Public television prevented from covering Tirana street demo

first_img to go further News News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today protested against a ban slapped by the leadership of the opposition Socialist Party preventing public radio and television (RTSH) from covering a hunger strike by some of its deputies against alleged vote fraud on Deshmoret e Kombit boulevard.A team from RTSH went to the scene of the hunger strike on 4 May but were ordered to leave the spot for “their own safety”, by party spokesman Armela Imeraj. When the journalists refused to leave and continued to work, party bodyguards intervened and bundled them away.Protests made by RTSH director Artur Kopani to the president of the socialist party Edi Rama went unheeded.“The attitude of the Socialist Party is both surprising and unacceptable. The action to raise awareness that it launched a few days ago is taking place in the street, in other words in a public place. Nothing can justify such restrictions on media coverage of an event like this, for both public and privately run media”, Reporters Without Borders said. Questioned by Reporters Without Borders on the phone, the party spokesman, Armela Ymeraj, justified the stance for safety reasons. “The Socialist Party cannot guarantee the safety of journalists and today declines all responsibility for any untoward incidents that could affect the RTSH team. Some of those present have serious resentment towards the public channel and it is impossible for us to protect ourselves against any incidents.”“Even if we appreciate the interest in the safety of journalists expressed by those in charge of this demonstration, this consideration cannot be used as an excuse for refusing to open this public event to a particular channel. The safety of journalists on the public highway as anywhere else is not the responsibility of the socialist party but of the police. If a group of militants, or anyone else not linked to the party attacked a TV crew or a journalist, it would be for the police and the courts to intervene and to take proceedings against those responsible for the abuses”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “If, as the organisers say, this is a peaceful protest action, there is no reason for militants to attack the media, even if they do not like them. If the independence of RTSH can legitimately be questioned, that does not in any way justify preventing them for working freely on the streets of the capital. One cannot quite rightly condemn abuse of authority by the Albanian government in the public media or towards the private media and use the same methods of censorship”, the organisation said. “We call on the organisers of this demonstration to publicly undertake to guarantee free access to all media. Police who are responsible for covering the event should be able to provide sufficient protection to the press if it turns out to be necessary”, it concluded. AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information April 29, 2020 Find out more News May 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public television prevented from covering Tirana street democenter_img April 8, 2020 Find out more Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels Organisation Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal Receive email alerts Follow the news on Albania News Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis August 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Asset managers side too often with corporate management – study

first_imgSome of the UK’s largest asset managers have come in for criticism after a report alleged the industry often sided with company management when voting on controversial shareholder resolutions.ShareAction, a responsible investment charity, also said regulators in the UK should be more forceful ensuring compliance with the country’s Stewardship Code among signatories, as several of the asset managers surveyed failed to disclose their voting record.The charity’s report examined the voting records of AGMs from 2014 where more than 30% of shareholders voted against management, with the votes largely concerned with board appointments and remuneration.It argued that there was often a disconnect between the voting behaviour of asset managers and its stance outlined in public voting policies. ShareAction chief executive Catherine Howarth criticised that many firms were failing to take their stewardship responsibilities seriously.“While the detail of any one vote may not be indicative of an approach, there does seem to be a pattern for some managers across the votes we looked at with significant shareholder dissent. “We expect investors will be asking tough questions of their asset managers, particularly those who appear to be simply backing management most of the time, based on this report.”It praised Aviva Investors, F&C Investments, Newton Investment Management, Royal London Asset Management and Standard Life Investments as the five most transparent companies of the 33 surveyed.Aviva Investors was also one of four praised for most consistently opposing management – alongside Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Threadneedle Asset Management and AllianceBernstein.Aberdeen Asset Management, BlackRock, HSBC Global Asset Management, Schroders Investment Management, Hermes Investment Management and M&G Investment Management were the asset managers identified as most likely to side with management.Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive at Hermes IM, said his company’s approach to engagement was about achieving “beneficial change”, as opposed to mounting a campaign or “box tick”.“We take a graduated approach and base our decisions on annual report disclosures, discussions with the company and independent analysis,” he said.“At larger companies or those where clients have a significant stake, we seek to have dialogue ahead of voting against or abstaining on any resolution. We vote accordingly and as part of a constructive discussion with the company’s board.”ShareAction’s report also urged a more consistent approach in disclosing the rationale behind a vote, noting that some asset managers took the time to explain why they voted with or against management, while others only explain a vote against a company.It also said a large number of asset managers declined to disclose voting rationale publicly, as it hindered engagement efforts – an argument the charity dismissed as “unconvincing”.“[Twenty four] of the 33 managers included in this study did not disclose any information on their voting rationales, and the level of disclosure of the remaining nine varied significantly,” ShareAction said.“There is room for significant improvement in the disclosure of voting rationales by asset managers, and this is critical to achieving real accountability by an industry that invests other people’s money.”The report also suggested that the Financial Reporting Council, the regulator behind the Stewardship Code, and the Financial Conduct Authority be more proactive in enforcing the Code’s principles – for example, in instances where signatories failed to publish voting records.“It is clear current regulation is not leading to the level of disclosure that is desirable in the market,” it said. “We suggest the Stewardship Code needs to be revisited in light of these failings and that some mechanism is needed to prevent managers claiming to comply with the Code when they do not.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ShareAction reportlast_img read more

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Ighalo happy to take a £6m pay cut to join Man Utd on permanent transfer

first_img Ighalo knows United chiefs will not stump up the same salary if a deal is done — and he has no problem with that. His Shanghai contract runs until New Year’s Eve 2021 but United do have the option to buy in the next window, under the terms of his loan deal. Even though Marcus Rashford will be fit by then, and manager Solskjaer wants another top-line front man in the summer, there is every chance Ighalo will get his wish. The one-time Watford forward has been a sensation since returning to England, and his four goals in as many starts have made him a cult figure to fans. Read Also:Ighalo issues coronavirus plea to football pundits After opening his account against Brugge, he bagged an FA Cup double at Derby, and got a wonder-strike to start Thursday’s five-goal Europa League romp over Austrians LASK. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Ighalo joined Manchester United in January on loan as a stopgap striker for the rest of the season. But after banging in four goals already boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that deal could turn into a full-time move. And Ighalo, 30, is prepared to take a 50 per cent pay cut to stay at the club he loves. The Nigerian earns £240,000 a week with Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.Advertisement Nigeria forward, Odion Ighalo will happily take a £6million hit to make his Old Trafford move a permanent one. Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WaySome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Existlast_img read more

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No alcohol? UP scientists come to the rescue

first_imgILOILOCity – The local supply of alcohol for sanitation has dwindled due to highdemand triggered by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Recognizingthe problem, chemists of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) andresearchers from the UPV Regional Research Center are gearing up to producemore alcohol solutions for use in sanitation. Packedbed bioreactors for ethanol fermentation have been set up at the UPV Miag-aocampus to increase further the production rate. Trolleysfor the transfer of the necessary materials for production are from San MiguelBrewery, McDonalds, Megaworld and JCI. (UPV/PN) Plasticdrums for fermenting the molasses are from the Metro Iloilo WaterDistrict.  Chemistsfrom the Philippine Science High School – Western Visayas are volunteering toassist.center_img Toensure that the ethanol alcohol solution produced reaches 60 percent or more tobe effectively antiseptic or antimicrobial, UPV scientists are setting up ananalytical laboratory for quality control. HelpingUPV in this endeavour are concerned Ilonggos and businesses. The molassesneeded for the ethanol production are from businessman Terence Uygongco andIBAH of La Filipina Uygongco Corp.; Capiz Sugar Central, Inc. and UniversalRobina Corp. – Sugar and Renewables based in Passi City, Iloilo province. UPV’sSchool of Technology (SoTech) based in Miag-ao, Iloilo is leading theproduction of ethanol. Drum-typebatch fermenters are currently in place for the production, according toSoTech’s Dean Ramer Bautista.last_img read more

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Sunrise 45 Film Festival a Huge Success: Winners Revealed

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe festival was a huge success with over 50 films this year. The second annual event was held in different locations throughout Alpena including Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and the Alpena Civic Theatre.Trying to bring a unique flavor to the art of film and filmmaking producer, Krissy Kinney said folks don’t realize all of the hard work that goes into making a production.Trying to expose Alpena as a hidden treasure, Kinney said the staff wants to encourage more tourist and filmmakers to come into town.Winners were also announced at the end of the festival. Northeast Michigan resident, Mary Ellen Jones won an award for her documentary, ‘Blood Memory.’AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Renovations Finally Starting at Camp Woodlands After 60 Years of Serving Local Girl ScoutsNext Alpena Search and Rescue Team Holds 1st Annual Fundraiserlast_img read more

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Preview: Hearts versus Kotoko

first_imgIt’s another Super Clash in the Glo Premier League this weekend, the fixture most Ghanaians look out for as traditional rivals, Hearts of Oak come up against Asante Kotoko.On Sunday, the derby comes up at the Accra Sports Stadium.Hearts versus Kotoko might not be the title-shaping fixture it once was but the outcome could go have an effect on the title destination with the visitors, Kotoko in contention of defending the trophy they won last season.It will be intense filled with passion as either side keeps an eye on the big prize when the two sides go head-to-head once again in a game which does not look like ending in a draw.The build up to this game has seen both camps keep off the media but Kotoko’s letter to their opponents on Thursday to be given permission to open negotiations with Hearts captain, Mahatma Otoo has fueled expectation.If the move could distract the Phobians and their leader, who is the league’s top scorer with 13 goals will be evident wen they two teams meet. As the nation keeps an eye on the game in Accra, league leaders Medeama, who are ahead of Kotoko by just one point will still be interested in the outcome of that particular game as they also focus on their home game with Liberty Professionals.Berekum Chelsea, second on the standings will make the trip to the Gyamfi Park to face New Edubiase.Ebusua Dwarfs remain in the hunt for a top-four finish as they welcome an in-form Wa All Stars to the Robert Mensah Stadium.Another battle for a top-four place also continues in Dormaa where Aduana host AshantiGold in the clash between fifth and sixth on the log.The to scramble avoid relegation is on for Berekum Arsenal who sit just above the bottom side will attempt to win at the Golden City Park when Amidaus Professionals visit. At the Baba Yara Stadium, King Faisal and Heart of Lions with no title hopes will meet as either side try to push up the log.last_img read more

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Airport Road closed due to collision

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Airport Road is closed between the Swanson Lumber Road and the Fort St. John Airport after a collision early this morning.At last report, emergency crews were still on scene blocking the road.A detour to the Airport is still availble using the Alaska Highway and the 255 Road.- Advertisement –Google Mapslast_img

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Win foreseen for challenger in district race

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – After a two-day ballot recount, it appears local Realtor Diana Villalba has won the final open school board seat at the Los Nietos School District, though county officials won’t make an official announcement until today. Initial election results had shown that Villalba and incumbent Gloria Duran had tied for the seat with 903 votes apiece in the November election. But Duran’s attorney, Bradley Hertz, who attended the two-day recount on her behalf because she was out of town, said it appeared Duran lost by four votes. During the recount, Duran picked up an extra two votes – but Villalba picked up an extra six, according to manual calculations by both camps. “It does appear at this stage that Diana is the third-place finisher and has won herself a spot on the school board,” a resigned Hertz said after examining provisional ballots submitted in the election. “I’m sure Gloria will be disappointed, but she tends to roll with the punches,” Hertz said. “Gloria will have to decide now whether she wants to do more of an investigation.” But Villalba wasn’t ready to start celebrating – at least not until she gets the official word from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. Officials there said they would put together a recap or summary of the recount process, which ended just before 5 p.m. Tuesday, and make an announcement today on the final vote tally. If Villalba is declared the winner as expected, she will be refunded the nearly $4,200 cost of the two-day recount. “It’s not over `til it’s over,” Villalba said. “It’s been a humbling experience. It was hard being here but it was important that I be here. “I wish I could have hid under a rock until this was all over,” she said smiling. “But I had a very professional team, and this was a team effort.” As for the school district, it must hold the board’s annual reorganizational meeting by Saturday – and as such, a school board meeting is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district office, 8324 S. Westman Ave. in Whittier. At this meeting, Villalba and fellow challengers Art Escobedo and Grisel Vasquez are expected to be sworn in as board members and the board’s officers will be elected. The new members will replace incumbents Duran and Cathy Martinez, as well as Jose Martinez, who decided not to run for re-election in November. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img

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Red Bluff High girls tennis team drops Orland in section final, 5-4

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff High girls tennis team welcomed undefeated Orland to town Tuesday in the girls tennis Northern Section championship. Each of the two schools had essentially run roughshod over their division opponents leading up to the section final, combining for one loss between the two of them. Red Bluff, the large school winner, maintained its torrid pace the past two years to defeat Orland 5-4 and repeat as section champions.“Our kids gutted it out,” Red Bluff coach Dennis …last_img read more

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Three Warriors storylines for the stretch-run

first_imgWith the all-star festivities finished, the Western Conference-leading Warriors have 25 games left in the regular season. Can they set up the ideal stretch run that builds momentum into the playoffs?Following a few internal hiccups between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Klay Thompson’s shooting woes and a myriad of early-season injuries, the Warriors enter the final stretch as one of the hottest teams in the league, winning 16 of their last 18 games.To get you ready for the playoff sprint, …last_img read more

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