to go further RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Receive email alerts Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en BangladeshAsia – Pacific Organisation News May 19, 2021 Find out more January 14, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seven journalists attacked or threatened by local leader of ruling party Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) protested today to Bangladesh home minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury against a physical attack on two journalists by a leader of the country’s ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in the central town of Rupganj.He called for those responsible to be punished and expressed concern about the erosion of press freedom when provincial journalists reporting on ruling party politicians were threatened for it. National press journalists who reported the 10 January attack on A. Hye Milon and S. A. Sohel, correspondents for the newspapers Dainik Jugantor and Dainik Manavzamin, also received threats.The two journalists were stopped when returning home on a motor-bike and beaten by Aminul Islam, head of the local branch of the BNP. Police were alerted by their cries and rescued them, according to the daily Prothom Alo. Islam, who was reportedly angry at press articles about his extensive love life, was arrested and jailed and the journalists filed a complaint against him.Since reports of the attack appeared in the press, the journalists have been threatened by a gang of thugs demanding that the prosecution of Islam be dropped. Five correspondents for major national dailies were also threatened on 12 January, apparently with the support of a police officer in the town of Bhulta, Abu Bakkar Siddiqi, who is a friend of Islam. Nineteen local journalists have appealed to the prime minister and the Narayanganj district police chief for protection. February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists BangladeshAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Bangladesh February 22, 2021 Find out more
It is particularly pleasing that we will provide such a critical and substantial element of the Global F-35 component sustainment solution. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our workforce and will secure these world class skills in support of defence and security for many years to come. The F-35 avionic and aircraft component repair hub in North Wales was awarded a second major assignment of work worth some £500-million by the US Department of Defense.Following the announcement in 2016 that the UK would be the location of the global repair hub for the initial tranche of F-35 components, today’s news sees significantly more UK support work to the cutting-edge jets. This new assignment will support hundreds of additional F-35 jobs in the UK, many of them at the MOD’s Defence & Electronics Components Agency (DECA) at MOD Sealand, where the majority of the work will be carried out.It will see crucial maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade services for an even wider range of F-35 avionic, electronic and electrical systems for hundreds of F-35 aircraft based globally.The winning solution builds on the innovative joint venture formed between the MOD (DECA), BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman called Sealand Support Services Ltd (SSSL). SSSL support work and services for F-35 are scheduled to commence from 2020.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Our vision of Global Britain brings with it new and exciting opportunities to provide top quality goods made in Britain to the rest of the world. I’m delighted that the skills of our labour force have been recognised with this reinforced investment in the north-east Wales economy, which will continue to provide a prosperous source of employment and growth to this region through the wider supply chain over the coming years. RAF F-35B Lightnings at RAF Marham. Crown copyright.This assignment recognizes the world-class skills and critical support being provided at DECA, a MOD-owned Executive Agency. It places North Wales at the very heart of F-35 support delivery for the next 40 years and directly supports hundreds more high-tech F-35 jobs in the UK.Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: This announcement keeps Britain right at the centre of the global F-35 partnership, the largest defence programme in history. It is a vote of confidence in our highly-skilled workforce and high-tech industry that provides us and our allies with the very best of what British engineering has to offer. With this announcement, MoD Sealand is once again proving its credentials as a vital component repair hub for the F-35 aircraft. The UK also benefits from a long-term commitment to the F-35 programme and its unique defence relationship with the US. Together with our partners from DECA, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, SSSL will be able to offer the F-35 programme engineering excellence, world-class innovation and agility. The UK’s defence outlook is bolstered by the skills of thousands of people employed across the industry in Wales, including those supporting essential equipment to the armed forces. In winning this work, the UK has demonstrated how the MOD can collaborate effectively with industry bringing together a highly skilled and experienced workforce to offer an innovative and best value support solution for the benefit of F-35 partners. This deal builds on the strong foundations of the UK’s enduring defence partnership with the US. It is a significant boost for British jobs and those highly-skilled workers who enable these world-class fighter jets to continue keeping us safe and secure. Sir Simon Bollom, CEO of the MOD’s procurement agency, Defence Equipment and Support, added: An RAF F-35B Lightning performing a hover manoeuvre. Crown copyright.DECA has a long and illustrious history in providing avionic services to fast-jet aircraft. This further F-35 assignment reaffirms DECA’s role in providing services and support to the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft for decades to come.DECA’s Chief Executive, Geraint Spearing said: The news follows a November 2018 announcement that the UK has ordered 17 more F-35B aircraft, which will be delivered between 2020 and 2022, to join the 17 British aircraft currently based at RAF Marham and in the US, as well as another already on order.Also, in November 2018, the MOD awarded a £160-million contract to Kier VolkerFitzpatrick to deliver infrastructure to ready RAF Lakenheath for 2 squadrons of US Air Force F-35s. The Suffolk airbase will be the first permanent international site for US Air Force F-35s in Europe and continues the base’s long and proud history of supporting US Air Force capability in the UK.
‘Anastasia'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on March 31, 2019 As promised, Anastasia has set the date! The new musical will open on Broadway on April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, led by Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor in the roles they originated at Hartford Stage. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak (A Gentleman’s Guide), the new tuner reunites the Tony-winning creative team behind Ragtime and features a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.Altomare will play Anya and has previously been seen on Broadway in Mamma Mia!. Klena is set to take on the role of Dmitry; his Main Stem credits include The Bridges of Madison County and Wicked. On screen he has been seen in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Blue Bloods. Bolton will appear as Vlad Popov—his Great White Way credits include Dames at Sea, A Christmas Story: The Musical, Curtains, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Contact, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Damn Yankees. His TV resume includes four seasons on Gossip Girl. O’Connor is set to take on Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch; her Broadway credits include Chicago and A Christmas Story the Musical; she received an Olivier nod for Mack and Mabel in the West End. Her film work includes Moulin Rouge. Further casting and first preview date will be announced later.From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox movie, the tuner features songs from the 1997 film, including Ahrens and Flaherty’s Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score.The production will feature sets by Alexander Dodge, costumes by Linda Cho, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Peter Hylenski, projections by Aaron Rhyne, hair and wig design by Charles LaPointe, music supervision and direction by Thomas Murray and orchestrations by Doug Besterman.Before Anastasia, the Broadhurst will play host to the starry Nathan Lane-led The Front Page. View Comments Anastasia Related Shows
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Michigan State University is currently collecting data from Alpena’s own Island Park. Researchers have planted bug traps around the park to monitor the species in the area.While they’re not hoping to find any, they’re watching for species that aren’t native to Michigan. One example is the Asian Longhorned Beetle, which has been found in Ontario, and our nearby states Illinois and Ohio.Research Technician with Michigan State, Paige Payter says these bugs could have devastating effects on Michigan’s environment, including the state’s maple trees. “Losing a large population of trees like that would be devastating to Michigan as a whole and the economy as well,” she said. “So, if it does get here, we’ll do what we need to do and keep it out.”These traps are meant to be used as early indicators of non–native bugs so action can be quickly taken. Unfortunately, if they are discovered, trees in the area will need to be cut down, but Payter says it would be worth it in the long run. “No one likes to see big beautiful trees get cut down and not even get turned into anything, but you have to make sure if it’s detected that you’re removing any kind of tree that could potentially become a host for it,” said Payter.The traps are usually placed in May and are checked once a month.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Michigan State UniversityContinue ReadingPrevious Local organization hosts summer pig roast fundraiserNext Relief is available for Michigan farms and agricultural processors