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RSF decries Montenegrin journalist’s 18-month jail sentence

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the 18-month prison sentence that aMontenegro high court imposed today on investigative reporter Jovo Martinovic becauseof his journalistic investigations into arms trafficking, and calls on international bodies not to tolerate thisflagrant violation of the freedom to inform. January 15, 2019 RSF decries Montenegrin journalist’s 18-month jail sentence MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies CorruptionOrganized crimeImprisonedJudicial harassment Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Follow the news on Montenegro Throughout this case, Montenegro has violated its obligation to respect the freedom to inform and this journalist’s right to due process, giving the impression that the actions of prosecutors and judges were subordinated to political interests. News to go further “We condemn this iniquitous verdict and sentence and regret that, during the three years of proceedings against this journalist, the judges took no account of evidence and testimony demonstrating his innocence,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović Receive email alerts “The extreme harshness of the sentence imposed on Jovo Martinovic is yet another sign of the decline in respect for media freedom and the rule of law in a country that says it wants to join the European Union.” RSF_en MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsInternational bodies CorruptionOrganized crimeImprisonedJudicial harassment Martinovic was doing journalistic investigation on arms trafficking in the Balkans for the French TV current affairs production company CAPA Presse when he was arrested on 22 October 2015, and then spent 15 months in preventive detention until granted a conditional release. Montenegro is ranked 103rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News News The court convicted Martinovic on charges of drug trafficking and criminal association despite the overwhelming evidence that his contacts with organized crime were solely the results of his investigative reporting. RSF calls on all international organizations and western governments to condemn this sentence and to support Martinovic, who plans to appeal. March 30, 2021 Find out more News Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick volunteers help raise vital funds for youth organisation Foróige

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleInformation evening for Limerick city retailers and businessesNext articleLimerick chase All Ireland glory Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Foroige volunteers bag-pack to raise fundsVolunteers from across Limerick are coming out in force this week to raise funds for their local Foróige clubs and projects.The hard working volunteers are hosting a national bag pack for charity to raise the much needed funds.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Foróige volunteers will be on hand helping shoppers pack their groceries in Tesco stores across Limerick City and county on 13th and 14th of September.Seán Campbell, Foróige CEO said: “This weekend, we see volunteerism at its very best. We have people across the length and breadth of the country volunteering in their local Tesco stores to raise funds for their Foróige clubs and projects – all money raised during the bag pack will be invested back into the local community.“In recent years, Foróige has seen a cut of 30% to our funding while the demand for our services has increased by almost a quarter. We need the local community to continue to demonstrate their support and continued belief in their local young people,” said Mr Campbell.Foróige is the leading and largest youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with 56,000 young people and 5,500 volunteers each year, through a network of more than 600 youth clubs & cafés, 150 targeted projects and national programmes.Mr Campbell paid tribute to the thousands of volunteers who are a vital part of the Foróige team that delivers youth services around the country.“The volunteers you will see packing bags at your local Tesco store this weekend are just a handful of the almost 5,500 amazing people who give their time, talents and dedication to volunteering with Foróige to help improve the lives of young people. They are building a better Ireland, one community at a time and we would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you,” he said.The national bag pack takes place as hundreds of Foróige clubs and projects around the country resume activities after a short summer break.The organisation supports young people aged between 10 and 18 to make friends and have fun in a safe environment. Independent studies show that being involved with Foróige improves young peoples’ confidence, self-belief and resilience.The young people involved learn how to relate well with adults and contribute to the community as they develop their own positive values, views and beliefs.Founded in 1952, Foróige offers a wide range of youth work services. The charity is engaged in three major flagship programmes – Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. Foróige also operates Garda Youth Diversion Programmes and Drug Education & Prevention Projects.There are also programmes associated with teen sexual health and well-being, teen parenting support and early school leavers.The participating Tesco Stores are Arthur’s Quay, Dooradoyle and Roxboro in the city and Coonagh, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale in the county. Twittercenter_img Email Linkedin Print NewsLimerick volunteers help raise vital funds for youth organisation ForóigeBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2013 730 last_img read more

Gordon Lightfoot Returns To New York’s Town Hall For ’80 Years Strong’ Tour [Review]

first_imgTaking the stage for the first set in a splendid wine-colored jacket, Lightfoot still conveyed the presence of a star. His backing band from Toronto was a tight and talented bunch that has played with him for years. Guitarist Carter Lancaster’s electric licks complemented Lightfoot’s six- and twelve-string acoustic guitars. At 80 years of age, the signature voice fans came to hear was not as strong as it once was—how could it be?—but Lightfoot used it effectively, and the songs still resonated. A fan who seemed a bit young to have grown up listening to Gordon Lightfoot on the radio said the music actually brought them to tears.Returning for the second set after a change of wardrobe, Lightfoot continued his storytelling and career retrospective. The sea-chanty-inspired “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” wound up being one of his most popular songs, which, he said, surprised him at the time. He leaned on the familiar “rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated” trope to add some levity to a history of substance abuse and health issues. Despite it all, he’s been incredibly prolific, even in his later years.Gordon Lightfoot’s current tour will continue with multiple dates across the country, culminating in two appearances at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in early August. For more details, visit the artist’s website. “The first time I played at Town Hall was in 1965,” Gordon Lightfoot told fans at his 80 Years Strong show on Wednesday night, May 15th. “We opened for someone very famous,” he said. “I wish I could remember who it was.”In addition to touching all the bases of his six-decade career, Lightfoot proved to be a charming and witty host. “I was part of the folk revival that began in 1960 and ended around 1963,” he said. He was indeed early on the scene, initially achieving greater success in his native Canada. He released his first album in 1965 to modest acclaim, with songs like “Early Mornin’ Rain” and “For Lovin’ Me” since becoming among his most popular. Some of his early tunes charted on the American country scene and were covered by legends such as Johnny Cash, but it wasn’t until 1970 that Lightfoot broke through to mainstream American audiences with the FM radio staple “If You Could Read My Mind”. His rich baritone and introspective lyrics helped define the decade’s new folk sound, and subsequent hits like “Sundown” and ‘Carefree Highway” solidified his reputation.last_img read more

Postdoc examines physics of aging and death

first_imgDervis Can Vural, postdoctoral fellow in the school of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard University, considered the nature of aging and death in the lecture “Statistical Mechanics of Aging and Death,” held in Nieuwland Science Hall on Wednesday.According to the physics department website, Vural said the purpose of his work is to better understand why so many organisms follow a similar trajectory of aging and death.“Nearly every complex organism experiences a life-long deterioration followed by a catastrophic collapse at the end,” he said. “Furthermore, the statistical characteristics of the collapse are remarkably similar for a diverse range of organisms ranging from worms to mammals.”Vural said his hypothesis for why humans and other organisms age is based on evolution. For example, natural genetic mutation may lead to the development of disadvantageous traits, he said. Despite being potentially harmful, these traits persist in the organism due to the presence of positive traits combating the effects of natural selection. The term for this process is neutral constructive mutation.“We age because we have a long neutral constructive evolutionary history,” he said.Vural said an example of neutral constructive mutation is when a bacterium, born without the ability to make a certain digestive enzyme, nonetheless survives since other bacteria around it secrete that enzyme as they collectively digest a given food source.Three conclusions were reached based on his statistical studies of aging and death, Vural said. The first conclusion is that aging is a universal phenomenon for humans and other complex organisms.“Aging is inevitable for any organism that has evolved long enough,” he said. “Aging is the price you pay for being multicellular. We can compose symphonies, we can ride bikes, we can eat pizza. The price you pay for doing all that is aging.”Vural said the second conclusion is that aging applies to all finite organisms.“Aging is a finite size effect,” he said. “This means you don’t see [aging] in very tiny systems and in infinite systems you see something very different. The actual characteristics of aging you see in finite systems.”The third conclusion is the possibility of attaining, with profound difficulty, immortality, Vural said.“Immortality is possible, but very expensive,” he said. “You don’t gain much by added repair for a long time.”Vural said his study fits within the broader principles of many-body physics, which is an area of physics that examines the collective behavior of interacting entities.Vural said he modeled networks of interdependent “nodes” subject to damage and repair and found that the system inevitably crashed over time as each node died either due to its own probability of death over time or the death of an inter-dependent node. The consistency in the time it took such systems to crash, Vural said, made it possible to estimate maximum lifespan based on initial factors. He said such theoretical predictions closely matched the observations in experiments with animal populations, from fruit flies to mice.Vural said his work has implications for destroying bacteria populations if scientists use neutral constructive evolution to weaken potentially resistant bacteria within the population. The science may, over time, also apply to cancer treatments as scientists learn how to target specific cells within a system, he said.“This is where mad science begins,” Vural said.Tags: Aging, Physicslast_img read more

Why buy insurance from a credit union?

first_imgThe most obvious reason a member—or non-member, if your credit union sells insurance through a credit union service organization—might go to a CU for insurance rather than an insurance company or some other provider is this: “They trust their credit union,” says CUES member Jim Sarver, SVP/member experience and financial life planning at $1.8 billion Lake Trust Credit Union, Brighton, Michigan.“I think most members trust their credit unions,” he adds. “So when we get products and services like this out in front of them, they listen to us.”An example of that theory put into practice is SELCO Community Credit Union’s Medicare product. “Medicare is really overwhelming,” says Nick Bloxham, VP/insurance services at the $1.6 billion CU based in Eugene, Oregon. “When you’re 64 1/2, your mailbox just gets chucked full of advertisements and letters. Most people don’t know what to do with that. They don’t know how to navigate all those options on their own. They want to talk with somebody about it—and that’s where we come in.”The credit union sends its members a card as their 65th birthday approaches that says, “Give us a call when you’re ready to start thinking about Medicare.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Pirates Fall To Patriots In Soccer

first_imgGreensburg played against Union County on Saturday, August 18 and fell 6-1 to the Patriots. The Pirates got off to a rough start, allowing a Union County goal within the game’s first 5 minutes.A few more lackadaisical errors defensively allowed for Union County to take a 4-0 lead into halftime, but not without a few scoring chances for the Pirates. Nicholas Zapfe lead Greensburg with 3 shots on goal while Dylan Hogg, Vincent Pavy and Collin Springmeyer all had 2 each.The Pirates settled in and were able to get on the attack for much of the second half of action, getting plenty of scoring chances. Vincent Pavy was fouled in the box and awarded a penalty kick for the Pirates, but not without having to be taken off due to injury. Nicholas Zapfe stepped in and buried the penalty kick to bring the score to 5-1 in favor of Union County. The Patriots were able to put one more in before the final whistle to push the score to 6-1.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more