Southeast Asian airlines have launched new business ventures in the hopes of surviving the pandemic.  Meanwhile, Thai flag-carrier Thai Airways has brought its in-cabin experience to the ground. Starting Sept. 2, those who are itching to travel can enjoy meals at an airline-themed restaurant located in the cafeteria of the airline’s Bangkok headquarters from Wednesday to Sunday. The venue is decorated with airplane parts and seats, providing an authentic aircraft feel for the customers. The airline’s catering managing director, Varangkana Luerojvong, told Reuters that the pop-up restaurant, which serves around 2,000 meals per day, was a way to recoup some lost revenue during the pandemic.Following the success, the company also plans to turn other Thai Airways offices into similar establishments that offer a unique dining experience. Like Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines is another company that has entered the restaurant business.After ditching its previous plan of providing so-called “flights to nowhere”, a service that is currently trending in some Asian countries, the airline is set to offer an airline-themed restaurant in the coming weeks. Read also: Travelers snap up Asian airlines’ scenic ‘flights to nowhere’Using an Airbus A-380 superjumbo jet, guests can enjoy a three-hour lunch in economy class by forking out S$50 ($36.62). A similar experience is also available for ultra-first-class suites worth $600 per person.In addition to the restaurant, Singapore Airlines will also offer a behind-the-scenes tour to its training facility at the cost of $15 per child (3 to 12 years old) and $30 per adult. As quoted by The Straits Times, Aaron Wong, founder of Singapore-based travel hacking site MileLion website, said, “The tour is a rare chance for the public to get a first-hand look behind the scenes at SIA’s training facilities, which would be impossible for non-media during regular times.” (jes)Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Odfjell Stable Despite Challenging Chemical Tanker Market

first_imgDespite a challenging chemical tankers market, Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell delivered a stable underlying operational performance with EBITDA of USD 46 million compared to 48 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2016.Odfjell’s revenue slowed slight improvement in the first quarter of the year, reaching USD 243 million, up from USD 238 million seen in the previous quarter.The company said that it was challenged by limited shore tank capacity in several markets which again affected its port efficiency, adding that, at the same time, the top line grew with 4.4% in the quarter.Odfjell Terminals delivered an EBITDA of USD 9.4 million in first quarter, against a USD 10.7 million reported in the previous quarter. The occupancy rate of commercially available capacity was 93%, compared to 94% last quarter.“We expect 2017 to remain challenging, but our underlying operational performance is stable. Over the past two quarters we have taken crucial steps in renewing our core fleet at a very low point in the price cycle,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell SE, said.The company added that it expects the second quarter 2017 time-charter results to be marginally lower than in the first quarter of the year. In a long-term perspective, Odfjell believes the markets to be “fairly balanced and to gradually improve.”last_img read more

US revokes emergency use of malaria drugs vs. coronavirus

first_imgThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is revoking its emergency authorization for malaria drugs for treating COVID-19 despite President Donald Trump promoting it.The FDA says new evidence shows that malaria drugs don’t work and could have deadly side effects.The agency said Monday that the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus. Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits.The drugs mainly prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.Doctors will still be able to prescribe these drugs but not for treating COVID-19.last_img read more

Battersby bags one for the girls

first_imgThere was only one ‘2’, coming from Capt Bob.Wednesday, Jan. 10, Silky Oak – StablefordThere were a few intrepid golfers out here today at Silky Oak; the ladies started in quite heavy rain but would not give in and after 3 or 4 holes it stopped and turned out to be a great day, albeit a little under wet underfoot.In the ladies tournament the scores were very good and the places went down to third, which was taken by Miss Wan with a fine 33 points.  In second spot was a lady we see at the bar but very seldom on the golf course, Miss Am with 34 points, and the winner was Miss Tan with 37, not bad considering the conditions we played in.The men’s competition went down to third also with John Anderson taking the bronze with 33, Sandy Chapo filling the silver spot with one point more and Jeff North having his day in the sun to score 38 points for the win.There was only one ‘2’ but alas there wasn’t to be any prize today for that. Miss Wan, Miss Tan and Miss Am.The Billabong Golf SocietyMonday, Jan. 8, Phoenix Gold – StablefordPhoenix today, playing Mountain and Lakes nines and apart from the rough these two loops were in excellent condition although some of the pin placements were in frightening positions.  The rough is something else again and you need the whole 5 minutes to find a ball that hasn’t hit the fairway, even with all players and caddies looking.The scores were a reflection of the course difficulty and the girls dealt with it best, Julie Battersby taking top spot with 39 points and Karen Craigie coming second with 38.  Jim Payne took the bronze with an even par 36 and Graham Beaumont was fourth on 35 after edging a count-back over Glyn Davies.last_img read more