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

Twiddle Shares Live Video Recording of ‘Daydream Farmer’ To Fans Over Skype [Watch]

first_imgIf you missed this year’s Friendly Gathering, Vermont-based jammers Twiddle made sure that fans who couldn’t make the Timber Ridge, Vermont happening still got a glimpse of their infectious sound. The band piled into a vintage Airstream mobile recording studio, dubbed the FrendShip, to connect with fans across the world. Two fans were selected to Skype the band during their performance, and follow them up with some questions. Watch Twiddle perform “Daydream Farmer” in the Airstream below!last_img read more

Indian ratings agency lowers outlook for country’s coal-fired power sector

first_imgIndian ratings agency lowers outlook for country’s coal-fired power sector FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Economic Times:Capacity utilisation of coal-fired power plants is set to decline in FY20, following a slowdown in power demand growth from 6.4 per cent in the first eight months of FY19 to 1.2 per cent during FY20 and higher generation from hydro and renewable sources, according to estimates by ratings agency ICRA.It has prompted the agency to revise its year-end outlook for the power sector from stable to negative. The rating is driven by critical factors like a slowdown in energy demand growth, sluggish progress in the resolution of stressed thermal assets and; less than expected improvement in [distribution company] finances.According to ICRA Research, demand growth turned negative since August 2019, which declined by 12.9 per cent in October 2019 and 4.3 per cent in November 2019 on a Y-o-Y basis. This can be attributed to lower demand from household and agriculture segments following higher than usual rains in August 2019 to October 2019 and; moderation in demand from the industrial segment.A slowdown in power demand growth coupled with higher generation from hydro, nuclear and renewable sources led to a decline in capacity utilisation to 56.6 per cent in the first seven months of FY2020 from 60.2 per cent in the corresponding period of the previous year.Sabyasachi Majumdar, group head & senior vice president, ICRA, said: “ICRA expects subdued energy demand growth coupled with higher generation from hydro, nuclear and renewable sources to suppress average capacity utilisation of coal-fueled power plants to about 59.0 per cent in FY2020 from about 61 per cent in FY2019. Nonetheless, the same is expected to show a gradual recovery over the medium term with decommissioning of older thermal projects, slow pace of new capacity addition and expectations of recovery in industrial energy demand. Further, the absence of fresh long-term power purchase agreements over the last few years and the delays in implementation of medium-term power purchase agreements as awarded in the last one year, under the central schemes remain the areas of concern for the IPPs.”ICRA notes that the progress on stressed asset resolution also remains slow, with only about 10 per cent of the 40 GW stressed coal-based capacity, achieving resolution. This is because of the long lead time to achieve a sustainable resolution, limited progress in signing of new long-term power purchase agreements and still subdued thermal PLF levels. Given the slowdown in demand growth and lack of visibility on long-term power purchase agreements, the resolution of stressed assets may remain slow in the near term.[Debjoy Sengupta]More: ICRA revises year-end outlook to negative for conventional power sectorlast_img read more

68 percent of COVID-19 deaths recorded in Jakarta as nationwide fatalities rise to 25

first_img“There was only one fatal case of a 37-year-old [patient] with the disease,” he added.Banten recorded 10 new cases on Thursday, followed by Central Java with four and South East Sulawesi with three.Yogyakarta, West Java, East Kalimantan, Riau Islands and South Sulawesi each reported two new cases, while Riau reported one new infection.“Despite the increasing number, we can also confirm that 15 patients have recovered from the disease,” Yurianto added. (glh) The number of infected people has reached 309, as the government recorded 82 new cases as of 12 p.m. on Thursday. A total of 210 confirmed cases — 52 of which were new – were recorded in Jakarta alone.”The mortality rate is 8 percent with 25 deaths out of [309] patients with the disease,” Yurianto told a press conference on Thursday.The average global mortality rate from the coronavirus is about 3.9 percentYurianto also said most of the fatalities were patients whose ages were 45 to 65 years old, most with preexisting illnesses, including hypertension, diabetes and heart failure. Topics :center_img Indonesia’s death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen to 25 on Thursday, with 68 percent of the fatalities recorded in Jakarta, the hardest-hit region, which has reported the majority of cases in the country.The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said Jakarta had recorded five new fatalities on Thursday, bringing the total to 17 deaths in the capital.Central Java reported three new fatalities, while West Java, Banten, Bali, East Java and North Sumatra reported one new fatal case each, he said.last_img read more

FB : Arkansas wide receiver Funderburk expected to transfer to Syracuse

first_img Published on May 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s wide receiving corps received a boost on Wednesday, as Quinta Funderburk plans to transfer from Arkansas to play for the Orange.Richard Morgan, who coached the four-star wideout at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va., told Rivals.com that Funderburk will arrive at SU on Saturday to begin summer school.As a senior at Oscar Smith, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver caught 65 passes for 1,464 yards and 15 touchdowns, following up a junior season in which he finished with 62 receptions for 1,150 yards and 12 touchdowns. Scout.com rated Funderburk No. 35 in the class of 2011 wide receiver rankings.He graduated from high school early, and enrolled with Arkansas in January of 2011 before leaving the team during spring practice to return to his home in Virginia. Funderburk rejoined the Razorbacks in the fall and redshirted his freshman season.Funderburk is now expected to join a Syracuse team that now has a variety of weapons at the wide receiving position with top returners Marcus Sales and Alec Lemon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more