MEPs trigger Article 7 to defend democracy and press freedom in Hungary

first_img“There was an urgent need for the European Union to decide to act and to clearly show the Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, that he must stop riding roughshod over the separation of powers, judicial independence and press freedom and stop attacking organizations that defend human rights.” It was yet another example of a well-established methodin which Orbán allies buy up media companies and reorient their editorial policies by means of censorship, dismissals and closures. As a result, it is getting harder and harder for Hungary’s journalists to play the role that is essential in any properly-functioning democracy and for its citizens to get access to accurately reported news and information. RSF’s Majerczak added: “We urge European Union leaders to do their duty to make Viktor Orbán understand that the EU is not just a distributor of subsidies and that European values are not negotiable. If nothing is done, Hungary’s increasing authoritarianism will continue and will allow other countries to take the same road.” HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression Follow the news on Hungary Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes today’s vote by the European Parliament to trigger Article 7 of the European Union treaty in a bid to curb the Hungarian prime minister’s increasingly authoritarian tendencies and ensure respect for the rule of law, democracy, human rights and press freedom. It was the first time in EU history that the required two-thirds of MEPs voted in favour of using this exceptional mechanism, under which a member state can, after a long and complicated procedure, be stripped of its vote in the European Council for posing a grave threat to the EU’s fundamental common values. Hungary is ranked 73rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information Violations of press freedom and media pluralism were among the 12 major concerns cited in the resolution approved by the European Parliament. The situation in Hungary is really critical and press freedom is increasingly under threat. February 10, 2021 Find out more News September 12, 2018 MEPs trigger Article 7 to defend democracy and press freedom in Hungary It now falls to the European Council, which consists of the heads of state or government of the EU’s 28 member countries, to press ahead with the Article 7 procedure. Organisation center_img RSF_en A dozen pro-government oligarchs now have dominant positions in most of the Hungarian media, including local dailies, national commercial TV channels, tabloids, news websites and political weeklies, while state radio and TV were turned into Orbán propaganda outlets long ago. Receive email alerts Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban looks on during a debate concerning Hungary’s situation as part of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France on September 11, 2018/ AFP to go further “We welcome this unprecedented vote by the European Parliament, which shows that MEPs are determined to defend the European democratic model,” said Julie Majerczak, RSF’s representative in Brussels. News Recent actions by Orbán associates with the aim of gagging the press have continued the dangerous decline in media pluralism. A businessman close to the prime minister seized control of the TV news channel Hir TV at the start of August, just weeks after the weekly Heti Valaszaand the daily Magayar Nemzet were closed. Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site June 2, 2021 Find out more May 4, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU HungaryEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Newslast_img read more

Hawaii linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa dies at 21, university announces

first_imgpic.twitter.com/lF5KInFHwX— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) July 5, 2019MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019″It’s always heartbreaking to lose a member of our UH ohana, particularly when it’s one of our young student-athletes,” Matlin said in a statement, per Hawaii News Now. Sanitoa, a native of American Samoa, played in 12 games (two starts) for the Rainbow Warriors in 2018. He recorded 21 solo tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks. Hawaii junior linebacker Scheyenne Sanitoa died Thursday, the university announced. He was 21.No cause of death was given. Athletics director David Matlin said UH was informed of Sanitoa’s death Friday morning.last_img read more

Alert over duo carrying out diversion scam in Letterkenny

first_imgBusiness owners and staff in Letterkenny are being urged to be on alert today over a cash-grabbing scam.Two women are reportedly trying to swindle stores out of money on Main Street today (Thursday).The women allegedly ask store assistants for change, before diverting their attention away and taking more cash than they started with. The Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce is warning all local traders to be aware: “Please be alert and careful with goods and cash and check all notes at this busy time.”Alert over duo carrying out diversion scam in Letterkenny was last modified: December 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cards come from behind to beat West Valley

first_imgCorning >> There’s a reason the Corning Cardinals were 27-0 going into Wednesday night’s semifinal game against the West Valley Eagles — they come through in the clutch.After a come-from-behind overtime win in Paradise to clinch a perfect 26-0 regular season, coach Kurt Wilkins said the Cards needed three more wins to validate the season. They got the first Friday over the Sutter Huskies, 64-50 and the second came Wednesday over the Eagles, 43-37. They will play for the championship Friday …last_img read more

Lyceum targets finals berth

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. A win by the Pirates will give them a perfect elimination round record (18-0) and seed them straight to the Finals. It will also deprive the Lions of a twice-to-beat edge.Instead, San Beda will be the waiting team in a stepladder semifinal. The survivor of the grueling semifinal climb will face Lyceum in a best-of-three title showdown. Under a new league rule, the Pirates will no longer own a thrice-to-beat advantage in the Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda can claim the No. 1 seed with at least a six-point victory. A victory by the Lions regardless of the margin will put the traditional Final Four format in play, with the Top 2 teams having a twice-to-beat edge. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Malaysia leads Philippine Sr golfers by 2 MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9303:13San Beda, Lyceum still title favorites for NCAA Season 9402:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum shoots for a finals berth against a San Beda team looking to preserve its own seven-year-old record on the final day of the elimination round of NCAA Season 93 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“It just another opportunity for us to inspire,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson, choosing to downplay the much-awaited rematch of their thrilling 96-91 win last July 14.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho post

first_imgMan Utd expected to fine Pogba after Mourinho postby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are to fine Paul Pogba after his social media post celebrating Jose Mourinho’s sacking yesterday, it has been claimed.The Daily Mail says the photo of a smirking Pogba appeared on the player’s Instagram account on Tuesday with the message “caption this”.The post was deleted 10 minutes later but not before it was liked by more than 64,000 people and drew a response from Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville who wrote: “You can do one as well!” United bosses were angered by the post which they believe was in bad taste and disrespectful by the club’s £89million record signing. Pogba, who earns £300,000 a week at Old Trafford, is expected to be fined for his actions. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Colin Cowherd Criticizes Coach K For Dillon Brooks Incident

first_imgColin Cowherd criticizes Coach K.colin cowherd criticizes coach kOregon knocked Duke out of the NCAA Tournament Thursday night, and if you missed it, the end of the contest was a little dicey. Ducks star Dillon Brooks, on his team’s final possession, launched and hit a three-pointer that was inconsequential to the score – and then celebrated the shot. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly told Brooks in the handshake line that he is “too good” of a player to be showing off.As you’d imagine, the hot takes regarding the incident are coming from all angles. Friday morning, FOX Sports radio host Colin Cowherd got involved, criticizing Coach K for the move. The gist? Cowherd doesn’t like how college basketball coaches try to control everything – including the players. He doesn’t think it was Krzyzewski’s place to talk to [email protected] on Coach K: You’re getting trounced. You don’t get an opinion on what another player is doing.https://t.co/mJPrsT08OK— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) March 25, 2016What do you think? Was Coach K out of bounds or is this being blown out of proportion?last_img read more

In 2016 two Canadians had a novel idea They want

first_imgIn 2016, two Canadians had a novel idea. They wanted to welcome the first wave of Syrian refugees to Toronto — who had fled from their country’s ongoing civil war — by inviting women to cook familiar foods for family and friends in a pop-up kitchen.”It was key that we provided a space where newcomers to Canada could talk about their struggles integrating into Canadian society,” says Cara Benjamin-Pace, co-founder of Newcomer Kitchen, as the project is called.”It was a cultural thing, too,” she adds. “Syrian women don’t cook alone.”Together, the refugees cooked traditional Levantine dishes: fragrant rice and chicken with nuts, cucumber salad and a grain dish called freekeh. The women made friends, reminisced about home and connected with the community.Now, Newcomer Kitchen is bringing meals to displaced Syrian families in camps across the Middle East.It’s part of a partnership that started last year with GlobalMedic, a nonprofit focused on providing humanitarian aid to crisis zones. More than 500,000 meal kits have been sent to Syria and refugee camps in surrounding countries so far.Over 13 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to Marwa Awad, a spokesperson for the World Food Programme in Syria. Of these, 6.5 million do not have adequate access to nutritious, affordable food.The WFP and its partners are able to assist about 3 million people every month in Syria, says Awad. Other local and international humanitarian groups, like GlobalMedic, also play a role in providing food aid to the country.Benjamin-Pace and Len Senater, the project’s other co-founder, say they jumped at the opportunity when they were approached by GlobalMedic in 2017 to partner on a new food aid program.”Many of our women were in tears” when they found out about the partnership, says Benjamin-Pace. “It was the first time I saw a lot of them cry.”Originally envisioned as a temporary charitable project for a dozen women, Newcomer Kitchen has grown into a program with 60 Syrian refugee women on staff. The women earn $11 an hour preparing meals available to purchase ($18 for a three-course meal) and hosting weekly pop-up dinners for the community. There is traditional Syrian food, music and dancing.Still, the women believed they could do more for displaced families suffering in Syria.”We were definitely having an impact in Toronto, but the [women] we worked with wanted to make a more tangible impact on their home communities,” says Benjamin-Pace. “They see the news of the conflict in Syria and wanted to do more for their families back home.”GlobalMedic – which has provided aid to 60 disaster relief missions around the world — worked with Newcomer Kitchen to design a nutritious meal that would be familiar to those receiving it in Syria, says executive director Rahul Singh.The women refugee staff suggested meal ideas to GlobalMedic. Then the group attempted to modify their recipes to create a cheaper, non-perishable version. They settled on making meal kits of the traditional Syrian dish, mujaddara, consisting of bulgur, lentils and onions..Each meal kit feeds six at a cost of just 25 cents per person. The dish is not only a bargain, it’s quick: It takes 20 minutes to prepare.Donations from individuals and companies cover the cost of the meal kits, which are assembled by GlobalMedic volunteers. Some women at Newcomer Kitchen have volunteered, too. And a number of companies have also hosted team-building trips in GlobalMedic’s factory where they assemble the kits themselves, packing up to 4,000 bags an hour, says Singh.Once assembled, the food kits are sent by ship to Turkey, then travel overland to northern Syria or refugee camps in bordering countries. GlobalMedic works with a New York-based nonprofit called the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees to arrange transport and distribution of the food packets from Canada to the Middle East.Shadi Martini, director of humanitarian relief and regional relations at Multifaith Alliance, says the rapid preparation style of the meals has had a huge impact on internally displaced people in Syria.The Syrian volunteers back in Toronto, meanwhile, are grateful for the chance to give back to their people.”I’m so excited for this opportunity,” says Reshdia Almasri, a Syrian staffer at Newcomer Kitchen. “Finally, it’s our chance to help.”Jack Allen studies Russian and journalism at Princeton University. Originally from Manchester, England, he explores the relationship between food, culture and identity. Find him on Twitter @jackloganallen. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

A leading psychiatrist who helped the government d

first_imgA leading psychiatrist who helped the government draft guidance that protected mental health service-users who were threatened with forced work has refused to criticise major changes to the guidelines that have risked the lives of thousands of benefit claimants.Disability News Service (DNS) reported last month that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) had secretly made major changes that watered-down guidance given to “fitness for work” benefits assessors, and then “lied” about what it had done.Ministers appear to have decided that it was worth risking the loss of some lives in order to cut benefits spending and force more disabled people into their discredited back-to-work programmes.The guidance explains how assessors should translate employment and support allowance (ESA) regulations 29 and 35, which concern whether decisions to find someone fit for work or able to carry out work-related activity would cause a substantial risk of harm to an ESA claimant.A DWP response to a freedom of information request, obtained by DNS this week, shows that new guidance was sent out to healthcare assessors working for the discredited US outsourcing giant Maximus in early December last year.The month after the new guidance was sent out, the proportion of claimants placed in the support group of ESA – and therefore not forced to take part in work-related activity – began to fall sharply.For claims completed in December 2015, 56 per cent were placed in the support group; the following month that fell to 48 per cent, and then to 33 per cent in February, and 33 per cent again in March.The previous version of the guidance, published as DWP’s Work Capability Assessment Handbook in February 2015, included six indicators of “substantial risk”, which were marked “D” for “definitive” – including someone who was currently sectioned, who had active thoughts of suicide, or had had a documented episode of self-harm requiring medical attention in the last 12 months – to show that that person should be placed in the ESA support group.But the latest edition of the guidance says only that such indicators “might” give rise to a substantial risk in “exceptional circumstances”.The new version of the handbook also tells assessors that they should consider factors that might “mitigate” the chance that someone could harm themselves or others, including “the benefits of employment weighed against any potential risk”.The previous version of the guidance was written by DWP with “external input” from Professor Peter White, a consultant psychiatrist at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, and Professor Keith Hawton, director of the University of Oxford’s Centre for Suicide Research.But their names do not appear in the new, watered-down guidance.White has refused to comment on the new guidance, and the risks that it might pose to people in severe mental distress, and instead referred DNS to a named DWP press officer.A DWP spokeswoman said later that White “was involved in early discussions about the revised guidance but neither he, nor Hawton, played any subsequent role in its drafting or sign off”.DNS has been unable to contact Hawton directly, although messages have been left with his personal assistant and via email.The DWP spokeswoman added: “We in no way asked either Professor Hawton or Professor White not to comment on the new guidance.“It is for them to decide on whether they wish to engage with media.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said he found their silence to be “inexplicable” and “deeply alarming”.He said: “In the case of Professor Hawton, he is a world-leading expert in suicide prevention and one would have expected him to have something to say about the change in this guidance which will irrefutably lead to an increase in the suicide rate among claimants.“Both professors have a duty to speak out.”McArdle said the new guidance was giving assessors “permission to refuse benefits to people who have exhibited suicidal ideation in terms of regulations 29 and 35, and we believe that is unlawful and not human rights-compliant”.In April, DNS obtained a DWP document which suggested amending or removing regulations 29 and 35 as one of several policy proposals, and said that such a move would provide substantial savings.But the memo – drawn up before the 2015 election, and to be used if the Conservatives triumphed at the polls – warned that previous attempts to remove the regulations had been defeated in the courts, and that any changes in this area “carry a significant handling and delivery risk” because they would be “perceived as restricting application of the safeguards and may be considered discriminatory”.DWP’s press office have insisted that these “speculative policy formulations” were drafted by staff before the last election and “have not been raised, do not represent government policy and have never been sent to ministers”.But comparing the latest handbook with the version issued before the 2015 election shows the regulations were amended, although by changing the guidance rather than the rules themselves.DWP had failed to comment by 11am today (Thursday) on whether the new guidance was the reason for the fall in the proportion of claimants placed in the support group, and how it justified watering down the guidance when it was designed to stop people self-harming and taking their own lives.last_img read more