THE world economy is recovering moderately but still faces challenges such as the need for medium-term fiscal consolidation, the IMF’s first managing director, John Lipsky, said yesterday.“They are mainly confident that there is a moderate recovery underway globally,” he told reporters, referring to delegates at the G20 meeting of deputy finance and central bank chiefs in South Korea.“Obviously there are risks and challenges, but things seem to be moving more or less in line with our forecast,” he said, listing well-designed exit strategies and medium-term fiscal consolidation as challenges.He said some good progress has been made in discussing changes to the IMFs executive board, but did not elaborate. G20 members have pledged to reach an agreement on the issue by the time leaders meet in Seoul in November.The US, frustrated at Europe’s refusal to share more IMF power with emerging economies, took unprecedented action last month to block plans that would have kept Europe’s long-running dominance over the 24-member board. Emerging economies have called for a bigger say in international institutions such as the IMF in line with their increasing contribution to the global economy and the resultant importance in global economic policy coordination.A senior Indonesian official said emerging economies want more voting powers as well as a readjustment in the way the global economic policy is made. “For emerging markets, the important thing is not only the size of the increase of the quota, but the general idea of the relationship between the quota and governance of the IMF – and that needs to come in one package,” said Hartadi Sarwono, deputy governor of the Indonesian central bank. One senior official from a member country, who attended the whole of the meetings, said there was no discussion about specific currencies or currency issues, although issues related to reducing the global imbalances were a key topic. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farminvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionMartha Stewart CBDFind All of Martha Stewart’s CBD Products HereMartha Stewart CBDBeach RaiderSee The Woman Bradley Walsh Is Dating At 61Beach RaiderFolliboost Haircare SerumThinning Hair? Use this For 1 Month and See What HappensFolliboost Haircare SerumWorldLifeStyleCanal Drained For First Time And They Find ThisWorldLifeStyle Share Show Comments ▼ IMF’s Lipsky says recovery is under way whatsapp Tags: NULL Sunday 5 September 2010 10:31 pm whatsapp More From Our Partners Kamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com KCS-content
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PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) 2015 abridged results.Company ProfilePrime Time Property Holdings is a variable rate loan stock company with interests in property investment, property development and property management. The company has invested in a diversified portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and recently acquired two properties in Zambia on a sale and leaseback basis with G4S Zambia. Prime Time Property Holdings Limited acquires properties owned by vendors through acquisition agreements which it then offers to investors through the sale of Linked Units. Its property portfolio in Botswana is made up of 16 fund properties located in Gaborone, Ramotswa, Francistown, Ghanzi, Lobatse and Serowe. Commercial properties in its Botswana portfolio include Prime Plaza, Letshego Place and the South African High Commission.
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Winery Winery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/560781/winery-in-balaton-highland-sagra-architects Clipboard Hungary ArchDaily Year: Winery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWinery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/560781/winery-in-balaton-highland-sagra-architects Clipboard “COPY” 2014 photographs: Sajtos GáborPhotographs: Sajtos GáborText description provided by the architects. The refurbished Esterhazy press house and winemaker’s cottage sits at the heart of Szent György Hill, which is one of the biggest remnant hill at Lake Balaton. The site is in the neighbourhood of Lengyel Chapel and Tarányi cellar.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodThe press house and the winemaker’s cottage were used for wine making and served as accommodation for the vineyard workers The building probably dates from the late 18th century, but the exact time of its construction is uncertain. The press house and the winemaker’s cottage was declared as a monument in 1958, but their condition has degraded overtime. The ruined buildings were out of use for years. The winemaker’s cottage’s remaining walls were covered with a temporary roof, most of its roof structure was ruined. “COPY” Projects Year: CopyWinery, Houses•Hegymagas, Hungary Architects: SAGRA Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe longitudinal, rectangular, single span press house with gabled roof and a cellar create a unity of buildings with the perpendicular winemaker’s cottage.The north side of the original press house was completely closed, on the east and on the west there were 2-2 windows in the gable and steps lead to the cellar on the east. A porch runs along the south facade, the east end closes with a wall and on the west the former lavatory used to close the porch.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe refurbished winemaker’s cottage functions as a winery, preserving the original use of the building.Our main concept was to keep and restore the remaining parts of the original building, and replace the demolished parts with contemporary forms and materials. During the design of the building’s new segments we kept the original proportions, sizes, character and colours.Our aim is to keep and create continuity, unity between the old and the new, to bring forward tradition and architectural value.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanWe protected and refurbished the remained building parts (the vaulted cellar under the building, north wall, south wall, west gable, eastern wall and its openings, internal load bearing walls, smoky kitchen and beam). We rebuilt the destroyed elements in a contemporary aproach, rooted in the character and the proportions of the original building.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe building opens to the amazing view of Lake Balaton, in line with our architectuaral concept.- at the west end of the porch we designed a glass wall, by pulling down an unoriginal, later built wall. The southern wall was pulled down earlier.- the original timber columns of the porch were totally demolished, later these were replaced with brick pillars. These unoriginal, bad quality pillars were pulled down and we designed a cantilivered porch without supporting columns.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborWe kept the unity of the single span interior space. The roof space was converted into a living area, the shape of the roof and the roof angle were preserved. On the southern roof surface overlooking to the slope we avoided any openings, roof windows or window structures. The light into the attic spaces comes through frameless glass “eyes”, instead of roof windows. These glass eyes are transparent on all sides, opening the internal spaces to the sight of the basalt organs.We reconstructed the vaulted cellar in its original form, and it brings forward its original wine cellar function.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe roof is covered with dark coloured slate. We aimed to recite the original cane roof in a contemporary approach. The folding roof and its colour refer to the colour and thickness of the cane roof. The basalt grey colour of the roof recites the local basalt organs, which are famous local characteristics of the remnant hills. The scale roof is characteristic to the area, familiar to the slate roofs of the buildings of the rich in the surroundings.We rebuilt the smaller building – press house – in its original shape, preserving its original floorplan contour and roof shape. By the ’90s only the foundation walls remained from this building. The press house kept its original function, still serves as a winemaking and grape processing building.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborIn the interior of the winemaker’s cottage we used white wall surfaces along with fair-faced concrete, wood covering and cut basalt stones. In the winemaker’s cottage in some ground floor rooms the surface of the ceiling is fair-faced concrete, in other rooms the ceiling is covered with wood ina similar raster to the fair-faced concrete. The sloping roof in the interior is made of fair-faced concrete, with the pattern of the wooden formwork on its surface. This severe material is balanced by the warm tones of the wood flooring and the solid white painted wood wall covering. The flooring in the ground floor is cut basalt stone, continuing to the porch. The built- in furniture is made of solid wood, and the counters, custom made washbasins are made of fiber concrete.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe floor covering of the press house is cut basalt stone, the surface of the wall and the gabled roof is fair-faced concrete.The winemaker’s cottage and the press house are low energy buildings. The energy is provided by a heat pump and by floor heating. The heating of the winemaker’s cottage is supplemented by a wood burning thermo fireplace.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe vaulted cellar keeps its balanced temperature all year round, its natural ventilation is provided.The internal temperature in the press house is balanced without any extra heating or cooling. The even temperature is provided by the multi-layered, heat retainer wall and roof structure with high thermal insulation properties, the shading of the openings and the building’s semi-underground position.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborThe winery strives to create wines of elegance, wines that express their vineyard and regional attributes. They aim to bring to this extraordinary Old World wine region fresh ideas, and great enthusiasm. Their aim is to create hand made, high quality wines by mixing traditional and modern wine making technologies.Save this picture!© Sajtos GáborProject gallerySee allShow lessPuritama Thermal Bath / Germán del SolSelected ProjectsNorman Foster’s Interview with The European: “Architecture is the Expression of Values”Interviews Share 2014 Save this picture!© Sajtos Gábor+ 24 Share CopyAbout this officeSAGRA ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsIndustrial ArchitectureWineryResidential ArchitectureHousesHegymagasIndustrial ArchitectureHousesHungaryPublished on November 01, 2014Cite: “Winery in Balaton Highland / SAGRA Architects” 01 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Save this picture!© Peter Cook+ 11 Share 2015 photographs: Peter CookPhotographs: Peter Cook Projects CopyHouses•London, United Kingdom Year: United Kingdom ArchDaily Quantity Surveyor: Architects: West Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project Franklin Project Management Fitzrovia House / West ArchitectureSave this projectSaveFitzrovia House / West Architecture Year: Fitzrovia House / West Architecture Famella Building Contractors “COPY” “COPY” Contractor: Houses Structural Engineer:Lyons O’NeillCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter CookRecommended ProductsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. Located in a Georgian court dating from 1766, this house forms part of a terrace which was bomb damaged during the war resulting in it being partially demolished and substantially rebuilt in the decades since including the front and rear elevations in their entirety. The house had fallen into a state of disrepair prior to the new owners purchasing it and appointing West Architecture in 2013.Save this picture!© Peter CookAppointmentWe were asked along with a number of other practices to produce a paid feasibility exploring the potential of the existing house and a small workshop to the rear. The feasibility was presented in the form of a large scale model of the main spaces to the lower levels. Here all the main moves and interventions were decided such as the introduction and location of the courtyard.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanArrangementRetaining only the perimeter walls to the house, garden and a former workshop to the rear, an entirely new structure has been inserted. The house now connects to and encompasses the former workshop, increasing the habitable space and creating an enclosed courtyard. The courtyard provides light and ventilation to living spaces on three levels whilst offering framed views and communication between the individual rooms it unifies.Save this picture!© Peter CookMaterials to new living areas are predominantly fair faced or untreated to reflect the utility of their previous use as a workshop. By lowering the ground level to the rear, the new living spaces have generous ceiling heights ranging from 2.7 metres to 3.8 metres. This is in contrast to the more cellular spaces in the existing house, reinforcing the threshold and sense of discovery to these new, found spaces.Save this picture!Longitudinal SectionA new third floor has been added providing a master bedroom and terrace linked by a new staircase to a dressing room and bathrooms below within the body of the original house. The existing staircase has also been retained with the original panelling exposed and preserved. At the front of the house timber sash windows replace the previous metal framed windows and generally the facade has been restored to reflect the well preserved period character of the court.Save this picture!© Peter CookThis project aims to use simple materials in their original state with a high level of execution. Standard spruce joists were obtained prior to being tanalised and shaved to remove pencil-round edges before being stained. Exposed structural steelwork was specified to be free of corrosion protection and sealed with a clear wax. With this project we attempted to produce an end result which is crafted and studied, where new spaces contrast with the existing whilst acknowledging their former use and shared history.Save this picture!© Peter CookLogisticsThe work, which included extensive structural interventions, excavations and large glazed elements was all achieved on an extremely confided site with no vehicle access to the house.Project gallerySee allShow lessHarvard GSD Shortlists 3 Architects for 2015 Wheelwright PrizeArchitecture NewsVideo: Sou Fujimoto’s Polyhedral Naoshima Pavilion Opens in JapanVideos Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/605554/fitzrovia-house-west-architecture Clipboard 2015 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/605554/fitzrovia-house-west-architecture Clipboard CopyAbout this officeWest ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLondonHousesUnited KingdomPublished on April 03, 2015Cite: “Fitzrovia House / West Architecture” 03 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily Photographs: Quang DamArchitect In Charge:Dau Phi BachConstructors:Dau Trong MinhCity:DalatCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Quang DamRecommended ProductsDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The story began in 2015 while we were doing a construction in Di Linh Highland. Our Uncle helped us look for the materials for the construction, which was our big problem in this rural area (that house also has an interesting story, we’ll tell you later). For many times searching for materials together, we talked more and more about our own future plans and passions. Nothing happened until a few days later he came back and shared his concerns and his plans for a new house…Save this picture!© Quang DamLiving with his wife, his son and his daughter, he spent everyday from early morning to late night at a small booth in the local market, selling rubber shoes and clothes. The kids grow up in the environment only within the busy and bustling market. Their daily activities were nothing else but the games on technology devices. He realized that they might have no chance to experience an amazing childhood in the arms of Mother Nature as he had before. Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Mezzanine Floor PlanThat was the reason why he planned to sell his old house, and then moved to a place which was a little bit far away from the central. He wanted to have a real home for his family. His desired home was the new home which was not only fulfilled with laughter and joy of his children, but peaceful enough for him to recall his sweet memories in his childhood. Two kids were born in the urban area already, now it’s time for them to completely grow up in the connection with nature.Understanding his concerns, we designed and built this house.Save this picture!© Quang DamThe new land is located next to the highway that made our project more challenging. How to solve the problems with noise and dust from the highway became the most important thing for us to think about.Save this picture!SectionUncle’s House reflects featured image of Di Linh Plateau, using a wide range of traditional as well as modern materials. All are processed just enough to maintain the nature of material itself. The tile walls proved their power when keeping the house warm at nights and cool during the sunny days. They especially recall the owners to their very old moments living peacefully in a Vietnamese village when they were young. Light also has its own story in this cozy house. Here the kids can spend their time to climb on the tree, draw on the rock, grow vegetables with their mom and take care of the fish right in their own yard, which they cannot found in the modern society nowadays. Save this picture!© Quang DamThe house may be small. Yes, it is. But we don’t think it is.Project gallerySee allShow lessOeiras House / João Tiago Aguiar ArquitectosSelected ProjectsUmeda Hospital / Kengo Kuma & AssociatesSelected Projects Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792284/uncles-house-3-atelier Clipboard Uncle’s House / 3 AtelierSave this projectSaveUncle’s House / 3 Atelier Uncle’s House / 3 Atelier CopyAbout this office3 AtelierOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDalatOn InstagramVietnamPublished on August 01, 2016Cite: “Uncle’s House / 3 Atelier” 31 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
News April 10, 2020 Find out more Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hopes Ecuador’s next leader will quickly end the many media freedom violations that have occurred under outgoing President Rafael Correa, who is constitutionally barred from seeking another term in this weekend’s elections after ten years in office News News Help by sharing this information EcuadorAmericas Media independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression Correa began to exercise constant control over the media agenda as soon as he became president in 2007, and helped to create an appalling climate for freedom of information by personally and publicly attacking media outlets that criticized him.Adoption of the very controversial Organic Law on Communication (LOC) during his third term increased the polarization between the government and many privately-owned media outlets.Repeal or amend the LOC“Democratize the media landscape,” the LOC’s declared goal when adopted in June 2013, was encouraging. At the time, RSF hailed its envisaged respect for journalists’ professional confidentiality, equal distribution of frequencies between state, privately-owned and community media, and ban on prior censorship by the authorities.But, more than three years later, the law has not fulfilled its promise. In fact, it has resulted in abuses and arbitrary sanctions and has been used by politicians to harass critics. We call for a rethink by Ecuador’s political class and we urge the next government to address the problems we have identified.Arbitrary application, supervisory biasSupercom – the state agency tasked with overseeing the LOC’s implementation – has not been neutral and independent of the government, and this has caused a great deal of tension. The appointment of Carlos Ochoa to head Supercom in 2013 prompted immediate concern about potential conflicts of interest because his previous position was head of news at GamaTV, a government-controlled broadcaster that has carried out Correa’s editorial policies to the letter.The LOC is not applied in the same way for everyone. The most striking example of this is the “Sabatina,” the president’s weekly TV broadcast on state-owned ECTV (and by other TV channels on a voluntary basis) in which he discusses the subjects of his choice at length, sometimes for several hours, and often lambasts the media and his opponents.This broadcast is not subject to legal supervision because article 4 of the LOC’s regulations states that the president is not to be treated as a media outlet. This allows him to say anything he likes without having to accept any comment or challenge.David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression and opinion, and Edison Lanza, the OAS special rapporteur for freedom of expression, issued a joint statement in November 2016 in which they condemned the LOC’s arbitrary application and said it was paralyzing and inhibiting Ecuador’s journalists and media. Ochoa’s scathing response reinforced mistrust of Supercom.Litigious approach to the mediaIn the three years since the LOC took effect, a total of 554 lawsuits have been brought against the media, of which 398 resulted in sanctions. More than half of the sanctions ordered by the courts were fines, 27% were obligatory corrections and 11% were public apologies. No fewer than 72% of the legal actions were brought by government officials.President Correa himself encouraged this litigious approach to the media. In response to a 2011 article in the El Universo newspaper about his handling of a police uprising (which he regarded as a coup attempt), he brought a libel suit against the newspaper and sought 80 million dollars in damages – an absurd sum with no concrete basis.In the end, Correa excused the newspaper from paying any damages in exchange for a public apology. But the case had a chilling effect on Ecuador’s media, which tend to censor or refrain from publishing content that could trigger legal action.Ambiguous legislation, arbitrary interpretationRSF is particularly concerned about article 22 of the LOC, which says, “it is everyone’s right that information of public interest received through the media should be verified, balanced, contextualized and opportune,” and article 18, which says, “the deliberate and repeated omission of subjects of public interest constitutes an act of prior censorship.”These articles (and others) are open to very broad interpretation. How do you determine a news item’s importance? How can you avoid being at the mercy of the subjectivity of a judge or Supercom?Four newspapers, La Hora, El Universo, El Comercio and Hoy, were accused in June 2014 of not giving Correa’s private visit to Chile enough coverage. In May 2015, Supercom fined La Hora 3,540 dollars for not giving enough column inches to a meeting organized by the mayor of the southern city of Loja. This unwarranted sanction was widely condemned at the time as a direct attack on media freedom.RSF is also concerned about the draconian nature of article 23 of the LOC, which forces media outlets to automatically “correct” any piece of information that is disputed by a third party. Any challenge should be the subject of objective analysis and verification before a media outlet is made to publish a correction. This is not the case now.Questionable allocation of broadcast frequenciesIn 2013, RSF hailed the equitable distribution of radio and TV frequencies envisaged in the LOC – a third to state media, a third to privately-owned media and a third to community media. However, community broadcast media are being created at a very slow rate. In 2014, for example, figures published by the Secretariat for State Communication (SECOM) showed that 78% of frequencies were held by privately-owned media, 20% by state media and just 1% by community media.RSF understands that, in a country where community media were banned for years, it will take time to reach the level of broadcast frequency use by community media envisaged in the LOC. But RSF calls for an increase in the pace of creation, especially as unused frequencies are available in all of Ecuador’s provinces.The allocation process currently under way, begun in April 2016 and managed by Arcotel, lacks transparency. President Correa preached media democratization in 2013, but one candidate – Mexican magnate Remigio Ángel “El Fantasma” González, owner of Albavisión, one of Latin America’s biggest media conglomerates – got the lion’s share in the first allocation phase. By means of 18 different companies, González acquired 104 of the 1,472 available frequencies (60 TV channels, 43 FM radio stations and one AM radio) while outspoken and critical local media such as Radio Ondas Azuayas, which has been broadcasting for 68 years in the provinces of Canar and Azuay, were refused renewal of their existing frequencies on still unclear grounds.On 20 January 2017, an unofficial body called the Observatorio de Frecuencias (Frequency Observatory) said the allocation process lacked transparency and suggested that there may have been illegal financial dealings between certain applicants and members of the allocation panel.The Observatory called for the entire allocation process to be cancelled and reorganized to ensure that frequencies are assigned equitably, in accordance with the LOC’s original principles. Several of the presidential candidates issued a similar joint call.Image rights, online attacksAside from the problems stemming directly from the LOC and its implementation, RSF continues to be concerned about other aspects of the environment in which many of Ecuador’s privately-owned media have to operate.Certain dangerous practices have emerged in recent years, including the abuse of US copyright law that has accompanied the rapid development of social networks and online media and has resulted in fines, the suspension of online accounts and the arbitrary suppression of content.In February 2016, 4 Pelagatos and several other opposition media outlets discovered through their hosting services (such as Cloudfare and Amazon) that the SECOM had filed complaints accusing them of violating the president’s image rights.The “offence” committed by 4 Pelagatos was using photos of Correa available on the public Flick’r account of the president’s office. By bringing this action, the authorities had abused US intellectual property law and had effectively privatized the use of photos of the president and other public officials. RSF firmly condemns this development.Several online media outlets including Plan V, Fundación Mil Hojas, Focus Ecuador and La República announced in May 2016 that they were being targeted by various forms of censorship including hacking and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that had led to their temporary (or in some cases) permanent closure. So far, impunity reigns and those responsible for these cyber-attacks have not been identified.Journalists are not the only victims of this kind of abuse. Since 2013, many Ecuadoreans have seen content removed from their Facebook, YouTube or Twitter accounts that criticized or mocked the government’s actions.Several investigative journalists and activists are meanwhile currently the targets of judicial proceedings for reporting cases of alleged corruption involved elected officials or associates of the president. The targeted journalists include Pablo Chambers, Gerard Portillo and Fernando Villavicencio, who have all been charged with criminal defamation. Villavicencio was forced to pay President Correa 44,000 dollars in damages on 26 January.The Ecuadorean media have many problems, some external and some linked to a lack of effective self-regulation and inadequate training. The election of a new government will provide an opportunity to correct these abuses and to promote media pluralism and independence.To this end, the new government must overhaul the LOC and the way it is implemented and ensure that freedom of expression is once again able to fulfil the vital role it must play in any effective democracy.Ecuador is ranked 109th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Receive email alerts December 24, 2019 Find out more Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives EcuadorAmericas Media independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentFreedom of expression Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources June 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Ecuador February 17, 2017 What future for free speech in Ecuador after presidential election? to go further
News The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. United StatesAmericas November 8, 2018 ALERT: US – RSF alarmed by White House revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials Organisation For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked by the unbridled hostility President Donald Trump exhibited toward several White House correspondents during a November 7 press conference, which culminated in the revocation of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials. This punitive action is undemocratic, and sends a chilling message to those watching about how the president of the United States ought to behave towards reporters asking him tough questions. President Trump repeatedly interrupted Acosta during the press conference as he attempted to ask questions about the migrant “caravan” and the Russia investigation, and a White House aide attempted to pull the microphone out of Acosta’s hand. President Trump said, “That’s enough. Put down the mic. CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person. You shouldn’t be working for CNN.” He later told Acosta: “When you report fake news, which CNN does a lot, you are the enemy of the people.” Just weeks ago, CNN was targeted with three suspicious packages that resembled the 14 pipe bombs a private individual is suspected to have sent to other prominent critics of President Trump. Law enforcement intercepted the most recent package, which was addressed to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, and CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker issued a memo on October 29 reassuring the public that there was “no imminent danger to the CNN Center.” News During the press conference several other reporters were the target of President Trump’s hostility. When NBC News reporter Peter Alexander defended Acosta’s work as a journalist, President Trump responded, “I’m not a big fan of yours either, to be honest.” This rebuke was preceded by President Trump telling April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, to “sit down” when she attempted to ask him a question after he called on a different reporter. Not long after, the president accused PBS Newshour reporter Yamiche Alcindor of asking a “racist question” when she pointed out that his professed “nationalism” has been interpreted by some as an embrace of white nationalism. “The revocation of Mr. Acosta’s White House press pass, especially on fabricated grounds, is an absolute blow to freedom of the press,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “This severe measure, paired with the president’s treatment of several other esteemed White House reporters, is unacceptable given the already hostile environment for reporters in the United States. President Trump has continued to refer to journalists as the ‘enemy of the people’ and fails to treat them or their profession with respect. Now he appears to be retaliating against a reporter for asking tough questions of his administration by denying him access. The White House must cease its continuous assault on the First Amendment.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Hours after a press conference President Trump held that quickly turned hostile, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders explained on Twitter that Acosta’s hard press pass had been suspended because he “placed his hands on” a White house aide working at the press conference, although C-SPAN’s live coverage of the event directly contradicts this. Regardless, Sanders shared a video that reporting shows was manipulated to make Acosta look like he was aggressive toward the woman. In response, CNN called the decision “retaliation” based on “an incident that never happened.” Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas RSF_en June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States MANDEL NGAN / AFP
Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostVicky Phelan Previous articleLimerick band PowPig pay their tribute to Van MorrisonNext articleJoint chambers meet with Ministers Ryan and Naughton on Shannon Airport Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Linkedin Twitter Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Vicky PhelanPhoto: Oisin McHugh True MediaCERVICAL Check whistleblower Vicky Phelan has voiced her support to the Dying with Dignity Bill that People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny is introducing to the Dáil this week.The Bill would make provision to give to a person the legal and medical right of the authorisation of voluntary assisted dying where that person is suffering from a terminal illness.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up If enacted, it would give a medical practitioner the legal right to provide the assistance to a qualifying person to end their life in accordance with the terms set out in the Act.The Limerick health campaigner believes the time is right to have a debate on the issue of dying with dignity.Speaking outside the gates of Leinster House on Monday, Ms Phelan, who has a terminal diagnosis with cervical cancer, made an impassioned plea for politicians to pass the legislation.“We voted overwhelmingly in 2018 in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment to remove the constitutional ban on abortion. I am hoping that the people of Ireland, and the 160 TDs who serve us, will support this Bill and allow terminally ill people to end their life peacefully when the time comes”.The mother-of-two also urged those who are opposed to assisted dying, to put themselves in her shoes and “imagine what it is like to be me, for even one minute and how frightening it is to know that I will most likely die in pain”.“All I am asking is to be allowed to go gently, when my pain starts to become unmanageable. I do not want to die but I am going to die. Allow me to die with dignity, for my sake and for my young children’s sake,” she added.“This Bill is about giving people who are at the end of their lives, in pain, the choice to do so gently before that happens, so that they don’t have a certain amount of suffering, unnecessary suffering,’ she said.“We don’t do it to animals. I don’t see why we should do it to ourselves”.She said she did not want her children to see her die in pain. Allow us to die a peaceful death with dignity. Palliative care does not always work. I have seen people in recent years with a certain amount of suffering that no pain management can get on top of.“I don’t want my children to see me like that. All I am asking for is a choice”.She added that during a previous battle with depression she may have considered availing of ending her own life if it was available but she now believes that would have been a mistake.“I have suffered from depression myself and I know if this Bill had been in when I was in a really bad place, I may have taken advantage of it.“That would have been the wrong decision because I’m fine now,” she said. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement LimerickNewsVicky wants the right to die with dignityBy Alan Jacques – September 17, 2020 375