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Spain urged to repeal gag law, complete state TV and radio reform, and stop obstructing reporters

first_img Organisation News Follow the news on Spain February 27, 2020 Spain urged to repeal gag law, complete state TV and radio reform, and stop obstructing reporters Receive email alerts Similarly, reform of the state radio and TV broadcaster RTVE continues to be blocked by an improbable parliamentary deadlock. Approved in 2017 by a coalition of parties opposed to the then Rajoy government, it abolishes the government’s control over the appointment of RTVE’s president and management, who would instead be chosen by “public competition.”Although the law has been passed, its implementation is blocked by a series of conflicts between parliamentary groups about how the public competition is organized. RTVE’s destiny meanwhile remains in limbo.“This deadlock must be resolved so that RTVE can finally be provided with competent and transparent management entities in order to deal with the many challenges that are pending, challenges it cannot currently address because of this abnormal situation,” Armada said. RSF_en Curbs on journalistic freedom in a draconian law restricting the right to protest and the media’s right to cover protests, dubbed the “gag law” because of the severity of its provisions, are still in effect although the Sánchez government has said it wants to repeal it.Fines totally nearly 4 million euros have been imposed under this law since 2015 on citizens, including reporters and photographers, often just because they took or published photos of police officers – sanctions that are all the more arbitrary for being imposed by the police without reference to a judge.“RSF has condemned the ‘gag law’ ever since it was submitted to parliament by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government,” said Alfonso Armada, RSF Spain’s president. We will continue to denounce it until it is repealed, because it violates the freedom to inform, and we call on this government not to introduce similar provisions in a new law.” SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso Help by sharing this information News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Spain is currently ranked 29th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. As Spain’s new coalition government – formed by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Socialist Party (PSOE) and the left-wing party Podemos – begins implementing its first measures, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on it to urgently address years-old threats to press freedom in Spain. News RSF also condemns the restrictions that the Sánchez government has imposed on media coverage of its speeches and press conferences. For example, only photographers were allowed to attend the announcement on 30 December that PSOE and Podemos had reached a coalition agreement. Reporters were confined to an adjoining room when the announcement was made. Pedro Sánchez, Pablo Iglesias Turrión / DR December 2, 2020 Find out more SpainEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independenceEvents Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Despite repeated protests by media and journalists’ associations, Sánchez again refused to talk to the media during a visit by Argentine President Alberto Fernández on 4 February when, as before, only photographers were given access to the official events.“This government, which claims to be very committed to defending freedoms, must set an example by respecting the freedom to inform,” Armada added. “This contempt for journalists’ work must stop.” June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more A similar restriction was previously imposed at a press conference given by the prime minister in November, when reporters were allowed to ask only two questions. In response, one of the reporters protested on behalf of all of his colleagues as the press conference was being broadcast live.last_img read more

UL launches Women’s Gaelic Players Association scholarships

first_imgNewsUL launches Women’s Gaelic Players Association scholarshipsBy John Keogh – June 5, 2015 927 WhatsApp Advertisement TAGSGAAUL Kemmy Business SchoolUniversity of Limerick Previous articleMini ‘Putinland’Next articleOn your bike John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie ICYMI: Billy Lee confirms 40-man Limerick Senior Football Squad for 2021 Email Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR  THE Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick has announced a graduate business scholarship programme for female county GAA players.The KBS-WGPA scholarships will see recipients receive a 50 per cent fee waiver for taught postgraduate programmes at the business school in areas such as economics, finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, and project management.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Philip O’Regan, Dean of the Kemmy Business School and Aoife Lane, WGPA chairperson, signed a memorandum of understanding at the launch of the programme at UL this week.Ms Lane spoke about the close ties between UL and the WGPA, with five of the seven founding members of the association currently or previously affiliated to the university.She added: “Female athletes have an enhanced set of skills and characteristics around leadership, teamwork, respect and hard work that make them particularly suited to study and work in the business industry.”Deirdre Murphy, GAA development officer commented: “UL GAA Club are delighted with the partnership between the WGPA and the Kemmy Business School. Our players are top class sportspeople and this partnership with the KBS endorses the leadership skills, dedication and work ethic that our players display on the field as having huge relevance and transferability to how they perform in an academic and work context.”Attending the event were senior intercounty players Niamh O’Dea (Clare), Julia White (Cork) and Niamh Richardson (Limerick).The WGPA scholarship programme aims to support players in balancing their academic and sporting commitments while representing their county in camogie and ladies football.For further information on the scholarships, email [email protected]center_img WATCH: John Kiely reflects on ‘fair result’ against Tipperary Calling all Limerick GAA Clubs Talking Points: Limerick’s unbeaten run comes to an end as they prepare for All-Ireland final rematch Galway Beat Limerick in Free Ridden Salthill Encounter Linkedin Print Twitter WATCH: Donal Ryan says there is a “great buzz” in the squad as the Ladies Footballer’s gear up for Offaly last_img read more

Edible Book Festival For All Tastes

first_imgJulia Coste, of Ocean City, and her son, Lucas, 3, make their selection of who should win the Edible Book contest. By Maddy VitaleThe Ocean City Free Public Library has a lot of treats for its customers, books in all forms. And on Monday, they even had the edible kind.The Edible Book Festival in its sixth year, showcased talents of book lovers who even got to bring their baking skills into the mix.Imaginations shined with entries such as “Splenda in the Grass,” a white cake topped with green strands of icing, to “Catch 22,” which was a kid favorite due to its Swedish fish ornaments not to mention a dish of the sweets for the taking.A winning entry for the Junior Category titled: “Red Queen,” by Breanna Adamson.“This ends up being one of the most fun and creative events we have,” said Adult Programming Librarian Julie Howard. “The public gets to combine their book smarts and baking skills.”Howard added that you don’t have to be a superb baker to enter the contest. “I tell people you can see what other people have done online.”The silliness of the festival fits with the time the event is held- on April Fools’ Day, Howard added.Howard said the support from the community and Volunteers of the Ocean City Free Public Library make the event successful year after year.Adult Programming Librarian Julie Howard says the festival is one of the most exciting events the library hosts.“They are an integral part of this program,” Howard noted of the volunteers.By late morning some parents brought their toddlers in to see some of the goodies.Stephanie Lindsay, of Egg Harbor Township, laughed as her son Griffin, 3, picked up a Swedish fish. A minute later, he took another one.Julia Coste, of Ocean City, brought her son Lucas, 3, who was very intrigued with the entire table of baked goods.Some of the visitors perused the long table in the Ocean City Community Center Atrium holding a slip of paper to jot down whom they think should win the contest.Stephanie Lindsay, of Egg Harbor Township, watches her son, Griffin, 3, take a candy from a dish, as Lucas Coste, 3, of Ocean City, watches.“There are some great plays on words here,” said Karin Wren, of Ocean City.She laughed and said, “I think they are all clever.”Later in the afternoon, when school let out, Howard said children headed straight to the table to take in all the yummy-looking cakes on the table.“The after-school kids were all excited to dig into the cakes right after we announced the winners,” Howard said. “The cakes were deemed both creative and delicious.”Karin Wren, of Ocean City, looks over the entries.Here were the 2019 winners courtesy Julie Howard, Adult Programming Librarian:Adult CategoryFunniest/Punniest- “Five Peeps You Eat in Heaven” – entry by Jean BushBest Visual Presentation- “The Giving Tree” – entry by Cheryl KelchnerMost Appetizing- “After the Fall” – entry by Jennifer ShirkPeople’s Choice- “Catch 22” – entry by Babs StefanoJunior CategoryWinner- “Red Queen”- entry by Breanna AdamsonThis bright yellow confection is titled: “Lemon Cake Sadness.”This edible asks “Where is the Green Sheep?”last_img read more

SweetWater 420 Festival Adds Ween, Lettuce & More To Stacked 2017 Lineup

first_imgJust a few weeks ago, SweetWater 420 Festival came out with a great initial lineup that included headlining sets from Widespread Panic and the Trey Anastasio Band. Today, the festival has doubled down with some great new additions, extending their lineup with some great artists and comedians.Ween, Dirty Heads, Lettuce, Savoy, Samantha Fish, and comedians Jon Rudnitsky and Jake Nordwind all join a stacked lineup, which hits Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park from April 21-23, 2017. They’ll join Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Slightly Stoopid, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dark Star Orchestra, Anders Osborne, Twiddle, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and The Hip Abduction. The festival plans to announce more artists soon, so stay tuned for a new update soon!Check out the full lineup below, and head here for tickets and more information.last_img read more