Government tries to rush through civil and criminal codes reform curtailing right to information

first_img Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation, the Media Monitoring Agency, condemn the restrictions on the right to information contained in a proposed reform of the criminal and civil codes which the government agreed on the 25th of February to submit to parliament on 11 March.“Articles in title II, section 3 of the proposed draft civil code, and article 225 in the draft criminal code regarding the right to privacy would significantly restrict research and investigation and a legitimate right to information,” Reporters Without Borders and the Media Monitoring Agency said. “Everyone agrees on the need to protect privacy, but the terms and limits in this proposed reform would give free rein to the most restrictive interpretations”.“As it stands, the draft civil code would reduce the work of the press to just putting out information and statements that have been explicitly approved by those that produce them. The right of reply is part of journalistic practice but it cannot acquire the automatic character envisaged by this bill. The proposed reform’s requirements in the articles referring to data protection would also seriously undermine the right to the protection of sources that is the basis of all investigative journalism.”“Like all European Union members, Romania has a duty to set an example when drafting laws affecting news and information, both as regards the substance of these laws and the way they are drafted. The interventionist nature of this reform in some ways recalls the June 2008 bill that would have forced national radio and TV stations to broadcast ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ news in equal measure.”“Amendments to the criminal and civil codes are needed for Romania to conform to European media standards but they cannot be adopted without consulting with all of the actors involved. As it already did as regards digital broadcasting last November, the government prefers to act in haste and without any kind of consultative process although the basic principles of a modern democracy are at stake.”Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said: “We encourage all possible measures that help to combat the corruption that undermines the state’s ability to function properly, but it is absurd to try to attack corruption by restricting the freedom of investigative journalists to operate.”The press freedom organisation added: “Citing European Commission demands in order to justify the haste and the procedural methods used is unacceptable. We urge parliament to reject these bills and to demand a debate with all the actors involved. The subjects concerned are too important to reach a decision with such precipitation.” May 26, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor Help by sharing this information to go further March 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government tries to rush through civil and criminal codes reform curtailing right to information RomaniaEurope – Central Asia News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Unioncenter_img Organisation Follow the news on Romania RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive November 23, 2020 Find out more RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more News RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Newslast_img read more

World famous Monserrat choir perform in Limerick

first_imgKing John’s Castle Limerick reopens with new medieval themed outdoor games TAGSKing John’s CastleLinda HallMayor Stephen KearySanta Maria de MontserratShannon HeritageSpanish Monserrat Boys ChoirThe Redemptorist Church King John’s Castle to be part of a virtual Culture Night celebration as Shannon Heritage ramps up marketing campaign Print Bru Solá(13) had to spend time in the stocksPicture: Liam Burke Pictured Oriel Sató(12) Picture: Liam Burke 1 of 3 Shannon Group seeking funding for Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and King John’s Castle Previous articleMuintearas Íosa begins celebration of milestone yearNext article#WATCH Limerick video captures referendum posters being ripped down Staff Reporter Facebook NewsSocietyWorld famous Monserrat choir perform in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – April 17, 2018 2049 WhatsApp Shannon Group announces two new appointments to its Executive Management Team Welcoming them to King John’s Castle Linda Hall from Shannon Heritage said: “We were honoured to welcome this prestigious choir who have performed all over the world including Carnegie Hall. The unique acoustics at King John’s Castle created an ideal backdrop to highlight the talents of these wonderful performers.  Our visitors were thrilled to hear them.  With the newly launched Ryanair flights to Barcelona from Shannon creating a bridge from Shannon to that beautiful part of Spain we look forward to welcoming additional Spanish visitors to Limerick.”The Monserrat Boys Choir is one of the oldest boys’ choirs in Europe. Documents testify to the existence of a religious and music school in Montserrat as far back as the 14th century.More about society here. Linkedin Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pictured Joan Boixadera (12)Picture: Liam Burke Advertisement The world famous Spanish Monserrat Boys Choir paid a surprise visit to King John’s Castle todayPicture: Liam BurkeThe world famous Spanish Monserrat Boys Choir paid a surprise visit to King John’s Castle today to perform for visitors.Aged between 10-14 years, the 42 strong choir delighted visitors to the castle. The choir of sopranos and altos based at the Benedictine abbey Santa Maria de Montserrat near Barcelona and are staying in Glenstal Abbey during their visit to Limerick.In addition to their appearance at King John’s Castle, the Group enjoyed a Mayoral reception at the Town Hall with the Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Councillor Stephen Keary. The group‘s trip to Limerick was facilitated by Tony Brazil from Limerick Travel who is the Spanish Honorary Consulate in Limerick. The choir will perform at the Redemptorist Church in Limerick on Thursday evening.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Charity getting sweet treats from Shannon Heritage Twitter €2.6 million approved for Shannon Heritage last_img read more

Knell leads BYU over Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 65-51

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah (AP) — Trevin Knell had 15 points off the bench to lead BYU to a 65-51 win over Saint Mary’s.Logan Johnson led the Gaels with 17 points and six rebounds. Tags: BYU Cougars Basketball/Trevin Knell/WCC February 27, 2021 /Sports News – Local Knell leads BYU over Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 65-51 Associated Presslast_img

Culturalist Challenge! Who Should Play Danny Zuko in Grease: Live?

first_img Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list. View Comments STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button. (If you don’t have a Culturalist account yet, you will be asked to create one at this point.) STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button. is crazy about Culturalist, the website that lets you rank and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank—we’ll announce the most popular choices on the new episode of The Show every Wednesday.center_img Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results on the next episode of The Show! STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button. Last week, we asked you to choose the roles you’d love to see Taylor Swift play on Broadway—the results are in, and fans want to see the Grammy winner head to the Greek Isles to play Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia! This week, after the news that Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough have been tapped to play Rizzo and Sandy, respectively, in Fox’s forthcoming live Grease telecast. But who will Hough sing “Summer Nights” with? Site Producer Joanne Villani posted her top 10 picks for Danny Zuko here!last_img read more

IORP II Directive to be ‘less regulation, more politics’, promises Barnier

first_imgThe European Commission should focus less on regulation and more on politics, according to one of its most senior commissioners.Michel Barnier, commissioner for the internal market, said the focus on less regulation had been applied to the revised version of the IORP Directive, which the Commission is set to publish tomorrow.Speaking at a conference in Brussels to mark the second anniversary of the White Paper on Pensions – a policy paper jointly drafted by the directorates general for internal markets, social affairs and economic and monetary affairs – Barnier stressed that, despite tomorrow’s IORP proposal not including any measures related to solvency or capital requirements, work conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) would form a “useful foundation” for the commissioners appointed after the May European parliamentary elections.The French commissioner, who abandoned plans to introduce the first pillar of the revised IORP Directive last year, said his successor would be able to look forward to a “definitive report” on the impact of the proposals compiled by EIOPA. He also said it was now time for Europe to be a force for removing red tape and avoiding over-regulation of markets, focusing instead on mobility.He argued his preferred approach was for “less regulation, more politics” to emanate from Brussels, a mindset he had taken forward into the revision of the IORP Directive.Nadia Calviño, deputy director general within the internal markets commission’s financial services unit, reiterated during the panel debate following Barnier’s speech that pension matters would carry over into the next Commission’s term.“I don’t think tomorrow’s proposal, whatever reform we do to IORP, is going to be the end response to the challenges we face, and we probably need to continue this debate in the coming years,” she said. Reacting to Barnier’s comments, UK pensions minister Steve Webb called on the commissioner to urge his successors “to do exactly what you’ve just said”.Webb said it was important to have less regulation on pensions matters, reflecting that all countries are different, and not to attempt to impose a Europe-wide “blueprint”.“My concern is that EIOPA, which perhaps has a little less profile and a little less scrutiny, will simply bring all of this [solvency] back in a few years time, and we’ll have to go through the whole thing again,” he said.Later, he added that, despite the White Paper stating that the Commission should support member states’ efforts to reform pensions, it had been perceived differently.“For the last two years, it’s felt like the role of the Commission is to try and destroy what we have,” he said, adding that solvency requirements would have been “catastrophic” for his native pensions industry and that time had been spent attempting to prevent damage, rather than cooperating on more positive policies.Calviño sought to assuage those concerned about “regulation through the back door”.“I haven’t seen the European Commission ever propose something out of the blue and being a big surprise,” she said. “Normally, things are discussed – and there are panels such as this. Regulation through the back door is quite difficult in this area, where we have active stakeholders.”However, even Calviño’s comments did not appease Webb.When asked what he wanted from the Commission in future, he said: “Let’s not have that phrase you just used: ‘more harmonisation’.”last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods featured at Placerville Speedway’s Donnie Tilford Tribute

first_imgSome of the top talent in the Golden State is expected to be on hand for the IMCA Modified por­tion with names such as Bobby Hogge IV, Troy Foulger, Ryan McDaniel, Nick DeCarlo, Kellen Chadwick, Duane Cleveland and others. With drivers like that it is sure to be a can’t miss show on the quarter-mile Placerville clay oval. PLACERVILLE, Calif. – Both IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are on the Saturday card at Placerville Speedway’s annual Donnie Tilford Tribute.  The pit gate will open at 2 p.m. with the front gate opening at 3 p.m. The drivers’ meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. with cars on the track for wheel packing at 5. Hot laps, qualifying and racing will fol­low. Live music will be performed in the grandstand midway by Kylie Segura.  The April 27 Modified feature is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $1,500 to win, $800 for second, $600 for third, $450 for fourth, $375 for fifth and a minimum of $75 to start. Northern SportMods race for $500 to win and a minimum of $50 to start.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded in both divisions; Modifieds also earn Larry Shaw Race Cars Western region points. The Northern SportMod main event last season turned out to be a thriller at the Donnie Tilford Tribute, which saw K.C. Keller pick up the win over Aaron Crowell and Brian Cooper. The Sport Mods always bring solid car counts throughout Northern California and expectations are to see a healthy one on Saturday night. Adult tickets are $15, while seniors 62-plus, military and juniors ages 12-17 are $13, children ages 6-11 are $6 and kids five and under are free. Tickets can also be purchased online by click­ing Placerville Speedway is located at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. The track is operated by Russell Motorsports Inc,, which can be reached at the track business office at 530 344-7592. The event this Saturday honors the late Donnie Tilford, one the most beloved stock car drivers in the history of Placerville Speedway.last_img read more

Eskom ‘learnt from load-shedding’

first_imgIncreasing capacity The load-shedding that wreaked havoc on South Africa’s economy at the beginning of last year was a learning experience for Eskom, says CEO Jacob Maroga. Large electricity consumers, such as businesses, agreed to decrease their consumption by 10%, leading to some industries, especially the mining sector, being put under strain. 26 January 2006 Eskom is currently building the Kusile Power Station in Mpumalanga, which is said to be the second most advanced coal-fired power plant project after the Medupi power station, also currently being built in Lephalale, Limpopo. According to Eskom, the station will consist of six units each rated at approximately 800 MW installed capacity, giving a total of 4 800 MW. Briefing the media on the state of electricity supply in the country last week, Maroga said the electricity crisis had presented Eskom with an opportunity to reflect on key issues which needed to be dealt with urgently. “As we move forward, we need to make sure that we are not where we were before,” he said. “We are going to make sure that power supply is not compromised and that there is additional power to grow the economy.”center_img The forced rolling blackouts were caused by a higher than expected demand in electricity and low reserve margins. The rapid economic growth led to a higher demand for electricity than there was supply. Preventative measures Maroga said his organisation had put in place measures to prevent past mistakes, including putting in place a maintenance schedule, improving infrastructure and beefing up capacity and skills. In a bid to handle the electricity crisis, the government launched the National Electricity Management Plan and called on citizens, businesses and other organisations to come together and work towards finding solutions to the current power crisis. “The challenges we faced in the past have made us to be wiser to deal with other challenges,” he said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Helping hand for mothers, newborns

first_img17 July 2013 Watching your sick child lying helplessly in a hospital is not easy for any mother – let alone having to spend nights on a hard, unsympathetic hospital bench. This has been the life of 28-year-old mother Zanele Mkhize from Kingsway in Benoni, east of Johannesburg, since her arrival at the Far East Rand Hospital after her nine-year-old daughter was admitted for burn injuries. Since the paediatric ward only accommodates sick children admitted at the hospital, Mkhize and other mothers are forced to sleep on the hospital benches as they are unable to travel to and from the hospital on a daily basis due to financial constraints. Some of the mothers are breastfeeding and have to be close to their babies most of the time. “I’ve brought my blanket, but sleeping on the bench is very painful, not to mention the cold at night, but I have to because I don’t have money to come to the hospital [daily]”, Mkhize told SAnews. On Tuesday, Mkhize shed tears of joy as she and other mothers entered the hospital’s new Mother’s Lodge and Paediatric Step-down Facility, opened by Gauteng Health MEC Hope Papo. The facility is a collaborative effort by the government, mining company Lonmin, the local community and the hospital. Lonmin invested R800 000 for the 18 beds at the Mother’s Lodge, where breastfeeding mothers as well as mothers like Mkhize will now be able to sleep over. The lodge includes a kitchen and a lounge area. The Divhani Rasanova Paediatric Step-down Facility has a doctor’s room, store room, bathroom, medical area, changing area, play area as well as a reading area. The facility will at any time accommodate an average of 450 mothers on a rotational basis. The facility is a place for newborn babies admitted at the hospital for long periods whose mothers cannot afford to commute to and from the hospital daily, as well as those without family support. It will assist in strengthening the quality of paediatric services in the province. Handing over the facility on Tuesday, Papo commended Lonmin for identifying the area of need and entering into a partnership with the department to meet the need. Hospital CEO Dr Lekopane Mogaladi recalled that when he arrived at the hospital in February, there were no mattresses and mothers were sleeping on the floor. “The look on their faces touched me and made me wonder if I was in their situation, how would I have survived,” Mogaladi said. “The facility is a challenge for me and the management to further ensure that services across the entire institution do not bedevil the confidence shown by our partners. We can only turn for the better from here.” Mogaladi added that he hoped the promises made by his colleagues including the social workers to engage mothers in activities would be kept. Dr Marie Vermaak, Lonmin’s senior manager for health, said her company “acknowledges and supports the role of mothers and women in our company and our society, and we are happy to be able to assist the women of the communities served by the hospital.” The hospital was established in 1900 and forms part of the Ekurhuleni Sedibeng region, where new and informal settlements alone account for one-million people, many of whom rely on the hospital for their healthcare. Source: read more

Caribbean Conference hosted by TCI Telecommunications Commission in Providenciales

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:caribbean conference, Telecommunications Commission Telecommunications Commission marks 10 Years Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2015 – The Organization of Caribbean Utility Regulators says the Caribbean needs to modernize its telecommunications, water and utility laws. Talk on legislative reform as advances in the three sectors is the main focus of a three day conference being hosted in the Turks and Caicos for the first time.At the opening ceremony of the 13th annual conference this morning, industry stakeholders highlighted the challenges facing the region in updating laws to regulate telecommunications privacy, social media, renewable energy and climate change.Bringing remarks were Minister of Home Affairs, Hon. George Lightbourne with the featured address; Governor His Excellency Peter Beckingham; Minister for Tourism Hon. Porsha Stubbs Smith; John Avery Chairman for the OOCUR and John Williams Director General for the TCI Telecommunications Commission. Nine Caribbean nations are taking part in the conference under the theme “Facilitating a Dynamic Regulatory Environment,”; it’s being held at the Key West Village, Beaches Resort. Recommended for youlast_img read more