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Death threats against Bangladeshi blogger accused of “defaming Islam”

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms JihadismImpunityFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence July 28, 2020 Death threats against Bangladeshi blogger accused of “defaming Islam” RSF_en Follow the news on Bangladesh BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms JihadismImpunityFreedom of expressionPredatorsJudicial harassmentViolence RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Asad Noor, who has lived in hiding for the past six years because of threats from Muslim fundamentalists, has been sought by the police since 13 July after posting videos contradicting government propaganda against a Buddhist monk who opposed the illegal appropriation of a Buddhist temple in the southeastern city of Chittagong.The police are accusing him under the Digital Security Act of spreading rumours and defaming Islam on Facebook and other digital platforms because he defended the monk and 10 Minute School, a pro-LGBT educational platform that has been threatened by the local branch of Al Qaeda.Saying Noor and the monk should be hanged, a government ally encouraged Islamists to take to the street in Chittagong on 17 July to demand their arrest. In response to the dangerous climate created by this demonstration, members of the local Buddhist community formed a human chain around the local press club.The next day, police went to the Noor family home in Amtoly, a town in the southern district of Barguna, abducted several members of his family and held them for 48 hours.“We call for the immediate withdrawal of the charges against Asad Noor and we urge the authorities to restore his passport,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “He has been hounded for more than six years. It is high time the authorities ended the persecution of this blogger and those close to him. Otherwise, we will hold them responsible for anything that happens to them.”While in transit at Dhaka airport in December 2017, when he was 25, Noor was arrested on a charge of “hurting religious feeling” in comments on Facebook and YouTube. Initially released on bail in August 2018, he was re-arrested as a result of pressure from radical Islamist groups. He was finally freed in January 2019, but the authorities confiscated his passport. Since then, he has continued to live in hiding, partly in India and partly in Bangladesh, but now without any papers.Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News Newscenter_img to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls of the withdrawal of all charges against Asaduzzaman Noor, a dissident Bangladeshi blogger better known as Asad Noor, and condemns acts of intimidation targeting him and his family in the latest of many hate campaigns against him that is receiving high-level encouragement. Asaduzzaman Noor, a Bangladeshi blogger better known as Asad Noor, has been living in hiding in India and Bangladesh for the past six years (photo: Asad Noor’s Facebook account). Organisation Receive email alerts News May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


FDA approvals clear way for flu vaccine marketing

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was updated Aug 7 to include information about the start of influenza vaccine shipments by Novartis.Aug 6, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The six companies that make influenza vaccine for the US market have won federal approval for their version of this year’s vaccine, in which all three flu strains used in last year’s product have been replaced, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday.The FDA announcement clears the way for marketing of the vaccines. At least three vaccine makers have begun shipping vaccine to distributors and providers, according to recent company announcements.The six manufacturers and their vaccines are CSL Limited, Afluria; GlaoxSmithKline Biologicals, Fluarix; ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec (a unit of GlaxoSmithKline), FluLaval; MedImmune, FluMist; Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Fluvirin; and Sanofi Pasteur, Fluzone.In the wake of a relatively poor match between the vaccine and circulating flu strains last season, experts at the World Health Organization and the FDA in February recommended changing all three strains of virus used in the vaccine. In most years only one or two of the three strains are changed.”One of the biggest challenges in the fight against influenza is producing new vaccines every year,” Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said in a news release. “There is no other instance where new vaccines must be made every year.”Two of the three strains in the 2008-09 vaccine are included in vaccines now being used in the Southern Hemisphere, where the flu season is under way, the FDA noted.The decision to change all three strains in the vaccine had generated some concern about possible production delays or low yields of the viruses, which are grown in eggs. But Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, said today he hasn’t heard of any problems growing the strains.”Vaccine production is always fraught with risk and anywhere along the line things can go wrong, but so far they have not, and we’re looking forward to a season with adequate supplies of vaccine,” Allen told CIDRAP News.At a meeting in May, manufacturers estimated they would produce a record total of 143 million to 146 million doses of flu vaccine for the US market this year. Allen said the estimates of vaccine production have not changed since then. Last year 140 million doses were produced.Allen listed the manufacturers’ production estimates as follows: Sanofi Pasteur, 50 million doses; GlaxoSmithKline (including ID Biomedical), 35 million to 38 million; MedImmune, 12 million; Novartis, 40 million; and CSL, 6 million.Sanofi announced Aug 1 that it had begun shipping the first 1.3 million doses of Fluzone. “Vaccine shipments to healthcare providers and to the [CDC] for distribution through the Vaccines for Children Program will continue through the fall and are planned to be completed in October,” the company said in a news release.The statement indicated that replacing all three strains of virus has not caused any major production problems.”Introduction of three new strains for the influenza vaccine was unprecedented and could have resulted in a low yield or delay given our tight production timeline. Despite these challenges, we are pleased that once again Sanofi Pasteur has demonstrated its reliability in supplying Fluzone vaccine to the US market,” said Wayne Pisano, the company’s president and chief executive officer, in the news release.MedImmune announced yesterday that shipments of FluMist, a nasal-spray vaccine that uses a weakened form of live virus, had begun on Jul 31. In a news release, the company affirmed that it plans to produce about 12 million doses, a record number.FluMist will be available at some retail pharmacies and supermarkets and in nearly 200 school-based vaccination programs and university health centers, the company said. In addition, the federal government, as in past years, is buying some doses for use in military personnel, officials said.Novartis announced Aug 7 that it has begun shipping Fluvirin to US healthcare providers. The company said it expects to deliver 20 million doses by the end of September and aims to deliver the remaining 20 million by Oct 31. Officials said the company has added a second manufacturing facility, located in Rosia, Italy, to help supply flu vaccine earlier in the season. The firm’s other facility is in Liverpool, England.”Despite the new composition [of the vaccine], Novartis made sure we were able to deliver a timely and robust supply of influenza vaccine this year,” said Rajiv De Silva, president of Novartis Vaccines in the US, in a news release.This is the first year the CDC is formally recommending flu shots for school-age children, adding about 30 million people to the ranks of those targeted for vaccination. Allen said the total number of those targeted for vaccination—including people at risk for serious flu complications and their close contacts—is about 258 million, or roughly 84% of the population.See also: Aug 5 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116933.htmFDA page with chart of vaccine lot releaseshttp://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/flu2008.htmAug 4 MedImmune news releaseAug 1 Sanofi Pasteur news releasehttp://www.vaccineplace.com/docs/first_shipment_release.pdfMay 13 CIDRAP News story “Flu experts try to ensure record vaccine doses get used”Feb 22 CIDRAP News story “FDA endorses overhaul for 2008-09 flu vaccine”last_img read more


Revenues from foreign tourists exceeded 10 billion euros for the first time

first_imgAccording to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in 2018, revenues in tourism from foreign guests amounted to 10 billion and 97 million euros, which compared to 2017 (9 billion and 493 million euros), represents an increase of 6,4 , 603,6 percent, or XNUMX million euros.  In the fourth quarter, ie during the months of October, November and December 2018, revenues from tourism amounted to EUR 851,9 million, which is an increase of 807 percent compared to the same period last year (EUR 5,6 million), ie an increase of EUR 44,8 million.  “Last year, for the first time in Croatian tourism, 10 billion euros in revenues from foreign guests were exceeded. We started this tourist year with the continuation of the growth of tourist traffic, which is a precondition for strengthening our competitiveness on an annual level and generating even higher revenues, thus stimulating the entire economy.” pointed out Tourism Minister Gary Cappelli.  According to the latest results Satellite Tourism Account (TSA) of the Republic of Croatia relating to 2016, domestic tourist consumption (foreign and domestic) reached 10,4 billion euros, the established level of consumption generated the creation of domestic value added which makes 10,9 percent of the gross value added of tourism in gross value added of the economy and 11,4 percent of the gross domestic product of tourism in the total gross domestic product of the Croatian economy. Based on the input-output model, it was determined that tourism directly and indirectly generates 16,9 percent of Croatia’s gross value added in 2016. Related news:last_img read more