News to go further Organisation Australian public channel ABC complained on Monday about the recent blocking of its website in China. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces the increasing censorship of foreign media in China. June 2, 2021 Find out more PHOTO: ABC / POWER AND INFLUENCE: THE HARD EDGE OF CHINA’S SOFT POWER Receive email alerts RSF_en News Access to the website and mobile applications of Australian public channel ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) has been cut off in China for ten days, said the board of the group on Monday, September 3rd.The Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, which is controlled by Chinese President Xi Jinping, confirmed that it has classified ABC as a media “damaging [China’s] national pride” that should be banned.ABC’s critical coverage of China, especially its publication of a 2017 report denouncing the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in Australia, appears to have triggered Beijing’s recent shutdown of the Australian channel.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounces China’s increasing censorship of foreign media. “Given the Chinese government’s stranglehold on the media, foreign websites such as ABC are the only platforms providing independent information to Chinese citizens,” reminds Cedric Alviani, director of the RSF East-Asia bureau. “By adding ABC to its blacklist, which already counts more than 8,000 domain names, Beijing again demonstrates its commitment to keep Chinese citizens in ignorance.”According to official sources, over two million people are involved in China’s censorship and internet surveillance effort. Its “Great Digital Wall” keeps 800 million Chinese netizens away from countless foreign news websites, including Wikipedia, the New York Times, BBC and Bloomberg News.China stays at the bottom of the 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index (176th out of 180 countries). June 7, 2021 Find out more September 5, 2018 – Updated on September 10, 2018 Australian public channel website ABC blocked in China Follow the news on Asia – Pacific ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific InternetFreedom of expression Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaAustraliaAsia – Pacific InternetFreedom of expression News Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News
A Lockheed Martin -led industry team completed Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth, the nation’s third littoral combat ship.The trials – a coordinated effort between the U.S. Navy and the Lockheed Martin team including Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) – were conducted in the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. They included operational testing of the vessel’s propulsion, communications, navigation and mission systems, as well as all support systems.“Successful completion of Builder’s Sea Trials means we are on track for the Navy’s Acceptance Trials, putting us a big step closer to getting the Navy the ships it needs,” said Joe North, vice president of littoral ship systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems and Sensors business. “We support the Navy’s effort to grow their fleet affordably and effectively.”The rigorous trial period included maneuverability tests; high-speed runs; power and navigation system checks; rescue boat launch and recovery; and tracking exercises, as well as other ship and system evaluations.Following the successful completion of Builder’s Sea Trials, Fort Worth returned to MMC to prepare for Acceptance Trials. LCS 3 will be delivered to the Navy next year and its home port will be San Diego, Calif.Fort Worth, the second Freedom variant ship in the LCS program, was christened in December 2010. It is more than 96 percent complete and remains on cost and on schedule. LCS 3 is being constructed with 30 percent fewer production hours as a result of lessons learned from designing and building LCS 1, USS Freedom.The team began construction on LCS 5, the future USS Milwaukee, in August.About Lockheed MartinHeadquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s 2010 sales from continuing operations were $45.8 billion.[mappress]Source: PRNewswire, October 24, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Lockheed Martin Completes Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth Industry news October 24, 2011 View post tag: builders View post tag: For View post tag: completes USA: Lockheed Martin Completes Builder’s Sea Trials for Fort Worth View post tag: Lockheed View post tag: Fort View post tag: trials View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: worth View post tag: News by topic View post tag: sea View post tag: Martin
A union of Dutch defence staff has suggested it would take civil service scheme ABP to court if it were to change its articles of association to enable it to unilaterally change pension arrangements of military and civilian personnel at the country’s Ministry of Defence (MoD).In a letter, published in the magazine of GOV/MBH, the union for officers as well as high- and mid-ranking civilian staff, pensions lawyer Mark Heemskerk said ABP’s plan was “not acceptable and in violation with legislation”.The €389bn pension scheme wants to change the pension arrangements for MoD staff from final salary to average salary, arguing that providing the final salary plan – currently the single exception within the pension fund – was too complicated.When asked by IPE, ABP said it had been seeking solutions for simplifying the complexity of the pension plan for defence staff since the summer of 2016, but indicated it could not comment any further. However, the minutes of a meeting of the scheme’s accountability body confirmed that “if consultation would not result in an agreement, ABP’s board would have to prepare an adjustment of the articles of association”.According to sources, ABP’s board was considering a compromise proposal to implement a simplified final salary plan next year.In this scenario, the social partners of employers and workers would have until October 2018 to come up with an agreement for an average salary plan.The union indicated that it needed more time, as the introduction of average salary arrangements also required changes of the salary structure of defence staff.Young participants would accrue more pension rights early in their career but would initially lose out on net income, while higher-ranking military staff could lose up to 20% of their pension, it argued.This has been an issue since ABP switched from final to average salary plans in 2004 for most of its civil servant participants.