Report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus – the media iron curtain

Reports RSF_en Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown to go further Related documents Russian Caucasus Report – the media iron curtainPDF – 1.76 MBChronologyPDF – 60.86 KB News June 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report on fact-finding visit to Russian Caucasus – the media iron curtain News Reporters Without Borders today released the report of an investigation into the situation of the media in the Russian Caucasus, for which it visited Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia and met with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov (photo AFP) and Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, as well as local journalists and human rights activists.The press freedom organisation examined the ability of local and foreign journalists to gather and report information amid considerable tension, finding that the media and the civil society representatives who defend free expression are subject to a great deal of harassment. Reporters Without Borders also looked at how the public gets access to independent news and information and asked government officials to give their take on the situation.The official insistence that the situation in the Russian Caucasus is under control is not borne out by the continuing violence, tension and human rights violations in this southern region. Claiming that Chechnya was back to normal, the Russian authorities lifted its status as a Zone of Anti-Terrorist Operations (KTO) in April only to temporarily reimpose KTO status on three Chechen districts a few days later. Yevkurov, the Ingush leader (photo AFP), was badly injured in a targeted a car-bombing just three days ago. Many people had thought his appointment as president of Ingushetia would help to defuse the violence and unrest in Chechnya’s western neighbour. In Dagestan, the interior minister was shot dead on 5 June.Although prey to almost daily violence, the population of these southern republics has been abandoned by the Russian government. Seeing the prevailing chaos, which affects journalists, one wonders if this is because Moscow is powerless or because it lacks the political will. And in either case, what prospect does the local population have?Both the Russian and international press pays much less attention to the Russian Caucasus now than 15 years ago, when the First Chechen War began, although journalists such as Anna Politkovskaya of Novaya Gazeta, who was gunned down in her Moscow apartment building on 7 October 2006, never stopped covering the violence to which the population is subjected. The Russian supreme court today overturned the February acquittal of three men accused of participating in Politkovskaya’s murder and ordered a retrial. But absolutely no light has been shed on the identity of those who ordered Politkovskaya’s murder. Violence and impunity reign in Russia.One conclusion is clear. We must help the Chechen, Ingush and Dagestani journalists who are still trying to report the news in the Russian Caucasus, so that its public can be properly informed. Civil society and independent media are in danger of being abandoned to their day-to-day violence with no one taking notice. News Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out more read more

HR still suffering effects of economic downturn

first_imgDemand for HR professionals remains sluggish as the economic slowdowncontinues, according to research. The 2002-2003 Market Survey report also reveals that a lack of confidence inthe economy and the need by some employers to cut costs and restructure tocompete have continued to depress the HR job market. Telecommunications, management consulting, investment banking andmanufacturing are the areas worst affected by the current climate . Michael Pickup, associate director for recruitment consultancy BeamentLeslie Thomas, which carried out the benchmark research, said: “In 2002, atypical job search is more likely to involve increased competition, longer leadtimes, jobs being put on hold and offers being rescinded.” However, the jobs position in the public sector is still fairly healthy, andproviding competitive salaries thanks to the Government’s ongoing modernisationprogramme. The study reveals that 55 per cent of respondents report that theirorganisations had adopted flexible working policies. The number of respondents receiving flexible benefits has increased by morethan 100 per cent during the past year and they now account for 10 per cent ofthe sample. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. HR still suffering effects of economic downturnOn 3 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more


first_imgAre you Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur?A new competition to find Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur with investment of up to €25,000 is available for winner.Winners in County Donegal will proceed to regional and national finals with aim of finding Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur – a new competition with a total fund of €2million available to invest in winning businesses was launched recently by An Taoiseach , Mr Enda Kenny, TD and Minster for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation , Mr Richard Bruton TD in the Mansion House, Dublin.The aim of the initiative is to encourage and support a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in Ireland, to promote entrepreneurship as a career choice, and to encourage the establishment and development of new innovative businesses by Ireland’s young entrepreneurs.This is hugely important for job-creation as two thirds of all new jobs are generated by businesses in the first five years of existence – more start-ups and a thriving entrepreneurial culture will lead to more jobs being created.In Donegal, the competition to find Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur will be run by the Donegal Local Enterprise Office. Winners will be named in three categories – best new idea, best start-up, best new venture for established business – as well as an overall winner who will be Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur. The Donegal Local Enterprise Office will have a total fund of €50,000 to invest in the three winning businesses, according to criteria including the prospects and investment needs of each business. The overall winner of Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur can receive an investment of up to €25,000.Mentoring, marketing and other supports will also be available to participating businesses at various stages of the competition.The competition is open to individuals aged 30 and under and will be judged under three distinct categories:• best new idea• best start-up business( less than 18months) • best established business with new add-onThe first stage will be a county-based competition with applications due by July 7th with selected applicants having to participate and complete an intensive business boot camp, leading to the naming of the Best Young Entrepreneur in each county by September. This will be followed by regional finals and ultimately national finals with one business-person being crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur before the end of the year.Speaking about the competition Head of Local Enterprise in Donegal County Council, Michael Tunney commented “ this is a great opportunity for young entrepreneurs in Donegal to access significant funding for their business, network with other young entrepreneurs both within and outside the county , as well as fine-tune their business skills.“We are hoping for a significant level of interest from within the county and remember, there is an award for the best business idea and participation on the boot camp will help promoters fully develop these ideas into real business propositions.” Applying is simple – go to or to www.localenterprise/donegal or call to Donegal Local Enterprise Office, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Balllyraine, Letterkenny – and the deadline is 7th July 2014.This project is an integral part of the Action Plan for Jobs 2014 and is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the Local Enterprise Offices.If you aged 30 and under, with an outstanding idea/commercial venture for a start-up or existing business then you should enter the IBYE Competition. Almost any young person with a business idea can enter this competition. It doesn’t matter what your background is. Maybe you have been to University and researched a business idea, maybe you have always wanted to be your own boss, maybe you want to work for yourself, maybe you have an idea to improve your existing business or maybe you want to return home and set up your business in Ireland?It doesn’t matter what you want to do all that matters is you have a good business idea that works.The IBYE competition is a national competition to find Ireland’s best young entrepreneur.Applying is simple and there is a €2 million investment fund and targeted business supports on offer to help you turn your business idea into a reality.The competition is broken down into 3 categories1. Best New Idea2. Best Start up Business3. Best Established Business with new add onEach Local Enterprise Office will run a competition aimed at finding winners in each of the three categories as well as an overall winner in each county – overall county winners will be eligible for an investment of up to €25,000.The competition will then proceed to regional finals with winners identified in each category in Dublin, Mid-East, Midlands, South East, South West, Mid West, West and Border regions.These 24 businesses will then proceed to national finals to be held before the end of the year. Again there will be winners identified for each category as well as an overall winner who will be crowned Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur. There will be a total fund of €100,000 available for investment in the three winning businesses at the national finals, with the overall winner eligible for an investment of up to €50,000. Investment decisions will be made depending on business prospects and investment needs of the winning businesses.Who can apply?Before you are prepared to submit here are some criteria that you need to check out1. Age 30 years and under (at 31st December 2014).2. Original and innovative idea, start-up or existing business add on.3. Applicants must own,control and manage their business Intellectual Property.4. Not for profit and social entrepreneurship applicants must operate in a commercial domain.5. You must be eligible to own, manage and operate a business in Ireland at the time of application.6. Applicants from overseas who are eligible to operate a business in Ireland are encouraged to apply.7. You must submit a preliminary application online or via your local enterprise office by the closing date of the 7th July 2014.8. One project submission per applicant is allowed.9. Existing businesses that wish to apply must be promoted by a young entrepreneur (30 years of age and under) and must have a new plan to further develop the business.DONEGAL’S TOP YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR CAN SCOOP €25,000 was last modified: June 11th, 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:Businessdonegalyoung entrepreneurlast_img read more

Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says

first_imgThe government has been accused of failing people with mental health issues following a report released by the Mental Health Commission today. The Mental Health Commission has offered a damning indictment of mental healthcare services in Ireland in a report published on Thursday morning.The report, titled Rehabilitation And Recovery Mental Health Services In Ireland, notes that provision of mental healthcare for those in recovery falls well short of the recommendations laid out in the Vision For Change strategy document published by the HSE in 2006. Donegal TD, Pat the Cope Gallagher said the report showed a gross lack of funding and neglect by the current government.He said: “This follows on from the last four years when the mental health budget was either left unspent or funds transferred from it to other budget headings.“It is plain and simple this Government is not giving the appropriate level of support to mental health services,” added Pat the Cope.“People with severe and enduring mental illness are some of the most vulnerable in our community. Rehabilitation provides them with an opportunity to recover and regain a quality of life. “The Mental Health Commission’s report makes it clear that this opportunity is being lost and that the state is guilty of long-term neglect of people in need of services.“When the failure to provide basic services as highlighted in this report is matched with the withholding of €25 million in mental health funding it paints a picture of fundamental delinquency in our health services, it also shows clearly that the government are giving the adequate support levels to mental health in this country.“There is a clear failure of political will to ensure policy implementation and oversight,” stated Pat the Cope.“The HSE is accountable to the Minister for Health – he needs to instruct the HSE to put in place an action plan to implement mental health policy.“The current situation is completely unacceptable, and the Minister must take responsibility. “But, more importantly mental health service needs to get the attention and support they deserve and urgently need,” concluded Pat the Cope.Mental health crisis down to govt neglect, Donegal TD says was last modified: October 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:Deputy Pat the Cope Gallaghermental healthMinister for HealthSimon HarrisWorld Mental Health Daylast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 30, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Frequent rains bringing varied totals across the state kept many operators from plating and, in some cases, replanting corn and soybeans, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 28th . Rains interrupted planting or prevented the drying down needed for some operators to enter fields. Delays and drown-outs left the season in question for some growers. Corn in the ground was mostly in fair to good condition, reflecting the cold, wet weather’s effect on emergence. Winter wheat is in mostly good condition, but all crops would benefit from drier and warmer weather. Those conditions would also help hay producers, who also experienced a delay in cuttings. Pastures seemed to benefit from the wet conditions the most.82% of corn is planted while 62% of corn is emerged. Soybeans are at 54% planted and 35% emerged. 1st cutting of alfalfa is 43% finished.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

India vs England: We can still save the Test match, saya leg-spinner Amit Mishra

first_imgOdds are stacked against them as they trail by a massive 451-run margin but Indian spinner Amit Mishra feels that his side has the character and skills to save the third Test match.Riding on Alastair Cook’s 294-run knock, England scored a massive 710 for seven in reply to India’s first innings of 224 all out and threw a strong challenge before the visitors to save the match, series and number one status.”I am positive we can do it. We have done it before as well. We have good batters and it’s a good pitch to bat on. I don’t think we would lose this Test,” opined Mishra, who took three wickets for 150 runs, from 43 overs.The little leg-spinner did concede that the wicket was offering spin but said it doesn’t have the bounce.Mishra had great words of praise to speak about England opener Cook, who made a near triple century.”He showed a lot of patience. We bowled well to him but he batted with determination and did very well for himself and his team. It isn’t as if he has been the most patient batsman I’ve every bowled to. But he batted really well, according to the wicket and conditions.”Mishra bowled no less than nine no-balls during his stint in England’s first innings though today he overstepped only once.”The wicket was very slow and so I was trying a bit harder which led to those no-balls being bowled. But I’ve learnt my lessons and today’s performance was much better.”advertisementThe lone spinner in India’s eleven in this match said he had all along believed England would be a force to reckon with in familiar conditions.”We were aware they are familiar to their conditions.They’ve exploited it to the hilt.”- With PTI inputslast_img read more