Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe”

first_imgNews Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityInternet Follow the news on Slovakia Organisation The Slovak premier’s working visit to RSF came less than three weeks before the third anniversary of the murder of Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová at their home outside Bratislava on 21 February 2018.“Given Ján Kuciak’s murder, Slovakia has special responsibilities. Turn your country into a press freedom model for Europe,” Deloire told Matovič.  However, he added: “We have been dismayed to see that, while two of the murder’s perpetrators and an intermediary have been convicted, the mastermind or masterminds have not. If this is as far as it goes, it will remain as stain on Slovakia’s contemporary history.”In RSF’s view, several conditions must be met for Slovakia to become a model: better protection for journalists, an end to verbal attacks on the media by politicians, reinforcement of the public broadcaster’s editorial and financial independence, and the punishment of crimes against journalists, especially the murder of Kuciak and his partner.Although Marian Kočner, the businessman suspected of ordering Kuciak’s murder, and his associate, Alena Zsuzsová, are in prison in connection with other crimes, they were acquitted last September of the Kuciak murder. The prosecutor’s office filed an appeal against their acquittal that the Supreme Court will hear this year. In the event of their acquittal being revoked and in the case further evidence is needed, Deloire urged Matovič to facilitate the reestablishment of the “Kuciak unit” within the police to pursue the investigationMatovič told Deloire that, by giving the Slovak justice system a “free hand” to combat corruption, he hoped to “eliminate the system that had made [Kuciak’s murder] possible.” Kuciak specialized in investigating corruption for the Aktuality.sk news site.Deloire insisted on the importance of protecting journalists. The Slovak police have made little headway in their investigation into private sector surveillance of around 30 journalists in 2017 and 2018 (in which Kočner is also a suspect) or their investigation into attempts to intimidate Aktuality.sk journalist Peter Sabo, who found a bullet in his letterbox last June. Monika Tódová, an investigative journalist with Denník N, also reported being watched by two men for several days last December and January.The president of the Slovak parliament’s Culture and Media Commission, Kristián Čekovský, who accompanied the prime minister on his visit to RSF, presented new measures for protecting journalists and their sources, improving access to information, abolishing imprisonment for defamation and improving media ownership transparency.An overhaul of the public broadcaster, Rozhlas a Televízia Slovenska (RTVS), is also envisaged with the aim of increasing its editorial independence after around 30 of its journalists left because of political censorship by the current management, which was appointed by the previous government and is still in place.“You will have to pass from promises to action, so that these new measures become a law,” RSF’s secretary-general reiterated to the Slovak prime minister.While voicing his commitment to press freedom, Matovič stressed the need to promote media responsibility and reliable reporting. “The social media are too powerful and are capable of destroying entire democratic systems,” he said.In this regard, Deloire referred to the structural initiatives launched by RSF and suggested that Slovakia should back the International Partnership on Information and Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement for promoting and implementing democratic principles in the global information and communication space, to which 38 countries have signed up, and the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), which aims to use a self-regulatory mechanism to promote reliable news and information.Deloire also urged Matovič to promote press freedom in neighbouring Hungary and Poland by means of both European initiatives and initiatives within the Visegrád Group, to which these three countries belong.Slovakia is ranked 33rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. December 2, 2020 Find out more When Slovak Prime Minister Igor Matovič visited the headquarters of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in Paris yesterday, RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire deplored the failure to convict those who masterminded investigative reporter Ján Kuciak’s murder and urged Matovič to move from promises to action, with bold measures to protect journalists. SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityInternet June 2, 2021 Find out more News Prime Minister Igor Matovič in RSF headquarters center_img to go further News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Help by sharing this information November 23, 2020 Find out more February 4, 2021 Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Receive email alerts RSF_en Newslast_img read more

(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr Gilligan

first_imgEmail Linkedin Advertisement WhatsApp Twitter NewsLocal News(S)mash the Potato Market – Cllr GilliganBy admin – January 28, 2010 595 center_img Could be developed into a plazaLIMERICK’S Potato Market, located on Merchant’s Quay, could soon face the wrecking ball-with Cllr John Gilligan the driving force in a plan to convert it into a plaza.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Regarded for some time now as the “Cinderella” market, it has been used in recent years solely as a car park and compared to the popular Milk Market, currently undergoing refurbishment and restoration.Cllr John Gilligan has submitted a notice of motion to City Council that the old, originally cobbled market square, be demolished.The councillor, who attended the recent Annual General Meeting of the Market Trustees, has also informed that body of his recommendation, which, he told the Limerick Post, was “very favourably received.”His move at this particular point in time is a calculated one as the market was on course to be made a protected structure and as such, it could not be demolished.“It has no architectural merit and has not been used adequately for years now – it is a fine space going to waste but would cost a fortune to do it up – I suggest that we take down the entire area and make it into a plaza, which would open up the whole square and make it a very attractive public area that could be used for a lot of civic events, public and open air concerts, exhibitions and significant happenings in the city”. Cllr Gilligan said that he would like to see the market structure removed “up to the river – this would provide a clear view of the river, the Sylvester O’Halloran Bridge, the Hunt Museum, the marina, etc.“There would be a clear view of the river quays between the County Courthouse and Athlunkard Boat Club, which is the very location the first Vikings to arrive in Limerick landed on and built a settlement on. We could use the cut stone of the pillars at the market’s entrance to build a commemorative stone to King Brian Boru, who built his palace on the site of St Mary’s Cathedral – we’ve no suitable or impressive monument to him”.Confirming that the entrance from the market to the Sylvester O””Halloran Bridge and walkway is now coming away from the wall, Cllr Gilligan said it would “cost a small fortune” to rebuild it.“This is an opportune time to seriously consider demolishing the Potato Market and from what I gather, the idea is receiving favourable consideration in City Hall,” he said. Print Facebook Previous articleHigh rates a deterrent, argue property agentsNext articleA noise to remember adminlast_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball Reconvenes in Rivalry With UNLV

first_imgDecember 13, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Reconvenes in Rivalry With UNLV Tags: BYU Men’s Basketball/Kris Clyburn/Marvin Menzies/Shakur Juiston/T-Mobile Arena/UNLV Men’s Basketball/Yoeli Childs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS-Saturday, BYU men’s basketball faces UNLV, a former Mountain West Conference rival, just blocks away from the Thomas & Mack Center at the T-Mobile Arena as part of the Neon Hoops Showcase.This is a 6:30 pm tip-off and can be heard on KSVC-FM 100.5.The Cougars and Rebels have a storied rivalry with UNLV leading narrowly 18-16, but this is their first meeting since the 2010-11 season.BYU is 8-4 on the season, having won their last three games to quell a three-game losing streak prior to that.The Rebels enter this game at 4-4 having lost their last three games.The Cougars are led by the reigning March Madness NCAA National Player of the Week and the West Coast Conference Player of the Week, junior forward Yoeli Childs (22.8 points, 10.9 rebounds per game).BYU averages 84.7 points per game and gives up 74.8 points per contest.The Rebels average 70.9 points per game and give up 66 points per outing. Head coach Marvin Menzies’ squad is led by senior guard Kris Clyburn (11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds per outing) and senior forward Shakur Juiston (10.8 points, 8.8 rebounds per game). Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

Brazil Launches War On Crack

first_imgBy Dialogo May 24, 2010 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva unveiled a national war on crack cocaine, a drug that is increasingly causing addiction, health problems and crime in Brazilian cities and towns. “We are going to find a way to play tough in the fight against crack,” Lula told a meeting of mayors in Brasilia. He said more than 200 million dollars would be spent on an anti-drugs plan to reinforce health services, social assistants, Church-sponsored programs and social organizations tackling the issue. Brazil will also step up anti-narcotics checks along its vast borders with other South American nations. Lula said the drug was being used mostly by the poor living on the outskirts of cities and towns. “What is most serious is that it is deadly, it’s cheap, anybody can be a user and it has a devastating effect,” he said. Crack is typically made from a paste of unprocessed cocaine mixed with chemical additives, often paraffin, benzine, ether or sulfuric acid. It creates high levels of dependency and ravages the health of addicts. Officials said crack had not yet become a big criminal industry in Brazil — a fact which created its own problem in efforts to stamp it out. “At least in Brazil there are no big dealers. They are basically small-time. The drug is scattered everywhere, which makes it difficult to fight,” Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto said.last_img read more

Astra International’s profit plunges 44% in H1 as pandemic batters auto business

first_imgThe automotive industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the pandemic as customers stay at home to help curb the spread of COVID-19. National car sales fell 46 percent annually in the first half to just 260,933 units, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data compiled by Astra.Car wholesales nosedived in April and hit rock bottom in May with a more than 95 percent annual drop before rebounding in June, the data shows.  “Surely, the outlook for the automotive industry is quite challenging as consumer confidence is still quite weak and auto financing has yet to recover,” BNI Sekuritas head of equity research Kim Kwie Sjamsudin told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.He noted that those two sectors accounted for a big chunk of the company’s business. Read also: Gold price surge blessing in disguise for IndonesiaThe company’s financial services segment saw its net profit decrease by 25 percent yoy to Rp 2.1 trillion as a result of the increase in provisions set aside to cover the losses from a growing number of bad loans in consumer and heavy equipment financing, the company reported. In May this year, Astra International sold its entire shares in Bank Permata, worth around Rp 16.83 trillion, to Bangkok Bank. From the sales, Astra made Rp 5.88 trillion in net profit, higher than the profit it booked from its business operations alone. Astra also reported that its heavy machinery, mining, construction and energy segment had generated Rp 2.37 trillion in net profit, making it the biggest contributor to the company’s total net profit, despite seeing a 29 percent annual decline in revenue due to lower sales and contract volume, driven by weaker coal prices. The agribusiness segment also experienced a rise in net profit, increasing a staggering 791 percent from Rp 35 billion to Rp 312 billion in the first half as a result of rising crude palm oil (CPO) prices, especially during the year’s first quarter. Average CPO prices increased by 26 percent yoy to Rp 8,109 per kilogram in the first half, the company said. “Most probably, Astra International will pin its hopes on the agribusiness segment and its gold mines going forward,” Jasa Utama Capital analyst Chris Apriliony said on Wednesday. The rise in the two business lines, he added, would be driven by higher CPO and global gold prices, which could cushion the adverse impact faced by its other cooling businesses. Read also: Automakers rev up discounts to beat coronavirus sales bluesKim of BNI Sekuritas, on the other hand, noted that the commodity sector was highly-dependent on global economic activities and with the easing of global lockdown, things would start to move northward.“We expect the second quarter of 2020 to be the bottom, earnings-wise,” he said. Astra’s shares, traded at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code ASII, jumped by almost 1 percent as of 12:58 p.m. Jakarta time on Thursday while the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), gained 0.25 percent.Its stocks have lost almost 26 percent of its value so far this year versus an 18.66 percent loss recorded by the JCI. Astra Group, which has over 230 subsidiaries working under seven business segments, namely automotive, financial services, agribusiness, property, infrastructure and logistics, information technology and heavy equipment, mining, construction and energy, has reported a decrease in almost all of the business sectors it operates in. However, its automotive business was the hardest hit.  Read also: Light at end of tunnel for auto industry as June car sales rebound: ExpertsNet profit in the company’s automotive segment crashed 79 percent yoy to Rp 716 billion because of a fall in sales volume in the second quarter of the year. The business segment went from being the biggest contributor to net profit in June last year to its third-largest contributor.Astra’s car sales fell by 45 percent during the first half of the year to 139,500 units. In the second quarter alone, sales fell 92 percent against the previous quarter. Honda Astra’s motorcycle sales, meanwhile, fell 40 percent to 1.5 million units in the first half and 80 percent quarter-on-quarter (qoq). Topics :center_img Diversified conglomerate PT Astra International has reported a drop in revenue and net profit in the first half of the year, largely because of the pandemic’s major impacts on the automotive industry and commodity prices.The company’s revenue has fallen by 23 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 89.8 trillion (US$6.19 billion) as of June 30. Its net profit, excluding revenue from the sale of Bank Permata shares, nosedived 44 percent yoy to Rp 5.5 trillion. “Countermeasures against the pandemic implemented in most regions in Indonesia, including the temporary closedown of manufacturing activities and automotive distribution, have impacted the group’s operations substantially,” Astra president director Djony Bunarto Tjondro said in a press statement on Wednesday. last_img read more