National Assembly eliminates media controls from state of emergency law

first_img The amendment was adopted shortly after the National Assembly approved a three-month extension to the state of emergency that President François Hollande declared the day after the 13 November attacks in Paris.“Even if they were never applied, these provisions posed a threat to freedom of information in France and we welcome the government’s decision to eliminate them for good,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.As well as imposing controls on the media, the law allowed the police to search the offices of journalists, judges and elected officials without having to request permission from a court. This provision has also been eliminated.A group of around 20 parliamentarians led by National Assembly vice-president Sandrine Mazetier (a member of the Socialist Party), tried to block the amendment, but their proposal was rejected. The grounds they gave for opposing the change were “the shortcomings observed in media coverage” of January’s Paris attacks.Article 11 of the 1955 law allowed the authorities to “take all measures to ensure control of the press and publications of all kinds, as well as radio broadcasts, cinema screenings and theatre performances.”In a directive issued on 14 November, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve had told prefects that this provision and a provision increasing the role of military courts should be excluded from the state of emergency declared after the previous day’s attacks, of which the provisional toll is 129 dead and 350 wounded.The extension to the current state of emergency will take effect on 26 November and will last until midnight on 25 February, according to the text adopted yesterday. Reporters Without Borders undertakes to monitor media freedom issues closely throughout the state of emergency. November 20, 2015 – Updated on June 2, 2016 National Assembly eliminates media controls from state of emergency law Reporters Without Borders welcomes the amendment passed yesterday by the National Assembly eliminating all media censorship provisions from the 1955 law that regulates states of emergency in France. Organisation News RSF_en Help by sharing this information News FranceEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on France “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 4, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar storylast_img read more


Noonan urged to strengthen future of young Limerick farmers

first_imgWhatsApp Facebook Advertisement TAGSlimerickMacra na Feirme Email Previous articleCould Limerick have the best take-away?Next articleLimerick rower fighting for her life after freak fall Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsNoonan urged to strengthen future of young Limerick farmersBy Staff Reporter – September 6, 2016 683 The capital expenses of young Limerick farmers should be written off against income tax in the first year, according to Macra na Feirme.YOUNG farmers in Limerick and throughout the country need the financial support of Government and the Minister for Finance in the upcoming budget, according to Macra na Feirme in their 2017 Pre Budget Submission.Capital taxes and reliefs are top of the agenda for young farmers with Macra calling for the introduction of a Capital Allowance system similar to the UK where farmers can write off larger amounts of capital expenditure in the first year against income tax.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Macra says that the future of farming relies on young farmers who need the necessary resources and supports to develop their farm business and fulfil the expectations of Food Wise 2025.Supporting generational renewal, driving competitiveness, access to credit, land mobility, supporting education, advisory and research, tackling income volatility and supports for both rural youth and youth development work and farm safety are all contained in Macra’s pre budget submission.Another point of the submission is calling on Government to help support female farmers as Macra is proposing the introduction of aid to cover the cost of replacement labour during maternity leave.Macra’s national president Sean Finan said, “Our Pre Budget submission focuses on strengthening the future for young farmers and rural youth. Our proposals set out the building block that need to be put in place in the budget to create an environment within which young farmers can establish themselves in the industry and have a successful career.The main points of the submission are:· The extension of young farmer stamp duty relief on purchases of land up to 40 years of age and the increase in the Capital Acquisition Tax threshold that farmers can receive as gift or inheritance is also being sought to reflect increasing property values and to encourage the early transfer of farms.· For income tax relief, Macra are seeking greater flexibility in the implementation of the 100% young farmer Stock Relief to reflect farm development and growth plans of young farmers. An extension of the land leasing tax incentive to include parent and children for one term of seven years is also being proposed.· To help support female farmers Macra is proposing the introduction of aid to cover the cost of replacement labour during maternity leave.· To aid competitiveness in the sector the organisation is calling for the introduction of a fund to encourage young farmers to engage in better grass utilisation, a key target in the Food Wise 2025 report. Future amendments to the Rural Development Program should include a focus on supporting grazing infrastructure under the TAMS scheme.· Income volatility is a major issue and Macra has lobbied for a number of years for a measure to encourage farmers to put away some income in a good year and have access to this money in a tax efficient manor in a year of poor returns. Volatility is one of the biggest issues facing all farmers and the government needs to look at introducing an effective mechanism to tackle the damaging effects of volatility on farmers.· On access to credit for young farmers Macra is seeking the introduction of funding from the European Investment Bank which is available to member states to access through the Rural Development Program.· Agricultural education, advisory and research are essential support mechanisms for young farmers and these need to be further supported.· For the development of rural youth who are the engine for growth and development in rural areas, Macra is calling for various measures including adequately financial resources to be provided in this budget for the provision of youth mental health services. There are also a number of measures that remain to be implemented and adequately funded under the report by the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Area including the provision of quality high speed broadband to all rural areas.· Finally an increase in the investment in youth work through the Youth Services Grant Scheme is essential for Macra to provide services to help train and develop rural youth in leadership and personal development. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival last_img read more


FNB hosts Christmas party for Pike Activity Center

first_img FNB hosts Christmas party for Pike Activity Center By Jaine Treadwell Truck damages Brundidge Christmas lights in wreck An 18-wheeler took an illegal right turn off North Main Street in Brundidge onto S.A. Graham Blvd. Thursday night and… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Harrison thanked those who performed the skit and thanked the employees of First National Bank for the party and the gifts.“All of the staff is very good to us and the bank people, too,” Harrison said in thanking them for the Christmas party.Zapata said many of the 27 consumers have attended the Pike Activity Center for nearly 15 years.“It is our goal for them to become independent,” he said. “We teach them independent living skills so they can ultimately move into an apartment or get a job. They learn to manage money, to pay their bills, to wash clothes and cook meals because there could come a time when there won’t be an adult to help them.‘We want them to be able to have an apartment and live independently. That is our goal for our consumers and they work hard to achieve that goal.” For 17 years at Christmastime, First National Bank of Brundidge has been playing Santa Claus for the consumers at the Pike Activity Center in Brundidge.Jimmy Ramage, bank board chairman, said the idea to host a Christmas party for the consumers originated with the bank employees.“The employees had been exchanging gifts but they decided to instead play Santa Claus for the consumers at the Pike Activity Center,” Ramage said. “It is something the we all look forward to each Christmas and Danny Zapata, the center director, said the consumers really enjoy the party and begin asking ‘when are the bank people coming,’ back in the summer.” Sponsored Content Print Article Latest Stories Victoria Harrison, Pike Activity Center skit director, left, and Charlene Jones, center instructor, welcomed employees of First National Bank to the center. The bank employees sponsor and host the center’s annual Christmas party. First National Bank employees were at Pike Activity Center Friday with gifts to give and were excited and anxious to see the program that had been planned.“The program is a skit and song, ‘You Save Me,’ and we have worked hard to get it ready,” Harrison said. “The song says before you go to heaven, ask Jesus to come into your heart and He will and He will save you.”Ramage said it was evident that the consumers had put a huge mount of time and effort into the program.“The consumers seemed to have a lot more confidence and there was more depth to the script,” he said. “More people were involved and it was a good program. We thank all of those who performed the skit. They did an excellent job.” Published 3:00 am Tuesday, December 19, 2017 Email the author Zapata said the Christmas party is a highly anticipated and much appreciation each year.“The employees at First National Bank are very generous in their giving,” he said. “The consumers make a wish list and the employees choose something from that list.“They are all excited about the party and Victoria Harrison, skit writer, has worked since Thanksgiving preparing a program for the consumers to present,” Zapata said. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


Foo Fighters Welcome John Travolta & Billy Idol At Welcome To Rockville [Video]

first_imgOn Sunday night, Foo Fighters were in Jacksonville, Florida, rounding out  the Welcome To Rockville festival with a headlining performance. The band, led by Dave Grohl, is no stranger to inviting out surprise special guests during their performances, ranging from, most recently, the viral sensation, “Kiss Guy”, to Rick Astley to Dave Grohl’s young daughter, who sat in on drums during a show in Iceland.During the band’s headlining Welcome To Rockville show, Foo Fighters had two very special guests line up for surprise appearances—John Travolta and Billy Idol. Travolta was watching Foo Fighters’ set from the side stage when Foo Fighters moved into a cover of the Grease classic “You’re The One That I Want”, a tune made famous by Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. After the out-of-left-field cover, Travolta emerged briefly to give Grohl a hug.Later on, Billy Idol also made an appearance—this time for a more extensive cameo. Idol and Foo Fighters laid out a rendition of John Lennon’s “Gimme Some Truth” before Idol departed from the stage to let the Foo Fighters wrap up the show. You can watch a number of videos from the star-studded performance below. [H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more


U.S. Armored Vehicles: Reliable Tools for the Brazilian Armed Forces

first_imgBy Andréa Barretto/Diálogo January 16, 2018 Y lo blindados que fabrica Brasil no cuentan? o solo esta nota periodística se feriere a las “compras” que realiza en materia exterior. Sabemos que Brasil tiene una bien montada industria de la defensa y produce blindados de todo tipo e incluso los exporta, lo que me llama la atención es que sea precisamente los yankis norteamericano los que le proveen este tipo de material. La industria militar en todos los campos debe de ser un esfuerzo conjunto latinoamericano para fabricar todo tipo de materiales y vehículos del sector defensa y interior. La pregunta es: le compran a los norteamericanos porque precisamente “ellos” estarían impidiendo así que la industria en defensa no progrese en América Latina en especial y en el Brasil en particular? Buenos días, saludos afectuosos y muy cordiales para los miembros del Dialogo Americano, sus trabajos enviados son excelentes ya que nos permiten a los Militares Retirados estar al día con las informaciones de ultima hora. Soy Venezolano pero en verdad me da vergüenza decirlo ya que la situación Política de mi Pais, nos pone a visualizar mucho mas allá de lo que vivimos anteriormente con Gobiernos Democráticos. Aquí siempre decimos que viva la Democracia y fuera el Comunismo de Venezuela. Gracias por sus servicios de Diálogos Americano y que Dios los Bendiga, Cuiden y Protejan Siempre. The M113 armored vehicles of the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) launched one of the largest urban operations the Brazilian Armed Forces ever undertook—Operation St. Francis (Operação São Francisco), Conducted in Rio de Janeiro in 2014, its objective was to contain the violence that stemmed from drug trafficking in 15 slums. The M113 family of vehicles is among the nearly 700 U.S.-made armored vehicles the EB uses in its urban operations, border areas, and troop-training exercises. The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese), also uses those vehicles, and just like the Army, drove them through the alleyways of Rio de Janeiro in security operations to support the police. “The M113 has performed quite well in security operations in Rio de Janeiro, as it’s a vehicle that’s easier to drive and maneuver through narrow areas,” said Colonel Everton Pacheco da Silva, chief of the Armored Vehicles Division of EB’s Matériel Directorate. The M113 is an armored personnel carrier. The vehicles were developed to transport infantry and cavalry groups in armored military units. The Brazilian Armed Forces acquired the first M113 vehicles in the 1960s through a military agreement with the United States. In the 1970s, EB received donated M41 armored combat light tanks. At the start of the 21st century, a new wave of U.S.-made armored vehicles reached Brazil. Among those were 91 M60 A3 vehicles. In 2016, more than 50 vehicles of various types arrived: 34 model M577 A2 vehicles, 12 model M113 A2 vehicles, and four M88 A1 armored recovery vehicles. All were the result of a donation the U.S. government made through its Foreign Military Sales program. Along with that shipment, Brazil received two M109 A5 self-propelled howitzers. The howitzers are part of the current contract, which provides for the delivery of 40 vehicles in total. Of these, three will be exclusively dedicated to troop-training and five will have their parts and frames used for maintenance work. The United States is upgrading the 32 remaining howitzers, which should be ready by 2019. The upgraded M109 A5 will sport new vehicle navigation and fire control equipment, including GPS, accelerometers, and muzzle velocity radar and sensors—to be known as the M109 A5+ BR version. “We acquired these armored vehicles because we shifted the makeup of our armored brigades and the need arose to use more equipment,” Col. Everton said. Operations focused on the south The lot of 32 M109 A5+ BR howitzers, set to arrive in 2019, will be used in operations of the 5th Armored Cavalry and 6th Armored Infantry Brigades, which are part of EB’s Southern Military Command. More than 70 percent of continuous-track armored vehicles in EB’s fleet—including all vehicles manufactured in the United States—are deployed in military organizations in southern Brazil. However, some model M60 armored vehicles based at the Western Military Command, are frequently used in border security operations such as Operation Agate (Operação Ágata) and Operation Southern Border (Operação Fronteira Sul). According to Col. Everton, there are no continuous-track armored vehicles in the Amazon region or in northeastern Brazil as the terrain in those areas is not suitable for these units. “In the south and west, the terrain is flatter, there are better highways, and the countryside is clearer—free from obstacles that could impede transit,” he noted. Armored vehicles in the Marine Corps Within MB, the Marine Corps use continuous-track armored vehicles for its operations. In addition to the U.S.-made M113 units, Brazilian marines also use model AAV-7A1 continuous-track amphibious vehicles (CLAnf, in Portuguese). The latest vehicles arrived mid-2017. To date, two of the 23 vehicles purchased under an MB-U.S. Navy agreement were delivered. “A continuous-track amphibious vehicle is the most typical asset for a marine corps force because it can maneuver on land and at sea. That characteristic allows the Navy to project its power on land,” said Brazilian Marine Corps Major General Carlos Chagas, commander of Admiral Sylvio de Camargo Training Center, in an interview with Brazilian Ministry of Defense Television in July 2017. “That’s why this equipment is essential not only for amphibious operations but also in certain ground operations,” Maj. Gen. Chagas said. With the 23 armored vehicles due to arrive by the end of 2018, the Brazilian Marine Corps will have 49 operational CLAnf units in its fleet. The fleet will be the largest of all marine troops in South America.last_img read more