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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Fun and ‘Mayhem at the Milk Market’

first_imgWhatsApp “Mayhem at the Milk Market” is for families… and it’s all for FREE.  In addition to the special Sunday market with eats and treats, there will be two wizard shows, jugglers, a balloon contortionist, a unicyclist, a puppet show, some crazy characters and Leon Anderson, one of Ireland’s greatest magicians. The Flawless Dance Team (as seen on the Late Late Toy Show) will perform and showcase their superb talent and there will be all-day fun, games and music with a great DJ. There will also be competitions, including a kids colouring competition with the chance to win a family Holiday in Kerry. The entertainment is being co-ordinated by Fun Ireland, one of Ireland’s top event management companies.The shops and stalls will be offering all-day family ‘munch and lunch’ deal options to suit all tastes ranging from grill-bar beef lunches and savoury crêpes to Thai vegetarian dishes and delicious desserts. There will be extra seating so that families can enjoy their food and watch the fun unfold. The market will be open from 11am to 4pm, with entertainment from 11.30am to 3.30pm and with the greatest “mayhem” happening between 12.30 and 3.30pm. The website at www.MilkMarketLimerick.ie has all the details.David O’Brien adds “the Mayhem event also provides an opportunity for anyone considering a special event to see the venue in use in a different way. We are very excited about the potential of the market as a venue and believe it can become the epicentre of some great ‘happenings’ in Limerick City. During the next few weeks we will be publishing a guide to the Milk Market as a venue. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in organising or sponsoring an event at the market we would love to hear from them”. Twitter Linkedin Print Previous articleFord’s top crash test ratings across the worldNext articleMuiris Gavin takes over at Dermot G O’Donovan, Solicitors admin A new FREE event for familiesThe Milk Market Limerick is set to stage a series of fun and exciting events, beginning with “Mayhem at the Milk Market” —  a brilliant free family day out on Sunday, March 20, from 11am to 4pm. According to David O’Brien, market manager, “We all know the Milk Market is rightly famous for its Saturday market.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, since the market’s redevelopment as an all-weather facility, it has been the ambition of the Limerick Market Trustees to stage both exciting multi-day markets and special events… sometimes combining both. The fun “Mayhem at the Milk Market” event on Sunday, March 20, will be a superb FREE event for families, and a perfect example of a great market and an exciting event coming together. It will be the first in a series of ‘Mayhem’ and other events we are working to create for the market and for the city”. NewsLocal NewsFun and ‘Mayhem at the Milk Market’By admin – March 7, 2011 610 Email Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

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Oz pudding firm looks to UK growth

first_imgAustralian dessert maker, Pudding Lane, has high hopes for expansion in the UK, after winning a one-star gold award for its Macadamia and Brandy Pudding at the Great Taste Awards.The company, which only sent out its first shipment to the UK for Christmas 2007, plans to send six to eight tonnes of handmade puddings by the end of the year. In 2006, a total of 49.7 tonnes of handmade puddings were produced, 65 tonnes for Christmas 2007 and the 2008 forecast is 80 tonnes. The company has also invested in the construction of a new kitchen to cope with increased demand, and enable more than 200 tonnes of puddings to be produced.last_img read more

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O’Neill quietly confident

first_imgNorthern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is not getting carried away by the prospect of making history in Greece, but is quietly confident his side can achieve their Euro 2016 ambition. In order to do that on Tuesday he must plot a course past a Greek side who remain favourites to reach the finals in Paris despite collecting just one point thus far. O’Neill was keen to downplay the wider relevance of any such achievement, instead narrowing his focus to the business at hand: continuing the feelgood factor and achieving a top-three finish. “There’s a million stats out there but they’re not a concern to us at all,” he said. “It’s about the 90 minutes, taking something from the game, all of the other stuff is totally irrelevant to me. “Our aim hasn’t changed just because we’ve had a good start and Greece have had a poor start, our objective is to try and finish in those top three positions. “We’ve never said we think we can win the group or anything like that, but the belief is in this squad that they are more than capable of competing. “I believe in the team. I think there is a sense that some people can get carried away and we are looked at as all conquering, but you have to be sensible also and recognise that Greece are the number one seed in the group. “When we looked at the fixtures when they came out and our best chances of getting points this wouldn’t have been a game we would have looked at. Press Association O’Neill has led the team to successive victories over Hungary and the Faroe Islands, leaving them in the unexpected position of topping Group F. It is the first time since 1968 that Northern Ireland have won their first two qualifiers but none of O’Neill’s predecessors have ever gone one better than that. But the start has given us the belief that we can come here and add to our points tally.” Despite O’Neill’s typically measured approach, he was not above making a light-hearted pitch for recognition at the redeveloped Windsor Park should he stretch the 100 per cent record to a third game. “I would expect some sort of plaque or statue if I’m honest,” he joked. The former Shamrock Rovers boss is considering changes to his starting XI, despite Saturday’s 2-0 win over the Faroes being one step up from a walk in the park. West Brom’s Gareth McAuley is hoping to win his 50th cap in Athens but has been struggling for fitness having collided with the post against the islanders, while Blackburn midfielder Corry Evans is in line for a recall in place of the more attack-minded Niall McGinn. But one man who can guarantee his place in the side is goalkeeper Roy Carroll, who will make a swift return to his former home stadium having left Olympiacos in the summer. Asked if the 37-year-old, who made a superb penalty save at the weekend, had been able to provide the inside track on his former team-mates in the Greece squad, O’Neill said: “Anyone who knows Roy will know that he talks a lot about himself more than anyone else. “He says he is the greatest goalkeeper ever to play for Olympiacos! “But he’s talked a lot to us about the Greek mentality more than individual players. “He is a very popular figure here, I believe, and he has been excellent for us since returning to the national team.” Carroll has warned his side to expect an intense welcome from the stands but that holds no fear for his manager. “I actually prefer it that way,” he said. “We’ve seen this group of players in front of 60,000 people in Uruguay, so I don’t have any worries. “When you come away from home you expect it and I think they’ll rise to it, not be intimidated by it.” last_img read more

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Erik Karlsson injury update: Sharks defenseman will not be back ‘anytime soon’

first_imgErik Karlsson says he’s not going to return “anytime soon” but will be back for the start of the playoffs “100 percent.” Hopes to play at least a few games before that. Current injury is different from previous groin strain but it’s in the same neighborhood #SJSharks— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) March 8, 2019Karlsson is dealing with a nagging groin injury and is taking a cautious approach in his first season with San Jose.He has totaled 45 points on 42 assists and three goals in 2018-19 to help the Sharks to a 40-19-8 record. They only trail the Flames in the Pacific Division and will likely have to challenge them for the division title without Karlsson.The Sharks have 15 regular season games remaining and will face the Blues on Saturday. San Jose might be without Erik Karlsson for a while.The Sharks defenseman said Friday that he won’t be back “anytime soon.” But, he does expect to be be back before the start of the playoffs, according to a report from The Athletic.last_img read more

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