New legislation threaten independence of media

first_img Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France Receive email alerts May 10, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News to go further Organisation center_img News August 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New legislation threaten independence of media June 4, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has protested against the adoption by theMontenegro parliament on 28 July of legislation limiting the editorialindependence of the public and private media.”With this legislation, Montenegro has backed away from the commitments itundertook with a view to joining the Council of Europe at the end of theyear”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in aletter to Vesna Perovic, spokesperson for parliament and Prime MinisterFilip Vujanovic. “We call on the government to present laws to parliamentthat accord with the European standard, and we call on parliament to approvethese laws and repeal those that restrict freedom of information inMontenegro and are detrimental to a rapprochement with European institutions”, the letter said.On 28 July, the Montenegro parliament modified the law on public informationin such a way as to oblige the news media to take account of the views ofthe leaders of the ruling parties when deciding editorial policy. Theparliament also approved a new law which limits the news sources and numberof articles that can be published on each of the political parties in anelection period. This two laws, ratified by President Milo Djukanovic, runcounter to three other bills on the news media which had been prepared bythe government with the help of Council of Europe experts ten days earlier.On 1 August, radio and television stations stopped broadcasting for half anhour in protest. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en last_img read more

Holden Bill to Give Returning Vets a Voice in Community College Leadership Passes First Committee Hearing

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Children went missing from special care unit 35 times

first_imgFacebook CHILDREN at a special care unit in Limerick City went missing 35 times in the last 16 months, a report from the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) has revealed.The Tusla facility at Coovagh House, which caters for up to four children between 11 to 17 years of age, was found to be majorly non-compliant to acceptable standards in 21 out of 30 areas.The issues raised by the unannounced HIQA inspection over two days last July included excessive lock-ups and watching children on CCTV instead of interacting with them. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Inspectors found that not all children were safe while living in the Coovagh House. Some had absconded from the unit and placed themselves at significant risk. While meetings were held to address these risks, decisions taken at these meetings were not always effective at reducing risk for some children who continued to abscond,” the report stated.Inspectors found that some of the contract staff at the centre had no Garda clearance.“Care practices in the unit did not promote a positive approach to behaviour that challenges nor were they safe. These included needlessly locking doors throughout the unit and observing children via CCTV in lieu of directly engaging with them”.“The living environment was not fit for the purpose of providing safe and effective care. A door on a child’s room had not been replaced in over six months and, consequently, their privacy and dignity could not be fully maintained. While staff were dedicated, skilled, experienced and had the competencies to provide care, they were not sufficiently supported, supervised and provided with necessary training,” the report added.  There were also problems with fire safety precautions, follow-on placements and other areas.Some staff were seriously assaulted during some incidents “yet despite this, they returned to work with the children indicating their dedication to providing consistent care”.Children told inspectors that while they understood the reason for being in special care, they were not happy to be there.“The living environment was not fit for the purpose of providing safe and effective care. This was found to be of significant risk on the last HIQA inspection in 2016 and little progress had been made since that time,” according to the report.Donal McCormack, Acting National Service Director for Tusla’s Residential Childcare Services, said the report highlights areas for improvement.“Tusla remains committed to improving our compliance with the national standards within special care. In conjunction with HIQA, we have created and begun to implement action plans in response to the report.”“We are putting measures in place to improve the services and standards in a timely and measurable way,” including the appointment of a permanent manager to Coovagh House and the recruitment of other key staff by the end of the year.  TAGSchildrenCoovagh HouseHIQAlimerickmissingTusla RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp NewsChildren went missing from special care unit 35 timesBy Editor – December 8, 2017 2262 Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleSparks fly over fireworks costNext articleEPA initiate legal proceedings against Irish Cement Editor last_img read more

Co Clare Entrepreneur has created a COVID-friendly tourism product to help…

first_imgBusinessLimerickNewsCo Clare Entrepreneur has created a COVID-friendly tourism product to help Limerick companies attract staycationersBy Meghann Scully – July 12, 2020 550 Linkedin Advertisement Previous articleAdare Manor Resort COVID-19 AmbassadorsNext articleWATCH: RG Snyman gives first interview as Munster player Meghann Scully Twitter WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Poststaycationstourismtravel center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BORN in Chile, reared in Tanzania, Zambia and Sweden and now residing in Ruan, Co Clare with her husband and two teenage children, Barbara Marin loves Ireland and all it has to offer.So much so that she has created a digital magazine, aptly named Travel Routes Ireland, especially for accommodation providers to enable them to showcase all that is wonderful about their county to prospective customers before they arrive at their selected holiday destination.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What started out as a pre-COVID-19 offer has now taken on a whole new life given the emphasis on staycations this year. Originally detailing Co Clare in a 42-page digital magazine, Marin’s focus is now on creating digital magazines for neighbouring counties before releasing nationwide; a digital publication for Limerick is at the final pre-launch editing stage and linkages are already being established in Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Cork and Tipperary to produce bespoke versions for these counties.As Marin explains: “My career has taken me on many different trajectories, from working in print media as editor-in-chief and executive editor of a monthly women’s fashion magazine in Sweden to creating an online parenting website and more latterly as global product manager for Loyaltybuild where I was responsible for the B2B relationship with hotels in Ireland and across Europe for the SuperValu getaway breaks.“Given that this work required tourist market knowledge, hotel contact and booking stats, and also pre-empting the changes in the market, the limitations and possibilities for hotels and SuperValu customers, and that I had a background in publishing, it was a natural next step for me to set up my own business, Bright Days Media, with a tourism-related deliverable in the form a digital magazine.” she said.Living in Co Clare on a small farm with a family immersed in traditional music and simply loving all things Irish, it was a natural progression for Marin to design and develop a digital magazine to promote all there is to see and do in every corner of Ireland.Naturally, as an embryonic company, supported by the LEADER via the Clare Local Development Company, what better way to start that with her county of residence.“The digital magazine is aptly named, Travel Routes Ireland, as that’s its focus, to show people what there is to see and do in the county they choose to stay in and travel around during their staycation.“We have a great mix of people, mainly freelance specialists, working on the product with backgrounds in tourism and customer loyalty in Ireland and across Europe as well as having extensive magazine editorial expertise and experience.“All of this has enabled us to produce a very useful tool for hospitality companies within the Irish tourism industry. Travel Routes enables them to showcase their businesses and the locality around them, enhancing the experience of their customers.“We supply the digital magazine to companies who can, in turn, brand it for their bespoke customers. All of this means that once they get a booking, they can give the customer the magazine, who can in turn plan their visit to the county before they leave home. When they see how much there is to see and do in a county, it’s inevitable that the staycationer will choose to stay local.“For example, our Clare edition covers the entire county, north, south, east, and west, exploring coastal and rural routes, outdoor and nature trails, and most importantly, the range of food to eat.“While we had planned to cover festivals, this is not possible in the current environment but the beauty about a digital format is that it can be adjusted easily and segmented to the customer’s needs. It’s ideal for any hospitality provider who wishes to target a specific type of visitor; we can streamline the content to suit that market.“We have received very favourable feedback on our magazine as it has created added value for the tourism provider. They can reach their customer in the dreaming stage, before they book, creating the possibility of extended stays and showcasing the benefits of their business and region and all during the time when visitors are planning their stays.” she added.John Burke, managing director of the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point, Co Clare speaks highly of the new product: “It’s been great working with Bright Days Media and Barbara. We have been working together for some time now, but the publication has never been a more valuable resource to have to hand than right now; a visit to the Armada has to be more than just the hotel, we are a West Clare experience, and getting that message across isn’t always that easy, but the publication produced makes it light, fun, and interesting, while getting so many great ideas across for things to experience.“Not only is it building anticipation for the guests before they arrive here, but it’s helping to support so many other tourism operators in the region in the process also. It helps to support so many key objectives of the business and a great resource overall.” he said.While featuring the main visitor attractions in an area, the smaller tourism providers and tourist options are also featured, which gives them the chance to be showcased, and also ensures that visitors get to visit all points of interest in a particular county.“It has a dual role really,” says Marin.“It helps counties and local businesses to retain visitors within their own region; it can be shared and distributed digitally to any customer or potential customer and, most importantly now, it is a COVID-friendly tourism product.“COVID-19 restrictions may have forced many people to adjust their holiday plans this year, making them choose Ireland over sunnier climes but when we take the time, as I have done since arriving in Ireland, to savour the beauty of the landscape and the richness of the culture, Ireland becomes more appealing. It’s all about being creative with your time and becoming familiar with all that lies withing easy reach of your holiday destination.”Barbara Marin may be Chilean by birth but as she says herself: “I first visited Ireland in 1998 with my then boyfriend, now husband, and moved here fulltime in 2006, and I can now say that I have finally planted my roots and found my place in the world.“There is no place in the world that has people as friendly; people genuinely care about each other, are chatty and helpful. I have fantastic neighbours that help me with babysitting my kids, pull a calf, give me a lift to town, drop off a rhubarb pie every now and then or are just happy when I call in for a cup of tea (obviously not during COVID-19).“It’s great that people living in Ireland might, this year, get to savour their home country and all that is wonderful about it and realise that the sun is not always shinier on faraway hills.” she explained.For more information on Travel Routes Ireland digital magazine, tourism product owners can contact Barbara Marin by email: [email protected] Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Update: Twin sister of Mary Boyle arrives at Leinster House for meeting with Taoiseach

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers News Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Previous articleForeign factory boats put Donegal fisherman’s livelihood at riskNext articleGAA Programme – 18/11/15 admin Google+ WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Ann Doherty the twin sister of Mary Boyle has arrived at Leinster House to meet with the Taoiseach later today.Ms. Doherty was greeted by TD Catherine Murphy a short time ago and is also expected to meet with Sinn Fein Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald.6-year-old Mary Boyle who is Ireland’s youngest ever missing person, vanished from her grandparent’s farm in Cashelard near Ballyshannon on the 18th of March 1977.Ann Doherty is taking her campaign for answers to Enda Kenny in Leinster House at approx 2.30 this afternoon.Ms Doherty believes her sister was murdered and has spearheaded a major appeal to help to find her remains.Journalist Gemma O’ Doherty is accompanying Ms Doherty, she outlines what they expect out of this meeting:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/gemma1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Update: Twin sister of Mary Boyle arrives at Leinster House for meeting with Taoiseach Pinterest Google+center_img By admin – November 19, 2015 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterestlast_img read more

British Navy Survey Ship HMS Echo Sets Sail for Uncharted Waters

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today British Navy Survey Ship HMS Echo Sets Sail for Uncharted Waters View post tag: sail View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Uncharted View post tag: Defence View post tag: HMS View post tag: sets View post tag: UK View post tag: waters British Navy Survey Ship HMS Echo Sets Sail for Uncharted Waters View post tag: Echo View post tag: Navy View post tag: survey Share this article View post tag: British The Royal Navy survey ship HMS Echo has picked up the baton where sister ship HMS Enterprise left off to begin her second 18-month deployment in three years.The ship sailed from the South West after HMS Enterprise returned to Plymouth from nine months away to spend the next year and a half updating charts of the Mediterranean, Red Sea and Indian Ocean, as its did on her previous 18-month tour of duty.HMS Echo slipped its moorings in Falmouth to return to waters its crew knows well – the ship’s second 18-month deployment in three years which ended last summer.That mission saw it find previously unknown and potentially dangerous natural features, in particular in the Red Sea, and wrecks in the Mediterranean and an historic first visit to Tripoli since the fall of the Gaddafi regime.Since completing that first 18-month deployment HMS Echo has undergone a revamp, followed by training which included two weeks in the Joint Warrior exercise off north-west Scotland, a spot of maintenance in Falmouth – which has become a second home to the Devonport-based hydrographic ships.HMS Echo’s Executive Officer (second-in-command) Lieutenant Commander Karen Fyfe said: “This deployment is what we’ve been working towards and presents an exciting opportunity for the ship’s company to demonstrate and employ the skills they have developed over the past year in an operational environment.”The passage to the Mediterranean will be a testing one and not merely because of the sometimes stormy waters of the Bay of Biscay.On board HMS Echo for the first part of the deployment is a team of assessors testing the ability of the crew to deal with various damage-control exercise scenarios such as fire and flood simulations – basically the things they do not want happening on a ship.Although HMS Echo will be away for 18 months, the sailors will be rotated off the ship to enjoy given leave and time for training with one third of the sailors changed every few weeks.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2013; Image: UK Navy View post tag: ship June 12, 2013last_img read more

Union to clear guest speakers with trustees

first_imgHe added, “If the Chair of Trustees, having consulted fellow Trustees, has any concern about a possible effect on OLDUT’s charitable status given its educational objectives, this will be discussed with the Oxford Union Society”. The Union will now be required to notify OLDUT trustees of all proposed guest speakers in advance. Incoming President Izzy Westbury suggested this week that the memorandum will not affect speaker invitations. She said, “It’s a run-of-the-mill review document. We have our OLDUT trustee meetings at the end of the academic year to discuss this sort of thing, so it’s pretty normal.” However, he also argued that OLDUT’s status as a charitable organistaion must not be compromised, warning that trustees may in future require advance sight of a guest speaker’s speech. Calls for this change began after Dr Zakir Naik, a controversial Muslim scholar and preacher, was invited to speak arlier this year. OLDUT (The Oxford Literary and Debating Union Trust) has owned the Union buildings since the 1970s, an arrangement which protects the student-run society against potential mismanagement. The existence of the trust means that even if the Union fails financially, its buildings cannot be lost. The spokesperson added that the memorandum passed this week was designed to “ensure that the trustees are not asked again, at short notice, to justify Union invites of which they are not aware.”center_img The standing committee of the Oxford Union has passed a Memorandum of Understanding giving OLDUT, the charitable trust which owns the Union buildings, more control over the invitation of guest speakers. However, a former member of the secretary’s committee expressed reservations about the change, saying, “OLDUT plays an important part in the running of the Union, but it will be a shame if this memorandum leads to fewer controversial figures being invited – the Union has a long history of discussing contentious issues, and that’s what makes it such an exciting forum for debate.” In a letter sent in early July to the Union President, the Chair of OLDUT acknowledged that the Oxford Union has always been free to invite speakers of its own choosing, and claimed that “the OLDUT Trustees do not wish to interfere in that process, e.g. by ‘vetting’ the choice of speakers”. Dr Naik had been placed under an exclusion order by home secretary, Theresa May in 2010, and was thus banned from entering Britain. He addressed the Union via video link in February. A spokesperson for the Oxford Union told Cherwell that this invitation led to some awkward questions for OLDUT, saying that “in March this year, the OLDUT trustees were approached by the Charities Commission following the Union’s invitation to Dr Naik. It was assumed that the trustees had direct involvement with the invitation, and consequently, some trustees were asked to justify this.”last_img read more


first_imgA mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 26 at St. Patrick’s Church, Scranton, Pa. for Laura Frances Yannuzzi Giaimo Aeberli, 89, of Scranton. She died peacefully at home after a long struggle with dementia. A lifelong participant in the restaurant industry, she was born in West New York, attended Robert Waters School in Union City, and studied hotel and restaurant management at LaSalle University. She was an ardent New York Yankees fan. She leaves behind three children, Lisa O’Hara of Scranton, Pa., William and Jane Giaimo of Allentown, and David Giaimo Sr., of Holly Springs, Ga.; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack Yannuzzi of Murrel’s Inlet, S.C., and William Yannuzzi, Victoria, BC, Canada, and her sister, Elizabeth Suriano, of Union City.Services arranged by the Carl J. Savino, Jr. Funeral Home, West Scranton, Pa.last_img read more

Nairn’s revamps oatcakes range with new look

first_imgSource: Nairn’sNairn’s new packagingScottish business Nairn’s has unveiled new branding across its portfolio of oatcakes.The firm said it was keen to retain its signature tartan design, but with a ‘much richer, more vibrant colour palette’. Its new look will also focus on ‘healthy’ eating and attracting younger consumers.A phased roll out will begin with the flagship oatcakes range, including its cheese, super seeded and rough (coarse, wholegrain oats) variants. They will be followed by its full portfolio over the coming months. Source: Nairn’sNairn’s old packagingAfter a four-way pitch to design the look, Nairn’s appointed health and wellbeing agency This Way Up. “Inspired by the rugged Munros of Scotland, the new design captures the textured and layered landscape, communicating all the natural, simple goodness of oats and celebrating the brand’s real roots,” said Vicki Willatts, design director at This Way Up.Its new look was researched to ensure it didn’t alienate existing customers and remained instantly recognisable, it added.“The colour palette references the rich, vibrancy of the natural landscape, whilst the informal style of real food imagery will inspire consumers to discover and enjoy the simple pleasures of uncomplicated wholesome eating.”Nairn’s hopes the new branding will show versatility and a wide range of toppings in a more modern and appetising way.“We worked extensively with consumer strategists at Map The Territory to better understand the changing health landscape and consumer needs, and this research has provided a solid foundation for the design work which is a significant step forward but still instantly recognisable as Nairn’s,” said Emma Heath, head of marketing at Nairn’s.Fellow Scottish bakery Walker’s Shortbread has also recently unveiled a brand revamp, featuring a ‘fresh take’ on its iconic tartan and emphasising its heritage.last_img read more

85-year-old fan’s streak of Packers playoff games will go on

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An 85-year-old Green Bay Packers fan who has never missed a playoff game at Lambeau Field thought her streak was coming to an end this week until two charitable brothers heard her story. Fritzie Neitzel went to her first Packers game with her father in October 1945, when she was 10. As longtime season ticket holders, her family unsuccessfully tried buying seats for the NFC championship game once they went on sale. That’s when the Spirit of Wisconsin Booster Club, a charity led by Steve and Neal Ewing, heard Neitzel’s story and gifted her tickets to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Packers said all tickets on cellphones are nontransferable. So Steve Ewing drove from Milwaukee to Green Bay to hand off the phone with the tickets.last_img read more