Progress for press freedom in new European Commission, but concerns as well

first_imgTo combat the fake news phenomenon, RSF believes that the priority should be placed on the reliability of online content rather than on repressive policies that are hard to implement and pose a threat to free speech. In this regard, RSF urges the EU to recognize and support the Journalism Trust Initiative, which makes it easier to identify reliable news and information by means of a series of indicators measuring media transparency, editorial independence, the use of journalistic methods and respect for journalistic ethics. In order to better protect the online information and communication space from the threat of trolls, those online mercenaries created by authoritarian regimes, and from the accelerating spread of false information, RSF urges European countries to quickly join the ”Information and Democracy” initiative that RSF launched in November 2018 and which is already backed by some 20 democratic countries. News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Finally, RSF proposes that the EU should give itself the means to impose targeted, individual sanctions on those responsible for serious violations of press freedom and journalists’ safety in third countries, in line with the “Magnitsky” mechanism in effect in the United States. When fundamental rights are violated, and especially in cases of violence against journalists, RSF proposes that NGOs and press freedom defenders should be able to urgently contact the European Commission and ask it to quickly intercede with the relevant national authorities. In her “mission letter” to Jourová, Von der Leyen voices her desire to give a new impetus to European democracy and says Jourová’s leading priorities will include combatting disinformation and defending media pluralism.“The prioritization of press freedom and media pluralism by the Commission’s future president is a positive signal,” Majerczak said. “During the campaign for the European elections, RSF proposed 10 ways for the EU to prioritize the defence of freely and independently reported news and information during the next five years. We now hope that this promising start, seen in the new Commission’s architecture, is translated into concrete actions. We will be paying close attention.”Jourová, the Czech Republic-designated commissioner to whom the values and transparency portfolio has been assigned, is commissioner for justice in the outgoing Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker, whose term will end on 31 October. RSF urges her to demonstrate the same independence and integrity in her future role as she has in her current post.To defend media freedom, independence and pluralism in a continent in which abuses against journalists are on the rise, RSF calls for a periodic review of respect for press freedom in all EU member countries on the basis of an independent report that can lead to country-by-country recommendations and to sanctions in the event of serious violations. In the proposed new European Commission that President-elect Ursula von der Leyen unveiled on 10 September, the “Neighbourhood and Enlargement” portfolio has been assigned to the commissioner designated by Hungary, Orbán’s former justice minister László Trócsányi.“How are we to believe that László Trócsányi will ensure respect for the rule of law, press freedom and media pluralism in candidate countries when he has been the architect of the illiberal regression in his own country?” asked Julie Majerczak, RSF’s representative to the European institutions. “This choice raises questions about the Commission’s determination to promote the rule of law, human rights and press freedom within the EU and in third countries.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the appointment of a European Commission vice-president with responsibilities that include press freedom, but is disturbed that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s former justice minister has been named as commissioner for enlargement. The European Parliament must block this appointment, RSF says. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan September 16, 2019 Progress for press freedom in new European Commission, but concerns as well News RSF_en Related documents rsf_2019_european_platform_-_en.pdfPDF – 383.92 KB RSF urges MEPs to raise these issues with the commissioners-designate when they appear before the European Parliament at the end of the month, especially with Jourová and with Margrethe Vestager (digital affairs and competition), Didier Reynders (justice), Sylvie Goulard (digital single market), and Josep Borrell (foreign policy and security policy). 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June 7, 2021 Find out more GermanyFranceBelgiumLuxembourgSpainPortugalMaltaCyprusNetherlandsSwedenFinlandDenmarkItalySloveniaCroatiaSlovakiaCzech RepublicHungaryRomaniaBulgariaPolandEstoniaLatviaLithuaniaAustriaEurope – Central AsiaUnited KingdomIreland Protecting journalistsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression News RSF urges members of the European Parliament to prevent this portfolio from given to the Hungarian commissioner. Each commissioner is due to appear before MEPs at the end of the month.RSF nonetheless welcomes the fact that the freedom to inform and related issues are at the heart of the responsibilities assigned to Věra Jourová, the future European Commission vice-president for values and transparency. RSF also calls for the creation of new legislation that makes online platforms accountable for any failure to fulfil their obligation as regards the violations of freedom of opinion and expression that are rampant online.last_img read more

Limerick needs more e-car charging points

first_imgLinkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TAGSLimerick City and CountyNewspoliticsTransport Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Email Previous articleDrugs and €196,000 in cash seized in LimerickNext articleWATCH: Limerick sweep aside sorry Kilkenny Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! THE lack of adequate electric-vehicle charging stations in towns and villages throughout Limerick will hamper the continued growth of electric vehicle ownership in the county.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins who has expressed disappointment at the response from Environment Minister Richard Bruton to a call for more e-charging stations in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Deputy Collins sought the minister’s plans to roll out electric vehicle charging stations in towns and villages across the city and county.While Minister Bruton said that “providing adequate charging infrastructure is critical to ensure the continued growth in the uptake of electric vehicles,” details of the Government’s €10 million plan to support ESB ecars network is only going through validation stage.“On completion of this stage, further details on the project, including information in relation to the location of chargers and an implementation timeline, will be set out,” he told Deputy Collins.The majority of the project centres around upgrading charging points with the addition of six high speed charging hubs on motorways capable of charging eight vehicles simultaneously and 16 high speed charging hubs capable of charging four vehicles simultaneously.However, this does not address Deputy Collins’ concerns about the lack of public charging points in towns and villages.“This is very disappointing as it doesn’t seem to provide any new locations and this is a problem. Upgrading existing e-charging stations is all well and good but every town and village should have them.”At the end of 2017, there were 3,799 electric vehicles (including battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) on the road in Ireland.This increased to 7,647 at the end of 2018 – a doubling of the number of electric vehicles on the road.It is estimated however, that the implementation of the ESB eCars project will provide the necessary fast charging infrastructure to support at least 40,000 electric vehicles.Minister Bruton said that funding is available for public charging in local communities through the Better Energy Communities Scheme but home charging is the primary method used internationally and in Ireland.“Charging at home at night is the most cost-effective and eco-friendly way to charge an electric vehicle. Government funded grants of up to €600 are available, via the SEAI, to the purchasers of new and second-hand electric vehicles to support the installation of home chargers,” he explained. Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow NewsPoliticsTransportLimerick needs more e-car charging pointsBy Staff Reporter – March 17, 2019 1746 Advertisementlast_img read more

12 financial goals you should reach by your 30s

first_img2. No more student debt I remember looking up to people in their 30s when I was in college. They looked so grown up, like they had it all figured out. The house, the car, the kids… but now, at 35, I realize some of them just went with the flow, without a plan, and are paying dearly for the mistakes of their early days. Your 20s and 30s are the best time to build a strong financial base, to set yourself up for a comfortable life and retirement. It may seem like you are going slow, but you have time on your side. After a decade or so, everything will snowball for the better, provided you put in the effort early on. So let’s have a look at the major financial milestones you should achieve by your 30s. 1. Not living paycheck to paycheck YOLO was a fine saying in your 20s. You’re over that now. This is the time to get serious about saving if you want to enjoy what life has to offer. Start by saving $5 a week, $10 the next week, until it hurts. Little amounts will add up.center_img By your early 30s, you have been out of college for almost 10 years. That is a long time to still carry a balance on your student loans. The average debt for the class of 2015 was over $35,000. With some loans including a 0% interest period, or some kind of forgiveness over time, you need to find a way to come up with $3,500 a year plus interest to put towards your loans in your 20s. Your 30s are meant for building wealth, not digging your way out of debt. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hotel Medora Auri received a gold award for sustainable business

first_imgMedora hotels from Podgora on the Makarska Riviera last week hosted the annual TUI Nordic Blue Star conference, which brought together more than 70 participants who arrived in Podgora from all over the world. It is important to point out that this is the first time that a Croatian hotel has been given the opportunity to organize this event, and most conference participants have never visited Croatia before. The TUI Nordic Blue Star concept is part of TUI Nordic’s offer, as well as its longest-lasting and most popular brand. All 37 hotels in Europe as well as 25 hotels in other world destinations in this concept have common characteristics – a variety of facilities and services for families and couples in facilities of categories 4 and 5 *, especially sustainability, environmental protection and modern technological solutions. During their stay in Medora hotels, the participants were presented the specialties of the local Dalmatian eno-gastronomic offer and could hear first hand about indigenous recipes and traditional ways of preparing meals, and all offered wines from Croatian producers were specially paired with each course. The annual conference was also an award ceremony for members of the Blue Star concept, and it was the host Hotel Medora that received the gold award for sustainable travel. “The gold award for the Medora Auri hotel in the “Sustainability” category is just a confirmation that the investment of energy and time in obtaining the Travelife certificate has paid off because our guests have recognized that Medora hotels care about the quality of service, satisfaction of guests and other users. respecting the interests of employees, the company, the local community, preserving the environment and managing resources. We are especially proud of winning the bronze award in the category “Overall impression of the hotel” because we confirmed this year’s competition, in which the gold and silver awards were won by two new 5 * hotels, a place among the leaders in service quality in international competitionSaid the President of the Management Board Zrinko Kamber. In addition to the stay in Podgora, the conference participants were organized a tour and introduction to the natural and cultural heritage of Makarska Riviera, a visit to other hotels in the TUI program and a working part where the management of TUI Nordica presented trends and goals in the future that will enable further growth and development Blue Star concept.last_img read more

Ft. Lauderdale Garage Shooting Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

first_imgOne man was killed and three others sustained non-life threatening injuries in a shooting that took place early Sunday in a parking garage near the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.According to Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Casey Liening, the incident happened around 4:15 a.m. at 101 S.W. Fifth Avenue.The parking garage also serves the Museum of Discovery and Science, as well as nearby restaurants and clubs.Debbie Anestor, the aunt of one of the victims, says that her 25-year-old nephew, Bidline Vil, and his girlfriend got into a dispute with someone at one of the adjacent nightclubs, when the argument carried over to the garage. She says her nephew then shot and killed the other man in self-defense, adding,”He saved many lives by killing him. He’s a hero.”Anestor says her nephew, who has a concealed weapons permit, was shot five times during the altercation, and his girlfriend was shot once.The three victims who were injured were treated at Broward Health Medical Center.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Commercials edge out Arravale

first_imgIn the other last four clash Killenaule will meet Moyle Rovers in Cahir.Tipp FM s live updates from this Sundays County Football semi finals come in association with Arrabawn Tyone Mill, Nenagh. Clonmel Commercials are through to the County Senior Football semi-finals.They had a point to spare over Arravale Rovers in Dr Morris Park last night.Tom McGrath was there for Tipp FM Sport.last_img