Open letter to the president of the European Commission

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more to go further 1st February 2005 Dear Mr President,Reporters Without Borders wishes to inform you of its deep disappointment that the EU council of foreign ministers on 31 January 2005 agreed to a six-month suspension of EU sanctions* that were adopted in June 2003 to protest at the March 2003 arrest of 75 dissidents and journalists.In a letter sent to the representatives of the 25 member states on 27 January, our organisation urged that the policy of supporting the dissidents should be “maintained and even strengthened” in view of “the absence of any noticeable progress in respect for freedom of the press in the country.”Even if the 31 January decision envisages developing more intense relations with the peaceful political opposition and broader layers of civil society in Cuba, it constitutes a step backwards by ending invitations to dissidents to member states’ national day celebrations. This aspect in particular allowed dissidents to step out of the Cuba-US standoff in which President Castro’s government attempts to confine them.We urge you to rigorously monitor the situation so that the announced intensification of relations with the opposition and Cuban civil society is not limited simply to meetings. We expect the EU, for example to be represented at the dissidents’ general meeting on 20 May, called by the (unofficial) Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society headed by economist Marta Beatriz Roque.We also urge you to ensure that European cooperation programmes with Cuba also benefit civil society that is not recognised by the authorities. It seems to us essential that, to work for a peaceful democratic transition, the EU support independent press agencies, trade unions, organisations of librarians, doctors, economists and so on, whose freedom of association, meeting and expression are constantly trampled.Reporters Without Borders considers that the EU must take these steps now, making the Cuban authorities understand that if they oppose them sanctions would have to be re-applied.Failure to take such steps would mean that the EU decision would effectively look like “caving in” to the Cuban government, which is the fear of a section of the Cuban opposition. We remind you that the release of around a dozen dissidents in 2004 was not accompanied by any significant progress towards respect for political freedom and multi-parties. Sixty-one of the 75 dissidents and journalists arrested in March 2003, whose release the EU has demanded, are still in prison.Our organisation hopes that you will make yourself personally responsible for this case. Reporters Without Borders will be particularly vigilant about the results of the EU decision.I trust that you will give this letter your careful consideration.Yours sincerely, New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News One day after the EU agreed to lift sanctions adopted against Cuba, Reporters Without Borders expressed its disappointment at the move and urged José Manuel Barroso, to rigorously monitor the “deepening of relations announced with the opposition and Cuban civil society so it is not limited simply to meetings.” News Follow the news on Cuba Organisation News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas center_img February 1, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to the president of the European Commission CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information Robert MénardSecretary General*To press for the release of the 75 journalists and dissidents arrested in March 2003, EU member states decided on 5 June 2003, to cut back cooperation with the Cuban authorities, to limit high level bilateral government visits, to reduce the size of member states participation at cultural events and to invite Cuban dissidents to national day celebrations. The 75 dissidents were sentenced in the days following their arrest to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years in prison. October 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago News October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Oil-Rich Nigeria Looks to Renewables to Meet Massive Electricity Needs

first_imgOil-Rich Nigeria Looks to Renewables to Meet Massive Electricity Needs FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Faced with a population boom that has sent carbon emissions soaring and stretched power supplies to breaking point, oil-rich Nigeria is turning to renewable energy in a big way.Africa’s most populous country needs more than 10 times its current electricity output to guarantee supply for its 198 million people—nearly half of whom have no access at all, according to power minister Babatunde Fashola. Nigeria has set a target of expanding electricity access to 75 percent of the population by 2020 and 90 percent by 2030.It aims to generate 30 percent of its total energy from renewable sources by 2030, Fashola said in a recent speech in London, a major commitment for an economy that depends heavily on fossil fuels. Oil and gas production account for around 35 percent of Nigeria’s gross domestic product and about 90 percent of total exports revenue, according to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).Over the past year, the country has invested more than $20 billion in solar power projects, seeking to boost the capacity of the national grid and reduce reliance on it by building mini-grids in rural areas without mains electricity. [For example,] a $350 million World Bank loan will be used to build 10,000 solar-powered mini-grids by 2023 in rural areas, bringing power to hospitals, schools and households, said Damilola Ogunbiyi, managing director of the Rural Electrification Agency.The government [also] is investing in hydropower, with several projects close to completion. The largest is the Mambilla Power Station in central Nigeria, a $5.79 billion project due to be completed in 2024 with most of the financing coming from Chinese lenders. It will be able to generate 3,050 MW of renewable energy in the rural region, and is scheduled to be completed in 2024.More: Oil-Rich Nigeria Turns To Renewable Energy As Population Boomslast_img read more

Scott Credit Union signs MLB sponsorship deal

first_imgThe $1 billion Scott Credit Union signed a sponsorship deal May 12 that includes the naming rights of an MVP deck at Busch Stadium, the home field of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals.Financial terms of the three-year agreement were not disclosed by the Edwardsville, Ill.-based cooperative.The MVP Deck is a covered outdoor party deck in the stadium’s left center field. The deal also includes scoreboard advertisements, player appearances and a sponsorship of a Cardinals promotional giveaway night. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Having trouble determining your marketing ROI?

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr According to new research from Trackmaven, many marketers feel like it’s getting easier to prove their marketing is successful. However, only a quarter of marketers would call their ROI tracking “very successful” in their ability to demonstrate the value of their marketing internally. The main challenge? Attributing social media and content marketing efforts to revenue results, or in the case of credit unions and community banks, loan growth.Past research in this area has shown that social media and content marketing are the most difficult efforts to measure for ROI. In fact, only 1 in 5 marketers are able to demonstrate the impact of social media quantitatively.How do you measure up to your peers? When it comes to reporting and analytics, those surveyed estimated spending about one-fourth of their time collecting, organizing and analyzing marketing data, with most of their time spent on producing and planning their content and campaign creative. Most marketers in this survey report results to their leaders on a monthly basis (46%), 28% report weekly, and (gasp!) 3% provide daily reports. continue reading »last_img read more

Historic opportunity in West End

first_img29 Mary Street, West End.A HISTORIC West End home with nine bedrooms that used to serve as lodging has hit the market.The 1920s home at 29 Mary St will go to auction on September 5.Positioned at the foot of Castle Hill, the home is crying out for a buyer with vision who could transform the house into a standout property.Keyes & Co listing agent Tess Sellwood said the home could either suit being turned into a dream home or kept as an inner-city investment.“It was originally bought out at Herveys Range and it has always had a hotel or lodging-style accommodation,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It could either be an amazing opportunity to update it into a residential home or keep it as quite a sharp investment because its returns are quite healthy as well.“It’s been positioned on the block beautifully for it to have views of Castle Hill.”The home is set on a 1214sq m parcel of land and has a two-bay lockable shed with two undercover car spaces.It was built in 1929 and has a large living room with fretwork and the original floors have been protected.The nine registered bedrooms all have airconditioners and there are two separate bathrooms which are currently male and female. The kitchen has been modernised with gas cookware and there is a laundry next to the original outhouse.The home is open for inspection from 2.30pm to 3pm on Saturday. For more information call Tess Sellwood on 0439 793 559.last_img read more

Five trustees elected to USC governing board

first_imgFive new members were named to the Board of Trustees Wednesday. David Bohnett, Jeanie Buss, Kathy Leventhal, Kris Popovich and Tracy Sykes now join 55 other board members.Bohnett, a philanthropist and technology entrepreneur, founded GeoCities.com in 1994. After selling the company to Yahoo! Inc. in 1998, Bohnett created the David Bohnett Foundation, which supports art, education and civil organizations by providing them with funding, technology and technical support.As the co-owner, president and governor of the Los Angeles Lakers, Buss has been a major leader in the sports world for more than 20 years.Leventhal was the founding publisher of Allure magazine, and also served as the publisher of Vanity Fair. She is a member of the USC President’s Leadership Council and is a co-chair on the executive board of the USC Parent Leadership Circle.The Popovich family had been a long-time benefactor of USC, with Popovich and his wife, Jane, building Popovich Hall for the Marshall School of Business. He operated Hoffman Associates and was president and CEO of Hoffman Video Systems, and served as staff assistant for former President Gerald Ford. Popovich helped form a board of directors for the USC Associates, for which he served as president for many years. He is also a member of the Marshall Board of Leaders.After graduating from the first class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, Sykes created the first endowed faculty chair in the physical therapy division. Along with her husband Gene — a co-chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Technology, Media and Telecom group — she has funded a scholarship in the field of physical therapy.The Board of Trustees serves as the governing body over USC and elects new members each year. The newly appointed members will hold their seats for a five-year term.last_img read more