Regions: New Jersey Topics: Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance EveryMatrix applied for a licence in the state last November as part of plans to expand its presence in the US market. This strategy saw the provider appoint former NetEnt Americas managing director Erik Nyman to lead its US growth effort, with license applications having also been filed several other states. 26th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Online gambling solutions provider EveryMatrix has secured ‘Completed Application’ status from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), meaning the business will now require approval for its integration process in order to go live in the state. Read the full story on iGB North America. ‘Completed Application’ ensures that EveryMatrix has provided all required application information on its business and key officials, in line with New Jersey’s law and igaming regulations. However, under the process to receive a transactional waiver to go live, its integrations with its operator clients still need to be given the green light. EveryMatrix awaits integration approval to go live in New Jersey Tags: EveryMatrix Email Address “Since New Jersey regulated online gaming in 2014, their framework has played an important role for other states in their process to regulate and implement online gaming,” Nyman said. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NMBZ Holdings Limited (NMB.zw) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileNMBZ Holdings Limited is a registered financial-services holding company in Zimbabwe; operating in the retail and commercial banking sector aswell as treasury, international banking and corporate finance through its principle subsidiary NMB Bank Limited. A second subsidiary, Steward Holdings (Private) Limited, is an equity holding company. Formerly known as National Merchant Bank of Zimbabwe Limited, NMB Bank Limited was established as a retail banking institution in 1992 by a group of Zimbabwe entrepreneurs who had held senior positions in renowned international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It was granted a commercial banking license in 1999 which enhanced its funding capacity and extended it product offering. NMB Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and London Stock Exchange
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – FEBRUARY 17: Head coach of the Highlanders Jamie Joseph prior to the Super Rugby trial match between the Blues and the Highlanders at Unitec on February 17, 2012 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Starting XV:1 Jamie Mackintosh (C)2 Andrew Hore3 Chris King4 Josh Bekhuis5 Nick Crosswell6 Adam Thomson7 John Hardie8 Nasi Manu9 Aaron Smith10 Lima Sopoaga11 Hosea Gear12 Phil Burleigh13 Tamati Ellison14 Buxton Popoali’i15 Ben Smith Jamie Joseph has made three changes to the side that took on Chiefs last weekendHighlanders’ Head Coach, Jamie Joseph, has named his team to play the Crusaders at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Saturday 3 March at 06:35am (gmt).Two changes have been made to the run-on team that beat the Chiefs in Hamilton last weekend.Aaron Smith comes in at halfback for Jimmy Cowan who moves to the reserves and Lima Sopoaga makes his first start for the season, replacing Chris Noakes who injured his ankle in the season opener.The reserves bench sees the return of All Black Colin Slade to the 22 and Telusa Veainu comes in for Kurt Baker who drops down to the Highlanders Development team, who are playing their Crusader counterparts at 4pm at the University grounds. Reserves16 Jason Rutledge17 Bronson Murray18 Culum Retallick19 James Haskell20 Jimmy Cowan21 Colin Slade22 Telusa VeainuInjured Update: Jarrad Hoeata (shoulder), Siale Piutau (ankle), Kade Poki (knee), Kenny Lynn (neck), Shaun Treeby (knee), Ma’afu Fia (hamstring) & Chris Noakes (ankle). LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892059/golden-dream-bay-phase-i-safdie-architects Clipboard Architects: Safdie Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/892059/golden-dream-bay-phase-i-safdie-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHabitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects Area: 4800000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” China 2017 CopyApartments•Qinhuangdao, China Year: Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie Architects+ 20Curated by Joanna Wong Share “COPY” Apartments Facade Consultant:Konstruct West PartnersFacade Design Institute:Zhe Jiang Zhong Nan Construction Group Co. Ltd.Interior Designers:BC&A International Ltd., and YashaLandscape Design Architects:SWA GroupLandscape Design Institutes:Ager Group, and DQLandLighting Design Consultants:Lam Partners, and Brandston Partnership Inc.Local Design Institute:China Shanghai Architectural Design & Research Institute Co. Ltd.Client:Kerry Properties LimitedCity:QinhuangdaoCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinText description provided by the architects. The design for the Phase I of Qinhuangdao Golden Dream Bay, a high-density beachfront residential community, utilizes a series of stacked vertical modules, creating a porous massing punctuated with terraces and gardens. Arranged in stepped patterns along the shore, the composition creates large urban windows, framing views and fostering a sense of openness.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsThe complex is organized around a beachfront boardwalk running north–south, and an east–west bazaarlike spine that connects abutting communities with the beach. The crisscrossing of these two community spines links the city with the waterfront and provides for daytime and nighttime activities throughout all seasons. This stands in contrast to typical high-density development patterns that tend to segregate the city from the water’s edge.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsThe project’s overall massing consists of individual 15-story slab buildings that connect and stack vertically in two tiers for a total height of 30 stories. The building blocks are staggered and join corner to corner between tiers, creating a mixture of units that offer a great variety of openness and views.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsMany units feature gardens open to the sky, while other units have solariums, bay windows, or balconies. In addition, garden/pool areas top the parking deck and enliven the 15th and 30th community levels.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsAt level 15, between the tiers, a community thoroughfare links the building blocks and allows residents to traverse the entire complex surrounded by greenery and city and ocean views. Within this unconventional massing, the rational geometry allows for conventional construction and highly efficient service cores.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsThe advantages of the unique and efficient arrangement and the benefits it provides offer a model for future urban housing development at a similar density.Save this picture!Courtesy of Kerry Properties and Safdie ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessMorpheus Hotel / Zaha Hadid ArchitectsSelected ProjectsLan Din / Sher MakerSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Jin Meng Hai Wan, Qinhuangdao, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects CopyAbout this officeSafdie ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsQinhuangdaoSafdie ArchitectsMoshe SafdieHousingresidential developmentChinaPublished on June 15, 2018Cite: “Habitat Qinghuangdao / Safdie Architects” 14 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Standing up to an unrelenting wave of fear and hatred in the media targeting anyone of the Islamic faith, political activists in Philadelphia are building support for five Muslim men unfairly convicted of terrorism in New Jersey. Members of Project SALAM and the Fort Dix 5 Support Committee are urging community members to attend an appeal hearing on Jan. 6 in federal court. The hearing will rule on whether the men received a fair trial.In 2008, five Muslim men, including three brothers, were entrapped in an FBI sting operation for allegedly plotting to attack Fort Dix, N.J. Eljvir, Dritan and Shain Duka received life sentences plus 30 years for their disputed role in a government-manufactured “conspiracy” to attack the military base.At the trial, the government’s witness — an informant paid to entrap the brothers — conceded that the three brothers had never been told about any conversation regarding an attack on Fort Dix. But under federal law, in a conspiracy case all associates are considered equally culpable, even if they do not know of the existence of a plan.The appeal hearing is not just a new chance for the three brothers to state their innocence before a judge, but also an opportunity to call attention to this outrageous miscarriage of justice.Supporters have organized weekly “Hold a Banner for the Dukas” rallies in front of the U.S. courthouse where the hearing will be held, handing out fliers to passersby. At one such event, a professor from the nearby Rutgers University Camden campus stopped by and extended an invitation for organizers to speak to his students.At a public gathering in Philadelphia on Dec. 12, two documentaries were shown, including “The Newburgh Sting,” which focuses on an entrapment case similar to the Fort Dix 5 case. The Peabody Award-winning film investigates the 2009 case of the Newburgh 4, in which FBI informants turned four innocent African-American men into unwitting “terrorists.”A short documentary film, “Entrapped,” was also shown. It includes a summary of the Fort Dix 5 case and an interview with Burim Duka, the youngest Duka brother. Alicia McWilliams, aunt of one of the Newburgh 4 defendants, Burim Duka and Lynn Jackson of Project SALAM answered questions after the films.Injustice in atmosphere of fearSeveral people in the audience commented that Donald Trump’s campaign of racism and anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant bigotry was creating a resistance movement more willing to fight back today than after Sept. 11, 2001, or in April 2009 when the Fort Dix 5 were sentenced.In an atmosphere of Islamophobia fueled by ambitious politicians and sensationalist media headlines such as “Muslim fanatics” and “Jersey jihadists,” the Duka brothers were convicted of a plot they literally had never heard of before their arrest. The U.S. attorney who prosecuted the case was Chris Christie, now governor of New Jersey and candidate for U.S. president.The rare, court-ordered appeal hearing is scheduled for Jan. 6 to determine whether the three brothers received a fair trial and effective representation from their court-appointed attorneys. Supporters are urged to show solidarity at a short rally at 8 a.m. in front of the Mitchell H. Cohen Building and U.S. Courthouse, 4th and Cooper streets, Camden, N.J. Court proceedings begin at 9 a.m.More details on the case can be found at projectsalam.org or in the 2009 Workers World article, “The Fort Dix 5 convictions: provocation and frameup?” tinyurl.com/zy58fsq.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
By Vіtalіna ButkalyukThe author is a Marxist living in Ukraine. Her essay was originally published at Liva.com.ua and was translated by Workers World Contributing Editor Greg Butterfield.March 7, 2017: As International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8, the most important thing to discuss is that people in our country have forgotten about the history and content of this festival, which is a day of struggle for women’s rights, not a consumer holiday for gift giving and celebrating women as “mother-protector.”The reason for this is not only distorted historical memory or poor education, but also the transformation that took place in the celebration of March 8 in recent decades as the result of social, political and socioeconomic changes.In the second half of the 20th century, the situation of women in the territory of the former Soviet Union improved significantly. Women were on equal terms; were included in social and economic activities; had the opportunity to study, work, relax and participate in science on equal terms with men; were legally protected by the state and guaranteed rights as mothers; etc.Despite the fact that today many of these social programs have been substantially reduced or completely eliminated, the foundation laid during the Soviet period allows women today to not so acutely feel the manifestation of gender inequality and discrimination compared with women in many other countries in the world. All this has somewhat obscured the original value of the date of March 8, turning this into a so-called “feminine celebration.”In general, this applies not only to the former Soviet Union. The 20th century was almost universally marked by significant advances in the fight for women’s rights. However, even today, gender inequality and discrimination against women are extremely important and relevant issues. This is one of the key problems of modern development, and U.N. experts rightly include women in the category of socially vulnerable groups.This conclusion is supported by statistics and sociological information. As noted by John Seabrook, “Women are still the poorest of the poor; among people living in absolute poverty, women make up 70 percent. Women work two-thirds of all working hours in the world, produce half the world’s food, yet earn only 10 percent of the world’s income and own 1 percent of property. Today, nearly a million illiterate adults live in the world; two-thirds of them are women.”Experts at the International Labour Organization noted that discrimination and exploitation of women is gradually increasing in the 21st century. It is women who suffer most from cuts in government social programs, unemployment and worsening job conditions. The average level of their wages is 30 percent less than men — even in the most developed economies of Europe and the United States. As noted in the report of the World Economic Forum for 2016, in recent years the wage gap has grown even more in favor of men, and at the present rate it will take approximately 170 years to achieve parity between women’s and men’s salaries.At the same time, it should be remembered that the problems of women from Third World countries are much more serious and bigger than in developed countries, as transnational corporations move production to the periphery, actively using cheap female labor. In Europe and the U.S. there is also a gender gap, but in poor countries, whose super-exploitation is the basis of First World prosperity, the situation of women is truly disastrous. This includes meager salaries, underpaid and forced labor without proper conditions of job safety, lack of maternity leave — and, consequently, of the ability to take care of children, who often suffer from hunger.Just recently, on the eve of International Women’s Day, the U.N. called on the authorities of all countries to redouble their efforts to overcome discrimination against women and improve their lives. In particular, the U.N. proposes to start the implementation of a program called “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030.”According to this program, key aspects of the global agenda for the period up to 2030 are the following tasks:Ensure free, equal and high-quality primary and secondary education for girls and boys.Ensure access to quality developmental, child care and preschool education for all young children.Eliminate all forms of discrimination against all women and girls.Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including human trafficking and sexual and other forms of exploitation.Eliminate child marriage, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation.The 19th and 20th centuries were marked by the development and spread of one of the most progressive phenomena in human history — the organized women’s struggle for their rights.An important role in this fight, which led to significant social and gender achievements, was the introduction of a scientific program of action, pointing toward the struggle for socialism. The key figures in this movement were women such as Clara Zetkin and Rosa Luxemburg, whose names are connected to the history of March 8.Many prominent thinkers have repeatedly pointed out that the situation of women is a measure and indicator of the overall development of society. Today the world is in crisis; it is seriously ill — including injustice against women. The full emancipation of women is an important task in the struggle of all progressive movements that aim to improve the world and build a socially just society. This is what the day March 8 reminds us of.To read in the original, visit tinyurl.com/lywyrja.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Schools in the U.S. provide students with much more than an education. They provide child care, meals (for 14 million students), medical services (mostly for students with disabilities), psychological counseling, supervised physical activity and social connections.Teachers and parents rally July 14 at the Arizona Capitol to oppose the state’s school reopening plan. Credit: Laura Gómez/ Arizona Mirror.There are more than 135,000 educational institutions and 56.6 million students in grades K through 12. Since 2014 the majority of all public school students have been children of color. (National Center for Education Statistics)While all parents want their children to be able to return to school, more than two-thirds polled want schools physically reopened only if safe. That feeling is strongest in Black and Latinx families.But President Donald Trump wants students in this coming semester to physically face their teachers. His billionaire Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said in interview after interview: “Students have to go back to the classroom.”Apparently Trump believes that, unless kids are back in school, the economy is not going to recover, which he needs to be reelected. However, he and DeVos don’t have a plan for how to do this. They criticized an early draft from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “very tough and expensive guidelines.” Trump and DeVos demand the country’s 13,000 public school districts draw up plans to keep their staff and students safe, even with severe budget cuts.The recently modified CDC guidelines read like a political justification of the Trump-DeVos position — rather than recommendations for actions/policies based on scientific facts.Most of the country’s teachers, pediatricians and parents want the kids back in school. But the schools are so underfunded that the physical changes needed to make them safe (airflow, social distancing, cleaning) are not currently available or affordable. In some schools, it’s a big deal in some classrooms to get any of the windows to open.Teachers didn’t sign on to risk their lives so businesses can function normally. Other workers in the school system — bus drivers, maintenance, paraprofessionals, councilors and food service workers — have the same issues with re-opening.New York City schools didn’t close in March until a growing sick-out made it difficult for the system to function.Union reaction to Trump/DeVos ‘plan’Almost three-quarters of all teachers in the United States are in unions affiliated with either the American Federation of Teachers or the National Education Association. In some states, like New York, the AFT and NEA are merged.On July 17, Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told the Guardian: “It’s as if Trump and DeVos want to create chaos and want to jeopardize reopening. There’s no other reason why they would be this reckless, this callous, this cruel.”NEA President Lily Eskelsen García wrote a column for the July 7 USA Today slamming President Trump’s suggestion that schools reopen this fall: “The White House pressure campaign presents a false choice between the health of our students and the health of our economy. It’s appallingly reckless.”García added: “No one wants to welcome students back to classrooms more than America’s educators. We know that nothing can replace the magic of a student’s curiosity when they are able to learn alongside their peers from a teacher who has dedicated her life to the success of other people’s children.”García went on to examine the recent loss of funding for education. While billionaires like DeVos, Trump and Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon, have seen their wealth blossom during the COVID-19 crisis, workers in education and elsewhere have had to confront sickness and unemployment.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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Linkedin Nicole Hawkinshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nicole-hawkins/ What we’re reading: Biden’s running for president Twitter The TCU overlay was adopted Dec. 2, 2014 and allows only three unrelated adults to live in a single family home. Image by the City of Fort Worth. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Students raise voices at annual poetry slam printFor years, a lack of communication between Fort Worth residents and TCU students living in neighborhoods surrounding campus has created conflict. Fort Worth’s Neighbor to Neighbor program was founded in 2015 to encourage cooperation among TCU students and Fort Worth residents. Image courtesy of the City of Fort WorthThe city of Fort Worth founded the Neighbor to Neighbor program in 2015 to encourage cooperation and bridge the communication gap between residents and students.“Through this program, residents, city officials and TCU administration meet once or twice a semester to discuss problems occurring in the neighborhoods surrounding campus,” said Fort Worth Community Engagement Liaison Tabitha Butler.Councilwoman and former city planner Ann Zadeh said conflicts between residents and students began when TCU’s rapid growth caused more students to live off campus. She said students violated noise ordinances, disregarded parking laws and disposed of trash illegally.Tensions between residents and students got out of control when five-bedroom houses, which many residents refer to as “stealth dorms,” were built in neighborhoods near campus, said the parking chair of the Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association Martha Jones. Some of these houses were built near Jones’s home on Wabash Avenue.The stealth dorm problem led to the creation of the TCU overlay, which mandated that only three unrelated adults could live together in residential homes surrounding campus.The TCU overlay was adopted Dec. 2, 2014 and allows a maximum of three unrelated adults to live in residential homes surrounding campus. Image by the City of Fort WorthJones said the TCU overlay led to the Neighbor to Neighbor program.“We had a big meeting about how to work out the overlay, and it was grueling, and what came out of that was a realization that the system isn’t working,” Jones said. The associate vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of Campus Life Mike Russel, along with residents working on the overlay, came to the conclusion that Fort Worth residents and TCU administration could work together to solve the problems occurring in surrounding neighborhoods, Jones said. The relationship between TCU students and Fort Worth residents has improved during recent years due to the city’s program, as it encourages students and residents to be good neighbors, Zadeh said. TCU’s director of Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen said he thinks that people who live in the community have very good relationships with TCU students, for the most part, although there are some cases in which this is not true. Those cases warrant attention and get attention from TCU administration, Allen said.Campus Life speaks with students when residents complain to TCU about students in their neighborhoods, Allen said. “There may be no student code of conduct issue that we can take action on, but that doesn’t mean we won’t talk to them and say, ‘Hey, we’re really encouraging you to be good neighbors,’” Allen said.Zadeh recommends that students introduce themselves to their neighbors when moving into off-campus housing. “If you know each other, it’s easier to reach out when there’s a problem,” Zadeh said. When Jones had problems with students in the past, she said, she tried the “mean route” with a group of fraternity members who lived beside her, but she realized that approach wasn’t working. “I started friending them and exchanging cell phones and said, ‘OK, if you’re going to have a party, here’s what you need to do’ — and it worked,” Jones said. Housing & Residence Life prepares students for the responsibilities of living off campus through their off-campus living brochure, Allen said. Neighbor to Neighbor also provides important resources for students through its own brochure for students, Allen said. Illegal disposal of trash by students, especially during move out, has been a persistent problem, Zadeh said. While discussing this issue during a Neighbor to Neighbor meeting last year, former SGA vice president Hudson Trent decided to take matters into his own hands. He coordinated with the university to provide extra bins for students to place their trash on campus instead of disposing of it illegally in their neighborhoods. “It was really great to see that initiative of this one student who was sitting in our meeting and heard a problem and thought, ‘Maybe we can fix it,’” Butler said. Neighbor to Neighbor grew in effectiveness and prominence during the 2017-2018 school year, Butler said. “People are actually asking about it,” Butler said. “People actually know who we are now.”Neighbor to Neighbor includes representatives from Housing & Residence Life, TCU police, Campus Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life, Fort Worth police, City Council, Zoning Commission and Fort Worth residents. “We all sit down and we problem-solve,” Jones said. “It has made a world of difference.”The next Neighbor to Neighbor meeting will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Beck-Geren meeting room in the Brown-Lupton University Union. For more information, visit the Neighbor to Neighbor webpage or email Fort Worth’s Community Engagement office.
News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) together with 18 other organisations express their full support to Vice-President Věra Jourová following attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his government. In a joint-letter, the 19 organisations urge the European institutions to be firm and address the severe deterioration of the rule of law and media pluralism in Hungary. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Hungary News Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site May 4, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Organisation RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more September 30, 2020 EU: RSF and 18 NGO express their support to Věra Jourová, after attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Orban HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU 30 September 2020 Dear President von der Leyen, Dear President Michel, Dear President Sassoli,We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to express our full support to Vice-President Věra Jourová following attacks by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his government. We also want to reiterate our call to the European Commission and the European Council to take strong action to address the severe deterioration of the rule of law and media pluralism in Hungary. The full interview made by Vice-President Jourová in Der Spiegel on 25 September 2020 regarding Hungary, and Viktor Orbán’s administration, was based on data, research and facts. The issues in Hungary, especially concerning media pluralism and freedom, are well-documented and echo warnings by civil society, including through research by international organisations, as well as the European Parliament’s decision to launch the Article 7 procedure. Over the last 10 years, the Hungarian authorities have actively restricted the space for civil society and independent media to operate freely. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has dramatically deteriorated, with new press freedom violation cases being reported weekly by journalists and civil society organisations. So far, the lack of concrete response from the European Union has only contributed to giving more space to Prime Minister Orbán to trample on the rule of law, democracy, and press freedom. The Article 7 procedure still has not progressed, and the two complaints launched in 2016 and 2018 inquiring about the misuse of state aid to favour pro-government media have not received any responses. Ahead of today’s publication of the first EU Rule of Law report and this week’s European Council, we urge:The European Commission to remain firm and use all the political and legal tools to stop the dismantling of the rule of law, democracy and media freedom by the Hungarian authorities. This includes fully backing the Article 7 procedure, immediately increasing scrutiny of the use of EU funds and investigating the unfair and non-transparent distribution of state advertising and the independence of its Media Council under the revised EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive.The European Council to adopt strong conclusions on the EU Rule of Law conditionality clause, with an effective voting system leading to sanctions in case of serious and systematic breaches of the rule of law by any Member State. The European Commission must continue, despite any political attack or force of undue pressure, to meet the vision set out in the September 2019 mission letter to Commissioner Jourová. Some of the current interventions and measures undertaken by the Commission, including the pending European Democracy Action Plan and the EU Rule of Law report, have the potential to be ambitious and far-reaching and could uphold EU values for generations to come. We remain at your disposal for any further information and look forward to hearing from you. Yours sincerely,Alliance Internationale de JournalistesAssociation of European Journalists (AEJ)ARTICLE 19Committee to Protect JournalistsEuropean Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)European Media InitiativeFree Press Unlimited (FPU)Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)Index on CensorshipInternational Media Support (IMS)International Press Institute (IPI)Lie DetectorsOssigeno per l’InformazioneReporters Without Borders (RSF)South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)The Daphne Caruana Galizia FoundationThomson Media (TM)Transparency International EU to go further HungaryEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression February 10, 2021 Find out more
Facebook NewsLocal NewsFly-tipping epidemic in County LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 20, 2015 899 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Richard O’Donoghue with bags of rubbish dumped on the side of a public road in Granagh.FLY-tipping has almost reached epidemic levels in County Limerick.That’s the view of Fianna Fáil councillor Richard O’Donoghue who wants something done to catch offenders who have “no respect for our county and continue to dump rubbish along our roadways and ditches”.The Adare-Rathkeale public representative says that over the last number of weeks, there has been “disgusting” incidences of household and industrial rubbish being dumped all over the county from Fedamore to Kilmallock, Meanus to Granagh, Kilfinny, Croom and Ballingarry.“I am disgusted at the behaviour of those who have no respect whatsoever for County Limerick. These dumpers must be caught and prosecuted and have heavy fines imposed on them to deter future offences,” he said.“The disposal of rubbish has been made easier by our local council and by refuse collection operators along with recycling centres all over the county. The majority of the residents of county Limerick are glad to avail of the services provided but there is a minority that are too lazy and care little for our beautiful countryside.”Cllr O’Donoghue is now calling on people to be on the look-out for illegal dumping in their areas.“We must work together to identify the offenders and when we identify them I will insist that the Council and the Courts deal with them,” he added. Email Previous articleGAA – Semple hosts final fourNext articleTV – Live Sport on TV this weekend Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter TAGSCllr Richard O’DonoghueFianna Fáilfly-tippinglimerick Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live