New law threatens press freedom in the Netherlands

first_imgNews December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF_en DR November 23, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Armed conflictsJihadismCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence October 5, 2019 New law threatens press freedom in the Netherlands RSF also questions the law’s use of the term “terrorist zone,” a vague concept that is hard to pin down. By their nature,  war zones are subject to change depending on the situation of the forces on the ground. RSF therefore supports the journalists’ associations in their plea to withdraw or change this law. On November 12, there will be a hearing in the senators chamber where experts will give their opinion on this concept bill and will draw attention to the law’s problems.Although ranked 4th in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the Netherlands has not escaped the overall tendency for press freedom to decline in Europe. News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Netherlandscenter_img RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a new Dutch law under which Dutch citizenstravelling to an area “controlled by terrorist groups” must request permission from thejustice ministry. This law threatens the freedom to inform, RSF said, calling on the Dutchsenate to make an exception for journalists. News Under the new law, failing to request the justice ministry’s permission before travelling to an area “controlled by terrorist groups” is punishable by up to two years in prison. This threatens the freedom to inform by restricting journalists’ ability to report in the field and by potentially endangering the confidentiality of their sources there. Receive email alerts News NetherlandsEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsProtecting sources Armed conflictsJihadismCitizen-journalistsJudicial harassmentViolence “As well as restricting the media’s work, this law threatens journalists’ safety in the field,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “How are reporters in a war zone who may have to cross a border reasonably supposed to request a permit and potentially expose themselves to belligerents? The Dutch senate must address this illogicality and make an exception for journalists.” Organisation last_img read more

Code to tackle two-tier workforce

first_img Previous Article Next Article Local government HR professionals have welcomed a new code of practicedesigned to stop the creation of a two-tier workforce in the provision ofpublic services. Published last week, the code which covers contracts between localauthorities and private companies, will mean new staff will get pay andconditions, including pensions, that are overall “no less favourable”than transferred staff. At present, existing local government staff who transfer to privatecompanies have their pay, conditions and pensions ring-fenced, but new startersdon’t have the same protection. Keith Handley, immediate past president of local government HR group Socpo,welcomed the new code. “Socpo has always supported the Best Value concept of externalcontracts but only on a level playing field basis,” he said. The head of personnel and training at Poole Borough Council, Colin Hague,said the code would prevent private sector firms from making efficiencies inpublic services simply by offering inferior pay and conditions. “It is not appropriate that efficiencies can be achieved throughworsening the terms and conditions of employees working alongside eachother,” he said. The code will be enforceable through a new dispute resolution mechanism tobe finalised over the next six weeks, allowing staff who feel they have beenunfairly treated to seek redress. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Code to tackle two-tier workforceOn 18 Feb 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

New Horizon in 2016 for U.S. SOUTHCOM’s Regional Exercises

first_imgThe primary purpose of the BTH and NH exercises is to train U.S. Military forces in their individual and collective skills to improve the capabilities that would be executed during war-time missions. The units train in engineering, medical, and sustainment tasks in the forms of construction projects of schools, clinics, community centers, and water wells, as well as medical engagements for underdeveloped communities. SOUTHCOM initiated these HCA exercises in the region in 1983, when Active Duty and Reserve Component units were paired together to train in Panama. While the exercises in the early 1980s focused on building farm-to-market roads in Central America’s underdeveloped regions, the exercises expanded and now encompass larger missions such as vertical construction projects and medical engagements that help local governments address the needs of underprivileged populations. These missions are part of SOUTHCOM’s priorities, which also dovetail with the U.S. Department of State’s strategies to assist partner nations in need of social and economic development. Seven projects Beyond the Horizon (BTH) and New Horizons (NH) are examples of SOUTHCOM-sponsored, joint engagement programs designed to provide humanitarian and civic assistance support throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean. The joint, interagency, and combined field training exercises are executed in the form of Humanitarian and Civic Assistance (HCA) construction projects, Medical Readiness Training Exercises (MEDRETEs), and Exercise Related Construction (ERC). In 2016, under the leadership of U.S. Army South, SOUTHCOM’s Army component, BTH, will encompass seven construction projects (five HCA and two ERC), and three MEDRETEs in Guatemala’s San Marcos department. A total of 1,800 U.S. Military service members from all branches will train with 157 Guatemalan Army Troops and five apiece from the Colombian, Chilean, and Peruvian Armies, as well as five from both the Canadian Armed Forces and the Trinidad and Tobago Defense Forces. Additionally, the 2016 exercise will count on the participation of Guatemala’s Education and Heath ministries, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and privately owned organizations (POOs). By Dialogo March 03, 2016center_img The U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) undertakes a number of joint exercises in Latin America every year to engage with regional partners and address common threats. The exercises also provide opportunities for Military and civilian participants to share lessons learned, build capacities, provide humanitarian and civic assistance, and learn best practices from each of the partners involved. In addition to the invaluable training these exercises provide the U.S. Military, the residual impact of the HCA exercises, construction projects, and medical engagements provides the local populations of partner nations with long-term health and educational benefits. This inter-agency commitment to the region exemplifies SOUTHCOM’s desire to help strengthen and support security in the Americas. For its part, NH 2016 plans to execute five construction projects – encompassing four clinics and a multipurpose facility – and eight specialized medical engagements consisting of urology, gynecology, orthopedic surgeries, plastic surgeries, and ear, nose, and throat surgeries in the Dominican Republic’s María Trinidad Sánchez province. U.S. Air Force South is responsible for planning and executing this exercise, with a total of 435 U.S. Military service members from the Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps. They will perform the exercise with 120 Dominican Republic Army and five Canadian Armed Forces members, and participants from the Dominican Republic’s ministries of Education and Health, NGOs, and POOs. hi I want to collaborate More programs like these should be produced, especially healthcare in rural areas, closer relations with participating countries, etc etc The humanitarian work carried out by those organizations is interesting and important for the countries with the most social and economic needs. They collaborate with those towns and peoples who lack Culture, financial resources, health, etc. I would like to support and contribute my best professional, technical, and social resources. Many Blessings to all those people (military and civilian) who dedicate and deliver their good will and hearts to these missions.last_img read more

Miami-Dade State Attorney to drop curfew violation charges against protesters

first_imgMiami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has announced her office is dropping all charges against protesters arrested for violating the countywide curfew.Rundle said “I see no value in prosecuting these individuals and plan to drop all their cases in the absence of aggravating circumstances. Together, we can work to make Miami-Dade County a safe, secure and respectful community for all and a place where everyone’s voices are heard and valued.”Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez lifted the curfew on Monday.last_img

Inside Conditions…“Wandy” should be “Gone-dy”

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates pitcher Wandy Rodriguez arrives for the team’s first day of baseball spring training for pitchers and catchers, in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)It is the night before Easter and all through the “pad” a respectable outing by Wandy Rodriguez can’t be had. The game is now at the bottom of the 4th inning and the ERA of Wandy has risen from 7.31 to 8.05. It will eventually deflate to 7.65 by game’s end and Pirates reliever Jason Grilli will eventually absorb the 8-7 loss against the Milwaukee Brewers.Aubrey BruceIf I were Pirates manager Clint Hurdle I would be picking up the “red phone” in the dugout not to call a reliever in from the bullpen. I would be on the “horn” pronto calling Dean Treanor, the manager of the Indianapolis Indians, the Pirates AAA minor league affiliate.Maybe, just maybe, ‘Skip’ Hurdle should be inquiring about what pitcher could they send up immediately or at least be getting ready to promote to Pittsburgh to relieve Rodriguez of his spot in the Pirates starting rotation.The Pirates cannot, no should not allow Señor Rodriguez to remain as a starter much longer if he cannot provide more quality outings and lower his ERA to palatable 4.25 or less; because as I stated in a previous column; I don’t expect the Pirates to average more than 4 runs per game during this long and grueling 162 game season.Ya know what boys’ and girls’? Before the game on Easter Sunday when this column was written; the Pirates had played 18 games and scored 78 runs, which had averaged out to be 4.333333333333333 runs per game. Don’t forget they scored than 10 runs in 2 of those games; 11 runs in a game against the Brewers and 12 runs in another game against the Cardinals; jacking up their runs scored total. The Bucs’ were also 6th in fielding pct in the NL which means there were not many unearned runs scored against them causing the negative outings of Rodriguez stand out.I am concerned about his effectiveness early especially when he is competing against teams in the NL Central Division, Cincy, St. Louis, Milwaukee when all of those competitors are jockeying for a playoff spot because although it is early in the season, not one game, not one inning, not even one out can be taken for granted not in this offense strong, pitching rich division. Even with the bloated ERA of Rodriguez which is almost double the collective earned run average of the rest of the Pirate hurlers, the Pittsburgh pitching staff still sported a respectable 3.95 ERA.What you talkin bout? Now that’s what I’m talking about Willis. This is Easter Sunday and quite frankly the Pirates need to get better quickly. They seem to be incapable of putting together a 10 or 12 game streak where the pitching, hitting and fielding and relief pitching are clicking collectively.Although this is the day of the Easter Bunny, unlike 2013 the Pirates will not be pullin any rabbits out of hidden hats, sneaking up on people because folks are ready and now have studied, analyzed and figured out the trick. Pittsburgh now has to be ready to face another NL Central Division foe (Milwaukee) that was not really much of a factor in stopping the Pirates from securing a wild card berth in 2013.Oh, by the way if the Pirates sleep the Chicago Cubs; let’s put it like this, 2014 will not be another year of the “wild card” for the Pittsburgh. This might be premature to say this early in the season but the Pirates had better be cautious and mindful of not turning a wild card possibility into a “jokers’wild.”Last,  I have to take this opportunity to apologize to the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen and the NPC readers. Toward the end of last week I was writing two articles simultaneously. The first one was on the New York Giants HOF Linebacker Lawrence Taylor and the second was being penned about Pirates MVP Andrew McCutchen. As I navigated back and forth between both articles and I inadvertently referred to Andrew McCutchen as “Lawrence”McCutchen and no one, including me “noticed” the error?Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412.583.6741last_img read more