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Retail sales up as public borrowing improves

first_img whatsapp Retail sales up as public borrowing improves whatsapp Thursday 21 April 2011 4:56 am Retail sales rose unexpectedly in March helped by stronger food sales on the month, while public sector borrowing for the fiscal year ending in March came in below the government’s target, official data showed.The Office for National Statistics said retail sales volumes including automotive fuel rose 0.2 percent last month after dropping by 0.9 per cent the month before.Analysts had been braced for a weak retail sales number, after a very weak British Retail Consortium survey last week and the figures may therefore reassure Bank of England policymakers that consumer demand is stabilising.The ONS said the rise was driven by stronger food sales and non-store retailing, with garden centres and sports good stores helped by dry weather in March.Year-on-year, retail sales were 1.3 per cent higher. Economists had forecast a month-on-month fall of 0.5 per cent and an annual rise of 0.9 percent.On the quarter, retail sales volumes were 0.3 per cent higher, suggesting the sector is poised to make a modest contribution to first-quarter GDP data due next week.Supermarket chain Tesco said this week it failed to meet its UK profit expectations for the last year and expected conditions to remain challenging. On Wednesday, Home Retail, Britain’s biggest household goods retailer, said it would face a hard time for at least this year.There was also good news from public borrowing data released at the same time by the ONS, which covers the whole of the 2010/11 fiscal year.The government’s preferred measure, public sector net borrowing excluding financial sector interventions, came in at £141.142bn, comfortably below the £145.9bn predicted by the Office for Budget Responsibility at last month’s annual budget. Show Comments ▼center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Herald Share Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap John Dunne Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Ader builds Playtech stake with $100m investment

first_img31st August 2018 | By contenteditor Casino & games Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Casino & games Finance Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresscenter_img Shareholding now amounts to almost 5% of the company US investor Jason Ader has spent more than $100m (£76.9m/€85.6m) over the last few weeks to increase his stake in Playtech to almost 5%, amid reports that he is seeking to challenge corporate governance at the firm.Springowl Asset Management, the New York hedge fund led by Ader, carried out a series of share purchases in recent weeks, despite questions about the firm’s future due to financial losses. Last week, Playtech reported a 38% year-on-year drop in adjusted net profit on a constant currency basis to €83.3m in the first half, while earnings before interest and deductions also dropped 13% to €145m. Playtech’s share price has also plummeted almost 50% over the past 12 months due to ongoing concerns over its position in the market. Speaking to The Times about his recent purchases, Ader said the company needs to “improve its reputation, governance and stock price”, adding that he is looking forward to “continuing a dialogue” with its board. The Times also reported that while Ader’s initial focus is corporate governance, the hedge fund could seek to use its minority holding to push for asset disposals or potentially a sale of the company. Ader previously played a major role in the sale of bwin.party to GVC Holdings. In terms of senior management at Playtech, Ader is understood to have concerns over Alan Jackson’s position as chairman. Jackson has recently been linked with a move away from the firm following the arrival of Ian Penrose, the former chief executive of Sportech, as a non-executive director, earlier this month. In July, Playtech also appointed Susan Ball, previously chief financial officer of Unibet Group, as a non-executive director. The Times also suggests Ader remains uncertain over the continued involvement of Playtech’s founder Teddy Sagi. The Israeli billionaire launched the company in 1999, but has gradually sold off his controlling stake in the firm, now holding just 6.3% of shares. A Playtech spokeswoman said: “We continually engage with our shareholders and value their feedback.”Image: PxHere Ader builds Playtech stake with $100m investment AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe Limited HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw)  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Capital Bank Limited (formerly Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe) was founded in 1912 and is an iconic institution in the local banking sector; operating across the full spectrum of retail and business banking, and corporate and investment banking with 38 branches nationwide. In addition to mainstream financial products, First Capital Bank offers motor, home, travel, business and personal insurance services. After more than a century operating under its parent company, Barclays plc has sold its majority stake in Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe to FMB Capital Holdings, the Mauritius based holding company, that has banking operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. FMB Capital Holdings is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange. First Capital Bank Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Miss Apopka Wins Two State Pageant Awards

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Miss Apopka, Arianna Beyer, did not become Miss Florida.  But she did win two awards at the 81st Annual Miss Florida Pageant.  The pageant was held earlier this month in front of about 2,200 people in the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center.“I was so very proud of our Miss Apopka, Arianna Beyer, at the Miss Florida Pageant,” said Rosali Morris, president of the Miss Apopka Scholarship Pageant. “Her talent performance was stellar.”Miss Beyer named in the Top 15.  She also won the Non-Finalist Talent Award and the Miss America Scholastic Achievement Award.“Of course she wanted to be in the top 10 so that she could perform the clarinet for all her fans but it wasn’t to be,” said Morris.Miss Beyer made these comments on her Instagram account:“Reflecting on this past week with one of my favorite competition photos, because I am most thankful to the Miss America Organization for allowing me to hone my interview and public speaking skills. While I am extremely disappointed that I didn’t get to perform for my family and friends on Saturday night, I am very proud to have represented the city of Apopka, been named in the Top 15, won a non-finalist talent award, and won the Miss America Scholastic Achievement Award. Now, onward and upward! Here’s to a successful senior year and all things clarinet.”According to Morris, Miss Beyer is now in Washington, DC where she is finishing her internship with the U.S. Army Band.  Next week she heads for Seattle to participate in the Marrowstone Music Festival along with 200 other musicians. The Festival was founded in 1943 and is the largest and most comprehensive summer orchestra training program in the Pacific Northwest. Arianna, congratulations and remember, you are always # 1 in our book, here in Apopka! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSArianna BeyerMiss ApopkaMiss Florida Previous article72% of voters less likely to support pro-gambling candidatesNext articlePersonal Computer Security Expert to Speak Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Please enter your comment!center_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter July 17, 2016 at 10:15 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 1 COMMENT Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

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Wasps vs Bath classic with extended highlights

first_imgTuesday Feb 19, 2008 Wasps vs Bath classic with extended highlights On a weekend where all the talk was about the Super 14’s new ELV’s, that are supposed to make the game faster and more exciting, we saw Wasps and Bath play a high quality game of rugby that certainly didn’t require any changes in the law.Bath winger Andrews Higgins notched the opening try for Bath in bizarre fashion, bursting through from deep inside his own half, only to seemingly run out of steam within yards of the Wasps line.But his stray off-load was knocked back to him by a Wasps hand, allowing him to canter in and score, but not before turning back in the wrong direction, almost inviting the tackler to catch him. A rather comical finish to a great try.The rest of the game proved to be anything but slow, and the theory that rugby as it is needs the new Experimental Law Variations was put to boot. It’s not an open and shut case, but this game certainly proved that the game as we know it is still alive and well.Wasps overcame a 20-13 halftime lead to come out eventual winners 42 – 34 after an amazing second half comeback.It was a remarkable afternoon at the Rec, and although I don’t normally post videos this long, I thought a lot of you out there would appreciate this one. Note: All tries are shown which means the video is 10 mins long ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Wasps vs Bath classic with extended highlights | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Funding for EU wide youth organisations

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The European Union is offering grants to youth organisations which wish to develop stronger European relatons. The programme supports the permanent activities of bodies pursuing an aim of general European interest in the field of youth or an objective which is part of the European Union’s policy in that area.Grants of up to ‚€35,000 are available for organisations working in the field of youth at European level. The funding is given to bodies whose activities encourage the active participation of young people in public life and society and help develop and implement youth cooperation across the EU. The EC will provide grants of up to 50% of a successful organisation’s operating costs.The programme supports permanent activities of bodies pursuing an aim of general European interest in the field of youth or an objective forming part of the European Union’s policy in this area. In particular, these activities must contribute, or be capable of contributing, to the active participation of young citizens in public life and in society and to the development and implementation of community cooperation actions in the field of youth in the broad sense. Advertisement Funding for EU wide youth organisationscenter_img The types of project covered include:–Representation of the views and interests of young people in all their diversity at community level; –Youth exchanges and voluntary service; –Informal and non-formal learning and work programmes;–Promoting intercultural learning and understanding;–Debate on European matters and EU policies or youth policies;–Dissemination of information on community action;–Actions promoting participation and initiative by young citizensOrganisations must be non-governmental, non-profit making and in operation for more than a year. They should be established in either an EU,European Free Trade Area or candidate country and have active members in at least eight of these countries. The closing date for applications is 1 December 2005. Howard Lake | 21 November 2005 | News Tagged with: Irelandlast_img read more

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Presidential candidates aren’t favorable among voters

first_imgprintTarrant County voter registration is up from the 2012 presidential election, but both major party candidates have low favorability nationwide.For the 2012 election cycle, Tarrant County had 975,385 registered voters. Currently, 1,066,419 Tarrant County voters are registered for the 2016 presidential election, according to Patricia Benavides, Tarrant County voter registration manager.But national polls indicate most registered voters are dissatisfied with their voting options in the presidential race.Less than 50 percent of registered voters nationwide are satisfied with their party’s candidate, according to the Pew Research Center, That means more than half of registered voters do not like the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.“Both candidates are also less of an ideological fit for their party’s grassroots supporters than some of their partisans would like, though this is more of a challenge for Donald Trump than Hillary Clinton,” said Grant Ferguson, TCU instructor in political science.Ferguson said voters believe Clinton is not liberal enough and Trump is not conservative. He said both Clinton and Trump are less popular within their respective parties than a typical nominee for president.Tarrant County typically votes Republican, which mirrors the voting record of Texas as a whole.In the 2012 general election, 57 percent of Texas voters chose Mitt Romney, the Republican Party nominee, and 41 percent chose Barack Obama, the Democratic Party nominee.In the March 2016 primary election, Clinton received 65 percent of Tarrant County Democrats’ votes while Trump received 26 percent of Tarrant County Republicans’ votes. Texan Ted Cruz captured 44 percent of the Tarrant County vote.“Tarrant County voters have a huge stake in this election,” said Marco Rosas, Tarrant County Democratic Party chief strategist. “If people are upset about the budget cuts to education for children with disabilities, then they have a stake.  If they are happy with jobs being taken out of Texas, the voters have a stake.  If they are upset about budget cut after budget cut for all Texas schools, the voters have a stake.”The Tarrant County Republican Party did not return calls for comment.Ferguson said he would not be surprised if 1 or 2 percent fewer voters vote than in 2012 due to their dissatisfaction with the candidates. But fewer votes for president could affect down-ballot races.State and local offices also are on the November ballot.“Our vote is our voice,” Rosas said. “Tarrant County has a great slate of candidates this election cycle.”Either party has an opportunity to win the lower-level offices, depending on how many voters actually turn out to cast their votes in the presidential race.“If fewer Republicans in Texas turn out to vote than usual, because they dislike Trump, while the same percentage of Democrats turns out to vote as usual, Republicans in close elections for lower-level offices will be less likely to win,” Ferguson said.Ferguson predicts Hillary Clinton to become America’s first female president based on the FiveThirtyEight forecast, which shows Clinton winning 58.1 percent of the nation’s votes and Trump winning 41.9 percent. However, polls have been fluctuating during the last few weeks.Based on FiveThirtyEight’s collected data, the prediction shows Trump has an overwhelming 89.2 percent chance of winning  Texas’ 38 electoral votes.The FiveThirtyEight forecast, as of early October, shows Trump winning the swing states of North Carolina and Ohio, with Clinton winning Colorado, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin and Virginia.In order to win the presidency, a candidate needs 270 electoral votes.“Assuming no new scandals occur, and decent debate performances by Hillary Clinton, I’d expect her to win a close election by a couple [of] points,” Ferguson said. “However, based on more recent national and state polling showing a much closer race, I think it is possible that Donald Trump wins, though Hillary Clinton is still the favorite.”This strong dissatisfaction with the major-party nominees has made room for third-party candidates to receive more attention than in previous years. FiveThirtyEight predicts Libertarian Gary Johnson to receive more than 7 percent of the popular vote. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is also receiving attention.According to Texas state law, voters must meet requirements before being able to vote:must be United States citizensmust be registered to votemust be 18 years of agemust live at a Texas addressmust not be serving a sentencemust not be determined by a court to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mental incapacitated without the right to votehave one form of identificationTexans who vote by mail do not need to show identification.Tarrant County has 694 locations for eligible voters to vote on Nov. 8 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.Voting locations in the 109 include:St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson AvenueMcLean 6th Grade School, 3201 South Hills AvenueTrinity Chapel, 6610 Southwest Boulevard, BenbrookArborlawn United Methodist Church Annex Building, 4917 Briarhaven RoadCongregation Ahavath Sholom, 4050 South Hulen St.Southcliff Baptist Church, 4100 Southwest Loop 820Tanglewood Elementary School, 3060 Overton Park Drive West Students find outlets for stress relief before finals Linkedin ReddIt Amanda Aguilarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-aguilar/ + posts ReddIt Amanda Aguilarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-aguilar/ Fort Worth Country Day introduces new learning program Amanda Aguilarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-aguilar/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Presidential candidates aren’t favorable among voters TCU students mentor Fort Worth ISD students Amanda Aguilar Facebook Previous articleBerry Good Buys thrives after renovationsNext articlePi Kap Push Week ends on a high note Amanda Aguilar RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Facebook Amanda Aguilarhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/amanda-aguilar/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Twitter Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store last_img read more

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At IACHR hearing, Brazil’s government portrays violence as “divergence of opinion” and disinformation as “freedom of expression”

first_imgCamila Konder, from Reporters Without Borders (RSF), said:  “Attacks on the press by politicians are not exactly new, but in Brazil, since the re-democratization, we have never seen a system so structured and so aggressive. These are attacks to discredit journalism and sow distrust of the press in society.”  October 8, 2020 At IACHR hearing, Brazil’s government portrays violence as “divergence of opinion” and disinformation as “freedom of expression” to go further Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF and Brazilian civil society organizations denounce violations of rights to information, health and education Despite the descriptions by Mello, Borges and Konder of serious threats and violence – including the fact that President Jair Bolsonaro said, “I feel like punching you in the mouth” in response to one journalist’s question – the government’s representatives insisted on portraying such statements as a “divergence of opinion.” Marcelo Araújo, a representative of the foreign ministry’s Human Rights division, said: “We emphasize that any divergence of opinion and thought is part of the democratic debate in Brazil. In this sense, the Brazilian state reinforces its internal, regional, and international commitment to respect and guarantee the right to the free exercise of the profession of communication and freedom of thought and expression.” The organizations described violations of the right to information and their impacts on the lives of indigenous people, women, the black population, children and adolescents, residents of favelas and peripheries, and the LGBTQI+ population, who have been denied access to reliable information. During the pandemic, Brazil’s most vulnerable and marginalized population has had its rights to freedom of expression, education and health seriously violated.  AmericasBrazil Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionViolence Abraji – Brazilian Association of Investigative JournalismAmnesty InternationalArticle 19Barão de Itararé Center for the Study of Alternative MediaNetwork Rights Coalition Coding RightsConectas Direitos HumanosNational Human Rights Council (CNDH) Contee – National Confederation of Workers in Educational Institutions National Forum for the Democratization of Communication (FNDC) Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação SocialInstituto Vladimir Herzog (IVH)Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Terra de Direitos 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies AmericasBrazil Activities in the fieldReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionViolence April 27, 2021 Find out more Sandra Andrade from the Quilombola community of Carrapatos and the National Coordination of the Articulation of Black Rural Quilombola Communities (CONAQ) said the Bolsonaro administration had failed to mobilize to address the pandemic in quilombos and create conditions for quilombolas to have access to basic rights. “We demand a national plan to combat COVID-19 in the communities.  We went to the Federal Supreme Court to demand our rights to tackle the pandemic. We expect nothing less than all of our guaranteed rights,” she said. Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News It is worth remembering that the IACHR’s autonomy has been attacked from within the Organization of American States with the support of far-right governments including Bolsonaro’s. Organisation In response to the critical denial of access to information, National Commission on Human Rights vice-president Leonardo Pinho presented the recommendations prepared by the petitioning organizations. They include restitution and expansion of spaces for participation and social control in the fields of formulation and inspection of public policies; the guarantee of more transparency and the effective participation of civil society organizations in the Program for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, expanding and strengthening the program, with the development of an appropriate methodology for the protection of female communicators; promoting access to information in all spheres; the universalization of Internet access and, with it, the universality of the right to education, information, culture and leisure; the development of public policies for access to information specific to Traditional and Quilombola Peoples and Communities, with the allocation of resources for that purpose and the titling of quilombola territories; and the end of attacks on journalists and communicators, as well as the recognition of the fundamental role of journalism and communication, even when contrary to the interests of the government. Follow the news on Brazil Intervozes executive coordinator Iara Moura stressed the importance of ensuring universal Internet access. “This year’s data reveal that, in Brazil, more than 42 million people have never used the Internet. And these Brazilians have color, race, ethnicity, social origin. They live in rural areas or in impoverished neighborhoods in large cities. In the pandemic, the context is even more serious: around 7.4 million Brazilians eligible to receive emergency aid do not have Internet access at home.” Disinformation, a strategy often used by the Bolsonaro administration, was also one of the hallmarks of the hearing. Felipe Cruz Pedri, the Secretary of Institutional Communication of the Special Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency (Secom) and a former aide to Senator Flávio Bolsonaro, said the Brazilian state was the victim of ideological persecution and accused the organizations present at the hearing of censoring journalists and experts who defend positions contrary to those recommended by the World Health Organization.   News At the hearing, the government was also represented by Flávio Werneck Noce, special advisor to the Ministry of Health; Bruna Vieira de Paula, coordinator of the Directorate of International Actions at the Ministry of Citizenship; and Débora Cristina Soares Santos, assistant to the Ministry of Education.  Receive email alerts Borges recalled how he was insulted by Fundação Palmares president Sérgio Camargo, who described him as “racialist, victimist, anti-white and defender of outlaws” after a series of news reports accusing the Foundation of censoring the biographies of black personalities.  Watch the entire hearing here  Araújo’s response is contradicted by the data collected by organizations such as Article 19, which listed 449 violations against journalists and communicators by public officials linked to the federal government in the past 20 months.  Almost once a day, since January 2019, the president, his sons, senators, representatives, and ministers attack the press. Article 19 executive director Denise Dora said: “Disinformation is a standard practice by this government and is completely allied with a strong, permanent, and constant attack on journalistic activity in the country. Disinformation is produced by attacking the free press and erasing public data. That is how an entire population is held hostage to harmful and undemocratic policies.” Alexandre Magno, the national secretary for Global Protection of the Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, repeated what was said at the hearing held in Haiti last March.  After explaining how the Brazilian constitution guarantees freedom of expression, he gave a  presentation about the Defenders Protection Program, which – although expanded to include journalists in September 2018 – has included only four journalists, with only one remaining in the program today. May 13, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out more Finally, the IACHR was asked to organize an in situ visit by the Special Rapporteur to investigate and closely monitor violations in Brazil. The attacks on the press were denounced by journalist Patrícia Campos Mello from Folha de S. Paulo and by Pedro Borges, editor-in-chief of the Alma Preta portal. “The situation is especially critical for female journalists,” Mello said. “We are the target of defamation campaigns encouraged and amplified by the government. Since February this year, thousands of memes have circulated on the Internet in which my face appears in pornographic montages, calling me a prostitute and making allusions to sexual organs. I get messages from people saying that I offer sex in exchange for stories and that I should be raped.” News Reports The holding of this hearing was the result of the joint work of the following 14 civil society organizations: “We return seven months later because the Brazilian situation has worsened, and the state is still failing to provide convincing responses to the complaints presented,” said Ana Flávia Marques from the Barão de Itararé Alternative Media Studies Center. “On the contrary, the attitude of the president, his ministers, and the Brazilian state has unfortunately been to step up hostility towards the press, promote censorship of media outlets and journalists, and violate the right to access information, taking public interest information about the pandemic off the air.”  RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America “I come on behalf of Secom to remind everyone how the Brazilian federal government dealt with the issue of freedom of expression during this period of global concern about the coronavirus and the economic crisis caused by certain isolation measures,” Pedri said. “The whole world has experienced a period of strong debates about abusive measures that violated basic rights, including travelling, working, and practicing one’s religion. And the debate itself has become the target of such measures, which tried to restrict the free flow of critical opinions and thus violated yet another basic right”. Government repeats previous responses, accuses organizations  Among the commissioners, the most forceful position came from IACHR president Joel Hernandez, who said:  “I want to express my total rejection of attacks on journalists, whether due to gender or race. This goes against the foundations of a democratic society. The state has an obligation to respect and also guarantee human rights. I call for these misogynistic actions to cease”.  Seven months after denouncing free speech and press freedom violations, Brazilian civil society organizations met again with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) yesterday to report that the situation is getting worse in their country. In response to the complaints, representatives of Brazil’s Bolsonaro administration described the violence suffered by journalists as “divergence of opinion” and said social isolation measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic “hurt the rights” of the population. last_img read more

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Smart Policing “no substitute” for gardai on the beat – Mc Gowan

first_img By News Highland – October 18, 2013 WhatsApp Previous article58-year-old Kieran McLaughlin to appear in court in Derry tomorrow charged with murder of Barry McCroryNext articleGlenswilly & Killybegs set for County Final battle News Highland Twitter Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week The Vice Chairperson of the Donegal Joint Policing Committee has said that smart policing will never replace the tried and tested model of having gardai on the beat, particularly in rural areas.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan was speaking at a special meeting of Donegal County Council to discuss recent crime in the county, particularly aggravated burglaries.Cllr Mc Gowan said garda numbers remains a key issue in Donegal………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/pmgow530.mp3[/podcast]Among those attending the meeting is Superintendent Andy Archbold, who told the meeting that he was there to observe and take the concerns of the members back to the Chief Superintendent. He stressed he would not be taking questions, or addressing specific issues. WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey center_img Google+ Facebook News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Smart Policing “no substitute” for gardai on the beat – Mc Gowan Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Counting of Fiscal Treaty Referendum votes begins today

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