Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom

first_imgNews RSF_en At a news conference in Rome the previous day with Viva Zapatero director Sabina Guzzanti, Julliard had called on Berlusconi to put a stop to his attacks and lawsuits against the press and voiced his support for the media that have been targeted by the Italian leader.“Berlusconi is on the verge of being added to our list of Predators of Press Freedom,” Julliard announced. “This would be a first for a European leader. We are also about to release the latest version of our press freedom index and Italy has every chance of being ranked last among the European Union member countries.”Berlusconi has been stepping up his harassment of the media and his attacks on press freedom in recent weeks. He has brought a 1-million-euro libel action against the newspaper La Repubblica because it has been pressing him for two months to respond to questions about his private life, in particular his relationships with a teenage girl and female escorts who say they have attended parties at his villas in Rome and Sardinia. At the same time, the daily L’Unità is being sued for 3 million euros over its coverage of alleged corruption in connection with receptions organised for the prime minister. On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News Follow the news on Italy November 19, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unioncenter_img to go further News ItalyEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation More than 100,000 people attended a rally in support of press freedom in Rome on 3 October at which journalists, unionists and well-known performers took it in turns to address the crowd and condemn Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s grip on the media. Gomorra author Roberto Saviano, who went with a police guard because of mafia threats to this life, stressed the importance of an independent press that is free to investigate any subject.Among those invited to take the microphone was Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, who said the rally was “the biggest demonstration in defence of press freedom ever held in the world” and warned that Berlusconi was very close to being added to the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom.Accompanied by Domenico Affinito, the vice-president of the Reporters Without Borders Italian section, he urged the Italian people to “join forces to defend your right of access to freely-reported news” and to “demand that the European Union prevent Mr. Berlusconi from continuing to behave as he is with impunity.” News Not content with trying to impose a positive and upbeat coverage of his activities on the state-owned media and the media owned by his Mediaset press empire, Berlusconi is now trying to dictate the coverage of the independent Italian media and international media. Lawsuits have been brought against the Spanish daily El País over photos of one of his parties and against the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur over a report headlined “Sex, power and lies” about the Russian mafia’s alleged infiltration into the leadership of the Italian government.Berlusconi is also considering suits against Rupert Murdoch’s English-language newspapers, which could add to the conflict of interests arising from the fact that he is Italy’s premier and a media magnate at the same time.At the initiative of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and Niccolò Rinaldi, an Italian MEP affiliated to this group, the European Parliament has scheduled a debate about freedom of the press and information in Italy for its 7 October plenary session. MEPs from the leading political groups intend to use the debate to make it clear that the situation in Italy is of concern to the entire union. It could result in a draft resolution that would be put to a vote at the plenary session in Strasbourg on 19-22 October. October 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders in Rome to defend press freedom ItalyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Champions selected for England senior campaign

first_img Three champions are among the players selected for the England senior men’s campaign for international team honours. Surrey’s Ian Attoe, the English senior champion, and Kent’s Richard Partridge, the Scottish and Irish titleholder, will represent England in the European senior men’s team championship at Pravets, Bulgaria, from 1-5 September. They’ll be joined in the team by Stephen East of Yorkshire, Alan Mew of Hampshire, David Niven of Berkshire, and Mark Stones of Essex. All six players, together with double European senior champion, Clive Jones, have also been selected for the Senior Men’s Home Internationals. The championship will be played on home ground at Crowborough Beacon in Sussex from 15-17 September. The England team has twice won the European title, in 2009 and 2010, and has had six Home International successes, most recently in 2012 and ’13. The players: Ian Attoe (Worplesdon) won the English senior championship at his home club and was also runner-up in the Scottish seniors and has had top ten finishes in the Welsh and Irish events. (Image © Leaderboard Photography) Stephen East (Moortown) topped the 2014 England senior order of merit at the end of his first senior season. He has followed this year up by winning the Portuguese title and tying second in the European seniors. He was also third in the English mid-amateur. Clive Jones (Toulouse), who is based in France, has won the European senior championship in both 2014 and 2015 Alan Mew (Stoneham) was third in the Welsh seniors and tied fourth in the Senior Amateur championship. He also had high finishes in the Irish and Scottish championships. David Niven (Newbury & Crookham) also shared fourth place in the Senior Amateur and tied third in the English senior championship. Richard Partridge (Wildernesse) has won both the Irish and Scottish senior championships this season and was runner-up in the Welsh. Mark Stones (Boyce Hill) has had top four finishes in the Welsh, Irish and Scottish seniors this season. The England senior order of merit is used to select the teams with the top four players qualifying automatically for the European team and the top five for the Home Internationals. Two further players are selected for each team. 19 Aug 2015 Champions selected for England senior campaign last_img read more

Inslee Announces Rollbacks to Some Activities to Slow COVID-19 Exposure

first_imgFacebook23Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State GovernorGov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.It has been four months since the governor announced the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. Since then, cases in Washington have risen from 2,000 to almost 50,000, and deaths have increased from 110 to nearly 1,500.To combat the rising numbers, the governor and secretary are changing guidance and regulations around restaurants, bars, and fitness centers, as well as weddings and funerals. The changes will also affect family entertainment centers, movie theaters and card rooms.“We do not take these steps lightly. We know every prohibition is a challenge for individuals and business owners,” Inslee said during a press conference Thursday. “But we know that if we fail to act, we expose people and businesses to even greater risk down the line.”Read the rest of the story on the governor’s Medium page.last_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Beef Wellington for two for Valentine’s Day

first_imgThis recipe for Valentine’s beef Wellington for two is from the Tehama County Farm Bureau News.2 filet mignon steaks, 1.25 inch thick2 tablespoons oil, divided1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons butter8 ounces chopped white mushrooms1 clove garlic, minced1/2 teaspoon dried thyme2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons sour cream1 sheet puff pastry defrosted1 eggDirections1. Take steaks out of refrigerator, place on plate rubbed with 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon …last_img

Qantas could cut travel time on Perth-London marathon

first_imgPhoto: Qantas. Australian national carrier Qantas may be able to speed up the time it takes to complete one of the world’s longest air journeys after it takes delivery of new Boeing Dreamliners next year.Qantas reportedly has developed a plan to drop its current A380 service from Melbourne to London via Dubai in 2018 and replace it with a Dreamliner service via the Western Australian capital, Perth.It’s understood, under that plan, the airline would start the daily Dreamliner service in Melbourne before stopping in Perth to begin the 14,500-kilometre non-stop service to London’s Heathrow airport.The airline’s alliance partner Emirates would replace the daily Qantas service to Dubai with its own super-jumbos, freeing up two Qantas A380s for use elsewhere in its network.The Perth-London leg would take the Dreamliner just under 17 hours, meaning that, with a buffer for air traffic congestion and delays, Qantas would allow about 17 hours and 50 minutes for the journey.The total Melbourne-London journey time, with a 90-minute transit in Perth, would be around 23 hours and 20 minutes – nearly an hour faster than Qantas’s current journey time via Dubai, which requires a two-hour stopover in the Middle East.When Qantas started flying one-stop services to London with long-range Boeing 747-400s via Asia in the 1990s, the journey took under 23 hours.  But the travelling time has edged up over the years because of increasing airways and airport congestion.Qantas’s current daily late evening Melbourne-London A380 service, arriving in the British capital at lunchtime, now officially takes 24 hours 15 minutes. The slightly longer daily A380 from Sydney – leaving Sydney late afternoon and arriving in London at breakfast time – takes 25 hours and five minutes.It is likely that the Melbourne-Perth-London service would be re-timed to arrive in the UK before 7am, using one of the Heathrow landing slots Qantas owns, but doesn’t use. Qantas has leased four of its eight daily “slot pairs” — worth up to $US60 million each, according to recent sale prices —  to its oneworld alliance partner, British Airways.Qantas has said it has no plans to axe its existing daily service from Melbourne to London, but is understood to have a contingency plan if the long-haul travel market weakens in the next 18 months.Since it announced its joint venture with Emirates in 2012 and changed its hub for London services from Singapore to Dubai, Qantas has had to periodically drop some of its weekly services from Melbourne because of low demand.This is in spite of the dramatic cutback in Qantas’s schedule to Europe in the past decade, almost halved from three daily 747-400s a day to London via Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong and a daily Flight to  German business capital Frankfurt via Singapore to just two A380s to London via Dubai.Qantas expects the new Perth-London service to be popular with travellers beginning their journey on the Australian east coast.”Our modelling shows that people from the east coast, as well as South Australia,  would fly domestically to Perth to connect to our non-stop London service,” says chief executive Alan Joyce.That would put seats in high demand as the Qantas Dreamliner 787-9 will fit only 236 people – less than half the 484 seats the airline now operates to London via Dubai.The schedule for the new service, including connections from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, is expected to be announced in the first half of next yearlast_img read more

Bread bags bring big benefits

first_imgDaycare runners enjoy prize giving day. (Image: BizCommunity) Sasko, the bakery, launched the Siyasizana Day-care Project for day cares in Tembisa, in Gauteng in late September 2015 – and the pre-school centres are already reaping the rewards.When the project was launched, there was a simple request made of day cares: collect used Sasko bread bags that would otherwise be thrown away, and redeem them for items such as mattresses, backpacks, basins, carpets, chairs and even fridges or stoves.Siyasizana is isiZulu for “we are helping each other”. The project mobilised Tembisa residents to work together to support of their local day cares by all collecting their plastic bags. In total, 300 000 bread bags were collected, exceeding the expectations of all involved.“We looked at the number of bread bags being discarded and the needs of the day cares in Tembisa,” Riaz Badroodeen, the brand manager of Sasko Bread, told SA Goodnews. “By collecting these bags to recycle, we are able to assist the mamas with the basic needs to make their day care environments more comfortable, ultimately benefiting the children in their care.“Collecting bags is a small gesture, with a large impact. With a tidy sum of 300 000 bags, participating day cares will now be able to refrigerate food, prepare cooked meals, provide blankets to keep children warm, and set up tables and chairs during activity and meal times.”THE PROJECT IS ON-GOINGThe success of the project now means it will be rolled out in other parts of the country.“Based on the success of the programme in Tembisa, we plan on rolling out the Sasko Siyasizana Day-care Project in other parts of South Africa. As the programme grows, we’ll continue to look at the needs of the participating day cares and how Sasko can assist,” Badroodeen said.Jane Mokgonyana of Tender Care Day Care was the ultimate winner after collecting 20 000 of the 300 000 packets. Runner-up Matema Mashilo from Bophelong Day Care collected 10 050 bags and was closely followed by Nanini Day Care, where Nomthandazo Mkhondwana collected a total of 9 550 bags.Seven other day cares in Tembisa also won something for their contribution to the project.Sasko Siyasizana Day-care Project is an ongoing programme hosted and implemented by Sasko Bread. For more information, visit Sasko’s website or call the company’s customer care line on 0800 022 000PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

BC asks court to affirm right to protect environment from heavy oils

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.Kinder Morgan said it wants clarity on its ability to build in B.C. and the protection of its shareholders.“The comments and proposed legislation put forward by the province of B.C. today signal the province’s continued intention to frustrate the project,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the move discriminatory and redundant and “just another stall tactic to tie the project up with more red tape after Ottawa gave in the green light 18 months ago.”The group said in a news release that the government of Canada now needs to exercise its Constitutional authority and move the project forward.Business groups said B.C.’s anti-pipeline tactics tell investors around the world that Canada, despite a robust environmental approval process, is a difficult place to build major projects.“The process counts, the rules count,” said Chris Gardner, president of B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “Premier Horgan is saying it doesn’t count. That’s wrong and that’s not how we do business in Canada.”B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he could not put a timeline on any decision for the reference case, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kinder Morgan has curtailed spending on the project, blaming B.C. for the decision as it set the May 31 date for getting some guarantees it can proceed without disruptions.Horgan said the province isn’t working to Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“I don’t work for Kinder Morgan,” he said. “I work for the people of B.C.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly vowed that the project will go ahead.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government will seek intervener status at the court hearing.“The powers that they (B.C.) are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock,” she said.Notley said she has difficulty understanding why B.C. wants the courts to rule on new shipments of diluted bitumen that would be sent through the expanded pipeline but has no concerns about a piece of infrastructure that has been in place for 60 years.“It makes no sense,” Notley told reporters on a conference call from Slave Lake, Alta.Alberta has retaliated to B.C.’s position, even banning wine imports from its neighbour at one point. It has also threatened to slow the flow of oil and natural gas to B.C.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has yet to determine if it will seek intervener status in the case, but he called on the federal government to assert its jurisdiction over the project that Ottawa approved in 2016.“We’ll see where all this goes,” he said.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is willing to address some of B.C.’s environmental concerns, but added that Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and creating five new emergency response stations.McKenna released a letter that said the federal government will consider forming a joint scientific advisory panel with B.C. to take stock of the research available on oil spills, including current models of how to respond in the event of an incident involving a number of different petroleum products.B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said B.C. has been meeting for months with federal officials on spill prevention issues and the province has already invited Ottawa to participate in a science panel on bitumen in the environment.In addition to asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the province the authority to regulate the impacts of heavy oils, the province will also ask if federal legislation would override its changes to the law, he said.Eby said the reference case does not apply to oil tanker traffic, which the provincial government has said will increase seven-fold if the pipeline expansion is completed.“Ships were excluded for a couple of reasons, one was practicality, the other is simply it appears to be an area of federal jurisdiction,” he said.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, compounds the risk of a major spill.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton and Ryan McKenna in Regina.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

School bus torn apart in dump truck collision killing 2

first_imgMOUNT OLIVE, N.J. – A school bus taking children on a field trip to a historic site collided with a dump truck on Thursday, ripping the bus apart and killing a student and a teacher.The crash left the bus lying on its side on the guardrail of Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, its undercarriage and front end sheared off and its steering wheel exposed. Some of the victims crawled out of the emergency exit in the back and an escape hatch on the roof. More than 40 people were taken to hospitals.Fifth-grade student Theo Ancevski, who was sitting in the fourth row of the bus and was treated at a hospital for cuts and scrapes, said he heard a scraping sound and the bus “toppled over.”“A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seatbelts,” he said.Gov. Phil Murphy said one adult and one student were killed. Their names had not been released. Murphy said the truck driver was hospitalized, but officials didn’t reveal his condition.The front end of the red dump truck was mangled in the wreck, which took place about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of New York. The truck was registered to Mendez Trucking, of Belleville, and had “In God We Trust” emblazoned on the back of it.The bus had entered westbound Interstate 80 from southbound U.S. Highway 206, police said. Cleanup crews loaded its wreckage onto a flat-bed truck on Thursday night as they cleared the roadway.Police didn’t release details of how the crash happened, but the trucking company had a string of crashes in recent years and a higher than average rate of violations that sidelined its vehicles, according to federal safety data.There were 45 people, including 38 students, on the bus. Forty-three people from the bus and the truck driver were hospitalized, some in critical condition.The bus was owned by the school district and had seatbelts, according to Paramus schools superintendent Michele Robinson. There is no federal requirement for seatbelts on full-sized school buses, but six states including New Jersey require them.The bus was one of three taking students from East Brook Middle School to Waterloo Village, a historic site depicting a Lenape Indian community and once-thriving port about 5 miles (8 kilometres) from the crash scene. The other buses made it to the site but returned to the school about 50 miles (80 kilometres) away.Some of the children were inside the bus and some were outside when first responders arrived, said Jeff Paul, director of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management.“We had patients laying all over the median and on the interstate,” Paul said. “There were all kinds of injuries, every injury type you could expect in a crash of this magnitude.”Thuy Nguyen, a nurse from Paramus, said she rushed to the school, where her son was taking a test after hearing the news.“My heart just dropped. You hear the name of the school … ,” she said before trailing off.Robinson said the district was cancelling school trips for the rest of the year.Mendez Trucking has about 40 drivers and trucks, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Its trucks had been in seven crashes, none fatal, during the last two years before Thursday’s crash, the FMCSA says. Messages left with the company weren’t returned.Mendez has a higher than average vehicle out-of-service rate, which means inspections found violations that had to be corrected before the vehicles could be returned to service. Mendez’s rate was 37.9 per cent, according to the FMCSA, while the national average is 20.7 per cent.A Mendez-owned dump truck driven by a driver police say had a suspended license struck and killed a French fashion stylist in New York in January 2011, according to court records.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 118 people on school buses were killed in crashes from 2007 to 2016, the last year for which data is available. Of those killed, 68 were passengers, including 58 school-age children, and 50 were drivers. School bus crashes killed 902 people in other vehicles over that span.___Porter reported from Morristown, and Sisak reported from Philadelphia. Associated Press writers Shawn Marsh in Trenton, Mike Catalini in Paramus and Christina Paciolla, Jeff McMillan, Alexandra Villarreal and Claudia Lauer in Philadelphia contributed to this report as did investigative researcher Randy Herschaft in New York.last_img read more