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Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th

first_img RSF_en News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America April 15, 2021 Find out more Organisation Brazil is now ranked 104th out of 180 countries, a position clearly unworthy of a country meant to be a regional model. It was ranked 58th in 2010. Why has this happened? The most important reason is increasing violence against journalists and a lack of political will at the highest level to protect journalists effectively. As well as the fall in the rankings, Brazil’s performance indicator, which measures the level of media freedom violations, rose from 25.78 in 2014 to 31.93 in 2015 – a significant deterioration.The Latin American giant nonetheless remains ahead of some of its regional neighbours such as Ecuador (109th), Guatemala (121st), Colombia (134th), Venezuela (139th), Mexico (149th) and Cuba (174th). In Brazil, an economic recession and political instability have reinforced the main obstacles to media freedom and the climate of hostility towards journalists. At the same time, media ownership continues to be concentrated in the hands of leading industrial families linked to the political class.The problem of Brazil’s “colonels,” which RSF described in 2013 in its report, “The country of 30 Berlusconis,” has continued unabated. The so-called “colonels’ are usually major landowners or industrialists who are also legislators or state governors and who control opinion-making in their regions because, directly or indirectly, they own several local media outlets. As a result, the media are heavily dependent on the centres of economic and political power.Brazilian media coverage of the country’s current political crisis has highlighted the problem. In a barely veiled manner, the leading national media have urged the public to help bring down President Dilma Rousseff. The journalists working for these media groups are clearly subject to the influence of private and partisan interests, and these permanent conflicts of interests are clearly very detrimental to the quality of their reporting.Brazil’s fall in the Index is also the result of the lack of a national mechanism for protecting journalists in danger and for combatting the prevailing impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, which is facilitated by the ubiquitous corruption.With seven journalists murdered in 2015 alone, Brazil continues to be the western hemisphere’s third deadliest country for media personnel, after Mexico and Honduras. All of them were investigating sensitive subjects such as corruption and organized crime.Organized crime’s firm hold on certain regions far from any major city makes covering these subjects particular complicated there, while the failure to punish most murders of journalists encourages their recurrence.Finally, there has been no let-up in the growing problem of military police violence against journalists during street demonstrations, a problem that began in 2013. Both Brazilian and foreign journalists covering demonstrations are often insulted, threatened or arbitrarily detained. They are also often directly targeted by demonstrators, who identify them with the owners of the media they work for.Published annually by RSF since 2002, the World Press Freedom Index measures the level of freedom available to journalists in 180 countries using the following criteria – pluralism, media independence, media environment and self-censorship, legislative environment, transparency, infrastructure, and abuses.Go to the RSF website to find out more about the 2016 World Press Freedom Index and the method used to compile it. Follow the news on Brazil News BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Reports April 20, 2016 – Updated on November 3, 2016 Brazil falls in Press Freedom Index, now 104th Receive email alerts News Continuing conflicts of interest in the Brazilian media and a very disturbing level of violence against journalists have caused Brazil to fall another five places in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). April 27, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ImpunityViolence Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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In Short

first_imgBakery goods on Tesco price drop listOver 50 bakery products have been included in Tesco’s latest promotion, known as The Big Price Drop. The list of products was released as BB went to press. Branded and own-brand loaves, bagels and croissants were just some of the items set to be reduced in price as part of the £500m initiative, which has lowered the price of more than 3,000 everyday products.Scones with cream and jam is top treatScones with cream and jam have been crowned the UK’s signature treat, according to results of a recent survey by Dawn Foods. The classic cream tea combination picked up 41% of the votes, while the Victoria sponge took second place with 27% of the votes. Cupcakes came in third with 9%, while the cream horn received 0%.World Scotch Pie Championships openEntries are now being accepted for this year’s World Scotch Pie Championships, which pits bakers and butchers against each other as they vie for the top honours. Judging will take place on Tuesday, 15 November, and the prizes will be awarded at a celebration lunch on Thursday, 5 January 2012. Entry forms are available from Anna Drogon at Scottish Bakers on 0131 2292401, or visit www.scotchpieclub.co.uk for more information.Food waste reduction scheme debateFoodservice companies are in discussions with government body WRAP about signing up to a voluntary commitment to reduce packaging and food waste. Research published in July by WRAP revealed that the industry produced 600,000 tonnes of food waste each year.last_img read more

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The Warm Up – Saturday, December 13

first_imgA lighthearted look at the weekend’s sporting action with Johnny Vaughan and Gavin Woods.Former Scotland striker Billy Dodds joined the boys on today’s show.last_img

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Industrial policy plan reaps benefits

first_img“In an effort to increase market access for co-operatives, through the Brics mechanism, South Africa and China have agreed to enter into business contracts – “cooperatives to cooperatives” – on the following three commodities: maize, wine and aquaculture,” he said. The Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP) had supported investment commitments of over R15-billion investment commitments from both assemblers and component suppliers. The department, Davies said, had learnt that the way forward for manufacturing was to invest and raise competitiveness and not wait in the hope that the global environment would improve. He said the Cooperatives Amendment Bill has been submitted for certification to the State Law Advisors and was due for submission to Cabinet for approval. He said the department had borrowed on the lessons of the clothing and textile production incentive, in launching the Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). Davies said in spite of being introduced in 2009 during the global economic crisis, the Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme had not only stalled employment losses in 2010 but led to a modest increase in employment in 2011. He said incubators, through Seda’s incubator programme, had last year by the end of December 2011 created 189 new small enterprises and 931 jobs. 21 May 2012 Raising competitiveness Boosting internal capacity The transition from the MIDP to the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP) by 2013 had largely been completed, he said, adding that this had helped give policy certainty even amid global economic stagnation. Presenting his Budget Vote in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Davies detailed progress made in the IPAP2 which was launched in February 2010 and which now falls under the New Growth Path. While Seda had set up an SMME hotline in 2009, the National Treasury had recently issued practice notes to all national and provincial departments including state-owned enterprises to pay businesses within 30 days on receipt of invoice in accordance with Treasury regulations. Opposition members lauded the developments, but pointed out that the department still had a significant amount of work still to do in improving economic support, particularly when it came to boosting support to small businesses and improving export assistance. Davies said the department was boosting its internal capacity to focus more on the informal, townships and peri-urban enterprises and would also be developing a informal sector strategy, including the micro finance programme.center_img Davies said with demand and growth in Western developed countries likely to remain constrained in the foreseeable future, South Africa would focus on the Brics countries, high growth markets in Africa, Middle East, Asia and other emerging economies such as Turkey, Indonesia, Chile, Vietnam and Thailand. Over 500 jobs were added in the sector in the last quarter, and Davies said a further set of approved projects would create about 11 000 jobs over the next three years. The department, through the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), would improve entrepreneurial capacity by rolling out more business incubators in partnership with incubator organisations. This would address cash flow challenges faced by these enterprises, he said. The department had assisted in supporting 220 small scale co-operatives to set up and had trained 175 co-operatives and provided 115 with market access covering both local and international markets during the past year. Modest increase in employment A total of R14.4-million disbursed to 106 companies, combined with the R310 million disbursed under the production incentive scheme, had supported 48 384 direct and indirect jobs, he said. Since it was introduced over two years ago, the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2) has stabilised the clothing sector, turned around the automotive sector, added jobs in the business process services sector and had introduced procurement designation to boost local production, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies says. The government is also acting to speed up payments to small businesses. Davies said the introduction of the New Companies Act had also changed the manner in which business is undertaken in South Africa and as a result, South Africa has improved significantly in the Africa Competitiveness Report’s index for ease of starting a business. The MCEP, which was launched last week and would supplement the 12i tax incentive, would be deployed towards upgrading the competitiveness of relatively labour-intensive and value-adding manufacturing sectors negatively impacted by the value of the rand, the global economic crisis and necessary increases in the cost of electricity. However, he added that the department would structure South Africa’s economic relations with countries of the South in ways that foster complementarily and mutual benefit, while avoiding destructive competition. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Visitors to SA hit 1.2-million in July

first_img30 October 2013More than 1.2-million foreign travellers arrived in South Africa in July, a year-on-year increase of 12%, Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday.There were 1 289 022 foreign arrivals to South Africa, according to data collected by Department of Home Affairs immigration officials at the country’s ports of entry. In July 2012, South Africa had 1 195 266 foreign travellers visit the country.A majority – around 90% – were in South Africa for holidays, compared to only 6.5% in transit, 1.8% for business and 1.6% for study purposes. A total of 3 285 691 travellers (both arrivals and departures) passed through all South African ports of entry in July 2013. This is about 200 000 more than the same month last year.Of the tourists who visited the country this year, 204 120 were from overseas. The top 10 home countries of visitors were (in descending order): United States, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, China, Australia, France, India, Brazil and Italy.Around 564 460 visitors were from Southern African Development Community countries. Travellers from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland and Botswana made up the majority of visitors.The leading rest-of-Africa countries in terms of visitors were Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Gabon.Air travel was most popular with tourists, with 89.4% of overseas tourists arriving in the country by air, and 10.6% by road.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Tariffs could decrease Ohio farm income by an estimated 59%

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With new research demonstrating the harmful impact of a trade war, the Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) today expressed renewed concern over the potential result of the U.S. Administration’s plan to apply a 25% tariff on select Chinese imports. China has stated previously that if the tariffs on nearly $50 billion in Chinese goods go into effect, it will impose a retaliatory 25% tariff on U.S. goods, including soybeans.A study by The Ohio State University found the proposed tariffs could decrease a farm’s net worth by an estimated 6% and annual net income by 59% over a six-year period. According to a separate study conducted by Purdue University, total U.S. soybean production could decline by 15%.“These studies illustrate the massive harm that these tariffs could impose on rural America,” said Allen Armstrong, OSA president and Clark County soybean farmer. “While there are legitimate trade issues with China, we cannot resolve them at the expense of our largest agricultural export, soybeans. This not only hurts farmers, it hurts all of Ohio.”Ohio is the sixth largest producer of soybeans in the U.S., with 4.8 million acres planted in 2017 and more than 60% of the state’s entire soybean production exported to international markets. China imported $13.9 billion in U.S. soybeans in 2017, 60% of total U.S. soy exports.While the looming threat of tariffs is already creating uncertainty in the marketplace, OSA and its national affiliate, the American Soybean Association, continues to ask the Administration to find ways to avoid a trade war that will leave U.S. farmers vulnerable during a time when they are already experiencing declines in farm income.“We want to see this resolved so we can continue to compete in the global marketplace,” said Armstrong.Trade negotiations begin with Chinese and U.S. representatives this week.last_img read more

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Boxer Suranjoy Singh wants to qualify Olympics to fulfil his late mother’s wish

first_imgCommonwealth champion M Suranjoy Singh’s mother Tampaklei Singh had dreamt of watching him strut his wares at the Olympics. But she was not destined to see her boxer son play as she died of cancer while he was fighting at the Asian Games last year.Suranjoy received the shocking news only after coming back from Guangzhou. He deeply regretted that as his mother would not be able to see him play in London next year, though he is yet to qualify for the Olympics.The 52kg-category boxer will go into the first Olympic qualifying tournament this month determined to live her mother’s dream. The World Championships start in Baku, Azerbaijan, on September 22.Suranjoy, before leaving for France to prepare for the World Championships on Friday, said: “My mother wanted to see me play in the Olympic since I was a child. Unfortunately, she is no more but I want to fulfil her dream by qualifying for the Olympics,” he told Mail Today. Suranjoy is so determined because he has gone though a tough time when the demise of mother had pushed him to despair. “My mother’s death was the lowest point in my career. I couldn’t sleep for months and used to close myself behind the doors at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala after training,” he said.The circumstances led to Suranjoy’s dwindling interest in training and his game went downhill for some time. It reflected when the boxer, who had clinched seven gold medals, including the Asian Championships and the Commonwealth Games, failed to win even a bronze at the invitational tournament in Cuba in May.advertisementSuranjoy had started imagining his Olympic dream getting shattered. He knew his mental situation would lead him nowhere. He wanted to come out of the rut, so he discussed the problem with the team’s assistant coach C Kuttaappa and a psychologist Dr Alva.They advised Suranjoy to get himself engaged in recreational activities and be more open to his teammates. He took their word as gospel truth and started training wholeheartedly.”Their advice helped me take the load off my mind and I took a resolve to take the World Championships seriously,” he said.Howsoever strong his resolve may be but his road to London is not expected to be a cakewalk.The World Championships will see the strongest ever competition, the reason being that the first of the two qualifiers – the other is in Astana, Kazathstan in April – for the Asian countries.Going by history, only one Indian boxer, Antaresh L Lakra (57kg), has so far qualified for the Olympics through a World Championships, in 2007. All others, including the 2008 bronze medallist Vijender Kumar had qualified through the second or third qualifying tournaments.Unperturbed by history, Suranjoy believe his best shot would surely earn him an Olympic berth.”There are two opportunities for the qualification and if I qualify in the first attempt, I will be tension free and my focus will entirely shift to the Olympics. But if I miss this chance I will have to wait for April and that may affect my Olympic preparations,” he said.”India has never had a glittering record at the Worlds, but let’s not ponder over the past. I believe in my potential and if I give my 100 per cent I will qualify.” Suranjoy said he might have to overcome the challenge from Chinse, Uzbek, Khazak and Philippino boxers. “They are good in my category. They are tough boxers to beat but they can be beaten if I give my best shot to live my mother’s dream,” he said.last_img read more

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Your Chance To Hang Out With Karrueche Tran And Get A Manicure

first_imgActress Karrueche Tran is offering up the chance to hang out with her and get manicures from official CLAWS nail artist Morgan Dixon.For a donation as little as $10 to Planned Parenthood Federation of America through Karrueche’s Prizeo campaign, fans are entered to win this ultimate experience.Karrueche is working with Prizeo to help share the mission of Planned Parenthood – to educate and empower communities, provide quality health care, lead the reproductive rights movement, and advance global health. She was recently honored by Planned Parenthood along with CLAWS executive producer and writer Janine Sherman Barrois for the show’s episode about Karrueche’s character, Virginia, and her decision to have an abortion. Planned Parenthood lauded the writer-actor team for the powerful portrayal of a real-life scenario that 1 in 4 women in the U.S. face by shattering stigma and correcting misinformation.For a $10 donation, supporters earn 100 entries to the sweepstakes. For larger donations, additional rewards are available, like “Stand With Black Women” and “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” merch.In addition to manicures by CLAWS nail artist Morgan Dixon, the grand prize winner and a guest will have lunch with Karrueche and Morgan, as well as receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations for them and a guest.Morgan Dixon (IG: @MADnails) owns New Orleans salon M.A.D. Nails, and has worked with celebs like Issa Rae, Solange, Faith Hill and Teyana Taylor.To learn more and donate to win, please visit Prizeo.com/Karrueche by November 7, 2018.last_img read more

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More TB suspected cases now at CH Reeves Jr High in Nassau

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – The Bahamas Union of Teachers President says the Minister of Health and Minister of Education are communicating continually as it relates to the confirmation of Tuberculosis at RM Bailey High school in Nassau, and that is good news since there is now reason to suspect TB is cropping up at CH Reeves.Belinda Wilson has requested that the junior high teachers at CH be given the Mantoux test for TB, it is suspected there are two cases at the school, also located in Nassau.   In a Nassau Guardian interview, the BUT president said parents of CH Reeves students have been contacted already, she also said, despite a responsive and meticulous approach by education and public health officials, there is an “outbreak, and I think there is a need for concern”.Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd believes otherwise, saying the matter is isolated and that there is no cause for alarm.    At last check, there were well over 200 cases of tuberculosis recorded in recent weeks in The Bahamas.#MagneticMediaNews#moreTBcasesinBahamas Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #moreTBcasesinBahamaslast_img read more

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