Europe & ex-USSR

first_img читать на русском—- Europe no longer so exemplary, Russian tragedy deepens—–For the first time since 2002, the press freedom index’s top 20 is not quite so European. Only 15 of the 20 leading countries are from the Old Continent, compared with 18 in 2008. Eleven of these 15 countries are European Union members. They include the top three, Denmark, Finland and Ireland. Another EU member, Bulgaria, has been falling steadily since it joined in 2007 and is now 68th (against 59th in 2008). This is the lowest ranking of any member of the union.The biggest one-year fall of any EU member was Slovakia’s. It sank 37 places to be 44th. This was mainly the result of government meddling in media activities and the adoption in 2008 of a law imposing an automatic right of response in the press. Two candidates for EU membership also experienced suffered dramatic falls. They were Croatia (78th), which fell 33 places, and Turkey (122nd), which fell 20 places.The impact of organised crime and the targeting of journalists account for the falls suffered by both Bulgaria and Italy (49th), which got the worst ranking of the EU’s six original founders. Il Cavaliere’s harassment of the media, increased meddling, mafia violence against journalists who expose its activity and a bill that that would drastically curb the media’s ability to publish official phone tap transcripts explain why Italy fell for the second year running.France (43rd) did not fare much better, falling eight points because of judicial investigations and arrests of journalists and raids on news media, and also because of meddling in the media by politicians, including President Nicolas Sarkozy.The region’s most repressive countries, Uzbekistan (160th) and Turkmenistan (173rd), have not evolved significantly and their journalists are still subject to censorship, arbitrary treatment and violence. The dialogues they have begun with the European Union and other partners do not seem to have borne fruit in terms of human rights and there is every reason to fear that the international community will sacrifice free expression in the race for energy security. Both Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are rich in natural resources including hydrocarbons.Russia (153rd) tumbled 12 places, below Belarus for the first time. The reasons for this fall, three years after Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, include continuing murders of journalists and human rights activists who help to inform the population, and physical attacks on local media representatives. They also include the return with increasing force of censorship and reporting taboos and the complete failure to punish those responsible for the murders.Indicators point to a deterioration in the press freedom situation in almost all of the former Soviet Republics except Georgia (81st) and, to a lesser extent, Belarus (151st), whose government has initiated a cautious and so far limited improvement in its relations with the press as part of a renewed dialogue with the EU. It is hard at this stage to predict whether this ripple on the surface will swell or fade away.Georgia was able to leap 39 positions because it did not fight a war during the period covered even if political tension continued to have an impact on the news media. Its South Caucasian neighbour, Armenia (111th), fell sharply because of several cases of physical violence against journalists and political tension that continued to affect the media and society.There was no change in neighbouring Azerbaijan, where the situation continued to be really worrying. This was clear from the Reporters Without Borders monitoring of press coverage during the presidential election campaign in November 2008 and from the National Television and Radio Council’s decision to ban foreign radio stations (BBC, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America) from broadcasting on local frequencies.The decline in press freedom continued in Central Asia, especially in Kyrgyzstan (125th) and its enormous, gas-rich neighbour Kazakhstan (142nd), which both fell more than 15 places. Kazakhstan distinguished itself by the number of libel suits brought against independent and opposition newspapers and its recourse to the time-honoured practice of awarding such colossal sums in damages that the publication is forced to close.Kazakhstan’s worst-ever ranking since the index began in 2002 was also due to intimidation and violence against journalists and the prolongation of a law that subjects websites to the same restrictions as the traditional media. In Kyrgyzstan, concerns were fuelled by an increase in physical attacks and intimidation of journalists that led some to flee the country, one-sided coverage of an election campaign, and pressure on foreign radio stations, which need a prior accord with the authorities to be able to broadcast locally.Turkey’s big fall was due to a surge in cases of censorship, especially censorship of media that represent minorities (above all the Kurds), and efforts by members of government bodies, the armed forces and judicial system to maintain their control over coverage of matters of general interest.In Croatia, which hopes to join the EU very soon, certain aspects of Serbo-Croatian relations are a source of tension and are off-limits for the media. Journalists who violate the taboo are often the targets of violence. Organised crime groups have also been responsible for physical attacks on journalists. October 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Europe & ex-USSR Organisation to go further Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Europe – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New E-Scooter Pilot Program Approved for East Pasadena, Altadena

first_img Business News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDoes Giving Ultimatums In A Relationship Ever Work Out?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government New E-Scooter Pilot Program Approved for East Pasadena, Altadena Published on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 | 5:23 pm Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  While some areas remain staunchly opposed to the scooters, other regions are rolling out pilot programs.The Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger directing county agencies to develop a regulatory framework for the safe commercial operation of e-scooters in the communities of unincorporated Los Angeles County, which includes East Pasadena.In November 2018, the arrival of e-scooters in unincorporated Altadena and East Pasadena created serious concerns about the potential public safety and nuisance issues that e-scooters have caused in other jurisdictions.Supervisor Barger’s motion directs the CEO, in collaboration with county departments and agencies, to develop a pilot program in 45 days with regulations allowing for the safe operation and storage of shared e-scooters and bikes on County roadways.“We want a collaborative plan that allows operators to provide a viable transit option for our residents while minimizing the potential for public nuisances, safety issues, and lawsuits ultimately paid by taxpayers,” Barger said.The program will also include a consumer-focused website regarding safety and other information to set the stage for a safe, sustainable, and innovative approach to incorporating e-scooters and bicycles as a service to residents looking to bridge gaps in transit access. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Vacancy Rates Inch Upward

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Vacancy Rates Inch Upward Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: A Tough Market Means Tough Decisions Next: Homeownership is the Key to Wealth-Building, Middle Class Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Census Bureau single-family housing Vacancy Rate 2015-10-28 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img National vacancy rates for both rental and homeowner housing inched slightly upward year-over-year in Q3, according to data released by the Department of Commerce’s Census Bureau on Tuesday.The vacancy rate for rental housing in Q3 2015 was 7.3 percent, an increase of 0.1 percentage points from the same quarter a year ago. The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.9 percent in Q3, up 0.1 percentage points both month-over-month and year-over-year.Vacancy rates in rental housing were highest outside of Metropolitan Statistical Areas at 9.2 percent and were lower in principal cities at 7.7 percent and suburbs at 6.2 percent. The homeowner vacancy rate was also highest outside MSAs at 2.5 percent and was slightly lower inside principal cities at 1.9 percent and in the suburbs at 1.7 percent.Overall in Q3, approximately 87.1 percent of single-family housing units were occupied and 12.9 percent were vacant, according to the Census Bureau. About 55.5 percent of all single-family housing units were owner-occupied in Q3, while renter-occupied units comprised bout 31.6 percent of single-family housing inventory in the third quarter.Single-family units that were vacant year-round made up about 9.7 percent of total housing units in the third quarter; 3.2 percent of vacant units were used seasonally, according to the Census Bureau. About 2.5 percent of total single-family units were for rent and 1.1 percent were for sale. Slightly less than 1 percent (0.9) of units had been sold or rented but were yet to be occupied.Out of the vacant units that were held off the market, which comprised 5.3 percent of the country’s total housing stock in Q3, “1.5 percent were for occasional use, 0.9 percent were temporarily occupied by persons with usual residence elsewhere (URE), and 2.8 percent were vacant for a variety of other reasons,” according to the Census Bureau.Also according to the Census Bureau’s report on Tuesday, the country’s overall homeownership rate climbed by 0.3 percentage points from Q2 to Q3 up to 63.7 percent; Q2’s reported rate of 63.4 percent was a 48-year low. In the third quarter of 2014, the homeownership rate was 64.4 percent. About Author: Brian Honea Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Census Bureau single-family housing Vacancy Rate Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Vacancy Rates Inch Upward Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago October 28, 2015 974 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

NYC Developer in Fatal Sag Harbor DWI Tried to Flee Country, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A prominent Manhattan real estate developer allegedly involved in a drunken driving crash that killed his passenger last summer in Sag Harbor was arrested this week after authorities said they received a tip indicating he might flee the county.Sean Ludwick, who was free on $1 million bond after pleading not guilty to upgraded charges of vehicular homicide earlier this month, was placed under arrest at his home Tuesday afternoon, Southampton Town police said.His arrest came four days after detectives received a tip that Ludwick was in San Juan, Puerto Rico, “and was looking to purchase a boat and leave the country,” police said in a news release.Based on the information, authorities deemed Ludwick a flight risk and notified U.S. Marshals and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office, who issued a warrant for his arrest.The 43-year-old is being held without bail before his next court appearance.Ludwick was originally charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident following the Aug. 30 crash. Authorities alleged that he slammed his Porsche into a telephone pole at 2 a.m., killing his 53-year-old passenger, Paul Hansen, of Sag Harbor.During his initial court appearance, prosecutors said evidence suggested Ludwick dumped Hansen’s body near his home and drove away. Ludwick’s blood alcohol content was .18 four hours after the crash, police said.Ludwick was arrested after police found him standing by his car.Judge Fernando Camacho ordered Ludwick to surrender his passport. US citizens traveling to Puerto Rico are not required to present a US passport.last_img read more

DepEd postpones WVRAA Meet anew due to COVID-19

first_imgThe 2020 WVRAA Meet was supposed to beheld on March 21 to 28 in Makato, Aklan province after it was postponed fromits original schedule of February due to the same reason. DepEd secretary Leonor Briones made thestatement on March 8 after the Department of Health announced the increase ofthe COVID-19 cases in the country, which is now at 20. “In light of recent developments inCOVID-19, DepEd is suspending all scheduled national and regional eventsinvolving students from different localities, such as the Palaro RegionalMeets, until further notice,” Briones said. Statement from the office of Department of Education secretary Leonor Briones released on March 8. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Athletes race to the finish line. This year, the province of Aklan will welcome around 5,000-strong contingents for the annual Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association. WVRAA ILOILO City – Amid the worldwide novel coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) scare and following its confirmed cases in the country,the 2020 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet is heading to apostponement anew until further notice after the Department of Education(DepEd) announced the suspension of all scheduled national and regional eventsthat involve students. WVRAA serves as the qualifier for thisregion’s student-athletes to play in the Palarong Pambansa – the biggestsporting event for elementary and high school students. It also provides themthe opportunities to be recruited by Manila-based schools and universities./PNlast_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

KIJHL grows to 20 teams

first_imgThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is getting a little bigger.The league accepted bids by Chase and Summerland at the recent KIJHL meetings.Chase saw its franchise move to Rutland during the summer and applied to the league board for the opportunity to make a return for next season.Summerland also made a bid, but needs B.C. Hockey approval. Both teams will join the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference, bringing the number of teams to 10 and the league to 20.Also at Sunday’s meeting, League governors honoured Doug Birks by re-naming the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference, Shuswap Division to Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Doug Birks Division. Doug Birks passed away this past summer. His death was a major loss to his family, his friends, and the Sicamous hockey community. Birks was a founding member of the Sicamous Eagles Junior Hockey Club along with Wayne March in 1994, and was very proud of the young men who played for the Eagles and went on to become great ambassadors for the community of Sicamous, not only in hockey, but in [email protected]last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 31, 2016)–With favored Whiskey Ticket battling back to his inside, El Huerfano proved best late as he registered a hard-earned head victory under Victor Espinoza in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Miller, El Huerfano, winless in his last nine starts, covered a flat mile in 1:37.05.“A win is a win,” Espinoza cracked, after being reminded there was no where near the $10,000,000 that he pursued in winning last Saturday’s Dubai World Cup aboard California Chrome. “I thought it was going to be very close, but when the other horse came to me, my horse came back on again.”Off as the 2-1 second choice in a field of six older horses, El Huerfano sat a close third, just to the outside of Whiskey Ticket at the quarter pole, took charge a furlong out and repelled a gallant late surge from “Whiskey” to prevail, paying $6.80, $3.20 and $2.40.Owned by Wachtel Stable and Gary Barber, the 4-year-old California-bred colt by Tannersmyman was making his third start for Miller and picked up $46,800 for the win, increasing his earnings to $145,527. He now has four wins from 15 career starts.Trained by Bob Baffert, Whiskey Ticket, a winner of the Grade III Illinois Derby in his second career start on April 18, had been idle since well beaten in the Ohio Derby on June 20. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, he was off at 6-5 and paid $3.20 and $2.40.Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tribal jewel saved ground throughout and ran on for third money, finishing 2 ¾ lengths behind Whiskey Ticket. Off at 9-2, Tribal Jewel paid $2.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.11, 46.40, 1:11.10 and 1:23.82.First post time for an eight race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Next up for Raiders: Tough home game vs. Seahawks in London

first_imgWith Raider Nation showing up in droves on Sunday, the Raiders thought they’d make themselves at home in Los Angeles. Oops.After failing that with a 26-10 loss, Oakland must now travel more than 5,000 miles to try its luck in another “home game,” this one in London, England.As if staring at a 1-4 record isn’t sobering enough, the Raiders will likely encounter an even tougher test against the Seattle Seahawks, whose demise may have been overly exaggerated. On Sunday, the …last_img

Sponsored: Klay Thompson’s memorable, record-setting year with the Warriors

first_imgWarriors star Klay Thompson turns 29 today. We’re proud to have him return as our brand ambassador this year with a special offer and free Warriors championship book for new subscribers! To return the love, we thought we’d look back at some of our favorite moments from his past year.When he paid little attention to Lakers fans chanting “We want Thompson”As Thompson stepped to the free throw-line, Lakers fans began a loud chant from the upper deck of Oracle Arena on Saturday. “We want …last_img