Closure of more than two thousand Internet bars

first_img to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific June 18, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closure of more than two thousand Internet bars 18.06.2002According to the daily Shanghai Times, the authorities in Shanghai are moving to shut down any Internet bars that do not have a licence, which means more than half of the establishments in the city. In Tianjin (in the north of the country), the local authorities initiated a tour of inspection of Internet bars on 17 June. And Guangdong province has temporarily suspended the issuing of licences. According to the state press agency Xinhua, the Hong Kong authorities also intend to close down unlicensed Internet bars and to bar anyone under sixteen from entering these establishments. ______________________________________________________________17.06.2002Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is worried about the consequences for Chinese netsurfers of the closure of more than two thousand Internet bars in Beijing. ‘We are aware of the intense emotion caused by the deadly fire in Lanjisu, but nevertheless feel it is questionable to close, even temporarily, bars holding licenses’, declared Robert Ménard, General Secretary of the organisation.’Forcing Internet bars complying with safety standards to ask for a new license is above all a means for the authorities to restrict Internet access’, added Mr Ménard.Reporters Without Borders asked the mayor of Beijing, Liu Qi, to authorise, as soon as possible, the re-opening of Internet bars recognised by the municipality, without them having to re-apply for a new license.The municipality of Beijing announced on 16 June 2002 the closure of all the capital’s Internet bars. This decision follows the fire that broke out in the night of 15 June in an Internet bar in Lanjisu (university district in the north of Beijing). The bar in question had been open for a just a month, was operating without a license, and had only one exit accessible by a narrow staircase. Twenty-four students perished in the flames.Shortly after the catastrophe, Liu Qi, mayor of Beijing, ordered the immediate closure of the some two thousand four hundred Internet bars in the city, two hundred of which nevertheless held licenses. He also suspended applications for licenses pending safety inspections. ‘From now on, Beijing will not encourage the development of Internet bars’, he declared. Only Internet bars in order with the authorities will be allowed to re-open after having asked for a new license.As part of a campaign combating ‘harmful Internet contents’ launched on 1 May 2001, the Shanghai police had closed nearly two hundred Internet bars in the city. The Trade and Industry Bureau had judged ‘socially very effective’ the closure of Internet bars not holding licenses.According to the official media, two hundred thousand Internet bars were listed at the end of April in China, and seventeen thousand had been close for ‘illegal activities’. Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation News Follow the news on China News March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News News ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Limerick Council is bee-ing friendly

first_imgEmail Advertisement Linkedin Twitter NewsEnvironmentLimerick Council is bee-ing friendlyBy Bernie English – March 22, 2019 1583 Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick on Covid watch list Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins with Michael Sheehan, LCCC Parks Department, Sharon Lynch, LCCC Environmental Technican and Anne Goggin, LCCC Senior Executive Engineer.PIcture: Keith WisemanTHE HUMBLE dandelion is an annoying weed to some gardeners but if you’re a bee it’s spring gold.And Limerick City and County Council is delaying the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas to let the dandelions and other wild flowers flourish and help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Council signed a framework agreement with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to formalise its long term commitment to support pollinators in Limerick.The plan is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities to support pollinators such as bees.Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate crops, fruits and vegetables — but many pollinators are now threatened with extinction.Last summer, Limerick City and County Council began implementing the plan by leaving three pilot areas of public land develop into Wild Flower meadows at Corbally Meadows, Childers Road and College Park.The species diversity in these areas was studied by Dr Tom Harrington, botanist and all were found to have a range of plants of value to pollinators, in particular at Corbally Meadows.In addition to the wild flower meadows, grass cutting will be delayed in a number of public areas to allow the dandelions to flower.These include Curraghgower Park, Arthur’s Quay Park and part of Mungret Park.Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “It is very important that we care for our environment.  Scientists have shown that bees are crucial to maintaining crops.  They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.”Limerick City and County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to officially partner with All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, leading the way in ‘pollinator protection.Michael Sheehan of the Council Parks Supervisor said: “There’s huge interest from the public in pollinators and an awareness that we have to take action now.  The strength of the Pollinator Plan is its evidence-based guidelines which give clear advice on how each sector can improve their land for pollinators.”Have your say by using #BeeFriendlyLimerick on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County CouncilNews Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Facebook Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues WhatsApp Previous articleFilm and theatre at Kilmallock’s Friars’ GateNext articleLimerick name team to play Dublin in League semi final Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more