Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air

first_img Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” RSF_en November 12, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s announcement by the High Independent Authority for Broadcasting Communication (HAICA) of measures to accelerate the allocation of broadcast licences. TV stations created since the revolution will now be able to legalize their status.HAICA’s announcement came three days after Attounissiya TV suddenly stopped broadcasting on the evening of 6 July as a result of a dispute between the owner of its broadcast frequency and the company responsible for producing its programmes.“The abrupt suspension of broadcasting by Attounissiya TV forced HAICA to react quickly to an institutional block we have long been criticizing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “HAICA has proposed a solution that reconciles freedom of information and respect for the law, demonstrating a concern to preserve media pluralism during the transition to democracy.”One of the parties to the contract dispute at Attounissiya TV is Cactus Prod, the production company, whose owner, Sami Fehri, is currently in prison. He launched the station in October 2011. The other is Slim Riahi, a Tunisian politician and businessman who recently bought Rainbow Media Tunisia and who controls the satellite frequency that Attounissiya TV has been using.Cactus Prod’s lawyer, Abdelaziz Essid, has filed three complaints against Riahi, accusing him of breaking a contract without warning, using the station’s logo, and making baseless accusations of fraud and embezzlement.The station has meanwhile found a stopgap solution that will allow it to resume broadcasting in the short term. Tahar Ben Hassine, the head of another station, Al Hiwar Ettounsi, has promised to let Attounissiya TV use his frequency to broadcast special Ramadan programmes until assigned a new frequency.Attounissiya TV never received a response to the request for a licence that it filed in 2001, when a regulatory body called the National Body for Information and Communication Reform (INRIC) was functioning. It was unable to renew its request in 2012 in the absence of any regulatory authority, so it chose to circumvent the legal obstacles by broadcasting by satellite on Nilesat.Legally, Attounissiya TV is now no more than an empty shell. The logo is owned by Fehri’s brother, who registered it with the National Institute for Standardization and Intellectual Property (INNORPI). But Riahi has adopted it and wants to continue using it for the programmes broadcast on his frequency. Legalization now possibleAlthough Attounissiya TV does not have a licence, the companies that produce its programmes are legal. The state acquired 51 per cent of the shares in Cactus Prod after its majority shareholder, Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother-in-law of deposed President Zine Ben-Ali, fled the country. It is currently under judicial control.In yesterday’s communiqué, HAICA asked Cactus Prod to provide it with copies of its financial records for 2011 and 2012, its contracts with other production companies, and a statement of its editorial policies.HAICA has decided that all broadcasting companies with no licence can legalize their status by submitting an application containing copies of their accounts, sources of funding, technical and logistical acquisitions, editorial policies, programming, staffing details and the owner’s name.They have been given 30 days to submit their applications. Legal proceedings for “illegal transmission” will be brought against those that fail to comply.“The concern for fairness evident in HAICA’s announcement is encouraging,” Reporters Without Borders added. “To continue in this way, the regulator should quickly draft clear terms of reference for broadcast licence applicants.” Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation July 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regulator reacts quickly after dispute forces TV station off the air News December 26, 2019 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

RSF urges President Ciampi to take a firm stand against the current threat to pluralism of information

first_img News Follow the news on Italy Help by sharing this information ItalyEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today expressed alarm at Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s strong criticism of several journalists of the state-owned TV network RAI and called on President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to veto a law being pushed through parliament, saying freedom of information was in danger in Italy.”The fears we have been voicing for months have now been confirmed,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter. “Berlusconi is stepping up pressure on RAI, filling it with his henchmen and breaking his promise to resolve the conflict of interest between his job as prime minister and his position as head of a privately-owned media conglomerate.”The so-called “conflict of interest” bill aimed at resolving it “has no teeth,” Ménard said. “We ask you to veto this law, demand proper guarantees and, as guardian of the Constitution, take a firm stand against the current threat to pluralism and freedom of information in Italy.” At a press conference in Sofia (Bulgaria) on 19 April, Berlusconi, owner of the media group Mediaset, fiercely attacked three RAI journalists who have criticised his government and hinted that they should be removed. He said the way the three – Biagi, Santoro and Luttazzi – were using a public TV network “paid for by all taxpayers” was “criminal.” A few days earlier, on 16 April, three people close to the government coalition were named to head the programming and news departments of two of the three RAI stations. RSF notes that through the holding company Fininvest, Berlusconi controls Italy’s main privately-owned TV group, Mediaset, which runs the country’s three main private stations, and is among the majority shareholders in Mondadori, one of Italy’s main press and publishing groups.He promised in May last year that he would resolve the conflict of interest between his political position and his control of Mediaset. However, the bill currently before the senate does no more than set up a body to see that government officials do not make decisions favouring their private business interests. It would not affect Berlusconi’s ownership of or influence over Mediaset.The first draft of the bill, passed by the chamber of deputies, had to be amended after being criticised by most people as so inadequate that the government’s parliamentary majority feared President Ciampi would refuse to sign it into law. But Ciampi does not seem to have seriously considered doing this, despite several times expressing concern about media diversity. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive ItalyEurope – Central Asia April 24, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF urges President Ciampi to take a firm stand against the current threat to pluralism of information November 23, 2020 Find out more News December 2, 2020 Find out more Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union Receive email alerts to go further November 19, 2020 Find out more News Silvio Berlusconi is stepping up pressure on RAI, filling it with his henchmen and breaking his promise to resolve the conflict of interest between his job as prime minister and his position as head of a privately-owned media conglomerate. RSF urges President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi to veto a law being pushed through parliament, and demand proper guarantees. News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img read more

OPD on the lookout for missing person

first_img Police searching for man connected to hit and run Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death Local NewsCrime OPD on the lookout for missing person Twitter Previous articleOPD asks for help identifying theft suspectsNext articleGIRLS SOCCER: Odessa High defeats El Paso Coronado 3-0 to advance to area round admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Summer Spaghetti SaladSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Anyone with information in reference to the whereabouts of Niko Garza is encouraged to call the Odessa Police Department or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS. Pinterest UPDATE 11:05 a.m. April 2: Missing Person Niko Garza was located this morning at approximately 10. a.m. in the area of 8th and Maple, according to an Odessa Police Department news release. The OPD thanks the public for their assistance with this investigation.Odessa police officers are on the lookout for another missing person, 28-year-old Niko Garza, who was last seen at about 2 a.m. Saturday in the area of Business Interstate 20 and Grant Avenue.Garza is about 5-foot, 8-inches tall and weighs about 220 pounds. An OPD news release stated Garza was reported as missing at about 6:18 p.m. Saturday. Odessa police spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said Garza’s mother reported him as missing.Anyone with information in reference to Garza’s whereabouts is encouraged to call OPD or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-8477.Garza is the second missing person Odessa police have asked the public to assist them in locating this week. Missing person Leisa Marie Vaughn, 32, was located safe and sound Wednesday in Midland, Odessa police reported.“The Odessa Police Department would like to thank the public for their assistance with the investigation,” a news release sent out Thursday stated.Vaughn had last been seen Sunday in Odessa near 11th Street and Custer Avenue before she was reported missing Monday. OPD sent out a news release Wednesday asking for the public’s assistance in locating her and someone later called in, telling officers they saw her at an apartment complex in Midland, LeSueur said.“Midland PD went out there and confirmed she was there,” he said. Facebookcenter_img Home Local News Crime OPD on the lookout for missing person Twitter Pinterest Facebook By admin – March 29, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends last_img read more

Donegal to face Kildare in All Ireland Quarter Final

first_imgNewsx Adverts HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Donegal to face Kildare in All Ireland Quarter Final Donegal’s senior footballers will face Kildare in the All Ireland Quarter Final, to be played next weekend. The venue and time will be announced tomorrow.The winners of that match will face either Dublin, or the winners of the Tyrone/Roscommon replay in an All Ireland Semi Final.The other  side of the draw sees Kerry drawn against  Limerick and Mayo facing Cork. Facebook Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleBody of missing teenager found in Lough SwillyNext articleFunding confirmed for Twin Towns swimming pool News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter By News Highland – July 24, 2011 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme last_img read more

[COVID-19] Unfortunately The Rule Of Wearing Of Mask Which Is Meant For Safety Of People Needs To Be Enforced Through Coercive Measures: Tripura HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[COVID-19] Unfortunately The Rule Of Wearing Of Mask Which Is Meant For Safety Of People Needs To Be Enforced Through Coercive Measures: Tripura HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay30 Sep 2020 2:24 AMShare This – xWhile perusing the affidavit and the accompanying documents filed by the State Government, the Tripura High Court on Monday (28th September) observed that on 18th and 19th September 2020 the State Government had carried out a special drive for violation of the directives for wearing masks in public.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talapatra further observed,”It…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile perusing the affidavit and the accompanying documents filed by the State Government, the Tripura High Court on Monday (28th September) observed that on 18th and 19th September 2020 the State Government had carried out a special drive for violation of the directives for wearing masks in public.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talapatra further observed,”It may not be possible for the administration to carry on the drive at the same level of intensity, however, we would request the State Government to ensure that the violations for not wearing masks are detected and penalty collected as per the rules and regulations.”It may be noted that the Tripura High Court on Friday (18th September) made a few observations and suggestions for the consideration of the State Government which in Court’s opinion “would enable the administration to handle the Coronavirus care better.”The Division Bench of Chief Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice S. Talapatra put forth such suggestions and observations after perusing the affidavit dated 17th September 2020 filed by Dr. Subhasis Debbarma, Director to the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Tripura in response to the Court’s order dated 11th September 2020.Court’s Observations on Monday (28th September)The Court observed that by all accounts maintenance of social distancing and wearing of masks in public are the two most effective measures to stop the spread of the virus. This cannot be the sole responsibility of the administration.Further, the Court was of the view that the members of the public also must be conscious and responsible.Most importantly, the Court observed,”It is unfortunate that a measure, such as wearing of the mask which is simple and which is meant for the safety of the person himself or herself, needs to be enforced through coercive measures. Unlike the safety measures, such as wearing a seat belt in a car or helmet on a two-wheeler, the person breaching the rule of wearing a mask in public not only exposes himself or herself, but also other members of the society by being careless.” (emphasis supplied)The Court further remarked,”We can only request the members of the public to aid the efforts of the administration by being more responsible and wear masks in public, particularly at congested public places like markets.”The Advocate General informed the court that there is a drop in the number of testing primarily because the Government has decided to stop testing every person landing at the airport, railway station as well as in the international borders, which was previously done.To this the Court said,”This may be a matter of Government policy with respect to which we have no comments to offer. However, if on account of this policy decision the testing capability of the Government has been spared, should it not be diverted for testing other members of the public which will give a better assessment to the administration about the current status of the coronavirus in the State. We would request the Government to consider this aspect.”Notably, the Central Expert Team had visited the State Government and during a weeklong stay had inspected the coronavirus treatment centres and had submitted a report, a copy of which was supplied by the Advocate General to the Court.The Court noted that this report has made various suggestions and recommendations for improvement of the coronavirus treatment.The Court was informed that the State Government has already initiated steps for implementing the recommendations of the committee.To this, the Court directed the State to file an action taken report on the next date of hearing.Further, the Court requested the Government to form a team of senior doctor/s and administrator who would periodically visit the COVID hospital, inspect the treatment and the facilities available at the centre and make recommendations and suggestions to the Government. If this is already done, the same shall be stated in the affidavit. Reports and suggestions of the team shall be shared with the Court.Lastly, the Counsel Mr. Deb (Amicus Curiae) submitted that there were two internal reports about the quality of medical equipment, such as PPE kits which the Government had obtained.To this the Court said,”If there was any such inquiry leading up to the reports as suggested, the affidavit shall disclose the details thereof.”Matter has been listed for further hearing on 05th October.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more

Collapse of Ramelton wall proof of overall neglect – McGarvey

first_img Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDerry & Strabane Council forging ahead with next stage of City DealNext articleDonegal League building towards 50th celebrations – Christina O’Donnell News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook By News Highland – September 5, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Twitter WhatsApp Collapse of Ramelton wall proof of overall neglect – McGarvey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A Donegal Councillor says the collapse of part of the Shore Road wall in Ramelton is evidence of the level of neglect from which Ramelton has suffered in recent years.Yesterday, an agenda for next week’s Municipal District Meeting was published, including a question from Cllr Ian Mc Garvey asking if there has been progress on his previous motion calling for safety works on the wall.Cllr Mc Garvey says the neglect of Ramelton, and other areas of Donegal, is leading to increased dereliction, and that must be addressed.He says immediate funding is necessary for repairs, preferably in a way that complements Ramelton’s heritage and history:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/ianmhgjghjghjcg1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Video shared shows shots being fired at Strabane delivery driver

first_img Video shared shows shots being fired at Strabane delivery driver Twitter Video footage has been posted on social media of what appears to show shots being fired at a Strabane delivery driver.Its believed that the man was delivering a takeaway on Sunday evening last when he was set upon by a gunman who is seen firing a number of shots.Police say they are aware of footage being posted online but the incident itself has not been reported.They say enquiries are ongoing and are encouraging anyone with any information regarding the incident to come forward.Local Councillor Patsy Kelly has been condemning the actions of those involved:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/kelly-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – December 5, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme center_img Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleDevine makes his first additions to Derry CityNext articleLYIT will face Mary Immaculate in Round 1 of Trench Cup News Highland Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Staff’s portable targets help rail firm boost performance

first_imgStaff’s portable targets help rail firm boost performanceOn 6 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Rail operator First Great Western has improved its performance afterintroducing a company-wide balanced scorecard which involves staff carryingaround their individual key targets. The train operator introduced the scheme in October last year because thecompany was under performing and suffering from poor morale after the HatfieldRail disaster in October 2000. Clare Hannah, head of HR at First Great Western, said the company introducedthe corporate scorecard – split in to five areas, safety, performance,customer, financial and people – to focus efforts to improve performance. To ensure employees know how their roles sit with these objectives, thefirm’s 2,500 staff carry around three targets that link into their team’s andthe company’s scorecard. For example, a team dispatcher’s targets would include making sure alltrains leave on time. Hannah said: “Morale fell because the company lostits strategic focus after the Hatfield rail disaster. It started to focus ongetting each day and hoping the next would not be as bad.” Following the introduction of the balanced scorecard, the company is now thesecond most punctual train operator in the country, with more than eight out of10 trains arriving within 10 minutes of the scheduled time – up from around 60per cent last summer. In May, it achieved its highest customer satisfaction score of 90 per centin two years. First Great Western is set to meet its people objective of increasingemployee commitment by 10 per cent to 70 per cent. Hannah believes the balanced scorecard approach has increased the importanceof HR to the organisation. “Employees need to know where the company is going and what their roleis. It has managed to get HR into boardroom thinking and has made thedepartment more prominent,” she said. By Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution

first_img Share this article View post tag: europe Equipment & technology View post tag: solution HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution View post tag: production February 12, 2015 View post tag: HOPN View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: orders View post tag: CARIS The Hydrographic Office of the Polish Navy (HOPN), responsible for navigation, hydrography, oceanography and meteorology of Polish waters and areas of operational significance for the Polish Navy, makes a change in management of their navigational data.HOPN has been using CARIS desktop applications for electronic navigational chart (ENC) and paper chart production for over 15 years and is now making the move to a database driven production solution with CARIS HPD. HOPN has in recent years gained experience with CARIS’ database solutions when implementing CARIS Bathy DataBASE for the management of their bathymetric data.HPD will enable HOPN to update product-specific features and make customizations while maintaining the source data, providing efficiencies and ensuring improved standards of consistency.A series of visits by CARIS consultants will take place over the first quarter of the year for training and consulting to aid in implementing HPD fully into the HOPN chart production workflow.All surveys, charts and publications produced by HOPN meet International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) standards and recommendations.Image: CARIS Back to overview,Home naval-today HOPN Orders CARIS’ Database Production Solution View post tag: Databaselast_img read more

USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35Cs during latest underway

first_img View post tag: US Navy Share this article View post tag: F-35C September 12, 2017 Authorities USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35C Lightning during latest underway Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Abraham Lincoln launches F-35C Lightning during latest underway USS Abraham Lincoln, the first US Navy aircraft carrier capable of accommodating the F-35C Lightning II, welcomed the fifth-generation jet fighter on board earlier this month.The “Grim Reapers” of Strike Fighter Squadron 101 (VFA 101), the training squadron for the F-35C, joined the USS Abraham Lincoln while underway on September 3.“The F-35C is still in a testing phase, so it is not fully operational yet,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Karapostoles, a pilot assigned to VFA 101. “We are the training squadron for the F-35C, so we are onboard this ship conducting our carrier qualification training, qualifying pilots, landing signal officers and maintenance crews.”The launching and recovering of the F-35Cs presented an opportunity for the crew of Abraham Lincoln to work with a new aircraft and play a role in the development of this new fighter jet.“Being part of the primary flight control team for the landing and launching of the F-35Cs was such a unique experience,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Airman Mariana Monima. “The F-35Cs are so amazing and powerful. I feel privileged to have been a part of this historic event.”According to the F-35 Lightning II Pax River Integrated Test Force, the F-35C should reach its initial operational capacity in 2018.“I love the F-35C,” said Karapostoles. “Compared to other jets it’s more powerful and really just a beast. Some of the controls are different, which can take a little bit of getting used to, but that’s what we have training like this for.”USS Abraham Lincoln is underway conducting training after successful completion of carrier incremental availability. View post tag: USS Abraham Lincolnlast_img read more