News Organisation The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened to go further GreeceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire is flying to Athens today to meet with Greek journalists, including representatives of state broadcaster ERT, whose three TV stations were abruptly shut down by the government last night.Deloire will hold a news conference on the current state of freedom of information in Greece outside ERT headquarters at 11:00 AM tomorrow (08:00 GMT).He also plans to meet with Dimitris Trimis of the EYSEA journalists’ union, Theodora Oikonomudes of alternative citizen radio station Radiobubble, Kostas Vaxevanis, a journalist who is being tried for publishing part of the “Lagarde List” of suspected tax dodgers, and Lefteris Xaralambopoulos, a journalist who received death threats after investigating contraband oil shipments.A meeting with the information minister has also been requested.Reporters Without Borders issued a statement earlier today expressing its dismay at the government’s bizarre decision to shut down ERT’s three TV stations while the state broadcaster is overhauled.Greece has fallen almost 50 places in the past three years in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, a record fall in such a short period for a European Union member state.The reasons include violence against reporters covering anti-austerity demonstrations, which goes completely unpunished, and threats against journalists and other news providers by the Golden Dawn party’s neo-Nazis. Against this backdrop, the closure of ERT’s TV stations has dealt a devastating blow to pluralism and freedom of information in Greece. Follow the news on Greece April 29, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News Receive email alerts June 12, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB secretary-general flies to Athens after state TV stations closed News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom GreeceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more February 2, 2021 Find out more
FERNDALE >> Trainer Margie Cantrell doesn’t claim to be a boxer, but the highly-respected trainer will pack a solid one-two punch in today’s $7,800 Rick Sousa Purse feature at the Humboldt County Fair.Cantrell will send out Gabe’s Pride and Weyand, both fresh from game sprint scores, in the Sousa headliner, which lured a very competitive cast of eight speedsters.Named for one of Ferndale’s favorite citizens, the Rich Sousa Purse is carded as the sixth race on an eight-race program and run at …
Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig. (Retd.) B.D. Mishra on Sunday called on Union Minister Jitendra Singh and discussed with him a wide range of issues pertaining to the State, particularly a separate cadre for all India service officers. During the meeting, the Governor requested the Minister to accede to the demand of the State government to have a separate IAS cadre for Arunachal, presently a part of the AGMUT cadre, shared by the Union Territories and the States of Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Goa. According to an official statement, Brig. Mishra said that this demand is inspired by the increasing requirement of IAS officers for Arunachal Pradesh as well as by the consideration of having officers exclusively designated to serve in the State.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say INSIDER: Zidane wants Mendy as Real Madrid first-choiceby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is eager for Ferland Mendy to establish himself.The France left-back was signed this summer from Lyon and is battling Marcelo for a place in Zidane’s starting XI.And Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, revealed: “Mendy is a player that I think is the great success of the signings. “The idea that Zidane has is that he is the starting left side, the first-choice in all the lineups.”Physically, he is out-of-the-box and he is going to be a star in Madrid. He (Zidane) likes him better than Marcelo right now.”
MONTEGO BAY – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller is urging more women to increase their participation and assertiveness in the economic development of their countries.She issued the call in an address read by Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes Abrahams, at the Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Caribbean and Pacific (SEED CAP) Forum at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay on July 12.Also urging more women to become involved in agriculture in particular, Mrs. Simpson Miller observed the link between gender, nutrition and food security, and poverty.“It is imperative that we design and implement strategies to increase the involvement of women in agriculture; to diversify their roles and to give greater recognition to their contribution to the sector,” the Prime Minister said.Noting that women in the Caribbean and sister states of the Pacific islands, play important roles in household food security as income earners, nurturers and managers of natural resources, she said this is why women must play a pivotal role in the eradication of poverty, the elimination of food insecurity, and the promotion of proper nutrition.“As Government and policy-makers it is critical that we provide the kind of legislative and policy framework and the kind of environment that facilitates the achievement of these goals,” Mrs. Simpson Miller stated.She observed that women are excelling in important agricultural roles as veterinarians, farm managers and educators.Meanwhile, Mrs Simpson Miller pointed out that in tandem with the country’s national development plan and vision to become the place of choice to live, work and raise families, one of the chief objectives is having a healthy and stable population.“We aim to achieve this by advancing the development of an agricultural sector that promotes food security and safety in order to contribute to the well-being of our people,” she informed.In seeking to achieve these objectives, she said there is a clear role for the increased participation of women in agriculture. “Currently our farmer registration programme shows that only about 33 per cent of Jamaican farmers are women… I would like to encourage more women to give due consideration to becoming more involved in this very vital sector of the economy,” she statedThe Forum is being held over the three days in an effort to expand economic opportunities for women in the agriculture sector in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. The United States Department of State and Jamaica in collaboration with the other U.S. agencies and the New Zealand Government are hosting the Forum, which brings together businesses, producers, experts and public and private sector representatives.CONTACT: GLENIS A. ROSEJIS REGIONAL OFFICEMONTEGO BAY
The Trump Administration today moved to weaken fuel economy standards for automobiles, saying the current ones are inappropriate and wrong.The long-anticipated move is a win for auto manufacturers, which had lobbied for lower fuel-economy standards. It’s also a rejection of one of former President Barack Obama’s biggest efforts to combat climate change by curbing greenhouse gas emissions.In making the announcement, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, accused Obama of making incorrect assumptions when setting the standards, which led to them being set “too high.”The Obama administration, working with California, aimed to nearly double the fleet wide average fuel economy for passenger cars and SUVs to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025.Automobile emissions and transportation are one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.Pruitt’s EPA is abandoning those goals and says it will work with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to set more appropriate standards at a later date.The move puts the Trump administration on the path toward another legal showdown with California, which has said that it will keep the stricter air standards in place. The state has a federal waiver under the Clean Air Act that allows it to set its own standards for vehicle emissions. Twelve other states follow California’s lead, and together they account for a third of all car sales in the U.S.”This is a politically motivated effort to weaken clean vehicle standards with no documentation, evidence or law to back up that decision,” said Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, in a statement. She accused EPA of aiming to “demolish the nation’s clean car program.”Typically, the federal government and California work together to set shared auto emissions and fuel economy standards. Car manufacturers want uniformity nationwide, so they’re not having to build different types of vehicles for consumers in different states.But the Trump administration and California are at odds on a number of issues, and it’s unclear if either side would be willing to make a concession.”Cooperative federalism doesn’t mean that one state can dictate standards for the rest of the country,” Pruitt said in a statement. “It’s in everyone’s best interest to have a national standard, and we look forward to working with all states, including California, as we work to finalize that standard.”The statement said California’s environmental waiver “is still being reexamined by EPA.” California Gov. Jerry Brown also criticized the announcement.”This cynical and meretricious abuse of power will poison our air and jeopardize the health of all Americans,” he said in a statement.Any split in the nation’s car market would be troublesome for auto manufacturers, which had lobbied the Trump administration to lower the standards. They argued that with low gas prices, consumers are buying more larger vehicles — SUV’s and pickup trucks — making the push for fuel-efficient electric vehicles and hybrids a costly burden. Lowering the fuel economy standards, they said, would give them more flexibility to meet consumer demands. Jessica Caldwell, executive director of industry analysis at the automotive website Edmunds, said in a statement that flexibility will come with a cost. “The unfortunate reality is that this decision comes with a logistical nightmare in the short term,” she said. If states divide into a patchwork of competing fuel economy standards, while a long court battle drags out, “it puts automakers in a very challenging scenario from a product development perspective.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.