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Open letter to Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media

first_imgNews “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Robert MénardSecretary-General August 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media News Reporters Without Borders would like to share with you its concern about the action of the Belarusian authorities in preventing Polish journalists and journalists from Belarus’ ethnic Polish minority from freely working on several occasions since March. The frequency of these press freedom violations has increased since 6 July.To our knowledge, a total of two journalists of Polish nationality or from Belarus’ Polish minority have been sentenced to prison sentences of 10 to 15 days. We have also registered at least 13 cases of journalists being arrested, two cases of journalists being fined and two cases of journalists being banned from re-entering Belarus.- Andrei Pochobut, the editor of the publication Magazyn Polski, and Ihar Bantsar of Glos znad Niemna, a Polish-language weekly published in Belarus, were fined 2,000 and 200 euros respectively on 6 July for taking part in a demonstration against the action of the Belarusian authorities in publishing four falsified copies of Glos znad Niemna.- Andrei Pochobut of Magazyn Polski was sentenced to 15 days in prison on 27 July for “participating in an illegal demonstration in Shchuchin on 3 July and civil disobedience.” He had participated in a protest against the government’s takeover of the Union of Belarusian Poles.- Three Polish journalists, Waclaw Radzinowicz and Robert Kowalewski of Gazeta Wyborcza (the biggest Polish daily) and Agnieszka Romaszewska of the Polish television station TVP1, were arrested by the police on 27 July when they came to cover their colleagues’ trial.- Ten Belarusian and Polish journalists with Gazeta Wyborcza, Associated Press, Glos znad Niemna, Nasha Niva, Pressbol and the www.pahonia.promedia.by website who were present when special forces took over the headquarters of the Union of Belarusian Poles at 10 p.m. on 27 July were detained and taken to a police station before being released two hours later.- Andrzej Pisalnik, the editor of the weekly Glos znad Niemna and a contributor to Gazeta Wyborcza, was sentenced by a court in the western city of Lida on 4 August to 10 days in prison for “participating in an illegal demonstration in Shchuchin on 3 July and civil disobedience.”- Marcin Smialowski, the former correspondent in Belarus of the Polish news agency Polska Agencja Prasowa and a stringer for the Polish public radio station Polskie Radio and the privately-owned television station TVN, was refused entry by Belarusian border guards on 5 August despite having a visa and the necessary accreditation.- Adam Tuchlinski, a Polish news photographer with the weekly Przekroj, was arrested on 6 August in the western city of Grodno as he was about to board a train to return to Poland. Officials said Tuchlinski, who was travelling on a tourist visa, did not have the necessary accreditation. He is now banned from visiting Belarus for five years.Knowing your commitment to press freedom, we appeal to you to intervene with the appropriate authorities with the aim of guaranteeing the safety and freedom of journalists in Belarus. Our organisation believes that journalists should not be the direct of indirect victims of the current diplomatic crisis between Poland and Belarus.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration. BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more Mr. Miklos Haraszti,OSCE Representative on Freedom of the MediaVienna AUSTRIA Paris, 11 August 2005center_img Receive email alerts to go further News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Journalists have become the victim of the current diplomatic crisis between Poland and Belarus. Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Miklos Haraszti, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, asking him to intervene with the Belarusian authorities. Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Dear Mr. Haraszti,last_img read more

‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of Childline

first_imgNews‘Tag Time’ tournament in #Limerick this Saturday in aid of ChildlineBy Staff Reporter – April 7, 2016 752 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Previous articleMajor media names for LimerickNext articleGarda move over asylum centre attack Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THIS Saturday three university students from Limerick will be running a one-day tag rugby tournament in aid of Childline.The ‘Tag Time’ event will be held in Garryowen FC and will commence at 10am, and organiser Michael McInerney is urging people to get involved as it is for a very worthwhile cause.“The tournament itself will host 20 teams of 10 players and we want to attract as many people as possible to play or support on the day. Tag Time is all about getting together with friends to enjoy the festivities. There will be entertainment and craic to be had with an all day DJ, live band, raffles, prizes and much more. So even if you have no interest in the rugby, there will be plenty of activities to keep entertained”.Lunch will be available on the day with Garryowen running a BBQ and all facilities will be available so that participants can relax and enjoy themselves with friends and colleagues.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Each team of 10 players must have a minimum of 3 girls per team. Tags will be provided on the day. There is no need for specific team kits but if this is achievable then it will not be discouraged.The cost of entering a team is €200 and you can register on https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tag-time-tickets-20426574434, or email [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WhatsApp Print Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img Facebook Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGScharitychildlinelimerickRugby Twitter Linkedin WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Jessica Lange & More Will Lead Long Day’s Journey Into Night on B’way

first_img Jessica Lange View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Related Shows Long Day’s Journey Into Night Star Files Gabriel Byrne As Jessica Lange promised, she is returning to Broadway in Long Day’s Journey Into Night! The Oscar winner will star opposite Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne and Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. in Eugene O’Neill’s classic, under the direction of Jonathan Kent. The Roundabout production is being mounted in association with Glee and American Horror Story mastermind Ryan Murphy and will begin previews on March 31, 2016. The show is set to officially open on April 19 at the American Airlines Theatre.Lange will play Mary Tyrone, having been nominated for an Olivier for her performance in the role in the West End in 2000; she was last seen on Broadway in 2005 in The Glass Menagerie. Lange won Oscars for her performances in Tootsie and Blue Sky and was nominated for Music Box, Sweet Dreams, Country and Frances. She was awarded an Emmy for Grey Gardens and also for Murphy’s American Horror Story’s first and third installments. Her upcoming film, Wild Oats, will be released later this year.Byrne will play James Tyrone. He last appeared on Broadway in O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and received a Tony nod for his performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten.
 Byrne won the Golden Globe for In Treatment; his TV and film resume also includes Miller’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Into the West, Little Women, Dead Man, The End of Violence, The Man in the Iron Mask, Vanity Fair, Jindabyne and Wah‐Wah.Gallagher Jr. will appear as Edmond Tyrone. He won the Tony for Spring Awakening and additional Broadway credits include Jerusalem, American Idiot and Rabbit Hole. He has recently been seen on screen in The Newsroom and Olive Kitteridge.Long Day’s Journey Into Night is the tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Drawing so heavily from the author’s personal history that it could only be produced posthumously, the story centers on the Tyrones, a dysfunctional family with a drug-addicted mother, penny-pinching father and two troubled sons.This will be the sixth Broadway production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning Long Day’s Journey Into Night since 1956; it was last seen on the Great White Way in 2003 starring Brian Dennehy, Vanessa Redgrave and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The play was adapted for the big screen in 1962, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Katharine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson.Long Day’s Journey Into Night will mark the fifth Broadway production in Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary season, which also includes Old Times and Noises Off at the American Airlines Theatre, and Thérèse Raquin and She Loves Me at Studio 54.The full cast and design team will be announced soon. John Gallagher Jr.last_img read more

German Pensionskassen, BaFin in ‘uncharted territory’ over solvency

first_imgThe German pension fund for a Catholic aid organisation in Cologne is one of three Pensionskassen in talks with the country’s regulator BaFin regarding the potential impact of 2017 losses.The €546m Caritas Pensionskasse (Caritas PK) is currently discussing its 2017 balance sheet “in close coordination with the actuary, the accountants and the BaFin”, the pension fund told IPE in a statement.Last week, BaFin issued a statement saying it had banned Caritas PK from taking on any new business since May, after finding that its recovery plan for meeting its solvency requirements was “inadequate”.It is the first time BaFin has issued a Pensionskasse with such a ban. However, over the past year the regulator has frequently issued warnings to insurance-based pension funds regarding their funding structures. BaFin’s office in BonnA detailed account of the solvency issues will only become available once the annual reports for both pension funds have been approved. A spokesperson for Caritas PK told IPE that its annual report would only be published once the general assembly had approved it. However, the general assembly was not due to hold another meeting this year, the spokesperson said.Industry sources told IPE that it was unlikely the Caritas PK would take on new business any time soon.Kölner PK blames rulebookThe Kölner PK is also currently not taking on any new business as it lacks funding to continue operations under the regulatory framework for mutual insurance companies.If this situation continues, the fund will have to start planning for internal runoff.In its 2016 annual report the Kölner PK’s board blamed – in part – “nonsensical measures” deriving from regulation for starting the fund’s solvency problems.Some regulatory requirements had forced the fund to sell off assets at the wrong point in time, the pension fund said, while some money put aside for the Zinszusatzreserve – the interest rate buffer – could have been better spent on filling the funding pool. Germany’s Bundesrat building in BerlinThe regulatory burden and reporting requirements for Pensionskassen and other German pension vehicles are unlikely to reduce any time soon.Germany’s lower chamber of parliament, the Bundestag, this month approved the government’s draft rules implementing the EU’s IORP II pension directive, known as the EbAV II.The pension fund association aba said “there is hope” that its objections to the prospect of EU-wide harmonisation for occupational pension funds had been heard.The draft bill has to be passed by the upper chamber of parliament (the Bundesrat) in a vote scheduled for today, with BaFin then due to issue circulars and guidelines on the actual implementation and industry-specific issues.What is already certain, however, is that the EbAV II will mean more reporting and internal risk assessment requirements for pension funds.“Overall the requirements for providers will increase significantly,” said Michael Hoppstädter, managing director of consultancy Longial.– Barbara Ottawa Earlier this year Caritas PK and its affiliated pension fund, the €329m Kölner Pensionskasse (Kölner PK), informed members about difficulties regarding the funding situation and possible cuts to pension payouts. Cologne’s Caritas and Kölner Pensionskassen face solvency problemsBoth the Caritas and Kölner funds are structured as mutual insurance companies – Versicherungsverein auf Gegenseitigkeit (VVaG) – which brings with it certain solvency and interest rate “buffer” requirements.The talks with BaFin now fall under the remit of Olaf Keese, who takes over joint management of the Caritas and the Kölner Pensionskassen this month. As a result of his appointment Keese will resign his seat on the board of the Peugeot pension fund in Germany at the end of the year.Tax consultants’ fund talking to BaFinFunding problems have also been reported at the pension fund for German tax consultants, the €992m Steuerberater Pensionskasse VVaG, with BaFin involved in negotiating a recovery plan. The fund itself declined comment.“All this is completely uncharted territory for the industry and the regulator,” one source told IPE.Insurance-based Pensionskassen had been performing well in Germany despite the funding requirements placed on them by their guarantees, but a mix of the low interest rate environment, challenging demographics and regulatory requirements has caught up with them.Some providers have chosen to sell their Pensionskassen business to run-off companies, with Frankfurter Leben having bought two funds earlier this year, from AXA Germany and Cofra Group.More regulation incoming as Bundestag passes IORP II billlast_img read more

Pressure is all on Joshua, says Ruiz Jr

first_img(REUTERS) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr believes his re-match with Anthony Joshua will be a harder fight than his stunning victory in June but says all the pressure is on the Briton ahead of their showdown in Saudi Arabia this weekend.Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden.“We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true,” Ruiz said ahead of the so-called ‘Clash on the Dunes’.“Of course I want more though — I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.”Ruiz knocked down Joshua four times in their bout in June but says the 30-year-old will adopt a more cautious approach in the Diriyah Arena.“I’m expecting that,” he said. “But if he wants to bang, it’s better for me. I love to bang because that’s the fighter that I am. We have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality.“One punch can change the fight. That’s what happened on June 1. It might be a little harder than the first time. I’ve got to show my skills, my talent.”Ruiz Jr has suffered only one defeat in 34 fights, losing a majority decision to Joseph Parker in 2016.He said it will be a clash of styles when he faces Joshua again and believes the former Olympic champion will struggle to fathom an effective strategy.“I don’t think he’s ever fought a short guy that pressures, and is pretty slick,” the 30-year-old Ruiz Jr said. “I felt like I was boxing him around even though I was the shorter guy.“He saw something that he’s never seen before. Styles make fights. His style was perfect for me to become the unified heavyweight champion.”last_img read more

Jocelyn Cater pitches Syracuse to 1st conference win over North Carolina in 1st game of doubleheader

first_imgJocelyn Cater turned to look at the scoreboard at SU Softball Stadium while digging her cleats into the dirt of the pitching circle.Only needing one more out to close the upset over Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse North Carolina, Cater hunched her shoulders and turned back around to focus in on catcher Julie Wambold.She forced Kristen Brown to hit a high fly ball to centerfield for the final out to end the game. Cater pounded her glove and proceeded to join the mass of her teammates gathering just off of home plate to celebrate.“I’m happy with the way I pitched,” Cater said. “They’re a good team, but we were prepared.”Syracuse (14-19, 1-7 ACC) defeated UNC (26-10, 10-3) 4-2 behind a dominating performance by Cater who struck out eight in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader. The Orange lost the second game 6-2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe win was Cater’s 10th win of the season, her 12th complete game and gave SU its first conference win. The Tar Heels entered the game with seven starters hitting .322 or better – three of those seven hitting above .400 – but only mustered three hits.The potent offense was effectively shut down all game long. Other than two solo home runs, UNC couldn’t figure Cater out and seemed overmatched by her fastball and perplexed by her off-speed pitches.“What I do best is an up-ball and frequent change,” Cater said. “That was the game plan and that was what worked the best today.”Cater was locked into the game from the very start, setting the Tar Heels down one-two-three in the first inning with two strikeouts. When Cater struggled to find the zone at times throughout the afternoon, she managed to settle down following walks. She allowed six walks, but found the zone again at the right time and stranded seven runners on base.North Carolina’s premier power hitter, Brown, couldn’t figure Cater out all afternoon. The junior shortstop leads the nation with 17 home runs was hitting just under .400 entering the day, but Cater struck her out once and held her hitless in four at-bats.“We came in with a really good game plan,” Cater said. “…We’ve got to see a lot of their games online and seen them do a lot of different stuff. I think that just helped us prepare for what team we were going after.”The ability to mix pitches throughout different counts is what made Cater so successful, head coach Leigh Ross said. The junior’s rise pitch was working really well and accounted for a few strikeouts where hitters chased balls out of the zone.Five of Cater’s strikeouts came from UNC hitters swinging at rise balls above the strike-zone.The Orange offense supported Cater by producing a pair of two-run home runs in the early innings. On the first pitch of Wambold’s at-bat in the second inning, she rocketed a two-run blast that landed in the trees in centerfield. Corinne Ozanne added two runs of her own to bring Syracuse’s lead to 4-1 in the third inning.“As pitchers, I know that they are thrilled when there are runs on the board because they can relax,” Ozanne said. “It’s very important for the offense to help out their pitchers.”Pitching with the lead allowed her to work hitters deeper into counts and try to get the Tar Heel hitters to swing at pitches outside of the zone.In the top of the fifth inning, North Carolina’s Jenna Kelly rocketed a towering foul ball that, if fair, had the distance to be a home run. Cater eventually got Kelly to strikeout swinging.Before she met her teammates on the field to celebrate the win, Cater let a smile creep across her face. The Orange finally had its elusive conference win.“She did an awesome job,” Ross said. “She’s doing a good job of staying focused on the task at hand and just worrying about just one pitch at a time.” Comments Published on April 3, 2015 at 9:51 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more