Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion

first_imgNews VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Organisation News August 25, 2020 Find out more New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Help by sharing this information VenezuelaAmericas Local, national and international NGOs are extremely concerned about an international cooperation bill that the National Assembly is due to begin examining on an emergency basis since yesterday in response to a formal request from President Hugo Chávez. Reporters Without Borders defends freedom of expression and freedom of information with complete impartiality. Our vigilance and our right to criticize are directed at any government in any country, whatever its tendency, whenever an issue arises that comes under our mandate. This is our only criteria, and so it should be.We are concerned above all about the following points in this proposed law:1 – The bill was already approved on first reading on 13 June 2006. Why was it then ignored for the next four years? This is relevant to the question why it should be examined on an emergency basis now.Consultation with NGOs before a debate during the next parliamentary session beginning in January – when the opposition will again be sitting in the National Assembly – would help to reduce the divisions that the bill will inevitably occasion and that already afflict Venezuelan society sufficiently. A broad consensus could be achieved in this manner.2 – Certain aspects of the bill need to be clarified or amended.Article 14 of the bill says that the Venezuelan state “will stimulate the participation of organized communities, non-governmental organizations, universities, companies and other social entities linked to international cooperation.” The article does not however specify the level and form of this state “stimulation.” Would it entail control over the statutes and mandates of the NGOs?Articles 15 and 16 of the proposed law would establish a register in which the NGOs concerned would have to be registered. The source of concern here is above all the creation of a new “decentralized body” of a governmental nature whose functions would include “direction, control, coordination, monitoring and evaluation” of cooperation activities (article 9). A transitional provision requires NGOs to comply with the “provisions and directives” of this state entity within six months of the law’s promulgation.This provision is obviously the most controversial one. There is a very clear similarity to the way NGOs were placed under supervision by a law on the functions of the Peruvian Agency for International Cooperation (APCI) which was voted at the Peruvian government’s request in November 2006 and which President Alan Garcia subsequently withdrew following protests from national and international NGOs.3 – The circumstances surrounding the vote on the proposed law also raise questions about its future application. “How could we permit political parties, NGOs and leading figures of the counterrevolution to continue to be financed by the millions and millions of the Yankee empire?” President Chávez said on 23 November, urging swift parliamentary approval of the bill.In other words, an NGO receiving foreign funding, especially from the United States, would necessarily be guilty of “counterrevolutionary activities.” Such funding, even if only partial, would mean that the NGO’s sole goal was to overthrow the Bolivarian Republic’s government. Under this vision of permanent conspiracy, an NGO would just be the tool of a hostile power. These attacks betray a lack of any understanding of the activities of most NGOs, which are forced to find many sources of funding in order to survive, and a failure to appreciate their insistence on independence. The grave and deplorable precedent of the April 2002 coup attempt against President Chávez and U.S. political dominance in Latin America and elsewhere must not be used as grounds for systematically accusing all those who criticize or disagree with the Venezuelan government of plotting another coup. Which NGOs was President Chávez referring to in his speech?A bill of this importance needs something other than an emergency vote. It requires a debate and the opinions of the relevant institutions of the Organization of American States. We call for such a debate to take place. There is still time. Follow the news on Venezuelacenter_img News December 2, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Proposed law on international cooperation needs more discussion Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela RSF_en Receive email alerts Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News January 13, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

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TV technician killed in Coahuila attacks – what happened to protection mechanisms?

first_imgNews MexicoAmericas February 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV technician killed in Coahuila attacks – what happened to protection mechanisms? 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statecenter_img Gunmen staged separate attacks on a TV station and a radio station in Torreón, in the northern state of Coahuila on 9 February, killing a young engineer, Rodolfo Ochoa, in the attack on Canal 9 (Milenio TV), which is owned by the Multimedios Laguna group. Equipment was destroyed in the attack on the radio station, Radiorama, which has been off the air ever since.A Canal 9 employee told Reporters Without Borders: “The attack took place at dawn. The station went off the air for a while but is now operating normally. The attackers made off with monitors and tools. They clearly intended to damage equipment as you can see the marks of blows and the door was forced. But, obviously, it is the death of our employee, Rodolfo Ochoa, that has affected us most.”Aged 27, Ochoa was covering the night shift, Milenio reported on its website. When he noticed the presence of intruders, he tried to phone one of his colleagues but was shot several times by the gunmen.The police have placed the TV station under patrol car surveillance, which is a useful short-term measure but is not enough. A thorough investigation is needed. This is not the first time that this media group has been targeted. Its correspondent in the state of Durango, Eliseo Barrón Hernández.On the night of 9 February, three hooded gunmen raided the premises of Radiorama, attacked the night watchman and a woman companion, forced their way inside and destroyed the station’s transmission equipment, reducing it to silence.A local media source told Reporters Without Borders: “It is incredible that (the authorities) had not foreseen this kind of situation, in a strategic area where there are other broadcast media and where a criminal organization is operating.”Newspaper distributor kidnappedAn armed group meanwhile briefly kidnapped the distributor of the El Norte and Metro newspapers (owned by the Reforma media group) in Nuevo Laredo, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. After the delivery man had been tied up and thrown into the back of a vehicle, his abductors ordered him at gunpoint to stop distributing El Norte in Nuevo Laredo. They then set fire to the 1,100 copies he had been transporting and released him.El Norte had just published a report about the murder of Gen. Manuel Farfán, the head of public security in Nuevo Laredo.Armed attacks on media premises have increased since the start of 2010, as the federal government continues an offensive against drug-trafficking in which around 30,000 people have been killed since December 2006. Journalists have not been spared.Reporters Without Borders urges the federal authorities, in consultation with press freedom NGOs, to quickly apply the new mechanisms for protecting journalists that were announced at the interior ministry on 3 November 2010.Reporters Without Borders is supporting the “¡Basta de Sangre!” (Enough Blood) campaign which 10 press cartoonists launched last month and which has a presence on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Basta…) and Twitter. A portfolio of the cartoons can be seen on the Reporters Without Borders website.Cartoon: El Fer News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Mexico Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Staring Straight At The Lion’s Eye-mobile

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week The gift of sight is one to be cherished and taken care of. All we need to do is see and appreciate its value.Blair Health Academy, together with Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH), aims to educate the young people on the basics and importance of eye health with the Lions Club’s Eyemobile.The partnership was formed when “we were contacted by MEMAH and asked if we were interested in a partnership and of course we jumped on the opportunity,” says Debbie Curtin, director of the Blair Health Careers Academy.Courtain tells us how “this kind of opportunity, gets our students a chance to be trained and exposed to health professionals, how to work with patients and clients.”The Lions International Eyemobile, is a “a van that’s totally equipped with eye and hearing equipment,” says Curtin.An optometrist and audiologist volunteers their services while students help them by “organizing the patients, taking the patients’ histories and doing the initial eye exam, and then filtering the patients into the eye doctor and the hearing where they do the actual test. The patient would come out of the bus and we would do any referral that the doctor’s recommended,” says Curtin.For the high school students, it is a chance to have them involved in community service. This is important for them, Curtin says, because “all colleges and employers want to look and see what these kids get back to the community before they take them in.”The students will also get to learn the “soft skills which would employ ability skills like customer service, patient care, communication, technical fields, etc.,” Curtin explains.Also, Curtin adds, the students “can use these hours towards their internship. They need to complete 180-hour internship in the health field and so that also helps them to be employable and helps colleges, universities to look at them because they have a little bit more than the average student would have.”The eyemobile is part of the Pasadena Host Lions International, and the students are part of the Leo Club, “which is like the baby Lions,” says Curtin. So in a way, these students are being mentored by the Lions Host by providing the eyemobile and the opportunity to hone and sharpen their skills in health care.To learn about the Pasadena Host Lions Club, visit http://www.pasadenahostlions.org for more information.For more on Blair High School, located at 1201 South Marengo Ave., visit http://blair.pasadenausd.org.Discover what MEMAH is all about by visiting http://memah.org. Health Staring Straight At The Lion’s Eye-mobile The Blair Health Academy, together with MEMAH, bring the Pasadena Host Lions Club Eyemobile By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 | 12:38 pmlast_img read more

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US election: Global media reacts to neck-and-neck election race

first_img– Advertisement – The US election has been the subject of dedicated special coverage on media outlets around the world despite there still not being a clear result. BBC Monitoring takes a look at how this uncertain outcome is being seen in different parts of the world.- Advertisement –last_img

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UPDATED: Matt Brind’ Amour scores twice to lead Leafs to 4-4 draw against Hawks

first_imgSunday Nelson ends the preseason with a return match against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m.Leafs open exhibition season Wednesday in Beaver ValleyThe Nelson Leafs broke camp Sunday and now coach and GM Dave McLellan will get an opportunity to see his players in action as the Heritage City squad travels to Beaver Valley Wednesday to face the Nitehawks.The game is the first of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition seaon for the Leafs and second for the Hawks.Nelson travels to Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Sunday the Leafs conclude the preseason with a game against the Hawks at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.Leafs open the regular season Friday, September 12 against the defending KIJHL, Cyclone and Keystone Cup champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Game time is 7 p.m. Matt Brind’ Amour scored twice to pace the Nelson Leafs to a 4-4 tie against Beaver Valley Nitehawks Wednesday night in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League exhibition action in Fruitvale.Robson Cramer and Sam Weber added singles while Liam Hall has two assists for the Leafs.Nelson led 3-2 after one period before the Hawks scored twice in the second to grab a 4-3 lead after 40 minutes.Both teams played a roster filled with younger players as the respective coaching staffs looked over their teams.The game was the second in as many nights for the Hawks, which dumped Creston 5-1 Tuesday at home.Nelson meets Creston Friday before hosting the Thunder Cats Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

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DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON

first_imgDo you know an outstanding young person in Donegal?Junior Chamber International (JCI) Donegal are looking for nominations for outstanding young people between 18-40. These nominations are being sought to identify young people in the community, who have done something outstanding. These top young people will be invited to an awards ceremony held in Donegal. Here the overall winner will be selected as Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person of the Year’These awards are to identity young dynamic people in the Donegal community. After the local awards the Donegal winner may go on to be recognised nationally and possibly internationally for their achievements.Every year, Junior Chamber International selects 10 outstanding young people under 40 to be recognised for living the JCI Mission in extraordinary ways.JCI feel, that highlighting the accomplishments of these young active citizens in a variety of fields will inspire others to be better and realise their full potential as active citizens. There are several categories under which young people can be nominated. Each nominee must be entered in one, and only one, of the ten categories below.Business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishmentPolitical, legal, and/or governmental affairsAcademic leadership and/or accomplishmentCultural achievementMoral and/or environmental leadership Contribution to children, world peace, and/or human rightsHumanitarian and/or voluntary leadershipScientific and/or technological developmentPersonal improvement and/or accomplishment Medical innovationEmma Boylan JCI President commented “This is a fantastic opportunity for Donegal to show the wealth of young people that we have in the County, not only locally, but hopefully to a national and international audience. From the set-up of JCI in Donegal, we have seen so many positive and inspiring young people. I have no doubt that we will have large variety of nominations for Donegal’s ‘Outstanding Young Person’ Awards”The competition is free to enter. JCI Donegal would ask the community to take time to think about someone they feel has achieved something outstanding.Nominations for ‘The Outstanding Young Person Award’ can be sent via email to [email protected] Give the name of the young person and a short description of why you feel they deserve the award. All nominees should be over 18.Check out JCI Donegal on Facebook and Twitter for more information or call JCI Donegal President Emma Boylan on +353863303986.DONEGAL JUNIOR CHAMBER LOOKING FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON was last modified: March 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal Junior Chamberlast_img read more

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MAN ON DONEGAL BURGLARY CHARGES BLASTED TO DEATH IN GANGLAND HIT

first_imgA CRIMINAL caught by Gardaí during an operation to catch burglars in Donegal has been shot dead in a gangland hit.Paul “Ralph” Gallagher, 26, was shot three times during the incident in Ballymacan, Co Meath.A friend who was with him later raised the alarm. Gallagher was on bail facing a minimum 10-year sentence for possession of a huge amount of heroin, cocaine and cannabis.The dad of one was also facing trial after he was nabbed with a burglary kit – including a sharp axe, knives, cable ties and gloves – in Carrigart, Co Donegal, nearly three years ago.He appeared in court here on July 21 where his case was put back to December.  MAN ON DONEGAL BURGLARY CHARGES BLASTED TO DEATH IN GANGLAND HIT was last modified: August 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Giants’ April attendance dips 17 percent from 2018 average

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Attendance is down across Major League Baseball, but few teams have felt the sting of a dip in ticket purchases quite like the San Francisco Giants.The Giants’ April attendance dropped 17 percent from 2018 as the club averaged just 32,700 fans in 15 home games. That’s down from an average April attendance of 39,278 fans a season ago and suggests the franchise may have long-term concerns about the club’s ability to fill the seats at Oracle Park.Related Articles G …last_img read more

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All jokes aside, Jon Gruden’s Raiders’ offense is worth your optimism

first_imgHave you recently had a beer with Sean McVay?Congratulations, you’re now an NFL head coach.That was the joke going around the league this past offseason, and it’s only a slight exaggeration of the latest turn of the coaching carousel.Yes, every team in the league is trying to re-create a bit of the magic that turned around the Rams, who were a 4-12 team in 2016, but have improved 11-5 in 2017 and a Super Bowl appearance in 2018 under McVay. The Raiders had a one-year head start.Wh …last_img read more

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Researchers Record the Hum of Cellular Motors at Work

first_imgResearchers from UCLA placed a probe on a yeast cell and found that it vibrated at 1.6 kHz.  Further tests showed the vibration responded to temperature and to metabolic agents.  They think they have discovered the hum of cellular motors at work, reports Science News.1  “By the UCLA team’s calculations,“ writes Alexandra Goho, “molecular-motor proteins inside the cell are the likely source of the rumble.  Such proteins carry chemical cargo along molecular tracks called microtubules and pump nutrients in and out of cells.”  They translated the vibrations into a sound file you can download at the website of lead investigator James Gimzewski.1Alexandra Goho, “Rattle and Hum: Molecular machinery makes yeast cells purr,” Science News, Week of Aug. 21, 2004; Vol. 166, No. 8 , p. 116.The sound of motorized freeway traffic inside the cell: fascinating.  Blobs of jello don’t purr.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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