Guinea: Reporter beaten up by President Alpha Condé’s bodyguards

first_img Help by sharing this information News Violence Violence June 30, 2016 Guinea: Reporter beaten up by President Alpha Condé’s bodyguards RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns journalist Abdoul Malick Diallo’s severe beating on 25 June by members of the presidential guard and calls for the punishment of those responsible. Organisation Diallo, who works for the weekly Le Populaire and the news website Aminata, was beaten repeatedly, first at the headquarters of RPG-Arc-en-Ciel, the ruling political party that President Alpha Condé continues to lead, and then at presidential guard headquarters, located inside the presidential palace. “Such acts of arbitrary violence against journalists are absolutely unacceptable, especially when they go unpunished, as they often do.” RSF said.“We call on the authorities to identify and punish the presidential guard members responsible for this attack.” Diallo went to the ruling party’s headquarter to cover its weekly general assembly and was stopped by a member of the presidential guard, a military unit known as the “Red Berets,” when he took a photo in the yard as President Condé was leaving. After first asking him to delete the photo, the soldier demanded the memory card and finally seized the camera. Condé’s presence at the meeting was problematic because article 38 of the constitution prohibits the president from participating in political party activities. It was at this point that several presidential guardsmen began beating Diallo and tearing his clothes. Then they threw him into a military vehicle, drove him to presidential guard headquarters and beat him even more severely there. They also insulted him in various ways including by means of derogatory references to his ethnicity. Guinea’s media associations told RSF they are outraged by the repeated violence against journalists and by what they consider to be President Condé’s repeated violations of the constitution. Diallo and his newspaper plan to file a complaint about the beating in the next few days. Journalists can pay dearly for criticism of the president. A court in Kankan (the capital of Haute Guinée province), located 650 km east of Conakry, fined Radio Milo FM journalist Malick Bouya Kébé 1 million Guinean francs (100 euros) on 22 June on a charge of “complicity in insulting the president.” Kébé, who was not defended by a lawyer, was accused of failing to turn off the microphone when a guest began criticizing the speech that President Condé gave at a political rally in Conakry on 28 May. The speech was discussed on virtually all of the country’s privately-owned radio stations but it was only in Kankan, the ruling party’s stronghold, that a court took it upon itself to hold a trial over an on-the-air comment. Guinea is ranked 108th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. President Alpha Condé last_img read more

Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives

first_imgWhat most of these heroes have in common is the fact that they revealed information highlighting the pandemic’s gravity or their government’s mismanagement of the crisis. Some are veteran reporters like Ana Lalić in Serbia or combative investigators like Blaž Zgaga in Slovenia, Andjouza Abouheir in Comoros and Sergei Satsukin Belarus. However, others are ordinary citizens who, in response to the urgency and gravity of the public health crisis, decided to blow the whistle with the aim of saving as many lives a possible. It was an eye doctor, Li Wenliang, who first alerted the world to the existence of a fast-spreading disease in December 2019. And it was a lawyer, Chen Qiushi, who posted videos on his blog revealing the chaos in the hospitals in Wuhan, the site of the initial Covid-19 outbreak. Li died of the virus while Chen was forcibly quarantined and never reappeared. See the list The list compiled by RSF, which is not intended to be exhaustive, includes both well-known media figures and people the public have not heard of. Although they come from all five main continents, nearly a third of these 30 heroes are from Asia, where the pandemic originated. Six are from Europe and Central Asia, and the others are from Africa, the Americas and the Middle East. News RSF_en Related documents 30heros_web_en.pdfPDF – 1.43 MB ComorosBahrainUnited StatesJordanBangladeshChinaEquatorial GuineaEswatiniBrazilSerbiaAfghanistanEcuadorAlgeriaVenezuelaBelarusIranMalaysiaRussiaTogoIndiaCôte d’IvoireSloveniaAfricaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Reports and statistics Covid19 Every crisis produces its heroes. Around the world there are journalists, whistleblowers and media Dowload the listhereoutlets that have managed to overcome the barriers to information created since the start of the pandemic. Through their reporting or by means of initiatives that have needed courage, audacity and determination, they have provided access to trustworthy and quality information, helped to resist censorship, and combatted the runaway disinformation that threatens public health. Others have avoided prison but can no longer work. After a lengthy and violent police interrogation over an article questioning the Kingdom of Eswatini’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis, Swati Newsweek website editor Eugene Dube had to flee to neighbouring South Africa. Chris Buckley, a Beijing-based reporter for the New York Times, was forced to leave China after spending 76 days in Wuhan at the height of the outbreak. For the first time in 24 years, his visa was not renewed. Finally, RSF pays a special tribute to journalists in Guayaquil, Ecuador’s business capital and the site of Latin America’s biggest Covid-19 outbreak. The photos of bodies in Guayaquil’s streets have gone around the world. Despite being unprepared and lacking personal protective equipment, the city’s journalists have continued to work and to report in locations with a high infection rate. And this has taken a heavy toll. Thirteen of them have died of the virus. Reporters Without Borders rallies former hostages in Paris, following the kidnapping of journalist Olivier Dubois. June 8, 2021 Find out more You often pay dearly for the truth. In Venezuela, freelance journalist Darvinson Rojas spent 12 days in prison for a tweet questioning official pandemic figures. In India, newspaper reporter Vijay Vineet is facing a possible six-month jail sentence for reporting that lockdown restrictions forced hungry kids to eat cattle fodder. In Bangladesh, the well-known cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore is facing a possible life sentence for posting cartoons on Facebook about politics during the Covid-19 crisis that alluded, inter alia, to corruption. Many of these heroes displayed courage in resisting pressure and censorship. They include Caixin, an independent English and Chinese-language media outlet in Beijing whose reporting has questioned the Chinese government’s narrative. For some, such as Afghan reporter Anisseh Shahid, it took courage to simply keep reporting in the field with the threat of infection compounding the threat of a Taliban attack. In the United States, several White House correspondents have distinguished themselves by their perseverance in adversity. Despite constant attacks by President Trump and his aides, they continue week after week to question his handling of the pandemic. Time is pressing, 20 years after Burkinabe journalist’s murder This exceptional crisis has also produced innovative initiatives that have helped to get the facts out and combat disinformation. In Africa, the Ivorian web radio WA FM and the Togolese news site TogoCheck were created to combat rumours and fake news and disseminate trustworthy information that the public can use to protect themselves and their health. In Brazil, alternative media outlets pooled resources to form a “Gabinete de crise” to inform the abandoned inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, while the Wayuri Network’s journalists have risen to the challenge of informing more than 750 indigenous communities in the Amazon. In Russia, 25 media outlets formed Syndicate-100 to make it easier for medical personnel, who have been hit hard by the epidemic, to report problems and alert the public. Organisation center_img “Some people have taken such big risks to report the reality of the pandemic that they have died as a result, while others have disappeared or have been jailed,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Prosecuted, attacked, insulted – many have paid a high price for defending the right to information and for combatting the rumours and disinformation that aggravate the consequences of this public health crisis. These new heroes remind us that journalism can save lives. They deserve our attention and admiration.” By naming these heroes, RSF is firstly paying tribute to the journalists, whistleblowers and media that have distinguished themselves in the fight for press freedom during an exceptional crisis. RSF is also aiming to demonstrate that the information chaos, which has grown during the pandemic, is not inevitable and that those named by RSF can be seen as models at a time when defending reliable reporting and combatting disinformation has become urgent. to go further June 15, 2020 Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Africa News Receive email alerts June 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has compiled a list of 30 coronavirus “information heroes” – 30 journalists, whistleblowers and media outlets whose courage, perseverance or capacity to innovate has helped to circulate reliable and vital information during the Covid-19 pandemic. Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria News ComorosBahrainUnited StatesJordanBangladeshChinaEquatorial GuineaEswatiniBrazilSerbiaAfghanistanEcuadorAlgeriaVenezuelaBelarusIranMalaysiaRussiaTogoIndiaCôte d’IvoireSloveniaAfricaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – PacificEurope – Central Asia Reports and statistics Covid19 June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Al-Wasat columnist arrested

first_img Help by sharing this information May 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Wasat columnist arrested RSF_en Al-Wasat columnist Fadel Habib was arrested at a checkpoint and was released three days later. center_img News Organisation last_img

Plea Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Law To Control Black Magic, Superstition & Forceful Religious Conversions

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Filed In Supreme Court Seeking Law To Control Black Magic, Superstition & Forceful Religious Conversions Akshita Saxena1 April 2021 12:11 AMShare This – xA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking directions to the Central and the State Governments to take apposite steps for controlling black magic, superstition and forceful religious conversions. The Petitioner has relied upon the Sarla Mudgal Case (1995) 3 SCC6 635, whereby directions were issued to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA public interest litigation has been filed before the Supreme Court by BJP leader and Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay, seeking directions to the Central and the State Governments to take apposite steps for controlling black magic, superstition and forceful religious conversions. The Petitioner has relied upon the Sarla Mudgal Case (1995) 3 SCC6 635, whereby directions were issued to the Centre to ascertain the feasibility of enacting an Anti-Conversion Law. He has submitted that incidents of forceful religious conversion by “carrot and stick”, use of black magic, etc., are reported every week throughout the country. In fact, the victims of such forceful conversions are often socially and economically under privileged people, particularly belonging to the SC-ST. This not only offends Articles 14, 21, 25 of the Constitution, but is also against the principles of secularism, which is integral part of basic structure of Constitution. However, the Government has failed to take any concrete action against these menaces of the society. “It is necessary to state that Centre is empowered to make special provisions for the benefit of women and children under Article 15(3) and freedom of conscience, free profession, practice & propagation of religion under Article 25 is subject to public order, morality, health and other provisions of Part-III. Moreover, directive principles are affirmative instructions to the Centre to secure social, economic and political Justice; Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; Equality of status and opportunity and to promote among them fraternity, assuring the dignity of individual, unity, and integrity. But, Centre has not taken steps to secure high ideals outlined in Preamble and Part-III,” the plea filed through Advocate Ashwani Dubey states. It adds, “Centre-States are obligated under Article 46 to protect SC-ST community from social injustice and other forms of exploitation.” The plea further avers that Article 25 secures religious freedom that “all persons are equally entitled to freedom of conscience and the right to freely profess, practice, and propagate religion subject to public order, morality and health.” Thus, it is crystal clear that religious conversion by using miracles, superstition, black magic and hypocrisy is not protected under Article 25. Further the Petitioner has made reference to the provisions in International Law, to contend that State is duty bound to protect its citizens from coercion that affects their freedom of religion. For instance, Article 18(2) of International Covenant on Civil-Political Rights states: “No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have or to adopt a religion or belief of his choice.” Article 18(3) thereof states: “Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health, or morals or the fundamental rights and freedom of others.” Article 1(2) of the Declaration on Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief states: “No one shall be subject to coercion which would impair his freedom to have a religion or belief of his choice.” The Petitioner has thus urged the Top Court to direct the Centre and States to take appropriate steps to control black magic, superstition and religious conversion by intimidating, threatening, deceivingly luring through gifts and monetary benefits. He pleads that a Committee may be appointed to enact a Conversion of Religion Act, to check the abuse of religion in spirit of the direction in the Sarla Mudgal Case.In Sarla Mudgal (supra), the Top Court had said,”The Government may also consider feasibility of appointing a Committee to enact Conversion of Religion Act, immediately, to check the abuse of religion by any person. The law may provide that every citizen who changes his religion cannot marry another wife unless he divorces his first wife. The provision should be made applicable to every person whether he is a Hindu or a Muslim or a Christian or a Sikh or a Jain or a Budh. Provision may be made for maintenance and succession etc. also to avoid clash of interest after death. This would go a long way to solve the problem and pave the way for a unified civil code.” Alternately, the Petitioner states that the Law Commission of India may prepare a Report on Black Magic, Superstition and Religious Conversion within three months in spirit of the Judgment in Sarla Mudgal Case. Furthermore, the Supreme Court being custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights, may use its plenary constitutional power to pass directions to stop conversion by carrot and the stick. In this context, the Petitioner has submitted that Supreme Court is entitled to evolve new principle of liability to make the guaranteed remedy to enforce fundamental rights real and effective, to do complete justice to aggrieved person (Mohammed Ishaq v. S. Kazam Pasha & Anr., (2009) 12 SCC 748). “It was held that the court was not helpless and the wide powers given to the Court by Article 32, which is fundamental right imposes a constitutional obligation on the Court to forge such new tools, which may be necessary for doing complete justice and enforcing the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution,” the pela states.Related News Recently, the Governments of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand have enacted anti-religious conversion laws. Both the laws have been challenged before the concerned Courts: ‘Love Jihad’ Laws : Supreme Court Issues Notice On Pleas Challenging UP, Uttarakhand Laws Against Religious Conversion For MarriagePlea Challenging Madhya Pradesh Ordinance On Religious Conversion: High Court Issues Notice To Govt.Allahabad High Court Issues Notice To UP Govt On Pleas Challenging Love Jihad Ordinance Similar Reads No Proposal To Make Central Anti Conversion Law To Curb Inter Faith Marriage: Centre In Lok SabhaHimachal Pradesh Legislature Passes Bill To Prohibit Forced Religious Conversion”It Is One’s Personal Choice To Follow Whatever Religion He Wants”: Delhi HC Dismisses PIL Seeking To Control Religious Conversions Row over UP Ordinance Religious Conversion For Marriage Not Exercise Of Choice When It Is Due To Compulsion Of Personal Law: UP Govt Defends ‘Love Jihad’ OrdinanceUP Ordinance On Conversion Is Nothing But Criminalization Of Inter-Faith Marriages : Petitioner’s Rejoinder In Allahabad High CourtAllahabad High Court Dismisses Plea For Direction To Centre To Consider Legislating Law Regulating Religious Conversion Along The Lines Of UP Love-Jihad lawUP Ordinance Criminalizing Religious Conversion By Marriage Is An Assault On Personal LibertyUP Ordinance Against Religious Conversions By Marriage Puts Freedom Of Choice & Dignity On Backseat : Justice Madan Lokur Click Here To Download Petition Read PetitionNext Storylast_img read more

Gerrards develops in former Ecclestons sites

first_imgNorth Wales craft bakery chain Gerrards Confectioners has taken on six of Ecclestons Confectioners 10-strong estate, marking a significant investment for the firm.The six shops, in Corwen, Bala, Llangollen, Chirk, Gresford and Park Avenue, Wrexham, will be rebranded as Gerrards and director Dawn Van Rensburg told British Baker the firm hopes to have them all open by Christmas. Ecclestons closed its shops and central bakery in August this year, following the retirement of the company’s owner David Eccleston.”Most of the six shops are very local to our bakery and head office, in Wrexham, and to our current stores,” said Rensburg. “We’ve got extra capacity at our bakery, and an excellent workforce, so it’s an ideal opportunity for us to expand our portfolio of shops, and our business.”The newly acquired shops will take Gerrards estate up from nine to 15. The firm, Wales’ oldest family bakers, according to Rensburg, also has nine sandwich vans.The six shops have been gutted ready for their refits, with the first planned to open in Gresford on 29 November, with the Llangollen and Cowen shops to follow later that week if possible, she said.The new shops will be for take-away sales only and, while Gerrards would like to keep Ecclestons’ old customers, it aims to give the shops a new lease of life, and attract new customers also, said Rensburg. “There will also be more emphasis on baking-off fresh in-store,” she added. Ecclestons used to have products made at a central bakery and delivered daily, but as savouries are almost 50% of Gerrards’ trade it will install ovens in the shops, so that the products can be delivered frozen and baked-off in-store, she explained.Gerrards has already taken on some of Ecclestons’ old shop staff, who were made redundant this summer, to fill gaps in Gerrards’ existing business.last_img read more

Press release: UK life sciences sector brings record growth as new Life Sciences Council meets for first time

first_imgnew research shows UK life sciences sector is soaring with record turnover of over £70 billion and SMEs accounting for 82% of businesses and 24% of all UK life sciences employment in 2017, the UK received the highest level of life science foreign direct investment projects in Europe – the highest in 7 years the new Council follows on from the transformative Life Sciences Sector Deal, part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy, which drew substantial investment from 25 global companies Greg Clark, Business Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Health and Social Care Secretary Liam Fox, International Trade Secretary Lord O’Shaughnessy, Parliament Under Secretary of State for Health Simon Stevens, NHS England Kristen Mcleod, Office for Life Sciences Steve Oldfield, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Sir Mark Walport, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Matthew Speers, Department for International Trade (DIT) Gareth Davies, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Professor Chris Whitty, Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) The UK has always been at the forefront of scientific innovation and research, developing ground-breaking treatments that can transform patients’ lives. The world-leading 100,000 Genomes Project, and the NHS Genomic Medicine Service that launches this autumn, are fantastic examples of our ambition to pioneer the most advanced approaches to healthcare in this country. Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The inaugural meeting of the new UK Life Sciences Council takes place today (16 May 2018). Business Secretary Greg Clark and Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt will chair the Council, which will also be attended by a range of industry experts, including Pascal Soriot from AstraZeneca who will co-chair, J&J, MSD and ABPI. The main objective of the Council is to ensure the UK continues to be a global leader in life sciences.This comes as new research published today shows the UK continues to have one of the most productive health and life sciences sectors in the world. Health and life sciences are worth over £70 billion to the economy and provide jobs for almost 241,000 people across the country. The group will focus on progress in delivering the modern Industrial Strategy’s Life Sciences Sector Deal, launched in 2017, which will support the sector to develop and launch the next generation of medicines, technologies and diagnostics and provide better care and treatments for millions of patients.The fourth annual Life Science Competitiveness Indicators report also shows that the UK continues to attract significant private equity investment, with over £660 million invested in 67 UK projects in 2016. The UK also accounts for 12% of total life sciences academic citations and 18% of the most-cited publications, the 2nd highest share above China, Germany and Canada.Prime Minister Theresa May said: Bringing government, the NHS and industry together through the Council is an important step in ensuring the UK remains globally competitive in life sciences. We must all continue to work together through the Brexit negotiations to ensure the supply of medicines, regulatory alignment and the needs of patients remain priorities. Pascal Soriot, CEO of AstraZeneca Jean-Christophe Tellier, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Committee of UCB Mike Thompson, Chief Executive of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Philip Thomson, President of GSK Peter Ellingworth, Chief Executive of Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI) Dr Roger Perlmutter, Executive Vice President of Merck & Co Michelle Brennan, President of Johnson & Johnson Group John Young, Group President of Pfizer Innovative Health Steve Bates, CEO of the UK BioIndustry Association Jackie Hunter, CEO of BenevolentBio Ltd Professor Sir John Bell, Life Sciences Champion Professor Jeremy Farrar, Director of The Wellcome Trust Haruo Naito, Director, Representative Corporate Officer and CEO of Eisai Co Michelle Brennan, EMEA Company Group Chair, Johnson & Johnson Medical Device Companies said: The modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. It sets out how we are building a Britain fit for the future – how we will help businesses create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK with investment in skills, industries and infrastructure.The Industrial Strategy committed to increased government investment in R&D to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 and 3% over the longer term – delivering an estimated increase of £80 billion over the next 10 years. The Life Sciences Sector Deal set out plans for the Health Research Authority to speed up approvals for clinical trials.Additional quotes:ABPI CEO, Mike Thompson said: The UK continues to be a highly attractive destination for inward investment and global talent. With more than 5,000 life sciences companies and a strong culture of scientific innovation, our offer to the world as a global partner for investment and trade is clear. As the UK’s international economic department, the Department for International Trade promotes investment and export opportunities. We invite healthcare and life sciences innovators to work with us, driving growth in every part of the country. Global pharmaceutical companies are excited about UK science, our world leading Universities and unique research centres like the Crick Institute. The Life Sciences Council signals our joint commitment to implementing the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy to ensure the UK becomes a home for even more global companies to research, develop, manufacture and launch the next generation of medicines and vaccines. International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, said: allocating £30 million from a £100 million study to sequence the UK Biobank, providing a unique resource to identify new drug therapies and redefine the gold standard for genome sequencing announcing the world’s first study to establish centres of excellence in digital pathology and medical imaging in the NHS, which when set up will, using the digital images generated, help develop artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for more accurate diagnosis of diseases, potentially improving NHS efficiencies in the process of creating up to 5 Digital Innovation Hubs across the UK, which will support the development of algorithms and machine learning for real-world studies and clinical trials. Being delivered by Professor Andrew Morris, Director of Health Data Research UK (HDRUK), the Hubs will enhance the UK’s global competitiveness in clinical trials and creating a unique business environment investing £65 million through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to establish three advanced therapy treatment centres across the country, which will support medicine manufacturing and provide industry with access to cutting-edge technology to commercialise and develop innovations at scale Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said: Industry I welcome the first meeting of the new Life Sciences Council today, which will drive research, development and innovation in this thriving sector far into the future. Further advancing the UK’s global leadership in life sciences is a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy – our plan for high-quality jobs and growth across the whole country. I am pleased to co-chair the new Life Sciences Council at an exciting but challenging time for the UK industry. With all the uncertainties of Brexit and patient access to medical innovations, the successful implementation of an ambitious industrial strategy is critical to ensure Britain remains a pioneer in life sciences and the sector continues to drive economic growth. With 2 Secretaries of State and industry leaders representing medical devices, biotech as well as pharmaceuticals, the new Life Sciences Council brings together expertise across UK life sciences to provide the strategic direction needed to thrive in the competitive global environment. As part of the Life Sciences Sector Deal, which brought together significant commitments and investments into the UK by 25 global organisations from across the sector, the government has worked closely with industry to deliver its strategic vision and in the last 6 months has launched major projects, including: From Edward Jenner developing the first successful small pox vaccine to Rosalind Franklin providing breakthrough research on the structure of DNA, UK life sciences have changed the world for the better. We are extraordinarily well placed to play a leading role in this revolution in the life sciences. Our universities and research institutes rank among the best in the world, nurturing and attracting some of the most inventive people on earth. Record turnover and foreign direct investment is a vote of confidence in the UK which we will build on as we work towards making Britain the best place in the world to develop and launch innovative medicines, technologies and diagnostics to help people live longer, healthier and happier lives. Notes to editorsFull list of Council attendeesGovernment I am delighted to be joining the Life Sciences Council, supporting the implementation of the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy in collaboration with our government partners. The Strategy is key to the UK remaining an attractive place for the Life Sciences industry to invest and to ensure that patients continue to benefit from the latest medical innovations. The NHS has an important role to play in the success of the strategy, with the potential to become an early adopter of new technologies and an engine for innovation and research. Johnson & Johnson is committed to working in partnership with both the NHS and government to make their ambition a reality. Pascal Soriot, industry co-chair of the Council, said: Phil Thomson, President, Global Affairs, GSK said:last_img read more

Cuba to resume production of fuel for air transport

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 27 Views   no discussions The production of aviation fuel was halted in Cuba from 1993 to 2005, following the fall of the socialist blockHAVANA, Cuba, Monday March 5, 2012 – Cuba has retaken a project to provide fuel for air transportation following a 12 year break.To accomplish this task, officials will be using a technology developed by the Oil Research Centre.Antonio Rodriguez Molto, of the Basic Industry Ministry said the Cuban project to produce the fuel was resumed through an energy saving programme carried out in the first five years of the 21st century that enabled the use of spare kerosene for the production of turbine fuel.The Oil Research Centre undertook the challenge to develop new formulas to make it possible to use Cuban crude.However, the man in charge of the project, Alberto Cavado, said investments were already made to acquire and set up industrial equipment, filtration systems, special tanks and a modern analytic database to check the quality of the product.The oil refineries of Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, are participating in the production of the fuel.The production of aviation fuel was halted in Cuba from 1993 to 2005, following the fall of the socialist block, the depression of the Cuban oil industry and the intensification of the U.S. economic blockade. Caribbean 360 Newscenter_img Share Tweet LifestyleTravel Cuba to resume production of fuel for air transport by: – March 5, 2012last_img read more

Ruby Walsh claims victory at Listowel festival

first_imgWalsh landed the first race on the card when partnering the Augustine Leahy-trained Loyalty Card to success in the Jet O’Carroll Memorial Maiden Hurdle. Taking his time aboard the 5-1 shot, Walsh tracked the leaders into the straight before sending on the four-year-old between the final two flights for an ultimately comfortable seven-length success. The winner is owned by the trainer’s wife Ellen. Back in second was 11-2 shot Snaidhm with the 25-1 outsider Conduct Yourself showing plenty of promise back in third.last_img read more