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

New Ryanair routes for Shannon

first_imgPrint Ryanair adds new routes RYANAIR has announced two new routes out of Shannon airport, bringing to 11 the number of routes it will operate from there this winter.The airline announced that it is to add a daily Manchester service, replacing a three times weekly Liverpool service, and a weekly flight to Kaunas in Lithuania, as well as extra flights on Stansted, to its winter schedule, starting at the end of October.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Peter Bellew, the budget airline’s marketing director and airport CEO Neil Paykey, made the announcement at a press conference in King John’s castle.Mr Bellew said the Manchester flights will have a “much larger catchment area,” and will deliver more inward-bound passengers to Shannon.Asked if the airline had been given a sweetheart deal to get it back into Shannon and whether the deal is sustainable, the airport CEO said that they were “well aware in our dealings with Ryanair that we were not the cheapest airport”.Mr Bellew agreed but said that dealing with airports is “not only about money. We’ve seen what the team at Shannon can do – we give them new routes and they get up off their backsides and go out and market those routes themselves”. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSairportfeaturedroutesRyanairShannon Email Advertisement Linkedin Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Shannon Chamber Expresses Disappointment at Ryanair’s Decision to Close Shannon Base for Winter center_img Previous articleOlympic hopefuls to take on Thomond Swim challengeNext articleCalling all Limerick gameshow aficionados! Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. “Shannon Airport is a vital component of our tourism infrastructure” WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsBusinessNew Ryanair routes for ShannonBy Bernie English – July 24, 2014 731 Facebook Twitter Oireachtas Committee to hold series of meetings in response to aviation crisis Statement in response to Ryanair’s decision to close Cork and Shannon bases for winter seasonlast_img read more

WATCH: NBA, WNBA prepare for epic 2020 Finals

first_img Written by Beau Lund September 28, 2020 /Sports News – National WATCH: NBA, WNBA prepare for epic 2020 Finalscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStockBy THE GMA TEAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The WNBA and NBA are both gearing up for the next big showdowns in the 2020 Finals. The WNBA’s Breonna Stewart led the Seattle Storm to the finals over the Minnesota Lynx with a 92-71 victory Sunday. Stewart scored 31 points — her career playoff high.The Storm will next take on the Las Vegas Aces or the Connecticut Sun. Las Vegas tied the series 2-2 Sunday with a 84-75 win over Connecticut. The Aces and the Sun will play the deciding Game 5 on Tuesday.After taking the Eastern Conference title over the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Sunday, the NBA’s Miami Heat are preparing to take on LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers. The Lakers beat out the Denver Nuggets 117-107 Saturday to become the Western Conference champs.Watch the report from ABC’s Good Morning America below:Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Agritourism

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFive years ago, downtown Monticello, Ga., looked different: abandoned storefronts, dusty shelves and empty sidewalks. The town square was well-groomed, but visited mostly by squirrels. Now on Saturdays from May to October, the Monticello Market Festival on the Square has downtown hopping. And it’s more than fresh produce that’s offered; it is pies and crafts and sauces – and community.“We’ve found that our market has integrated itself into all facets of Monticello life,” said David Dyer of Monticello, who is interim head of the Georgia Agritourism Association (www.visitgafarms.com) and owner of Garland’s Ridge Farm, a tree farm managed for quail, turkey and deer.“It’s hard for rural merchants to compete with large chain stores in neighboring counties. So by having an attraction in a downtown area, not only do you build a sense of community, but it helps expand your market area.”For example, he said, one Saturday, a vendor’s sweet potato and pecan pies caught a restaurant owner’s eyes – and taste buds. The vendor now sells the owner the pies for $10 each. The restaurant owner sells them for $6 a slice in his two Atlanta restaurants. Another vendor makes wooden duck calls. A national organization now orders 6,000 of them at a time from him, Dyer said.“Two weeks ago, a lady stopped by just driving through on her way somewhere and sampled one of the vendor’s jellies. Her son is getting married in New England, and she wanted to give a Georgia gift,” he said. “She ordered 600 jars. Those are examples of what can happen.”Hometown farmers markets have seen a recent boom, said Kent Wolfe, a marketing analyst with the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development. Georgia now has 108 markets statewide.Something called agritourismWhen people come into a town, whether for a theme park or a farmers market, it’s called tourism. And when farm is added, it results in activities that range from pick-your-own strawberry patches, quail-hunting operations and shrimp boat tours to roadside vegetable stands.“A recent study found that 17 percent of the population is diehard local-grown consumers,” Wolfe said. “That’s a pretty significant number of people.”Nature-based tourism brought $50.9 million to the state’s economy in 2008. Ag-based tourism added another $27.3 million, according to the UGA Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. Successful agritourism ventures are statewide, from Thomas County in southwest Georgia to Habersham County in the northeast corner.Wolfe works with agritourism businesses across Georgia. He, Dyer and others are now holding agritourism workshop, where participants can create their own Web sites and learn more about marketing, finances, official road signs, insurance and zoning. For more information about the workshops, call (706) 583-0347 or visit http://www.caes.uga.edu/UNIT/ATHENS/events/events.html.In most towns, the local government decides whether a property is zoned commercial or agricultural. The difference is huge in terms of how much tax someone has to pay. Wolfe wants to help agribusinesses like these understand these issues. But it’s not just business help Wolf is offering, he and his colleagues are promoting agritourism.Worldwide marketIn 2007, CAED joined the University of Illinois Extension and other universities in a nationwide attempt to market and link food-related businesses. The result was MarketMaker (http://www.marketmaker.uga.edu), an interactive Web site with one of the most extensive searchable collections of food-industry data in the country. “One of the big things hindering local food is lack of a distribution system,” Wolfe said.All along the food supply chain, from peach packing companies to restaurants, people want to know where they can find local food, he said. In August, MarketMaker had 56,000 hits.National MarketMaker now has 12 states participating, including recent additions Colorado, South Carolina and Washington, D.C.Search under farmers markets on MarketMaker, and you’ll find the Monticello Market Festival on the Square, along with contact and general information. For the producers involved, showing up on a Web site or at the market can pay off big. (Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more