55 French mayors call for Win Tin’s release from jail

first_img Receive email alerts July 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 55 French mayors call for Win Tin’s release from jail News Follow the news on Myanmar Help by sharing this information MyanmarAsia – Pacific Fifty-five mayors of towns all over France have signed a Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) petition calling for the immediate release of Burmese journalist Win Tin, who has been imprisoned for the past 13 years and is now 72 years old. Burma’s most famous journalist, also a close adviser of Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), has now spent more than 4,380 days in jail since his arrest on 4 July 1989. The petition was organised with the help of the monthly magazine Maires de France, which supports the journalist.Despite his poor health, the country’s military rulers decided at the end of May to return him to his special cell at Rangoon’s Insein after several months in the city’s general hospital, where he was convalescing after a hernia operation. His condition is stable at present but his return to prison could put his life in danger, as he has suffered from high blood pressure, diabetes and spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebrae) during his 13 years in jail.Win Tin, former editor of the daily newspaper Hanthawathi and vice-president of the Burmese Writers’ Association, was sentenced to a total of 20 years in prison, mainly for having sent details of prison conditions and ill-treatment in Insein jail to the UN Rapporteur for Burma. The authorities have several times offered to free him in exchange for his resignation from the NLD. He has always refused.Reporters Without Borders knows of at least 16 journalists still imprisoned in Burma. It is particularly concerned about Sein Hla Oo, whose sentence expired last August but who has still not been released. His family has not been allowed to visit him for several months. US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture On 4 July 1989, famous journalist Win Tin was arrested in Rangoon. Since then, he is languishing in a Burmese prison. 55 mayors of French towns ask for his release in a petition launched by Reporters without borders and the magazine Maires de France. to go further RSF_en MyanmarAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 26, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum May 12, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

Green Mountain Power Lauds New Stable Rate Plan

first_imgGreen Mountain Power said it was pleased with the opportunity to stabilize electric rates for its 90,000 customers as a result of a Vermont regulatory order issued Monday.”This is very positive news for our customers as it allows a very stable rate path between now and 2007,” said Green Mountain President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher L. Dutton. Green Mountain last increased its electric rates in January 2001, so the new rate order provides customers with a six-year period of rates that have been essentially flat.The Vermont Public Service Board issued an order Monday that:· Allows Green Mountain Power to raise rates 1.9 percent, effective January 1, 2005; and 0.9 percent effective January 1, 2006, if the increases are supported by cost of service schedules submitted 60 days prior to the effective dates.· Allows Green Mountain the opportunity to file for rate increases during the period if the Company experienced extraordinary events, like repair costs due an ice storm or other natural disaster.· Green Mountain will reduce its return on equity from the current 11.25 percent to 10.5 percent for the period beginning Jan. 1, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2007. This will allow investors a secure earnings path that will assist the Company in attracting investor capital to help finance needed system infrastructure improvements during the period.· Approves a three-year economic development agreement for International Business Machines, as long as IBM does not reduce employment by more than five percent during the period. The Board found that the IBM economic development agreement is not subsidized by other Green Mountain Power customers. The Board further stated in its December 22nd Order that, “Thus, we accept the proposition that retained jobs are essentially equivalent to new jobs.”· Provides for recovery of various regulatory assets, including the remediation of the Pine Street environmental superfund site in Burlington, VT.In summarizing the impact of its Order the Vermont Public Service Board said, “Green Mountain will benefit from the certainty the Memorandum of Understanding provides to its standing in the financial community, the security of predictable rate recovery, and the resolution and rate recovery of certain deferred accounting items.”The Board order also provided:· Green Mountain Power to file a new comprehensive rate design with regulators within 60 days, and this rate design will feature new proposals regarding economic development rate special contracts.· Green Mountain Power and the Vermont Department of Public Service will work to develop a proposed alternative rate regulation plan within 120 days. “On the whole, this order reflects a fair balancing of Green Mountain Power’s customer and investor interests. We are pleased with this favorable regulatory development,” said Mr. Dutton.last_img read more

Logue, Schmidt among Boone feature wins

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (June 4) – John Logue put his ride back in victory lane following the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature for the second time in a row Saturday at Boone Speedway while Jay Schmidt scored another victory in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car ranks.Logue started seventh and had his familiar number 69 in the lead by lap eight of the 20-lap Modi­fied feature. He never relinquished that lead on his way to the checkers and the win.  He had big time company behind him fighting it out tooth and nail for position.It was Jimmy Gustin, the 11th place starter, winning the battle to take the runner-up spot.  Point leader Mike VanGenderen finished third from his 12th place starting spot.  Russ Dickerson came from 18th to finish fourth and Kyle Brown rounded out the top five.Schmidt captured his second win of the season in the Stock Car class. He wasted no time in get­ting to the front, grabbing the lead by lap two from his sixth starting spot. He stretched his lead, looking comfortable out front, until a caution at lap 15 of the 18-lap race bunched the field.It was Donavon Smith then close at hand in second for the restart. However, Schmidt kept his poise and the lead the rest of the way to the checkers. Smith held the runner-up spot over Matt West, Tyler Pickett and Wayne Gifford.The 18-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature saw a new face visiting victory lane this season. Chad Ryerson started sixth and took the lead at lap six, never to relinquish it the remainder of the race for the win. Last week’s winner, Randy Roberts came home in second after starting 10th. Brandon Williams was third, fourth went to Johnathon Logue and Thor Anderson completed the top five.The 12-lap IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature went to David Rieks.  Rieks was chased most of the distance by Ross Marshall who fell just short for a runner-up finish. Tenth place starter Dustin Graham finished third, fourth went to Seth Butler and Jordan Peters finished fifth.last_img read more