RSF decries Malaysia appeal court ruling against independent website

first_img January 24, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF decries Malaysia appeal court ruling against independent website MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expressionInternet News Founded nearly 20 years ago, Malaysiakini is one of Malaysia’s most consistent sources of media criticism of Najib Razak’s government (photo: Saeed Khan / AFP). January 29, 2021 Find out more to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more In a 12 January ruling that overturned a high court decision in favour of Malaysiakini, the Malaysia appeal court ordered the website to pay 350,000 RM (90,000 USD) in damages and legal costs for allegedly defaming a gold mine based in the central state of Pahang.The high court had rightly dismissed the gold mine’s government-backed claim that it was defamed by Malaysiakini’s decision to attend a press conference organized by the inhabitants of an area near the mine to draw attention to the health dangers of using sodium cyanide to extract gold.“It is completely unacceptable and disproportionate that journalists should be the target of judicial proceedings just for attending a press conference serving the public interest,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“In recent months, the Malaysia appeal court has repeatedly overturned previous court decisions in favour of media outlets. The number and nature of the appeal court’s rulings raise doubts about its impartiality. The Malaysian authorities must stop using this court with the sole aim of gagging overly curious journalists.”The leading shareholder in the company that effectively owns the gold mine is an ally of Malaysia’s ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional. Observers suggest that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government was behind the appeal court’s decision and that it was designed to intimidate independent media in the run-up to the parliamentary elections that are due to be held in August.Malaysia is ranked 144th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. February 22, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Malaysia Newscenter_img A crippling damages award against Malaysia’s leading independent news website, Malaysiakini, has reinforced the concern of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) about government pressure on independent media outlets in the run-up to elections in six months’ time. Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Organisation MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureFreedom of expressionInternet News Help by sharing this information Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

New City Facility Honored for Sustainable Design and Technology

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  40 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The City Green New City Facility Honored for Sustainable Design and Technology Pasadena Water and Power’s new field operations building has been recognized with a 2011 Sustainable Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 4:43 pm Make a comment Herbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Water and Power’s new field operations building has been recognized with a 2011 Sustainable Innovation Award from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Los Angeles Chapter.The award, received in the category of Innovation in Design – Technology, is the fourth honor bestowed on the sustainably designed building, which opened this year at the City Yards, 245 W. Mountain St.The 31,400-square-foot, two-story building provides a substantially more modern work environment for Pasadena Water and Power employees who previously worked in an antiquated 1930s-era building that was deficient in the areas of heating, cooling, ventilation, fire, life safety and accessibility.The new building saves resources and money by including the following features and accomplishments:* 44 percent increase in water efficiency* 44 percent of power from green sources* 26 percent reduction in site water runoff, and increased soil water retention through the use of permeable concrete paving* Recycled and sustainable building materials, including non-toxic paints, flooring and work station and office/restroom countertops made from recycled milk cartons* 100 percent use of green cleaning products* Green roof-plant materials to reduce heat gain and save energy* Recycling of 97 percent of construction waste* Increased daylight for 97 percent of building occupantsFor its environmental merits, the building also has achieved LEED Gold certification, making it an example of the best green building practices as established by the U.S. Green Building Council.“The Field Operations Building is an example of how the city of Pasadena and our municipal utility are maintaining a high level of commitment to environmental stewardship while doing the right thing by our citizens,” said Mayor Bill Bogaard. “This project exceeds the LEED Silver level certification requirement in our city’s Green Building Ordinance and for that we all can be proud.”The City of Pasadena achieved LEED Gold certification for the seismic upgrade of Pasadena City Hall, completed in 2007, and the renovated Pasadena Convention Center project received LEED Gold certification in 2010.Rick Fedrizzi, president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council, praised the project.“Given the extraordinary importance of climate protection and the central role of government agencies in that effort, the city of Pasadena demonstrates its leadership through LEED Gold certification of the Pasadena Water and Power Field Operations Building,” he said.The new facility also represents the city’s commitment to superior safety standards. Designed to meet all current seismic safety codes, it features a modern water quality lab and high-tech training and conference rooms.“The investments made in the building will pay off for Pasadena in the form of reduced utility costs and a safer, more efficient working environment,” said Shari Thomas, PWP’s assistant general manager of finance.The project has received three other awards: the 2011 award for excellence in structural engineering for new construction from the National Council of Structural Engineers Association and two architectural accolades from the Pasadena and Foothill Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.The project was planned and built through a collaboration of city staff from PWP and the Public Works, Fire and Planning departments. The Pasadena firm of Gonzalez Goodale Architects headed the design efforts.“From conception to design to execution, this building is truly inspired,” said Steve Wright, assistant city engineer in the Public Works Department. “We are so proud to have contributed to a project that makes a real difference in everyday working conditions at Pasadena Water and Power while doing right by the environment.”For more information, visit Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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