Barbarism at your gates – who will end the torment of Mexico’s journalists?

first_img to go further MexicoAmericas May 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Barbarism at your gates – who will end the torment of Mexico’s journalists? Organisation News Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Open letter to U.S. President Barack ObamaDear President Obama,Your two-day official visit to Mexico this week coincides with World Press Freedom Day. Reporters Without Borders, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that defends freedom of information, hopes the visit will result in a firm commitment by you to help restore the rule of law and civil liberties in this country.Last Sunday, hundreds of journalists and human rights defenders staged marches in 14 Mexican states at the request of many NGOs, including ours, to demand an end to the barbarity that targets them, and an end to impunity for those responsible for the barbarityThe date chosen, 28 April, was the first anniversary of the murder of Regina Martínez, the newsweekly Proceso’s correspondent in the eastern state of Veracruz. Just four days before the marches, the dismembered body of Daniel Martínez Bazaldúa, a photographer for the newspaper Vanguardia, was found in the northern state of Coahuila. Another journalist, Gerardo Blanquet of the Radio Grande group, went missing in Coahuila on 30 April.A law approved by the Mexican congress on 25 April, making it easier for crimes against freedom of information to be addressed by the federal authorities, is a step forward but is not enough. A federal protection mechanism which was set up last October and which has so far been applied to 48 people, including 13 journalists, is also praiseworthy in principle but again is far from sufficient.In the past 10 years, Mexico has become the western hemisphere’s most dangerous country for journalists, with 86 killed and 18 missing. They include Brad Will, a U.S. cameraman working for the Indymedia agency, who was gunned down in Oaxaca on 27 October 2006. Justice has not been properly rendered in any of these cases.The continuing terror and impunity has forced many journalists, bloggers and civil society activists to go into hiding, flee the region where they live and sometimes flee the country with the help of NGOs such as ours.When Reporters Without Borders visited Mexico in March, it managed to obtain a three-month extension to the protection being provided to Anabel Hernández, an investigative journalist who is a recognized authority on drug trafficking.But these efforts fall far short of the needs of the situation, the scale and complexity of which Mexico’s leading partner countries are taking too long to recognize. And the NGOs themselves are not immune to threats. Article 19 Mexico was recently targeted.The collapse of the rule of law in Mexico directly concerns the United States. It affects the safety and work of U.S. journalists, who are often exposed to the same dangers as their Mexican colleagues. It forces more and more Mexican journalists and bloggers to flee to the United States. Finally, and above all, it reflects the failure of policies meant to combat drug trafficking and the reign of the cartels.These misfortunes are part of a horrendous national tragedy that has been fueled by a six-year-old federal offensive against drug-trafficking with a toll of 80,000 dead – an offensive that has achieved none of its declared goals. Eighty per cent of the drugs transiting through Mexico end up in the United States while 80 per cent of the arms circulating in Mexico come from the United States.In the light of this situation, we would like to put three recommendations to the U.S. federal government. We urge it to:- Make it easier for Mexican journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders to obtain asylum in the United States.- Use its influence within the Organization of American States, together with other governments, so that pressure is put on Mexico to render justice in the cases of journalists who have been murdered or who have disappeared.- Press the Mexican federal government to obtain tangible results in the investigation into U.S. cameraman Brad Will’s murder, a case that is typical of the way officials are often complicit in violations of freedom of information in Mexico.We thank you in advance for the attention you give to this letter.Sincerely,Christophe DeloireReporters Without Borders secretary-general Follow the news on Mexico April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statelast_img read more

Homeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisis

first_img LOCAL homeless organisations the Mid West Simon Community and Novas Initiatives say that Budget 2016 does not go far enough to address the current homeless crisis.While both groups welcomed the increase in funding for homeless services, they are disappointed at the omission of rent control measures from Tuesday’s budget.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jackie Bonfield, general nanager of the Mid West Simon Community said: “We are deeply disappointed that there will not be an announcement of introduction of rent certainty measures today. These measures are essential in light of rapidly increasing market rents to offer tenants greater security of tenure.“That these proposals have been blocked at a time when there is such limited social housing supply is appalling. Without such measures people will continue to find rents unaffordable and will continue to be pushed over the edge into homelessness. Rent certainty would provide the tenant and the landlord with certainty and security with tenancies.”Ms Bonfield was also critical of the government’s failure to increase rent supplement rates.“Our Locked Out report (August 2015) showed that 92 per cent of properties on the market are outside of the reach of people on state rent support. If people cannot afford growing markets rents with the limited state support provided we will continue to see people becoming homelessness and people prevented from leaving homelessness behind. It is almost impossible to find accommodation that falls within the supplement limits.”She also revealed that in the Mid West region this week, there were only nine available properties within the rent supplement limit – one in Clare, four in Limerick and four in Tipperary.A spokesperson for Novas Initiatives welcomed the government’s commitment of €17 million to emergency accommodation and to the social housing construction programme.However they added that it “does little to stem the tide of homelessness right now”.“Without an increase in rent caps and without rent certainty families will continue to be forced into homelessness with little hope of securing family accommodation in the short-term,” added that spokesperson.Referring to the news that NAMA is to provide more than 20,000 new houses over the next five year, Ms Bonfield said: “We have continuously expressed concern in relation to social housing provision that there is just too little happening at far too slow a pace. We cannot tell the men, women and children using our services, trapped in emergency accommodation and people sleeping on our streets at night to wait two years before they will have a home of their own. Local Authorities need to get back into the core business of building and delivering social housing to those who need it most.” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSBudget 2016homelessnesslimerickMid West Simon CommunityNovas Initiatives WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleThe Specks from Glasses IslandNext articleThe world looks different from above John Keogh Linkedincenter_img Print WhatsApp Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsHomeless groups say not enough done to address housing crisisBy John Keogh – October 15, 2015 612 Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories last_img read more

Governor announces Career Readiness Program

first_imgGovernor announces Career Readiness ProgramOrientation for the first class in Burlington on December 8th and 9thMontpelier, VT (December 3, 2008)- Governor Jim Douglas announced today a new workforce readiness training program to be offered state-wide through the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The program will initially help up to 450 Vermonters participate in basic work skills training over the next 18 to 24 months.”In these difficult economic times, it is even more critical that we prepare our workforce for the challenges of a changing economy,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “Innovative initiatives such as this career readiness program can lend a helping hand to Vermonters as they face transitions in employment,” said Governor Douglas.The Departments of Labor and Economic Development have partnered with the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to offer the CCV Career Readiness Certificate. The program is being made available through local Department of Labor offices and conducted at CCV’s ten regional locations. The first section will be offered in Burlington at CCV’s downtown campus beginning in early January.According to Labor Commissioner Patricia Moulton Powden, “We expect this certificate program will go a long way in helping unemployed and underemployed Vermonters improve their work skills and employability and help employers reduce turnover. The program is an opportunity to assess work skills and address areas needing improvement. We believe this will help build a stronger workforce.”The Commissioner added “By offering the certificate program state-wide, we hope to assist every region with workforce development.”Participants will be trained in six areas – mathematics, reading for information, teamwork, work ethics, and computer skills. What makes this program unique is that each participant’s skills will be assessed before starting the program, and they will then work on the specific areas where they need the most help.”This program is a stepping stone to a new or better job for employees and provides a meaningful credential for Vermont employers to use in their hiring process,” explained CCV Provost Joyce Judy. She added, “It uses the best of CCV’s experience in providing educational access to all Vermonters.”Also unique to Vermont is the certificate’s use of the nationally recognized WorkKeys assessment tool. WorkKeys was developed by ACT, a national organization known for college readiness testing.The WorkKeys assessment provides a score which enables the participant and employer to compare an employee’s score with specific job occupations. According to WorkKeys, over thirteen thousand job profiles have been assessed and are available for participant comparison. In this way, an employee or job-seeker can compare their current skills with a job they are seeking – and know where they may need to improve.Participants can expect to attend classes twice a week for three to four hours per class. Classes may last six to twelve weeks, depending on local scheduling needs. Computer labs will be available to do homework and customized lessons. At the end of the training, CCV will award the Career Readiness Certificate to those who successfully complete all six areas of training.The program is free to participants and funded by the Vermont Departments of Labor and Economic Development.The first class is being offered in Burlington starting in January. Participants should attend an orientation session at the Vermont Department of Labor, 63 Pearl Street, Burlington, on Monday, December 8th at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. or 6 p.m. or Tuesday, December 9th, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.For further information about the Burlington orientation call VDOL at 802-863-7676All job seekers, employed or unemployed are welcome. For more information about classes contact the local Department of Labor office or call (802) 828-4000.###last_img read more

Orsted CEO says future belongs to renewable, not oil majors

first_imgOrsted CEO says future belongs to renewable, not oil majors FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Danish offshore wind specialist Orsted aims to become one of a handful of future “renewable majors” that will lead a global transition from fossil fuels to green energy, the company’s chief executive said.Orsted has gone through a rapid transition since 2012 when CEO Henrik Poulsen took the helm, shedding its oil and gas business and phasing out coal to become almost entirely green. The group, which has installed about a quarter of the world’s offshore wind capacity, is seeking to expands in energy storage, onshore wind and possibly solar power in order to build scale and bring the cost of renewable energy even lower.“Scale is important,” Poulsen said at an event in Copenhagen this week. “We must both geographically and technologically build a much wider and bigger platform for the future.”The company, which has so far mainly developed offshore wind farms in Europe, is already involved in battery storage projects and last week agreed to buy U.S. onshore wind farm developer Lincoln Clean Energy in a $580 million deal.“If you look to 2030, I think we will have something called renewable majors, in the same way as we now have oil majors,” Poulsen said. He predicts the handful of such renewable majors could include Spain’s Iberdrola, Italy’s Enel and U.S. company NextEra.“Orsted has a real and solid opportunity to become one of the future renewable majors,” he said.NextEra has about 20 gigawatt (GW) of installed renewable energy capacity, Iberdrola about 15 GW and Orsted about 12 GW.More: ‘Renewable majors’ will pioneer green energy transition, says Orsted CEOlast_img read more