European Parliament urged to pass resolution condemning Hungary’s new media law

first_img Follow the news on Hungary Despite unanimous opposition from leading media freedom organizations, the Hungarian parliament has adopted a controversial law overhauling the state-owned media and creating a Media Council with utterly disproportionate powers. The law was passed by an overwhelming majority of votes (256 to 87) on 21 December.Appointed directly by the government, the Media Council’s five members will not only have a right of oversight but also the authority to impose heavy fines (of up to 700,000 euros for a TV station and 89,000 euros for an online publication) for content that is “not politically balanced” or “violates human dignity.”The council can also punish offences against religion and the nation, while journalists can be forced to reveal their sources when national security is involved. Although the government intends to ensure “fair balance” in the media, it has not respected this principle in its choice of Media Council members, who all belong to the ruling Fidesz party. The council is supposed to enforce “balance” but it will have no opposition representatives.“Our organization, a 2005 Sakharov Prize laureate, urges the European Parliament’s president and bureau to make discussion of this law an emergency item on the next plenary session’s agenda,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope that a debate will take place and that a resolution will be adopted condemning this law and asking the Hungarian government and parliament to do what is necessary to prevent its implementation. The European parliament must use all possible influence to ensure that this law is completely revised in consultation with journalists’ organizations.“The European Commission and the European Council’s president must end their silence on this issue and must insist that the Hungarian government prevent this law, which is incompatible with democratic standards, from coming into force. It is the job of the commission and the council to ensure implementation of treaties that guarantee equal rights for all European citizens. This media law strips Hungarian citizens of the legitimate and fundamental freedom to receive and impart news and information.“The concept of ‘correct news balance’ introduced by this law has no place in the vocabulary of a European Union member country. It is clearly always possible to debate or question the professional ethics of news media but any attempt to legislate on media ethics in such a vague way and disregarding the principles enshrined in the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is completely unacceptable.“The credibility of Hungary’s EU presidency has clearly been undermined. How can a country aspire to hold human rights dialogues on behalf of the EU with countries such as Russia and China when it adopts such legislation? Hungary has made EU enlargement and relations with neighbouring states one of its priorities. But how can it demand decisive initiatives as regards respect for media freedom from candidate countries in the Balkans when it introduces a system that the European Union would rightly condemn if one of its neighbours adopted it ?” Organisation News News News Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU December 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Parliament urged to pass resolution condemning Hungary’s new media law Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site HungaryEurope – Central Asia center_img Receive email alerts May 4, 2021 Find out more News Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en HungaryEurope – Central Asia February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Spot the Difference

first_imgLast week Susan Kennedy got a makeover. Unfortunately the revamping of the Neighbours star’s look did not live up to our expectations – she merely invested in a few more teacherly silk scarves, a long beaded necklace and got her hair blow-dried by Lynne. But in the world of Neighbours it worked and now take a look at her. Karl noticed her in the pub and now she gets invited round for dinner with strange friends from the tennis club. And an eligible bachelor even hit on her. Soon Harold, who inspired Susan to change her image by calling her a frump at the coffee shop, will be “copping a perv” on her and she will have had total success. I love a good makeover. It’s the classic super-hero storyline: the downtrodden, undesirable person takes off their glasses and puts on some lycra to reveal an amazing body and smouldering eyes. The secret to a good makeover is to look completely hideous beforehand. This will throw any slight improvement into dramatic relief. Beautiful people masquerading as mingers guarantee brilliant transformations for the crucial ‘before” and ‘after’ photos. In magazines the ‘before’ photo always features the subject looking vacant, cross-eyed and miserable with massive bags under their eyes. In the ‘after’ photo they are all smiley and bright-eyed, their life changed forever; no one is out of their league now. So, inspired by the Australian soap and full of hope and merriment on this sunny afternoon in the summertime, I got one boy and one girl and gave them both a makeover. Mo, 20, wanted a smarter look as he has been wearing a pair of trainers with a massive hole in the bottom for about a year. He says, “Sometimes I would step in a puddle and then have wet feet for days.” He also hates every t-shirt he owns: “They all make my head look massive.” Mo’s transformation merely involved him putting on another t-shirt and some new jeans. As I say, the secret to gaining sex appeal in the makeover is little more than taking off the glasses. Anna, 18, wanted a more sophisticated style, as she thinks she looks about 12 years old and claims, “Last week the waiter in a restaurant mistook me for a child and gave me the children’s menu and crayons.” Anna put on her least flattering t-shirt, which she made in an art lesson at school when she was really 12. The next thing she knew, she was in a dress and heels in a meadow, spring had sprung, the sun was setting and go on then, she says, “Ki-iss Me”. The effects of the makeover won’t last long and I can’t say what hope the future holds for Susan, Anna and Mo. Fashion is short-lived. The sun will go down. Turn around and your head might still be massive. You might get given the crayons again. Karl might still shag Izzy. Never mind; for now, chuck out the ‘before’ and savour the ‘after’.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004last_img read more

FAS presents Diversity Dialogues

first_imgLeadership in a diverse community, unintended bias, and the impact of devaluing messages that can impair productivity are among the issues that will be addressed in Diversity Dialogues, a series of seminars to be offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).Stephen Young, co-founder of Insight Education Systems, will present “Microinequities: The Power of Small,” a seminar on the impact of “devaluing messages which can impair performance and productivity,” on Oct. 20 in the Faculty Room in University Hall.On Dec. 15, Connie Wong, founder and managing director of CWS Associates, will offer “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams,” a seminar on leading diverse teams and how to build a culture of inclusiveness, in the Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden St.Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Psychology Department and senior adviser to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith on Faculty Development, will offer a workshop titled “Blind Spot: The Hidden Biases of Good People,” which is focused on “a specific blind spot that keeps leaders from selecting and retaining the best talent” in the Radcliffe Gymnasium.All workshops are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and are free and open to the Harvard community. Register.last_img read more

Inner city Woolloongabba has emerged as a development hotspot

first_imgWoolloongabba has emerged as a development hotspot.LIKE a phoenix rising from the ashes, Woolloongabba has risen from the swamp.According to Brisbane Heritage Trails, the area was once known as One Mile Swamp due to a number of boggy waterholes in the area.It was named Woolloongabba is 1870 after the waterholes and swamps were drained to make way for cottages and small businesses.Fast forward to 2018, and the suburb would be unrecognisable to those first settlers, with more than 5500 people, most living in units, now calling it home. The Foundry by Habitat Development GroupCensus data shows that the average age of a Woolloongabba resident is 30, 51 per cent live in apartments or flats, and 63 per cent are renting.The Woolloongabba Priority Development Area (PDA) was declared in 2010, with the aim of promoting a mixed use precinct comprising residential and employment developments centred on a transport hub. The Wellington mixed use apartment development.Mr Schenk said Woolloongabba was transforming from light industrial to a bustling hub, with 78 per cent of The Foundry sold to local owner occupiers and investors.“Being across the road from the South City Square retail precinct and minutes from Little Logan Rd, buyers will have the best of all the amenity that Woolloongabba has to offer at their doorstep,” he said.A number of other developments have also been given the green light, including a three tower residential and retail precinct. The Drapery by Aria Property is also under construction, and comes after the developer completed a number of other projects in Woolloongabba. The Foundry by Habitat Development GroupMore from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoOne of the biggest developments currently underway is South City Square by Pellicano and Perri Projects. One South City (completed) and The New Deshon (almost complete) have both sold out, with civil works at The Mews Apartments due for completion mid-next year. Michael Kent from Pellicano Group said the developer had invested heavily in Woolloongabba over the years due to its proximity to the CBD, education facilities, public transport, and its affordability.“Those things signalled a good investment … that’s held true for our buyers and investors,” he said.Mr Kent said South City Square was proving popular with owner occupiers (downsizers and first home buyers) and investors, with increasing interest as the project progressed.“To be able to create a masterplan on such a large landholding close to the city is unique,” he said. South City Square“Each residential building has its own private residents facilities, there are expansive parklands, and we have retailers thriving and a number of other major announcements (about new retailers) soon. Public space is key.”Nearby, residents have started to move in to The Wellington by EPV Developments, with only a handful of the 127 apartments still for sale. Prices start from $339,000.Construction of The Foundry, an 88-apartment tower by Habitat Development Group, is also nearing completion. Sales and marketing manager Michael Schenk said the site, which had been owned by the same family for more than 50 years, had once been home to light industry and mechanic workshops.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 1st back-to-back nonconference loss since 1975

first_img Published on December 19, 2018 at 12:09 am Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (7-4) dropped its second-straight nonconference game to No. 14 Buffalo (11-0), 71-59. The loss is the first time since 1975 that the Orange fell in back-to-back nonconference games. SU and Buffalo remained close throughout the game, but the Bulls pulled away with hot shooting toward the end of the game.See what our beat writers had to say after the game.last_img read more

Larry Fitzgerald returning to Cardinals on 1-year deal

first_img Kilff Kingsbury talks Josh Rosen, David Johnson during Cardinals introduction He finished 2018 with 1,303 career receptions, breaking Jerry Rice’s record of most receptions (1,281) with one team. But the Cardinals finished 3-13 under first-year head coach Steve Wilks, who was fired and replaced by Kliff Kingsbury. The Larry Fitzgerald era in Arizona isn’t over yet.The Cardinals announced Wednesday that Fitzgerald, 35, has decided to play for the team in 2019 on a one-year deal.center_img The Legend continues. @LarryFitzgerald will return for his 16th season with the Cardinals in 2019. pic.twitter.com/t5owK1MLTl— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) January 23, 2019″No player has meant more to this franchise or this community than Larry Fitzgerald,” team president Michael Bidwill said in a statement . “In my discussions with him, it was clear that he is as driven and passionate as ever. We are thrilled he’ll be back in 2019.”Fitzgerald was drafted third overall in 2004 by the Cardinals and certainly has delivered on any expectation the franchise has had for him over the last 15 seasons. Related Newslast_img read more

Go-ahead golf club scores national first

first_img Tags: ClubMark, County Durham, GolfMark, SafeGolf, safeguarding 3 Jan 2019 Go-ahead golf club scores national first A go-ahead golf club in County Durham is celebrating a national ‘first’ which puts it at the forefront of safeguarding.Houghton-le-Spring Golf Club is the first club in England to successfully renew its GolfMark Award, an official seal of approval for its work to grow the game.With it, the club has also achieved England Golf’s new SafeGolf accreditation, showing it meets high standards to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.Houghton-le-Spring showed its commitment to young golfers earlier this year when, with the support of Wickes, the DIY and home improvement company, it ran a volunteer project to convert a pool room/general storage space into a room for juniors. They involved local community groups and young carers to make sure they got it right.Now, with GolfMark successfully renewed for another three years, the club is looking ahead and working to encourage even more people – particularly women and girls – to take up golf and become members.It offers an academy membership for its six-hole short course and practice facilities, which is popular with beginners. It’s staged Women on Par days with England Golf, to get new golfers out on the course and have fun with friends. It’s hoping to join the Girls Golf Rocks recruitment programme in 2019.Ann Young and Mags Shaw, from the club’s business development team, were among those involved in renewing GolfMark.“We’re thrilled to be the first club to renew GolfMark,” said Ann. “It’s a great asset, which puts the club in a strong position and helps us to stand out from the rest. We’d advise any club considering GolfMark to get right on with it!”Mags added: “We take great pride in our SafeGolf accreditation which tells people that we really care about the children and young people who come here.”Mike Greener, England Golf Club Support Officer for Durham, said: “I am delighted that Houghton-le-Spring have become the first club to achieve this milestone. They are so committed to being relevant to the community and up to date with all their policies and procedures. Now, with SafeGolf, they can confidently promote themselves as a safe venue to the wider community.GolfMark is awarded to clubs which successfully develop the game in four ways:• By attracting new members and encouraging existing members to play more• Using practical business planning to develop the club• Offering coaching and playing opportunities for all golfers• Ensuring safeguarding policies are in placeThe GolfMark award was developed by England Golf and also integrates Sport England’s ClubMark award – a national standard for quality sports clubs recognised across the country.GolfMark brings a number of benefits to clubs including raising awareness, access to funding, business and marketing support and training opportunities for staff and volunteers. To find out more visit www.golfmark.orgCaption: Mags Shaw (left) and Ann Young of Houghton-le-Spring Golf club.last_img read more

A Rarity in Shrewsbury: A Contested Race

first_imgBy John BurtonSHREWSBURY – This is an unusual year for borough politics. When voters go to the polls on Nov. 8 they will have two rows of candidates to select from for the four available seats on the six-member Borough Council. Among them are Republicans seeking re-election and Democratic challengers.Not since 2007 has there been a contested election. For the first time in a number of years there is a full slate of local Democrats running for local seats. Some have said there hasn’t been a Democrat in a borough council seat since the Watergate era.In the election, voters will choose two candidates to serve one-year terms to fill vacancies on the council. They will also select two candidates for the three-year full terms to the council.Voters will have the choice of Republican incumbents Erik Anderson and Thomas L. Moran, or Democratic challengers Shane Berkelaar and Patrick DiBello, for the two one-year terms.For the two full three-year terms available, incumbent Republicans Peter J. Meyer and Deidre M. DerAsadourian are seeking another term, while Democratic challengers John M. Collins and Donald Sena hope to make inroads and secure seats on the council.Anderson, 40, is an attorney and has lived in the borough for almost his entire life. Prior to serving on council he had served on the borough Zoning Board of Adjustment for six years.“This is my community,” he said of his reason for looking to continue on the council. Service, he added, “is not something new to me.”Clockwise from top left: Peter J. Meyer, Deidre M.DerAsadourian, Thomas L. Moran and Erik Anderson.The issues facing Shrewsbury are the issues facing any small municipality, he said. Government needs to look for ways to “continue to provide top rate services while working to keep the tax rate stable.”Moran, a 69-year-old environmental consultant for remediation and construction projects who has lived in Shrewsbury since 1985, shares the ticket with Anderson for the abbreviated term. He has served on the Planning Board since 2010. He had previously served on the Mount Olive Township Board of Education when he lived in that community.Moran said he’s running to continue to serve on the council because “I feel in the short time I’ve been on, we’ve been very effective,” in addressing the community’s needs.Given his employment background, Moran said his role as the council liaison to the Department of Public Works is a good fit. And he believes he’s well-suited to push forward “the continuity needed” to move the community forward.Democratic challenger Berkelaar, 39, is a commercial banker who is making his first run for elected office.He has decided to throw his hat into the political ring because he’s found “The spending and taxation in town has been questionable,” with property owners annually facing tax increases.“The finances can only be brought under control by a good team,” he said, believing he and the other Democratic candidates will bring about change. In addition, there has been one-party rule for much too long, Berkelaar argued. “We really do need a balance” of voices on the governing body, he said.DiBello, 82, is a retired mechanical engineer and a longtime member of the borough Environmental Commission and had served on the Planning Board.“I am interested in what’s going on in town,” he said. And for DiBello the reason to seek the one-year seat is because of the lack of dissenting voices that comes with one-party rule, especially after so many years. “That’s not the way good government works,” he said.He would like to see the council develop a long-range plan for development, capital projects and other undertakings. “You like the town and it’s a beautiful place to live,” he said, “and you want to make sure it continues on its path.”Meyer, age not given, works in the financial services industry and has been on the council for six years. He’s seeking another three-year term in part “to continue the work we’ve done already.”Meyer explained that Shrewsbury has a substantial commercial district in addition to its residential neighborhoods and that requires a considerable amount of time to keep what can be competing interests on an even keel that benefits both. “I think we spent a lot of time to get and attract a balance,” he said.And the same effort is true for negotiating shared service agreements with other towns and with school districts, agreements that have benefitted Shrewsbury, Meyer said.“People have been suffering in silence,” with rising property taxes, said Collins, who charged the taxes have gone up by 30 percent over a 10-year period. Those increases have led older residents to have to relocate because they simply can’t afford it, he charged. “And that’s not something on their radar,” Collins said of the incumbents.Collins, 52, is an attorney who works as the deputy general counsel for an insurance company and this is his first run for office, though he currently serves as the planning board vice chair.“There is the whole issue of transparency,” and the council’s lack of it, he alleged. Collins pointed to the recent dust up over work at the borough’s Manson Park. The plans called for additional basketball courts and other attractions. But it also required the taking down of trees and a cost associated with the work. The Democrats charged this was authorized without the input of the environmental commission, planning board or community outreach, sparking a local controversy. “Every once in while we should say thanks but no thanks,” to grants, which often require matching local funds, and to some projects, given the cost, Collins said.Sena, Collins’ running mate, 48, is a technology senior director for Microsoft and has lived here since 2006. “The first criteria for running for public office in this town is a love for this town,” which he said was his motivation.He pointed to the issues raised by his running mates and believes “everything can always be done better,” adding, “I have some ideas” on how to improve things.With Republicans running things for so long, he maintained, “It seems a little of gaming the system.”When you enter the voting booth, Sena offered, “It’s nice to have a choice.”Repeated attempts to contact DerAsadourian over the last 2 ½ weeks for this story were unsuccessful.last_img read more

Restaurant Owner Concerned About Noise Nuisance Ordinance

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – Under a noise nuisance ordinance approved by the Borough Council at its Tuesday meeting, Tommy Bonfiglio, the owner of Tommy’s Tavern & Tap said he could wind up in prison.“Four tickets and Tommy is going to go to jail,” Bonfiglio said, referring to the portion of the revised code that states the fourth noise offense could result in imprisonment for as many as 90 days.The first three offenses would result in monetary fines.“I am an asset to the town,” said Bonfiglio, referring to the popularity of his restaurant. “They are a residential community in a business district,” he said, referring to the Nautilus a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s, whose residents have complained about the noise from his restaurant.The town’s Master Plan encouraged the establishment of a vibrant business district in the borough, and Bonfiglio invested $5 million in the restaurant, he said.“The issue is everything that happens after 10 p.m.,” Mayor Dina Long said.Bonfiglio questioned the 10 p.m. time after which noises were regulated. “Who goes to bed at 10 p.m.?” he asked.He said, “I’m getting tickets day and night,” referring to his fear that there will be many complaints about noise from his restaurant.He suggested the Nautilus residents could place fans or air conditioners in their windows and lessen the noise at night, but they told him they wanted to sleep with their windows open. It will now be up to the police to determine what constitutes a noise violation in some cases. Under the revision of the town’s noise nuisance code, if the noise cannot be measured by a decibel meter, the police will make the decision if it’s a violation.But residents can still make a civil complaint and bring the matter to court even if the police do not consider the noise a violation. The new code establishes the permissible decibel levels for different noises in the borough, but said proof of a violation in some instances will be determined by “plainly audible means.” That determination would be made 50 feet from the property line of the noise source or within the property if the complainant and noise nuisance share common property.Although many of the noises designated by the code can be measured on a meter, human voices cannot, according to the borough police, Councilman Marc Leckstein said at the meeting.After questions from some attending the meeting asking if the borough could use different decibel meters that could register human voices, Police Chief John Sorrentino said the police department used the meter required by the state, which they are trained to use and which are calibrated yearly.Janice Pattison is a resident of the Nautilus condominiums, adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap. The condominiums occupants have frequently complained about noise from the restaurant’s outdoor area, which is on the other side of the fence separating the two properties. Pattison said Tommy’s property line is 16 feet away from her residence. She questioned how that would be handled under the ordinance’s 50-feet minimum. Pattison said if the police officer went in the back of her building to determine the noise level, the building would block the noise.“The officer is not going to put a building between him and the sound source,” Councilman Kevin Birdsall said, but would be able to use other places 50 feet from Tommy’s property lines to assess the noise.Borough Attorney Roger McLaughlin said the revision of the code was “a borough-wide ordinance,” and not designed for a specific location.Birdsall said he wanted to maintain the town’s atmosphere as a lively summer place to come to, but not on the level of Belmar. He said the ordinance gave the residents the chance to complain and also gave the owners of establishments the ability to “self-police” the noise. He conceded the fines were not going to stop noise problems, but possible jail time could.Council members Leckstein, Birdsall, and Jack Keeler voted for the ordinance, but Charlie Rooney voted “no.”“I think it will be very difficult for our police department to make the decisions on their own,” he said, referring to not being able to use decibel meters to measure voice complaints. Leckstein said Wednesday if the police declined to file a complaint about a noise if called to the scene by a resident, the resident could file a civil complaint and use any methods to prove to a judge that a violation had occurred, including but not limited to a cellphone, tape recorder, or witnesses.After the meeting, Thomas Pattison, Jennifer’s husband, said about the new ordinance “I hope it works out. The proof is in the pudding.”last_img read more

Newman Drafted in 2019 NPF College Draft Monday Night

first_imgStory Links Aussie Peppers of Minnesota NASHVILLE – Redshirt senior pitcher Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team was selected 13th by the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota in the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft presented by Park Planet Monday night. Newman, who is the first-ever Drake player drafted by the NPF will play her first professional season this summer close to Des Moines and her hometown of Madison, Wis., with the Peppers based out of North Mankato, Minn. for the 2019 season. Newman, who is already Drake’s all-time career leader in strikeouts (1,055) and wins (81), is having a tremendous final season for the Bulldogs. She is 17-6 with a 1.11 earned run average and a nation-best 255 strikeouts. Newman also leads the nation in hits allowed per seven innings (3.01) and strikeouts per seven innings (12.8). Her win total is tied for the most in the Missouri Valley Conference, her ERA is the best mark in the MVC and her innings pitched (139.1) and opponent batting average (.126) are also tops in the Valley. Newman has thrown three perfect games, including one last weekend against Loyola and been named MVC Pitcher of the Week seven times. Newman has recorded nine straight complete games where she has struck out 10 or more in each victory.center_img Newman was selected to the 2018 NFCA Third Team All-America team, is two-time MVC Pitcher of the Year winner and a three-time All-MVC First Team selection. She needs 32 more strikeouts to become the Valley’s all-time leader and four more victories for No. 2 all-time. Newman was selected to the 2018 USA Softball Top 25 Collegiate Player of the Year finalists list and to the top 50 watch list for the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award. She has won MVC Pitcher of the Week an impressive 18 times in her career. Newman and her teammates host Iowa Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the first of four scheduled home games at Buel Field. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more