RSF Index 2020: UK ranking declines following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee

first_img United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Organized crimeImprisonedWomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information February 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en UK: Legal arguments during the first week of Julian Assange’s extradition hearing highlight lack of US evidence February 3, 2020 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Organized crimeImprisonedWomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassmentViolence News Follow the news on United Kingdom April 20, 2020 – Updated on April 21, 2020 RSF Index 2020: UK ranking declines following the murder of journalist Lyra McKee Dispatch: One year after the killing of Lyra McKee, press freedom remains under threat in Northern Ireland News Reports UK: Banning of journalists from Downing Street press briefing latest worrying move by Boris Johnson’s new government News The UK has dropped two places to 35th out of 180 countries in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF’s) 2020 World Press Freedom Index, published today. Although the UK government played a key role in promoting media freedom globally, its efforts were undermined by domestic developments, including the murder of Lyra McKee and active threats to the safety of journalists in Northern Ireland, and the detention of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who faces possible extradition to the US. to go further Organisation April 16, 2020 Find out more In 2019, the UK co-hosted the inaugural Global Conference for Media Freedom and co-founded the Media Freedom Coalition, which were significant steps in the global promotion of media freedom. However a number of domestic concerns undermined the UK’s international leadership role and resulted in the decline in ranking in the 2020 Index.The murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry, Northern Ireland, on 18 April 2019 marked a staggering low point for press freedom in the UK, where a journalist had not been killed in the line of duty since the assassination of Martin O’Hagan in September 2001. Journalists who cover organised crime and paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland continued to face serious threats to their safety.Although the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced in July it would establish a National Committee for the Safety of Journalists and a National Action Plan on Safety of Journalists, no apparent progress was made towards launching these initiatives.The sentencing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to a disproportionate jail term of 50 weeks for breaking bail also marred the UK’s press freedom record in 2019, as did the Home Office’s decision to green light the US extradition request. Assange remained in custody at the high security Belmarsh Prison despite widespread international concern for his health and safety, including by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.“With coronavirus and other converging crises presenting unprecedented threats to press freedom globally, it is more important than ever for democratic states to lead by example. The UK should be performing better on the World Press Freedom Index, and must address these domestic concerns as a matter of priority. Concrete steps should be taken to ensure the safety of journalists in the wake of Lyra McKee’s murder, and Julian Assange should be released – and certainly not extradited to the US”, said RSF UK Bureau Director Rebecca Vincent.RSF also noted concern over problematic provisions of counter-terrorism and crime legislation adopted in 2019, as well as the pursuit by the London Metropolitan Police of the publication of leaked information from diplomatic cables as a criminal matter.Notes to editors:Before its decline to 35th in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, the UK had risen seven places in the 2019 Index, bringing it to 33rd after spending the previous two years ranked at 40th.For more information on the press freedom situation in Northern Ireland, read RSF’s report following a research mission in March 2020.For more information on the press freedom implications of the case against Julian Assange, read RSF’s analysis after monitoring the first week of his US extradition hearing at the Woolwich Crown Court in February 2020.UK press contact: Rebecca Vincent at [email protected] last_img read more

Despite serious injuries, editor leaves hospital and goes into hiding

first_imgNews RSF_en Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News Receive email alerts In a release posted online yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported that Maurício Melato Barth, the owner and editor of the bimonthly newspaper Info-Bairros, has gone into hiding with his family since leaving hospital following treatment for the serious injuries he received in a shooting attack on 23 March. Barth was shot in both legs and doctors have told him he will need 15 months of rehabilitation before he will be able to walk again. Info-Bairros has had to stop publishing and Barth is not predicting when it might start up again.____________________________________________________________05.04.05 Southern newspaper editor seriously wounded in shootingReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a shooting attack that left newspaper editor Maurício Melato Barth seriously injured on 23 March in the southern city of Itapema (Santa Catarina state) and suggested local authorities could have been involved.”We firmly condemn the violence and cowardliness of this attack, which aimed to silence a journalist,” the press freedom organization said.”It is highly likely this ‘contract’ was carried out with the support, if not at the behest, of local officials who had been criticized in the victim’s articles, and we therefore call for a federal investigation to find out who was involved,” Reporters Without Borders added.The owner and editor of the local newspaper Infobairros, Melato found two masked men waiting for him when he returned home on the evening of 23 March. They fired three shots at him at close range, hitting him twice and shattering both of his thighbones.Melato has often run stories on local corruption. “Itapema’s mayor is suspected of corruption,” Ricardo Pedreira of the National Association of Journalists (ANJ) told Reporters Without Borders, adding, “it is quite probable that this was an attempted contract killing.”The same view was taken by Itapema-based freelance journalist André Gobbo. “Maurício had accused local politicians in his newspaper of administrative irregularities,” he told Reporters Without Borders.The shooting has caused a stir. “The Santa Catarina state government has organized and sent a team of investigators acting independently of our local police,” Gobbo said.Melato was initially hospitalized in Blumenau, where he spent a week. Then he was transferred to Curitiba, in neighbouring Paraná state. April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies BrazilAmericas center_img Follow the news on Brazil Reports RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News April 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Despite serious injuries, editor leaves hospital and goes into hiding to go further BrazilAmericas Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Grounded plane to continue journey

first_imgNewsLocal NewsGrounded plane to continue journeyBy admin – January 14, 2010 563 The ArkeFly chartered Boeing 767 jet has 230 passengers and 11 crew on board. It was travelling from Amsterdam to the Caribbean island of Aruba.The plane made the emergency landing following a bomb threat from a passanger.A Dutch national in his 40’s is being detained by gardai in Shannon. WhatsApp Previous articleJet in emergency landingNext articleTrolley jam at Regional Hospital admin Advertisement Twitter A PLANE grounded at Shannon Airport yesterday was given the go ahead last night after a search was completed. It is expected to continue its journey to the Caribbean some time today.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Email Linkedin Print Facebooklast_img

Commodities tracker

first_imgThe start of the new almond season harvest is two months away and the news continues to support earlier forecasts that the Californian harvest is looking good. The forecast at the end of June was 603,000 tonnes.Current almond crop availability appears to match the steady demand and prospects of such a big new crop must limit any major price increases into 2008.With China and Eastern Europe now finished for the walnut season, the only stocks available are Indian walnutsAlthough it is too early to forecast new season production in China, with its domestic consumption increasing the need for a much improved crop supply is essential and anything less would be bad news for walnut pricing into 2008.For cashews, prices remain quiet. Although prices continue to benefit from further weakness of the dollar, raw material supply overall is meeting demand.Demand for pecans in Europe will pick up from late summer until Nov-Dec, so we can expect to see the current general inactivity kick started within the next couple of months.The extent to which either increased demand or poor weather will impact on the remaining pecan inventory remains to be seen. What seems clear is that price reductions over the rest of the crop seem unlikely at best.Pistachio prices remain relatively stable into the last quarter of 2007.RM Curtis’ trading director Mark Setterfield in Edible Nuts & Dried Fruit Market, May-June 2007last_img read more

Mad Mountain Mud Run

first_imgRace ContactHeather [email protected] Race DetailsWhen: June 1, 2013Where: Hendersonville, N.C.What: Mud Run/Obstacle RaceStart time: First team takes off at 1pm. Festival from 12:30pm to 7pmRace size: Limit 500 teams of 4Website: www.madmountainmudrun.comThe Hunter Subaru Mad Mountain Mud Run is a 3.5 mile muddy adventure race in the mountains of Western North Carolina. In its second year, this team event is already shaping up to be muddier, muckier, and more challenging for adventure enthusiasts!Want to race for FREE? Enter our Race Ahead Giveaway to win free entry in the Mad Mountain Mud Run!last_img

DuPont State Recreational Forest temporarily closed

first_imgAll trails, trailheads and forest facilities are closed until further notice. Parking areas, both designated and roadside, are barricaded in the interest of public safety. “Closing state forests to the public is a decision I do not take lightly, and much consideration has been given to this decision,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. DuPont State Recreational Forest temporarily closed to the public; public access restricted due to COVID-19 safety concerns Forest Service officials have temporarily closed DuPont State Recreational Forest and neighboring Holmes Educational State Forest effective at 10 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, restricting public access until further notice. NCFS officials note that crowds are gathering in parking areas and trailheads which compromises the degree of social distancing needed to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus. “The bottom line is that these sites are beautiful and treasured places in our state where families and visitors can make positive, lasting memories. These state forests have experienced what many state parks and beaches have, too — unsafe and overcrowded conditions that tax these resources. This temporary closure to the public is necessary, but rest assured, it is temporary.”center_img For updated information about public access to North Carolina State Forests during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit and follow us on Facebook. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Forest Service regret that temporary closure of DSRF and HESF is necessary. NCFS officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring both forests are reopened when conditions allow. DuPont Forest Covered Bridge in North Carolina – Getty Imageslast_img read more

Go Outside and Play: Hendersonville, North Carolina

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lazy Otter Outfitters. MORNING EVENING Jump Off Rock, only 15 minutes from downtown, offers stunning sunset views. Peer into four states as the sun sinks behind the Blue Ridge. AFTERNOON Get an early start at North River Farms where DB bar D Outfitters leads half-day and full-day guided trout fishing trips on the 1,450-acre farm along the north fork of Mills River. Rainbow, brook, and brown trout are plentiful in the catch-and-release waters. Afterward, enjoy a streamside lunch. MORNING DAY ONE Next door to the Riveter, the East Coast headquarters of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company beckons beer enthusiasts. The palatial brewery combines good beer, environmental stewardship, culinary creativity, and fun times. Sign up in advance for a brewery tour or take a self-guided stroll down hallways filled with memorabilia from the company’s 40-year history. Circle around the fire pit in the expansive beer garden out back and toast your time in Hendersonville. Stop by The Baker’s Box and grab a freshly made sandwich, wrap, or salad to go. Enjoy a picnic lunch at DuPont State Recreational Forest. A short hike leads to Hooker Falls or take a longer trek up to Triple and High falls. AFTERNOON Book a room at The Charleston Inn or 1898 Waverly Inn for a downtown lodging experience. The side-by-side bed and breakfasts both include historical charm and modern amenities. Walk to dinner on Main Street and choose from 25 independently owned restaurants. Don’t miss cocktails at Shine, Hendersonville’s first rooftop bar. Start the day with a relaxing paddle along the French Broad River, one of the oldest in the world. Lazy Otter Outfitters rents all the gear necessary to tube, kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. This section of the French Broad remains largely untouched by development, so paddlers will enjoy wildlife and vegetation along the banks. DAY TWO A WEEKEND IN… Feature Image: Sierra Nevada Brewery is one of 16 craft producer on the Henderson County Cheers! Trail. Photo by Sam Dean. Dupont Triple Falls. Photo by Bill Russ. Surrounded by Pisgah National Forest and minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, Hendersonville beckons travelers looking to disconnect from daily worries and reconnect with each other and the natural world. Just south of busy Asheville, the vibrant mountain town of Hendersonville delivers its own blend of arts and culture, outdoor adventure, and creative craft beverage producers. Hendersonville, North Carolina EVENING Facebook: VisitHendersonvilleNC | Instagram: VisitHendersonvilleNCVISITHENDERSONVILLENC.COM The new Riveter gym combines an extensive climbing facility and bike park under one roof. With more than 16,000 square feet of climbing terrain, a multi-feature covered bike track, yoga studio and fitness area, Riveter accommodates whatever exercise gets you moving.last_img read more

Training is for today, developing leaders is for tomorrow

first_imgYou’ve probably heard the story about the employees who were riding bicycles with square tires. While they were working incredibly hard to go bump-bump-bump down the way, someone ran alongside them and said: “Hey, I have round wheels. Can you stop a moment and try them?” The employees kept pedaling and answered, “No, we’re too busy pedaling.” Lots of times this anecdote is told simply to illustrate a lack of openness to innovation. I think it is also valuable to consider it from an employee learning perspective.  The employees pedaling bicycles with square wheels can be of any age—young people coming out of college or longtime staff members. They have a certain set of skills and are willing to work hard to put those skills to work. But they don’t have the technical skills to help them do the next job that will be needed to move their company along—they have no skills in riding with round tires. They also lack the soft skills needed to respond well to the changing world around them—to be open to different tires or to lead their team to change tires. This points to the difference between training and development. Training simply teaches skills team members need right now to do their current jobs. Training would teach the bicycle riders “how to pedal hard with square tires.” In contrast, an overall staff development effort would also to prepare employees to move into new jobs and excel at them. It would teach “how to pedal a bike with round tires” and also “how to identify when adopting a new business tool is a worthwhile move” and “how to lead your team through change.”In credit union terms, developing your team members means not just teaching them the how-to details of credit union compliance or lending. It also means teaching such soft skills as change management, strategic planning and good governance. While training is focused on helping people succeed today, a program to develop your talent is designed to help them succeed tomorrow—a great thing to think about in November, which is National Career Development Month! The best staff development initiatives include both technical skills training (such as that offered at CUES’ business lending schools) and leadership learning (such as the content covered at CEO Institute and on CUES Learning Portal). (Also read this past column, which talks about the importance of both technical and leadership training.)In this time of rapid change, all members of the workforce, from the front lines to the C-suite, need to continually expand or augment their skills. As you plan to be a learning organization in 2020, consider how membership in CUES can help. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: Detailslast_img read more

After Backtracking, Dowling College Closes for Good

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Dowling College administrators decided this week to close the Oakdale-based school down for good following on-again, off-again plans to shutter the debt-ridden 48-year-old private institution that’s losing its accreditation next month.Dowling’s board of trustees voted Tuesday against appealing a recent decision by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the college’s oversight agency, to withdraw Dowling’s accreditation on Aug. 31 following a two-year review. The college, which had been in partnership talks with international college affiliate Global University Systems (GUS), had announced in May its plan to close in June, but then reversed that strategy. This week, Dowling reversed course again, opting instead to shut down.“We have made this very painful decision in order to minimize the disruption to Dowling students,” Michael Puorro, chairman of Dowling’s board of trustees, said in an email to students Tuesday. “We want to allow students and their families to make the best possible transition to other institutions.”Related: Download The Ultimate Transfer Student Handbook: Everything You Need To KnowDowling College’s enrollment dropped significantlyFounded on the site of the former William K. Vanderbilt estate overlooking the Connectquot River, Dowling, which also has a campus in Shirley, saw enrollment plunge from 6,379 students in 2005 to 2,453 by fall 2014 as it struggled to repay $54 million in debt, according to The Associated Press. Other small private colleges nationwide have also shuttered recently for similar reasons. Briarcliffe College, which has campuses in Bethpage and Patchogue, announced six months ago that it’s closing in 2018.When Dowling first announced its plans to close, it sparked sadness and anger from current and former students, as well as faculty and staffers. “I spent the whole day crying when I found out the news,” Jessica Glaz, a Dowling freshman, previously told the Press.“They lied to everyone. They should have stopped admitting new students,” one staffer who asked not to be named had said.Dowling gave three-day notice of its closure in the first announcement, then delayed shuttering its doors twice before holding a news conference announcing that it planned to stay open, pending a deal with GUS. But some students were suspicious.“I can’t say I’m anything less than skeptical at Dowling’s ‘re-opening,’” said Aaron Henderson, a second-generation Dowling student who was a sophomore majoring in psychology and is now transferring to SUNY Fredonia. “With no professors and not a whole lot of students looking to come back, I can’t see why anyone would try to keep it open.”Now that Dowling went back to its original plan to close, more than 400 professors who were laid off will continue looking for new work, and students will transfer to other colleges. What will come of Dowling’s two campuses, remains to be seen.last_img read more

Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard to miss 3rd consecutive game

first_imgOK REUNIONOklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan said he’s not the least bit surprised by how swiftly George has come out of the gates after being cleared following offseason shoulder surgeries – nor is he surprised that George jumped at the opportunity to take his talents home to Southern California.“Paul’s a great player, I had a chance to see that first-hand for a lot of games last year for us,” Donovan said Sunday after practice, when his team prepared to match up with the former Thunder star for the first time since this summer’s bombshell trade that sent him to L.A. for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and an unprecedented collection of draft picks.“I’m happy for Paul because I know how important his family is to him. … His mom and dad are great, I’ve got the chance to meet them, his uncles and his aunts, he’s got an incredible family and they’re all based here in California. All these guys’ careers, even if a guy plays 15 years, in reality, it seems like a lot of time, but in the time of your life, it’s like a fraction of it. And I think for him to be able to share this point in time in his career with his family is a great thing because they’re such good people.“He’s always been a terrific player,” Donovan added, with a nod to George’s MVP candidacy last season before the shoulder injuries limited him late in the season. “I felt bad for him last year just because he had such an incredible first 50, 60 games going into the All-Star break … He just probably wasn’t himself (after that) with the shoulder injuries that he had – and he played through all that stuff. He missed a couple games here and there, but it speaks to his greatness as a player.“I’m happy he’s back and he’s healthy.” Rivers said neither he nor the team are overly anxious awaiting the much-anticipated pairing to actually transpire.“I just know it’s gonna happen, I have confidence in that,” Rivers said. “You knew at the beginning of the year (when George was sidelined following shoulder surgeries) this is how it would be. So it’s funny, I don’t think one coach, not one guy, has even thought about it, that it’d be nice to have everybody out there.”A healthy George is helping the Clippers, characterized Monday by Rivers as “a team trying to find itself each night,” adjust to playing without Leonard, who will have missed five of the first 14 games.George’s 70 points in his first 45 minutes of play (over two games, in which the Clippers are 1-1) are an NBA record.“What I see, every time you see (George): ‘Man, when you put those two together, we could be pretty good.’ That’s what you see,” Rivers said. LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard will miss Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. The All-Star forward is sidelined for the third consecutive game with a left knee contusion that he apparently sustained in the second half of the team’s loss in Houston last Wednesday.Starting guard Patrick Beverley was back in the lineup after missing two games with a sore left calf, Rivers added.Leonard – who had missed two prior games due to load management related to an ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee – played 41 minutes against the Rockets, finishing with 26 points on 10-of-24 shooting, 12 rebounds and seven assists.Rivers said there aren’t any long-term concerns about the injury, and that the two-time NBA Finals MVP was “very close” to playing Monday and could be in the lineup – alongside fellow All-Star Paul George for the first time, possibly – Wednesday when the Clippers host the Boston Celtics.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more