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

Inquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partner

first_imgNewsInquest into mysterious deaths of conwoman Holmes and her partnerBy Staff Reporter – April 25, 2016 818 Limerick inquest told of suicide pact as past caught up with fraudster RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Linkedin Facebook 2016 Limerick women in business award winners named Hi-Way Bar Limerick operators win court battle to stay trading A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guises Print TAGSfetauredJulia HolmesKimerickthomas ruttle Horrific Limerick nightmare draws to a close for those left behind Twitter Thomas Ruttle is laid to rest WhatsApp Previous articleOn the reel: visual arts in LimerickNext articleTesco ballot Staff Reporter Senior Limerick Garda nominated for LGBT equality award A picture of Julia Holmes in one of her guisesDETAILS of the mysterious deaths of serial con-woman Julia Holmes and her Limerick partner Thomas Ruttle are expected to emerge at an inquest in Newcastle West this Monday.Julia Holmes, who adopted a number of aliases in the course of her life, died alongside Limerick bee-keeper Thomas Ruttle at his family home at Boolaglass outside Askeaton on May 18, 2015.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Their badly decomposed bodies were found by burglars who had broken in to the house which they believed was abandoned.Thomas Ruttle (56) and Julia Holmes or Julia McKitterick, (63) had not been seen for a number of weeks prior to the grim discovery. Pressure had been mounting on Ms Holmes who was being sought by police after a number of her cons were exposed.The PSNI from Northern Ireland were looking to arrest her after she failed to turn up at a court hearing over an £18,000 theft allegation.A native of Tyrone, Ms Holmes abandoned her young son when she emigrated to Canada and the US where she was jailed over $500,000 fraud. She had been married to a Texan business man despite being still married to her first husband in Northern Ireland.She was also accused of fraudulent activity in Australia before she linked up with Thomas Ruttle, a well respected and unsuspecting farmer from County LimerickWhen they moved into the roadside farm property at Boolaglass, Ms Holmes failed to pay a local builder €50,000 for extensive renovations on the two storey house.Thomas Ruttle was buried at the family plot in Askeaton but his partner’s body was cremated in Cork after it remained unclaimed for a number of weeks.Next Monday afternoon, the final chapter in Julia Holmes’ remarkable life will be heard at the inquest into the couple’s deaths.Statements had been taken from the men convicted of the burglary at Boolaglass but it is unlikely that they will be called to give evidence of their shocking discovery.The burglars contacted Gardaí after they found the bodies so as to distance themselves from the deaths.Deputy Coroner for West Limerick Antoinette Simon BL, will preside over the inquest which is to be held at Newcastle West courthouse.State Pathologist, Dr Marie Cassidy is expected to give evidence as well as a number of Gardaí who were dispatched to the scene. Advertisementlast_img read more

Brill hopes to add to UW cross-country legacy

first_imgGrowing up in Madison, Alex Brill has witnessed first-hand the dynasty-like success Wisconsin men’s cross country has achieved throughout the last 13 years. He was in third grade when the current string of 13 Big Ten titles began for the University of Wisconsin, and now, as a junior, Brill has the opportunity to contribute to and be part of that success himself.Brill is no stranger to winning. At Madison’s LaFollette High School he helped win back-to-back state championships in cross-country as a sophomore and junior, and he then earned the title of 3200-meter state champion in track as a senior. Those team and individual successes are what paved Brill’s route to Wisconsin and he now has the opportunity to showcase the talent that helped land him a spot on the team.According to head coach Mick Byrne, that talent is due in large part to his size and strength.“He’s about 6-foot-20,” Byrne joked. “He’s huge. He’s a big, strong kid. A guy like that should be able to get out and run fast and hard in cross country.”Brill has not wasted any time in doing so this year, as he took home first place honors in Wisconsin’s first meet of the year, the Badger Opener. Following his stellar performance, Brill was named Big Ten Athlete of the Week on Sept. 11 and he was also featured in the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.”Although he was excited about the individual accolades, Brill really hopes to add to the tradition of Wisconsin cross-country.“It’s one thing running for Wisconsin, but it is another one contributing to the success of Wisconsin cross-country,” Brill said. “It’s an accomplishment in itself just because our team is one of the best in the nation.”To be a major contributor to the team this fall, Brill will have to transfer the success he experienced on the track during the spring to the more rugged landscape of the cross-country course. The two sports, although both distance running, are vastly different from one another in both the physical and mental approaches. Still, any experience running competitively is highly-valued, regardless if it is in the same sport or not. So the individual strides Brill made as a runner during the spring, including setting a personal best in the steeplechase, could prove very important to his ability to succeed in cross-country.At least Byrne is hoping that is the case.“You would expect a good athlete would take that confidence … that momentum into the cross-country season, and fingers crossed that’s what he’s going to do,” Byrne said.Intra-squad competition should also play a vital role in Brill’s quest to be part of the scoring picture for UW. With Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and Reed Connor presumably taking up the first three scoring positions, the competition for the two remaining scoring spots is heating up with five or six runners vying for them. Brill is right in the thick of that battle and even though his personal goal is one of those two spots, he is more focused on the success of the team as a whole.“Right now I’m looking to be that fourth, fifth runner and really close that gap from that third guy,” Brill said. “If we have a good fourth, fifth guy we can win nationals again.”What this season will ultimately hinge on for Brill is his performance in the two upcoming meets before championship season begins. Brill has not raced in three weeks since his victory at the Badger Opener, and so the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational Saturday in Chicago will go a long way in telling Byrne how much progression Brill has made in training. Brill’s training has been geared toward the middle of races, where mentality and mental toughness are crucial, and that will be Brill’s biggest test for Saturday and the rest of the season. According to Maverick Darling, all signs point to success if he can pass that test.“He’s very talented, even if he probably won’t admit to that,” Darling said. “He’s got really good speed. I think the thing we will see if he can do this year is get through that pain tolerance in the middle of races. If he can do that, he’s going to be one of those guys we’re looking at later on in Louisville [at the national championship] and at the Big Ten meet.”Both Byrne and Brill have their eye on the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Oct. 11 as the meet that will answer their questions about the rest of the season. For Brill, it is the chance to show he can be successful against top tier competition and help bring success for the team. As for Byrne, the Wisconsin adidas Invitational will tell him, “how much [Brill] is ready, and how much he wants to be in the big time.”last_img read more

Camelot to launch annuity game ‘Set For Life’ inbound for March 2019

first_img Share Share Submit UK National Lottery operator Camelot has announced the upcoming launch of its brand new game – ‘Set For Life’ which will feature a top prize of £10,000 a month for a period of 30-years.The annuity prized game forms part Camelot’s new look portfolio, which has been developed to celebrate 25-years of the National Lottery this 2019.Tickets for ‘Set For Life’ are set to go on sale from Friday 15 March, with its draws held every Monday and Thursday (first draw scheduled for 18 March).In its press update, Camelot states that Set For Life will deliver something completely new from traditional lottery formats.Players will pick five main numbers from 1 to 47, and one ‘Life Ball’ from 1 to 10, and have the chance to win fixed prizes ranging from the top prize of £10,000 a month for 30 years to £5 for matching just two main numbers.Preparing for its new game launch, Camelot has created a dedicated page on The National Lottery website at detailing full game information and updates, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton said:“We’re really pleased to be enhancing our range of National Lottery draw-based games with the introduction of Set For Life. Annuity games really appeal to a growing number of people who like the idea of winning a prize paid out in regular instalments over the long term and are very successful in other countries. ““Most importantly, it rounds off what is now a more appealing and balanced portfolio of games that offer something for everyone – one of the key aims following our wide-ranging strategic review. We’ve now got a mix of compelling draw-based games that suit all tastes, play styles and pockets. That’s vital for The National Lottery’s long-term health – and will help to ensure that, in the years to come, we continue to deliver even more for our players and the millions of people for whom National Lottery funding is so crucial.” National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Related Articles Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more