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RSF urges French Senate to safeguard press freedom in “global security” and “republican principles” bills

first_imgNews Receive email alerts to go further February 17, 2021 RSF urges French Senate to safeguard press freedom in “global security” and “republican principles” bills News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Article 18 of the draft law “consolidating respect for the Republic’s principles”, adopted on 16 February by the National Assembly, penalizes “revealing, disseminating or transmitting, by any means whatsoever, information relating to the private, family or professional life of a person allowing them to be identified or located, with the aim of exposing them or members of their family to a direct risk of harm to themselves or their property, a risk of which the perpetrator could not be unaware.”This crime would be punishable by three years in prison, or five years “when committed against a person holding public authority or entrusted with a public service responsibility, or against the holder of an elected office.”In an op-ed piece in Le Monde last month, RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire and Paris Bar Association president Olivier Cousi argued that article 18 is a recast version of the global security bill’s very controversial article 24, which penalizes the dissemination of photos or video of police officers with an intent to harm. The Senate is currently due to consider both articles, which could be merged. RSF, which has already described the dangers that article 24, like article 18, poses to journalists and press freedom, calls for both articles to be removed.Article 18 more dangerous than article 24Journalists could be prosecuted for disseminating photos or video of police officers under article 18, just as they could under article 24. Photos or video of police officers could constitute “information relating to their professional life,” as mentioned in article 18 and, in response to a complaint, a prosecutor could try to demonstrate that the journalist disseminated them with an intent to harm. Like article 24, article 18 could be misused and could result in police officers arresting journalists in the field on the pretext that the video or photos being taken would be used to harm them.Article 24 would be incorporated into France’s 1881 law on press freedom, which has very protective procedures. It does not allow immediate trial and imposes very short statutes of limitations. Article 18, on the other hand, would be part of the criminal code, which excludes procedural guarantees and exposes journalists to much heavier sentences than article 24.Better crack down on disseminating personal information with intent to harmWhile both articles threaten press freedom, it is important to be able to combat the dissemination – especially online dissemination – of personal information or information allowing a person to be identified. The threats against Charlie Hebdo’s journalists and the hate messages to which the schoolteacher Samuel Paty was subjected prior to his murder showed that plots can be organized on social media resulting in very serious violence in the real world. Nonetheless, the existing legislation only imperfectly allows such activities to be prosecuted and punished.Reinforce laws on inciting crimes and offencesInstead of creating new crimes that are defined in such a way as to endanger press freedom, legislators should improve existing provisions on inciting violence, damage to property, hatred or discrimination.Incitement comes under the 1881 press law, which provides journalists with protection. But, as currently drafted, the crime of incitement does not penalize the dissemination of personal information with intent to harm if the intent is not explicit.RSF therefore proposes that a paragraph should be added to the 1881 press law’s articles on incitement that includes incitement to crimes or offences by means of the dissemination of personal information (or information allowing a person to be identified) accompanied by explicit encouragement to commit a crime or offence.Including this crime in the 1881 press law would ensure that journalists benefit from its protective procedural framework while making it possible, with article 20 of the bill, to bring non-journalists to immediate trial.Safeguard press freedom and journalists’ rights in any caseThe “global security” bill’s rapporteurs in the Senate have said they want to detach article 24 from the 1881 press freedom law. It is vital that the Senate should safeguard respect for press freedom, and this means keeping article 24 in the 1881 law or ensuring that it is accompanied by provisions similar to article 20’s so that journalists continue to enjoy the 1881 law’s procedural safeguards protecting free speech and the right to inform.The provisions finally adopted must also prevent their misuse by police in an abuse of authority, and ensure that they cannot result in journalists being arrested while taking photos or filming police officers on the basis of a supposed intent to harm.France is ranked 34th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Francecenter_img FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment RSF_en French Senate (photo: Bertrand GUAY / AFP) “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says May 10, 2021 Find out more Following the adoption by the French National Assembly of article 18 in the draft law on “consolidating respect for the Republic’s principles” (also known as the “anti-separatism bill”), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Senate to remove this article and the “global security” bill’s controversial article 24, and instead accept RSF’s counter-proposals. June 2, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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Bombora makes board changes

first_imgBombora Wave Power has made a number of changes to its Board of Directors including the appointment of a new Chair, Richard Beresford.Beresford is a highly experienced renewable energy and natural gas executive who specializes in commercializing new energy technologies and resources, said the Australian-based wave energy developer Bombora.He currently holds Non-Executive Directorships at Liquified Natural Gas Limited and Eden Innovations, and has previously held Chairperson and Director roles with numerous other energy companies.Bombora’s scaled WEC system (Photo: Bombora Wave Power)Former Chair, Tim Croot, remains on the Board as an independent Non-Executive Director, Bombora informed.Shawn Ryan, Non-Executive Director and Co-founder of Bombora 10 years ago, has retired from the Board. Ryan was a member of the Board for four years and served in both executive and non-executive capacities during this time.Furthermore, Glen Ryan, Non-Executive Director, Co-founder of Bombora and inventor of the concept of the mWave, also retired from the Board this year.Commenting on the changes, Sam Leighton, Chief Executive Officer of Bombora said: “The appointment of Richard as Chair expands the Board’s skill set with specific renewable energy financial and technical experience, which will be highly beneficial for the commercialization process of Bombora’s mWave.”Bombora has developed a membrane style wave energy converter called an mWave.Resting on the sea floor, similar to a fully submerged reef, it is invisible from the shoreline. As ocean waves pass over the mWave, the membrane deflects pumping air through a turbine to generate electricity.The company is working on the development of full-scale 1.5MW wave energy converter prototype which will be deployed off Portugal.last_img read more

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Raiders place defensive starter on injured reserve

first_imgThe Raiders will spend at least the next few weeks without their top run stuffer as Justin Ellis was placed on injured reserve on Thursday.The fifth-year nose tackle injured ligaments in his foot injury during Monday night’s loss to the Rams, forcing the team to sideline him. The Raiders reportedly hope to bring back Ellis at some point during the season.Teams are allowed to re-activate two players who were placed on injured reserve at the start of the season, as long as they miss at least …last_img

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Gallery: Lindfield Victorian House Museum

first_imgThe Lindfield Victorian House Museum is a time capsule of the Victorian and Edwardian periods, in the heart of leafy Johannesburg. It has received a second accolade from the travel website, TripAdvisor, to the delight of museum owner Katharine Love. Stepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is like stepping into the past. (Image: Priya Pitamber)Priya PitamberStepping into the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg is like stepping on to the set of British period drama TV series Downton Abbey. Visitors are jolted from modern times into the past.But very current is its receiving another accolade, a Certificate of Excellence, from the global travel website, TripAdvisor.“I am delighted to have received the acknowledgement for the second time and would like to thank my visitors for their continued support,” said Katharine Love, owner of the museum.Love is hands-on at the museum and when guests arrive, she opens the door dressed as a Victorian maid and gives a tour of the premises. It has an entrance hall, a magnificent dining area, a kitchen with a coal stove, a library, children’s nursery area with a large dollhouse and other bedrooms.According to the museum’s website, the house was built in 1910; it was bought by Love’s grandmother in 1967. By 1996, Love had opened the house as a museum to “proudly display a vast collection of 19th and 20th century furniture, art, decorative and utilitarian objects representative of the entire Victorian and Edwardian periods,” reads the museum website.The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality and quantity of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period.In order to qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers,” said Heather Leisman, vice president of industry marketing at TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service.”TripAdvisor-branded sites make up the largest online travel community in the world, with more than 315 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 200 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.5 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, operating in 45 countries worldwide.See images of the Lindfield Victorian House Museum:(Images: Priya Pitamber)For more information, visit the museum’s website.last_img read more

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Gallery: South Africa’s roots lie in Western Cape

first_imgMention the Western Cape, and people immediately think of Table Mountain, V & A Waterfront and Stellenbosch. But the province is more than Cape Town’s attractions. It is a hodgepodge of natural and cultural delights.The iconic image of Cape Town and the Western Cape. The view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront is always spectacular. Wherever you go in Cape Town, the mountain is always looming over you. (Images: South African Tourism, unless stated otherwise.)Compiled by Shamin ChibbaIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.It is the province from which South Africa was born and grew from. It is home to ghoema music and Table Mountain, the country’s winelands and Robben Island. It is the province where the Khoisan first came into contact with foreigners such as the Dutch, British, Malay and French immigrants.The Western Cape is a tapestry of historical, cultural and natural delights.Here, you will find vertiginous mountains begging to be hiked, caves with rock paintings and artefacts thousands of years old, and towns populated by people content with the simple life.Most of all, you will find South Africa’s roots.Cango Caves is situated at the foothills of the Swartberg range near Oudtshoorn. It is located in Precambrian limestone, which means it is from the earliest aeon in the Earth’s history, which dates back to over 4-billion years. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Stone artefacts and other cultural material indicate that people lived in the cave’s entrance during the Middle and Later Stone Ages. (Image: Shamin Chibba)Franschoek has become known as South Africa’s food and wine capital with one of the more popular restaurants being Reuben’s. This town of approximately 15 000 has a Bastille Festival which has been celebrated since July 1994. It coincides with France’s national holiday on 14 July.The Little Karoo town of Oudtshoorn is reliant on ostrich farming. Known as the ostrich capital of the world, its ostrich farming industry dates back to a feather boom in the 1860s.The Cederberg Mountains are noted for their dramatic, wind-carved sandstone formations like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch (above), as well as San rock paintings.The Model Shipyard in Mossel Bay has been designing and producing model ships for private collectors, companies and even Hollywood productions, the more recent being “The Adventures of Tin Tin”. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary is situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. The semi-tame wolves can be petted. Wolves are not native to South Africa and it has been purported that they were brought to South Africa as part of a military programme. It didn’t work out. Those that remain are now being taken care of by the likes of this wolf sanctuary and others in the country. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Knysna elephants are the stuff of legend. The beasts found at the Knysna Elephant Park are not part of the same herd. The park was established to take care of more than 40 orphaned elephants since 1994. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The Mossel Bay Maritime Museum, also known as the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, is a treasure trove for those interested in South Africa’s maritime history. Artefacts, artwork and information provide a holistic story of 500 years of ocean travel in the Cape. Make sure to check out the life size replica of Dias’ caravel, which had actually sailed from Lisbon, Portugal, in December 1987 and two months later, it berthed in Mossel Bay. (Image: Shamin Chibba)The quaint fishing village of Elands Bay is perfect for dolphin and whale watching and surfing. The Elands Bay Cave houses numerous rock paintings and quartz stone tools that date back 9 000 years.The Franschoek Motor Museum gives visitors the opportunity to check out vintage saloon and sports cars dating as far back as 100 years ago.The Knysna Lagoon is perfect for water sports such as water skiing.Known as the ‘diamond of the West Coast’, Lambert’s Bay is home to Bird Island with its numerous seabird species.Long Street is Cape Town’s nightlife hub. With numerous pubs, clubs and restaurants to choose from, a traveller in search of a vibrant party wouldn’t have to look further.The Wacky Wine Weekend in Robertson brings together over 40 wineries, boutique wineries and tourist establishments to showcase the valley’s award winning wines over the four days.The Stellenbosch wine route will satisfy wine connoisseurs and beginners alike. But if you’re not drinking, it doesn’t matter, the scenery is enough to make the trip to this university town.last_img read more

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Geocaching.com Presents: Dosenfischer

first_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching.com Presents: “The Rock”November 3, 2011In “Community”Geocaching.com Presents: WaldduscheAugust 25, 2011In “Deutsch”Ready, Set, Go: The Great Geocaching Block Party 2013 Travel Bug Race!September 21, 2012In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Editor’s note: The video is spoken entirely in German. Click the CC button for English or German subtitles.[vsw id=”KiYJknzYEHs” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]DosenfischerWatch the latest Geocaching.com Presents video, “Dosenfischer.” Dosenfischer is a German geocaching musical phenomenon. The band writes and performs geocaching-themed songs with unforgettable beats and hysterical lyrics. “Dosenfischer” literally means “can fishers.” The group consists of geocaching podcasters aba and sandmann with their very own muggle, Carsten Stotco, on guitar.Dosenfischer released their first geocaching CD in November of 2010. Songs on the release cover topics such as micro caches, a geocaching groupie and the many nuances of the family hobby of geocaching. They’ve sold more than a thousand CDs and plan to release their second geocaching CD in the near future.Dosenfischer recently performed in front of hundreds of geocachers at the German Mega-Event, FORTsetzung: – Die DOSENFISCHER.The next Geocaching.com Presents video is scheduled to post on August 25th. Explore one of the most watched geocaches in all of Germany. Some hints about the geocache include: the cache involves water, the woods and a wall.Dosenfischer CD coverSehe das neueste „Geocaching.com Presents“ Video, „Dosenfischer.“ Dosenfischer sind ein deutsches Geocaching musikalisches Phänomen. Die Band schreibt und führt geocaching Songs mit unvergesslichen Beats und komischen Texten. Die Gruppe besteht aus Geocaching Podcaster aba und sandmann, und ihren eigenen Muggel, Carsten Stotco, an der Gitarre. Dosenfischer haben ihre erste Geocaching CD im November 2010 veröffentlicht. Songs auf der Ausgabe sind unter anderen Themen über Mikro-Caches, einen geocaching Groupie und die vielen Nuancen der Familienhobby Geocaching. Sie haben mehr als tausend CDs verkauft und planen ihre zweite Geocaching CD in der nahen Zukunft zu veröffentlichen. Dosenfischer sind kürzlich vor hunderten von Geocacher auf dem deutschen Mega-Event aufgetreten. FORTsetzung: – Die DOSENFISCHERDas nächste „Geocaching.com Presents“ Video soll am 25. August veröffentlicht werden. Erforsche  eine der am meisten beachteten Geocaches in ganz Deutschland. Einige Hinweise über den Geocache sind: der Cache beinhaltet Wasser, Wälder und eine Mauer.Dosenfischer in concertlast_img read more

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Government Looking for Bids to Rejuvenate Grand Turk

first_img Cruise Ship suspected of Norovirus due to dock in Grand Turk EU Ambassador Concludes Hurricane Rebuild Project Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Jan 2015 – A massive redevelopment is still coming for Grand Turk this fiscal year; it was laid out by the Finance Minister during budget debate in July and now the government has put out to tender jobs for companies interested in aiding the project to submit their bids. The Grand Turk Cruise Center has agreed to partner with TCIG on this initiative aimed at restoring the luster and historic elegance of the Capital, which in some areas is still in ruins from 2008’s Hurricane Ike. TCIG explains that the deadline to submit is February 17, 2015 and documents and the like can be obtained at the Ministry of Finance. Tender documents for what is being dubbed the Grand Turk Master plan are available upon request in electronic format only from the Project Manager, via e-mail at [email protected] Tenders are to be turned in to The Secretary to the Procurement Board, Central Purchasing Unit, White Sands Road, Grand Turk, by 9am on February 17. Recommended for you Related Items:grand turk cruise center, hurricane ike, restoring Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Miss Teen Turks and Caicos Contestants in the House of Assemblylast_img read more

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Two arrested for Canadian American visitors death in Belize

first_img Related Items:#couplefoundstrangledinBelize, #DrewDeVoursney, #FrancescaMatus, #magneticmedianews Photo Credit: ABC News Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBelize, May 8, 2017 – Corozal – In news from Belize, two people have been detained over the death of an Ontario woman and her boyfriend.   Police officers say their bodies were found Monday evening in a sugar cane field, located in Chen Chen, a village six kilometers outside Corozal.  The development comes one day after autopsy results revealed Francesca Matus, age 52, and 36 year old U.S. citizen Drew DeVoursney, had been strangled.   Police said their bodies were found in a state of decomposition with tape around their right wrists, classing the case as a murder investigation.  The couple had been reported missing since leaving a bar in the coastal town of Corozal on April 25 late at night — one day shy of Matus, who is a mother of two, was scheduled to fly back to Canada.   It is reported that when a friend went to her home in Belize to drive her to the airport, she was nowhere to be found.#MagneticMediaNews#FrancescaMatus#DrewDeVoursney#couplefoundstrangledinBelizelast_img read more

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Andre Silva would have love to stay in Serie A

first_imgThe Portuguese striker is having a great time in the Spanish La Liga tournament, but he insists he would have loved to stay in ItalyAndre Silva started his professional career with Porto B in his native country in 2013.The striker was moved to the first team in 2015, but it was in 2017 when he was sold to Italian Lega Serie A club AC Milan.He was then loaned for one year to Sevilla in the Spanish La Liga tournament, but he wishes he could go back to Italy.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I am working to become the best striker in the World”, Andre Silva told Portuguese newspaper A Bola.“I didn’t want to leave AC Milan, I wanted to play. I wanted to have opportunities and be the Andre that I always was.”“But I definitely needed more game time. I had many options but in the end, I said yes to Sevilla. Now I am here and I feel I’ve done the best possible choice,” he added.last_img read more

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