Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom

first_img August 7, 2020 Find out more June 28, 2019 – Updated on July 2, 2019 Albanian Prime Minister must respect press freedom AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis  “Instead of filing lawsuits against journalists, PM Edi Rama should engage in improving press freedom in the country and stop calling journalists ‘rubbish bins’,” said Flutura Kusari, the ECPMF’s Legal Advisor.Albania just like Northern Macedonia is trying to become a member of the EU. But Brussels has postponed the entry negotiations. For weeks, thousands of people in Albania have been out on the streets protesting against their allegedly corrupt government. The protests were sparked off by the publication of the wiretap tapes. The recordings were made in 2016 and 2017 as part of an anti-mafia investigation and the transcripts came from the files of the state prosecutor. The prosecutor kept them secret at first and only reacted after the BILD newspaper published the recordings. However, there has so far been no official complaint of election manipulation, according to the Albanian Prosecutor-General in answer to an enquiry from Deutsche Welle. The Opposition is demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister whose socialist party is under further pressure at the upcoming local elections on 30 June. Only last week representatives of Reporters Without Borders, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Federation of Journalists, the International Press Institute and the South East Europe Media Association returned from a four day mission to Albania. There they had met media workers, civil society representatives and high ranking members of the government – including Prime Minister Edi Rama himself.It became clear that the situation of press freedom in Albania has deteriorated: impunity for recent attacks on journalists, leading politicians insulting and defaming media workers, authorities including the Prime Minister’s office and that of the Mayor of Tirana acting with a lack of transparency and refusing access to critical reporters. Rama told the delegation he “would not use criminal law against journalists but would continue to bring civil defamation cases against journalists in “extreme” cases.”  Only recently, the government proposed new laws for governance of the media, which would enable draconian punishments for Albanian, and foreign media. RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) condemn the behaviour of Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama, who has threatened the Chief Political Reporter of the BILD newspaper with legal action. The newspaper published an article online on 5 June 2019 which accuses the head of government of using mafia money to buy votes during the 2017 election. BILD supports this accusation with telephone wiretap tapes that document the government’s entanglement with the mafia. According to BILD the authenticity of the tapes is proved. Mr Rama immediately announced that he would go to the German courts and sue BILD reporter Peter Tiede. He justified this by saying that in Germany the judiciary does not play silly games and the dignity of the people and of the state is respected. to go further Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels Receive email alerts Organisation News Follow the news on Albania Help by sharing this information Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama /AFP Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Judicial harassment News News On Tuesday June 25, in a Twitter post, Mr. Rama added that he had engaged the German media lawyer Matthias Prinz. The tweet continues roughly speaking: “The German court must decide who is right and who is wrong. I am doing this because people in Albania deserve to know the truth, spoken through a court in a land that is beyond reproach.“ Tiede replied with a question: “What am I supposed to be guilty of – publishing a genuine audio tape?”  “The Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has a peculiar understanding of democracy and human rights“ said Reporters Without Borders Germany Managing Director Christian Mihr.“It’s the duty of the media, amongst other things, to hold the powerful to account. That is exactly what the BILD newspaper has done and it has also amply supported its research with sources. These are the cornerstones of a free press, which we have anchored in the values of our community in the European Union. A nation that so badly wants to become a part of that community must respect these values“, Mihr goes on. April 29, 2020 Find out more News Albania is ranked at number 82 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index.  April 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Feds say patient care improved at state hospital

first_imgWaterbury, Vt.–The U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issuedtheir fourth compliance report for the Vermont State Hospital (VSH), based on anon-site review of the facility conducted in early March, 2008.  The DOJreport shows that VSH is compliant with the key components of the agreement made between the federalgovernment and the State in July 2006.  The report evaluates the progress thehospital is making in 140 areas, with a 5-point scoring system, ranging from Non-Compliantto Sustained Compliance.  “It was evident from this visit that VSH leadership and staffhave made significant progress to ensure VSH has become a safer and more effectivetreatment provider, and the Department will continue working to improve themental health service delivery experience for all patients at VSH,” said DMHCommissioner Michael Hartman. The DOJ report is available for viewing and download on the DMHwebsite: is external)          ##### “I’m pleased that this report highlights the significantefforts the Department of Mental Health (DMH) and VSH staff has undertaken toimprove the provision of care at the hospital for Vermont’s acutely mentally ill,”noted Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare.  “EnsuringVSH provides high quality, compassionate care, and remains a safe and securefacility for Vermont’smost vulnerable, is essential as the State moves forward to secure agreementswith our community partners to develop a new system of care that willeventually replace this aging facility.”  DOJ Releases Fourth VSHCompliance ReportShowsMarked Improvement In Patient Care, Safety Among the most improved areas were the protections ofpatients from harm, the quality improvement of patient care, the environmentalconditions and building safety of the hospital, and mental healthassessments.  Areas where there has been marked improvement, but are stillin need of attention, include specific treatment services and the integrationof services across all hospital services.  The hospital has been working toward regaining both Joint Commission onHealth Care Organizations accreditation, and certification by the federalCenter for Medicare and Medicaid Services, to assure high quality patient carefor Vermont’smost severely mentally ill.  The reviewers, Dr. Jeffrey Geller, MD, MPH and Dr. MohammedEl-Sabaawi, met with management, staff, and patients at the Waterbury campusfor four days and offered in their report that, “staff of VSH at alllevels should be most pleased with the improvements their efforts have yieldedto date”. last_img read more

Sewe Sport Progress in Champions League

first_imgBarrack Young Controllers yesterday lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport in Abidjan to end their CAF Championship League campaign.Sewe progressed on 4-3 aggregate after earlier drawing 3-3 in Monrovia last weekend and now advance to the second round of the League.Roger Assale’s first half goal was enough to see Sewe sail through to the second round that kicks off during the weekend of March 22.Assale found the target in the 45th minute after Kouassi Hevra Dodo placed the ball into his path.Sewe face DR Congo side and four-time winners TP Mazembe on March 23 when they host in the first leg in Abidjan before heading to Lubumbashi for the return leg on March 30.The winner will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Joins Twitter

first_imgselena larson Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Apple#Tim Cook#twitter Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Apple CEO Tim Cook has joined Twitter. His account describes him as “CEO Apple, Fan of Auburn football and Duke basketball.” The account’s first followers included Apple exec support engineer @axelj, marketing chief @pschiller and Twitter employee @miguelrios.He joins the Twittersphere just in time to enjoy the maelstrom of Apple-related tweets surrounding the iPhone launch. The timing is probably no coincidence, with the iPhone 5s and 5c reaching stores today.The Twitter account still lacks the blue check mark that designates a verified account, but Apple told CNBC that @tim_cook is, in fact, Apple’s fearless leader.UPDATE: Tim Cook’s Twitter account is verified. He now has over 34,000 followers and that number is rapidly growing. last_img read more

Get Immersed with Epic Music for Timelapse Videos

first_imgHarness the power of nature with this collection of epic and evocative royalty free tracks.  Your camera pans across a dry savanna. Eventually you reveal a majestic mountain range in the distance. Now pair that image with a soaring score and you’ve got some cinematic magic happening.Music can work wonders on any landscape or timelapse scene. Used right, it can inject your shot with an instant sense of scope, awe, or tranquility. But most importantly, it can make your audience feel like they’re right there in a lonely fog-bound forest or in the middle of a scorching desert.These tracks are bound to make your landscape shots truly unforgettable. Drawing on diverse moods and styles, this playlist offers a mix of epic, intimate, and ethereal tracks that’ll help you to showcase Mother Nature in all her glory.Each track here is royalty-free and has been curated from the PremiumBeat music library. A Standard License covers most usage, including on all online video sites like YouTube and Vimeo. So choose your perfect-match track and bring your landscape and timelapse videos to life in vivid detail.last_img read more

‘Gavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice’

first_imgThe Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated,The Run MachineHad there been a Nobel Prize in sports, the committee would not have hesitated in giving it to Sunil Gavaskar (“Making History”, November 30). Statisticians have been amazed more by this ‘Little Master’ than Miss Universe! I for one would rather count the stars than the runs accumulated by this run-machine – it is far more easier to do so.Hyderabad N. RameshThe difference between Gavaskar and Bradman is only the difference between super and superb.Gorakhpur Jayant MukherjeeGavaskar provided all the oxygen and blood to the Indian cricket edifice and raised it to the dizzy heights of popularity. Despite being discarded from the captaincy, he remained unruffled. While equalling Sir Don’s record, he underlined the fact that one not only needs skill and talent but determination and the will to reach the top.New Delhi Shashi Kant GuptaAfter breaking so many cricket records, Gavaskar insists that ‘I just go out and play”. This shows his honesty, concentration and dedication to the game. Long live our own Bradman!Bombay Umesh KhugaonkarRaj Kumar Dungarpur has aptly re-christened Sunil Manohar Gavaskar as Sunil Manohar Recordkar. India ought to be proud of the man who has now become the highest scorer of runs in the history of Test cricket.Chandigarh Prem SinghWhen a cricketer is judged by the number of runs scored and centuries made, Sunil Gavaskar’s apex position in the field is unquestionable. However, if it comes to batting under pressure or the number of Tests a batsman has saved, then it is Vishwanath who square-drives Sunny to the (de)fence!advertisementBangalore Ramanand SharmaI appeal to Gavaskar through your columns to think of retiring only after hitting at least 10.000 runs in Tests. I would like him to hit at least 36 centuries. He can do both before he is 38.Madras V.N. NarayanaswamyThe cover story was a real tribute to the Little Master for his magnificent performance.Ahmedabad H.B. AntaniNot CatchingBy publishing eye-catchers like the one on Gauri and Ambar (November 30), you are not giving us the value for our money.Falna Surendra GulzarBig BeefIndian politicians seem to believe that discovering a new controversial issue like beef tallow does more for national unity than coming up with solutions to the Assam and Punjab problems (Comment. November 30). As you’ve pointed out, beef tallow has been in use in India for two decades and most people know about it.The Congress(I) and the Janata Party are blaming each other for it, but what are we supposed to do? It is now up to the politicians to defuse this tallow bomb soon because we can ill-afford a Hindu Bhindranwale. Ahmedabad Ketan YagnikCabinet CapersIt is true that most of the new ministers in Bihar have a sullied image (“‘Expansion Backlash”. November 30). By inducting corrupt people into the Cabinet it seems that the Government is rewarding them for the corruption. Whatever happened to the Government’s recent announcement that all those with tainted reputations will be dismissed from the ministry?Patna Dr K. P. SinghHealth HazardThe only way the Government can stop the so-called health clubs (“Parlour Games”. November 30) from doing a booming business is by restricting flesh trade to one area in Madras, like it is in Bombay’s Falkland Road. Madras M. Haroon RasheedBombay BluesBombay once enjoyed the reputation of being the “Jewel of the East”, but it has lost a II its splendour (“Bombay on the Brink,”November 15). The poor live in wretched slums. The middle class live in murky hovels, eat devitaminised food with no proper place even for relieying.Now that you have brought this to the nation’s notice, maybe somebody will do something about it. Bombay Hasan S. SitabkhanBombay – these days better known as Slumbay – is a nightmare for the rich and the poor alike. Undoubtedly, the Government and the vested interests are responsible for the city’s plight. Decongestion is the only answer. Yet, when the textile mills wanted to shift out, the Government shot down the proposal.Things have come to such a pass that people no longer believe that the authorities are capable of setting things right.Bombay S. E. MeerzaYour cover story has rightly zoomlensed the woes and worries of Bombay. Once a golden city, it has now become a city of slums, sickness and street squatters. Can anybody really save Bombay?Bombay S.G. AgteBombay is a city opposed to all Gandhian ideals. The city’s film industry produces films that depict sex, violence and crime to an alarming degree. Its textile mills produce synthetic cloth which is affecting our village cottage indusries.advertisementIts advertising agencies create ads which show the ideal Indian woman as being one with a fair skin, brown hair and dressed in western clothes. Bombay needs to be saved morally too. But, maybe, it’s too late.New Delhi Aban BanaI have a six-point formula to save Bombay:Stop influx of fresh migrants to the city by enacting suitable laws.Shift all major establishments, like head offices of banks, railways. Life Insurance Corporation, Shipping Corporation of India, the State Trading Corporation of India etc to New Bombay or to the Bandra-Kurla complex.Shift all the worn-out mills out of Bombay and provide accommodation for workers at new locations.Shift rail and truck terminals to Bandra-Kurla-Chembur area.Establish a good railway station and trunk terminal at New Bombay to make it an effective counter magnet. All wholesale markets for cloth vegetables, spices, cereals etc must be shifted to New Bombay.Establish enough schools, colleges, cinemas, shopping centres and recreational amenities.Bombay K. V. SatyamurtyEnragedWas it for lack of something better that “Rage Of The Stage” was featured in the Arts section (November 15)? There is a lot happening in the arts that’s more meaningful than the mundane and gimmick-ridden affair like Amitabh Bahahan’s.You would do well to leave such coverage to magazines of suspect intelligence and give your readers something that has substance. New Delhi Ashish KhokarCardin FantasyJust reading about Pierre Cardin and his creations (November 15) gave me a feeling of elegance. I hope the Cardin fantasy will be a reality in India which has a vast market and resources to be explored. Calcutta Soumitra DeyTreasuring The PastThe Central Government should order an inquiry into why the jewels of Kashmir (November 15) were kept hidden in a vault and remained secret for so many years. There’s no harm in getting them valued by experts but they must not be sold because they represent history and a solid proof of the lifestyle and glory of the days of Indian kings and maharajahs. Bombay Quaid Z. NajmiAesthetic AwarenessYour article on the Belgian Embassy, designed by Satish Gujral (November 15) is a service to society. Public awareness regarding the physical environment, whether it be architecture or its allied fields, is of utmost importance in setting higher standards of excellence.The creation of an awake, opinionated public depends much upon the exposure it receives to such issues as are maligning a large portion of our urban environment. Examples of works contributing to the urban fabric, too, go a long way towards generating a desire to experience a qualitative improvement in the physical setting around oneself.New Delhi Avik RoySatish Gujral’s building is sculpture, not architecture. It is no more than a beautiful piece of jewellery. He says that a building should stand as an image to rejuvenate you. But it is difficult to see what image inspired the design of the Belgian Embassy. Its exterior looks more like a cross between the arches of the Link Road Burning Ghat and the burial tombs of ancient Egypt – buildings to die in rather than sculptures to live in.advertisementThe embassy building represents in all its grossness and vulgarity what a building should not be – an ego trip for the artist and the client. Gujral has very successfully reduced architecture to mere sculpture, an object of art. Devote less space to such frivolous ventures and more to the real issues of architecture.New Delhi Gautam BhatiaRich RewardsThe poverty-stricken countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become the hunting grounds for art collectors of the rich countries of Europe and America (“Diamonds Are Forever,” November 15). All the world’s rarest artefacts will inevitably migrate to these countries. The only consolation is that these objects may be better preserved there than in the countries of their origin.Calcutta R. GuhaCourting TroubleApropos the article “Unsettling Precedent”, (November 15) about the transfer of Justice P. Subramaniam Poti to the Gujarat High Court and the boycotting of the court by the lawyers it is very clear that the Congress(I) Government wants a committed judiciary, captive press, yesmen, a spineless bureaucracy, sycophants and politicians loyal only to “her” and her progeny to establish her dynastic rule in the democratic socialist India.Bangalore JayaramFollowing The ChiefYou criticised N.T. Rama Rao for making the party a family concern (“A Crucial Battle,” November 15). But it is nothing new for us. He is just following in the footsteps of the Nehru family who have been making the entire nation and the Congress party a family concern since more than three decades.Why is Rajiv treated as he is… why does the press give the Gandhi family so much unwarranted coverage… why are they telecast on Doordarshan at prime time?The answers to the above questions are in the reply to your criticism of Rama Rao giving room to his family members.Mrs Gandhi defends the monopoly of the Nehru family by saying that they have served India with dedication, sincerity and hard work – as if they are the only people capable of doing this. Why does Mrs Gandhi not put forward into politics any other person (from outside her family) who has the above qualities? Bakhtaran, Iran K. J. ReddiShameless TacticsIn reference to your article “Bidding for Power” (November 15), the shameless and unethical tactics employed to topple any elected government are disgusting and scorn-worthy. Defection is a cancer to democracy. It destabilises the stable government. Hence defection must be banned at any cost and only the people can come to the rescue by forcing the Government to enact legislation to prevent the evil. Mehsana, Gujarat K. K. Chaudharylast_img read more

India eves assure themselves of a bronze in Uber Cup

first_imgKunshan (China), May 19 (PTI) Indian womens badminton team assured itself of at least a bronze medal after notching up a comfortable 3-1 win over Thailand in the quarterfinals of the Uber Cup here today. The Indian womens team had created history in the last edition when it clinched a historic bronze in New Delhi after losing to Japan in the semifinals. On a day when Indias top shuttler Saina Nehwal bit the dust against 2013 World Champion, Ratchanok Intanon in the first singles, P V Sindhu and the pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa took the responsibility on themselves and won the second singles and first doubles. It was young shuttler Ruthvika Shivani Gadde, who sealed the win for India after she dished out a superb game to outclass Nitchaon Jindapol in the second singles. India is likely to take on China in the semifinals tomorrow. “And we are through to the semis!!Woooohooooo! Way to go team! Great team work! Brilliant play Ruthvika,” Ashwini wrote on her twitter page. Olympic bronze-medallist Saina started the proceedings but she could not breach the defence of World No. 2 Ratchanok, who notched up a 21-12 21-19win over the Indian to give Thailand a 1-0 lead. It was World No. 8 Sainas fifth defeat to the Thai girl. However, World No. 10 Sindhu brought India back in the hunt after registering a 21-18 21-7 win over Busanan Ongbumrungphan in the second singles which lasted 43 minutes at the Kunshan Sports Center Stadium. In the first doubles, 2010 Commonwealth Games champions Jwala and Ashwini prevailed 21-19 21-12 over Puttita Supajirakul and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in a 39-minute clash to make it 2-1 in Indias favour. Ruthvika was then given the responsibility of taking India home and the 19-year-old showed her prowess with a 21-18 21-16 win over World No. 25 Nitchaon in a 41-minute third singles to seal the victory for India. The second doubles between Jongkolphan Kititharakul and Rawinda Prajongjai and N Sikki Reddy and Sindhu was thus rendered inconsequential. PTI ATK PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Film Study: Third-Down Defense Will Be Key Versus South Alabama

first_imgIn OSU’s 59-24 rout last week against Tulsa, the Cowboys allowed the Golden Hurricane to convert 62 percent of their third-down conversions, which was sixth-worst among teams that played in Week 1.South Alabama did not have similar success on third down, converting only one of 10 attempts against Ole Miss in a 47-27 loss on Saturday. With the offense expected to be just as efficient as it was last week, the Cowboys’ defense, and specifically their third-down defensive efficiency, will be the biggest factor on Friday.The Jaguars’ lack of third-down success doesn’t necessarily indicate an inability to sustain drives. In fact, their first scoring drive of the game went 19 plays and 95 yards. But their offense had the majority of its success with big plays on early downs.The Jaguars had 18 plays of 10 yards or more, but they all came on either first or second down. Once they needed any specific amount of yards on third down, they couldn’t convert. In the passing game, Ole Miss would sink on short and intermediate routes and force incompletions, like they did here:And here:The Jaguars specifically struggled in the red zone. They frequently got overpowered on run plays on early downs and were forced into passing situations inside the 5 yard line and couldn’t convert, like this play here:Or here:The Cowboys undoubtedly have superior talent, and considering that OSU’s biggest negative was third-down defense last week, it helps that South Alabama showed an inability to convert.This was only one game, and the Jaguars will likely be more polished on Friday. But if the Pokes can improve their third-down defensive efficiency, this game should be over before the end of the third quarter.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

10 months agoEx-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinho

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Inter Milan president Moratti: I’d bring back Mourinhoby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he’d bring back Jose Mourinho.Moratti and Mourinho won the Treble together at Inter in 2010.Current coach Luciano Spalletti is under pressure after failing to qualify from their Champions League group.And Moratti, who is still influential at the San Siro, said: “Would I like Mourinho back at Inter? Yes, I’m very fond of him.“However, we’ll give time to Spalletti to prove his worth. Diego Simeone? I love him too, but Mou is special.” last_img read more