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European Union urged to provide better protection for whistleblowers

first_imgNews “Protecting whistleblowers when they enable the public to be informed through the media is essential,”said Julie Majerczak, RSF’s representative to the European institutions. “The attitude of the Council of the EU, in which each member state’s government has a seat, is to try to limit the ability of whistleblowers to talk directly to journalists as much as possible. This violates the freedom to inform and the public’s right to information in the public interest.” European protection for whistleblowers is finally close to seeing the light of day but could easily prove to be insufficient although the importance of their role in revealing public interest information has repeatedly been confirmed in recent years in such cases as the Panama Papers, LuxLeaks and France’s Mediator scandal. Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Whistleblowers RSF urges the Council to accept the position taken by the MEPs in their version, which also covers “abuse of law,” meaning acts or omissions that may not appear unlawful in formal terms but which defeat the object or the purpose pursued by EU law. The directive’s scope should also be as broad as possible with regard to taxes, and should not be limited to corporate taxation. As the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union begin negotiating the final form of an EU directive protecting whistleblowers, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges these two legislative bodies not to hold back in their defence of the right to information. The draft of the directive that the Council adopted on 25 January allows a whistleblower to report a breach of EU law directly to the media only when there is an imminent or manifest danger to the public interest, or a risk of irreversible damage, or when the authority concerned is colluding with the perpetrator of the breach. Moreover, RSF is concerned about the Council’s very restrictive definition of the breaches that whistleblowers may report. If the directive is to provide extensive protection, it should cover all acts that threaten or harm the public interest. But the “breaches” covered by the Council’s version are limited to acts or omissions that are unlawful under EU law. Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Whistleblowers Organisation center_img Their version allows whistleblowers to go directly to the media not only when there is an imminent or manifest danger but also when the public interest is being harmed or in such circumstances as collusion or misconduct on the part of relevant authorities or a risk of evidence being destroyed. Furthermore, their list of circumstances is not exhaustive. As the Council and European Parliament continue the negotiations on a final version that they began yesterday, RSF urges the Council to open its eyes to the merits of the draft that the members of the European Parliament adopted. The Council’s extremely restrictive approach is all the more incomprehensible given that a whistleblower’s decision to go through journalists, who are in a position to check out the information they receive, should rather be seen as a sign of good faith on the whistleblower’s part. “Final adoption of the directive before the European elections is essential, but the price should not be inadequate protection for whistleblowers or restrictions on the right to information,” Majerczak added. It is also essential that the directive’s protection should cover persons, such as journalists, who facilitate the reporting of breaches, as the MEPs are demanding. RSF_en January 30, 2019 European Union urged to provide better protection for whistleblowers Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Weather won’t stop Santa making the big trip tonight

first_imgNewsBreaking newsWeather won’t stop Santa making the big trip tonightBy Staff Reporter – December 24, 2013 705 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSIrelandSantasleightracker Email Andrew Carey Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] and heavy rain battered the country last night and will continue for a period today making for difficult driving conditions on Christmas Eve, however early reports from the North Pole indicate that Santa’s anti storm sleigh cover has been completed and installed for tonight’s important trip around the world. Met Eireann issued an “orange alert” weather warning while the weather in Santa’s homeland remains cold with scattered snow showers. Last night’s storm passed to the north of the country but some winds are expected to remain through the day. In light of the recent unfavourable weather patterns, Santa’s elves and inventors made the new magically storm canopy to help Santa’s sleigh on the 38,000 mile journey to visit all the homes and children around the world. In advance of tonight’s “big trip”, the Irish Air Corp has cleared airspace around the Ireland and An Garda Siochana will be coordinating on the ground facilities for Santa. Speaking via his PNP, Portable North Pole Console, Santa said that he was looking forward to tonight’s annual trip and especially trying all the treats that are left out for him. “I hope all the boys and girls go to bed early tonight as tomorrow morning there will be great gifts and toys for those on my good list. Of course this is my favourite time of the year and the weather will be no problem thanks to the new cover that the elves are putting on my sleigh. My Santa suit will keep me warm throughout the night and this will help with the wind and rain. During the video link to the North Pole, Santa spoke to a number of the Limerick Post Staff. He discussed the upcoming Reindeer games with Sports Editor Donn O’Sullivan, while some of the Elves, spoke to LiamTogherabout the North Pole Winter Games.Bernie English spoke to the big man about magical issues and new developments with the Sleigh and news editor Gerry Collison spoke to him about what he does in the off season. Alan Jacques and Eric Fitzgerald delved into the music of the North Pole while Santa was happy to add a little flavour with cooking tips from Mrs Claus.The in depth conversation also covered many other popular topics with the big man in red as the elves packed the bags and the sleigh full of toys and gifts. A recent survey showed that the most popular treats left out for Santa were cookies and a mince pie with a glass of milk while Rudolph gets a carrot and some water. Christmas cake is also often left out for both of them. Other drinks include Guinness for strength and mulled wine.The Limerick Post will be providing regular updates throughout the day as to how Santa is getting on during his worldwide trip. Back to the weather, a bright joyous morning is predicted for the start of Christmas Day. The entire Limerick Post Staff would like to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and excellent New Year. Limerick on alert as city hit by Covid outbreaks Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin Facebook Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry Key restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of Coronavirus Previous articleRevenue seize roll-your-own tobacco at ShannonNext articleCountdown begins for arrival of Santa Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Changes to the Student Support Scheme for people living in Direct Provision Discover the wonders of Limerick during Heritage Week Government ‘makes a complete mess’ of pub reopeninglast_img read more

2009 Vermont Centennial Business Awards announced

first_imgVermont Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, in partnership with the Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, will present the 2009 Centennial Business Awards at the statehouse on Thursday, March 5, at 4:00 p.m.The award acknowledges Vermont s oldest businesses for enriching the economic heritage and enhancing community life during the last century and beyond.  From all across Vermont, these honored businesses represent a wide range of entrepreneurs from country stores and farms to manufacturing companies. This year 11 businesses will be honored for having survived not only into 2009 but for the past century in the competitive and often-unforgiving business landscape.Secretary of State Deb Markowitz says it is very important to showcase these quiet success stories. Each business being honored has made an impact on Vermont s economic landscape, said Markowitz. We know that it is not easy to endure in an ever-changing economy and that those who have succeeded for 100 years or more have exhibited an extraordinary ability to remain flexible, entrepreneurial and to change with the times.Honorees for 2009 are: Bryant Grinder Springfield est. 1909Panton General Store Panton est. 1908Lake Morey Resort Fairlee est. 1905Burlington Drug Company – Milton est. 1891JW & DE Ryan Vergennes est. 1887Northfield News Northfield est. 1878Trow and Holden Barre est. 1860Goodrich s Sugarhouse Cabot est. 1835Molly Brook Farm West Danville est. 1835Reed Supply Co St. Johnsbury est. 1828Jericho Center Country Store Jericho est. 1807For more information about the Centennial Business Awards, visit the Secretary of State s webpage at http://www.sec.state.vt.us/centennial_business.html(link is external)Source: Vermont Secretary of Statelast_img read more

Bolger lands big Leopardstown prize

first_img Djakadam completed a good few minutes for owner Rich Ricci and trainer Willie Mullins by winning the Boylesports Killiney Novice Chase. Just moments after star mare Annie Power stretched her unbeaten record to 10 at Doncaster, the five-year-old maintained his perfect start over fences by getting the better of Bright New Dawn. Dessie Hughes’ Bright New Dawn appeared to be holding the upper hand as the pair turned into the straight with Bryan Cooper less active in the saddle than Paul Townend. However, as Djakadam (6-4 favourite) is only a five-year-old he was getting 11lb off his rivals and it told close home. Mullins said of his four-length winner: “We’ll look at the JLT at Cheltenham. “He really loves his jumping. I’m not sure if Paul was doing the right thing as he was making lengths at fences down the back and kept pulling him back, but Paul was the man on board out there and did what he thought was the right thing. “For his second run over fences I thought it was a fantastic effort. “He really gallops and jumps and it’s hard to find good ones like that.” Mullins later teamed up with his son Patrick to win the closing bumper with 2-1 favourite Aminabad. He’llberemembered (10-1) came with a withering late run to land the valuable Leopardstown Handicap Chase. The 11-year-old did not appear on the scene until just before the final fence and absolutely flew it in the hands of Shane Butler. Daring Article had also been given a patient ride and came wide to challenge, but Paul Fahey’s consistent gelding just had enough in reserve to hold on. Fahey said: “He’s a great servant. When the heavens opened before the race I knew it was in our favour because when it gets tough this lad gets going. “He’s very, very tough. Shane couldn’t believe how well he jumped around there. He jumped poorly in the Kerry National at Listowel and then we said we come back to the scene of the crime as he’d won the Carrickmines around here last year. “We minded him – gave him a few runs over hurdles – and then he had a run in Tramore last time where he was outclassed. “I told Shane to go down the inner, the brave route. If he got into trouble he could pull out. “Shane is getting married to a niece of mine next summer so he’d want a few quid for the wedding. “When you get a horse that’s as tough as that you needn’t be afraid to go anywhere with them.” His run flattened out, though, and Gilgamboa (10-1) stuck on well to win going away by a length and a quarter from Flaxen Flare. Quick Jack finished third with a big gap back to Sea Light in fourth. Bolger, better known for his handling of cross-country specialists, said: “He’s an exciting horse. We started off point-to-pointing with him in Lemonfield on JT’s (John Thomas McNamara) day and then we decided we’d go to Galway with him and he just kept on improving – that was only his fourth race. “He’s named after a very good friend of Kieran McManus’s, Gil in America, and he’s looking in as well so it’s great. “I’m delighted for JP – the reason I’m here is because of him. We’ll consider Cheltenham, but today was the plan really and it worked out. “Chasing will be his game down the road. He even jumps hurdles like fences. He’d have been some certainty in a Ladies’ Cup!” Walsh said: “Everything went perfect. I got out nice and handy, and got a nice bit of light for him. “I was always happy with where I was. He travelled brilliantly, hands and heels, and took it up into the straight – he was so professional for a horse only having his fourth run. “Enda has done a brilliant job with him – he has improved with every run. He’s a pleasure to ride.” Having just his fourth start under Rules, the JP McManus-owned six-year-old was in the perfect position throughout for Mark Walsh. Turning in he had just Flaxen Flare in front of him but then the Tony Martin-trained favourite Quick Jack loomed up looking a huge threat. Enda Bolger’s Gilgamboa defied his inexperience to win the fiercely-competitive Boylesports.com Hurdle at Leopardstown. Press Associationlast_img read more

Attacks Continue as Broward Sheriff’s Race Heads to Primary

first_imgFor their part, the sheriff’s union has issued no-confidence votes in Tony and Israel.Smalling, who has spent half that amount of time with the sheriff’s office, believes the department needs a morale boost, and he’s the one to do it.Others believe engaging the community is critical. Santiago Vasquez, who has served in capacities including deputy, detective and community relations officer with BSO, wants to set up a community awareness response team, as he told the TV station.Another of his opponents, Willie Jones, spent 15 years as sheriff, and shares the desire for a police task force.“President Obama’s police task force that talks about the best policing practices for the 21st century, if they had taken 60 percent of that, we could have eliminated a lot of the problems we are having with our communities,” Jones stated to WFOR.Candidates for the sheriff’s position in the Republican primary include H. Wayne Clark and Casimiro Navarro.Tuesday’s winner will go up against the Republican candidate in November’s election. That includes a 1993 incident in which the now-sheriff shot and killed a man as a teenager in Philadelphia. Tony has maintained the shooting was in self-defense, and he was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing.He recently told The Sentinel, “The political nature is to be nasty and slanderous, but this is a public safety organization and we need to focus on presenting the facts and what we have accomplished from our real-time crime center to our training center and even giving the best raise in 25 years and what we are doing about police accountability when it comes to all the reform efforts we took on last year.”Additionally, the current sheriff has been criticized for not revealing on his Coral Springs job application that he tried LSD in his youth.“His whole campaign has been deceitful and misleading, and that’s who he is,” Israel said of Tony.In fighting back, Tony’s campaign mirrors DeSantis’ thoughts on Israel’s failures with the mass shootings.On the other hand, the sheriff’s union is throwing its support behind the retired Pollock, who spent 40 years with BSO as a detective, watch commander and colonel.“I know the inner workings of this agency. I know what it takes to get the men and women going in the right direction,” he told Miami television station WFOR.Primary Election Day is AUGUST 18. If you HAVE NOT mailed in your ballot yet, please TAKE IT IN TO ONE OF THE 22 EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS.Any ballots that are received after 7pm on AUGUST 18 WILL NOT BE COUNTED. #BrowardCounty #Broward #SouthFlorida #Florida #VOTEAUGUST18 #VOTE pic.twitter.com/JKLe5Xi5jf— Willie Jones For Broward County Sheriff (@WillieJones2020) August 15, 2020 With just days to go before the much-awaited Democratic primary this Tuesday, words continue to fly between the candidates for the Broward sheriff’s job and control over the department’s $1 billion budget.While Gregory Tony, who was appointed to the post early last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis seeks election, the man he replaced, Scott Israel, is trying to get his job back.Four other veterans are vying for the position as well.That includes Al Pollock, as well as Andrew Smalling, Santiago Vasquez, and Willie Jones. However, Israel believes he’s got it in the can.“With no disrespect to anyone it’s a two-person race,” he recently told reporters with The South Florida Sun Sentinel.DeSantis removed Israel as sheriff two years ago, alleging that he had mishandled the Parkland and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shootings in 2018 and 2017, respectively.Meanwhile, Tony, who had been a Coral Springs police sergeant, has faced scrutiny in recent months, as issues from his professional and personal past have come to light.There are only five days until Election Day! Let’s make Broward County a leader when it comes to reforming our law enforcement agencies by keeping Sheriff Tony in office. Find Early Voting hours and locations: https://t.co/KSVB8CYnFn pic.twitter.com/TMgbhLHry2— Sheriff Gregory Tony 2020 (@sherifftony2020) August 13, 2020 Still, The Sentinel says Pollock has some baggage. He was suspended for 15 days without pay a decade ago, for driving a Miami Dolphins players home after the athlete was behind bars for a felony domestic violence charge. Pollock was working off-duty for the team at the time.last_img read more