Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar May 31, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation September 27, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Japanese photographer’s murder still unpunished six years later News News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Follow the news on Myanmar News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific to go further Today is the sixth anniversary of Japanese photographer Kenji Nagai’s fatal shooting by a soldier in Rangoon during the military dictatorship. Since Nagai’s death, the military have relinquished power and many reforms have got under way, but his murder is still unpunished.Reporters Without Borders has not forgotten this tragedy and reiterates the appeal it made to President Thein Sein in July.“When the Burmese president visited France in July, we urged him to create a commission of enquiry dedicated to combatting impunity for crimes against news providers since 1962,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We call now for an investigation into Kenji Nagai’s murder as a first step towards recognition of the many crimes against journalists and we appeal to the authorities to do everything possible to ensure that the camera that soldiers took from his body is returned to his family.“When deputy information minister Ye Htut visited Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris in July, he said the time had not yet come for the government to examine Burma’s painful past. “Nonetheless, the appeal by the 88 generation students – during an event on 8 August marking the military government’s bloody crackdown 25 years ago – for recognition of the blood crimes against more than 3,000 Burmese citizens showed the urgency of the population’s need for the past to be remembered.“We hail the progress that the government has made in the past two years but a clear determination to solve past crimes against journalists is needed in order to ensure that its efforts to improve freedom of information are credible.”Nagai, who was working for the Japanese news agency APF, was shot dead by a soldier at close range while in a crowd of demonstrators on a Rangoon street with his camera in his hand on 27 September 2007, during the Saffron Revolution. A Japanese embassy physician later confirmed that the bullet that killed him penetrated his heart after entering through the chest, proving that he had been shot head on. Fellow journalist Tsutomu Haringey, a colleague of Nagai’s, told Reporters Without Borders that he and other journalists tried to recover Nagai’s video camera “in order to pay a last tribute to his courageous work.” A video, shot by Burmese journalists and broadcast by the Japanese media in 2007, showed that a soldier took Nagai’s Sony camera from his body.President Thein Sein likes to proclaim that military rule is over, that his country is opening up and that information is flowing more freely. But many serious problems still need to be addressed, including impunity for Nagai’s murder and the failure to return his camera.Nagai’s death is not isolated. Ne Win, a correspondent for the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun who was arrested in October 1990, died in hospital while still in detention in May 1991. The official cause of death was cirrhosis of the liver.Ba Thaw, a newspaper cartoonist also known as Maung Thaw Ka, Saw Win, the editor of the daily Botahtaung, and Thar Win, a photographer with the government newspaper Kyemon, all died in Burmese detention centres between June 1991 and September 1999.Tin Maung Oo, a photographer who often worked for the National League for Democracy (NLD), died as a result of being beaten over the head by the junta’s civilian auxiliaries as he was trying to photograph an attack on Aung San Suu Kyi’s motorcade in Depayin in May 2003. Burma rose 18 places in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 151st out of 179 countries. May 26, 2021 Find out more
Receive email alerts October 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU Fails Human Rights Victims to go further February 11, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Uzbekistan Organisation More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term The European Union’s decision today to lift the arms embargo against Uzbekistan despite its atrocious human rights record is an unconscionable abdication of responsibility toward Uzbek victims of abuse, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, and Reporters Without Borders said today. The decision underscores the EU’s lack of resolve in the face of Uzbekistan’s intransigence and severely undermines its global standing and credibility as a principled promoter of human rights, the groups said.“With today’s decision the EU has effectively abandoned the cause of human rights in Uzbekistan,” said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The EU keeps reiterating its demands for human rights but then never actually holds Uzbekistan to those standards, making these demands ring hollow.”EU ministers announced the decision to lift the embargo on arms sales during the monthly General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), held in Luxembourg on October 26 and 27. The embargo was the last remaining portion of the EU’s sanctions against Uzbekistan, imposed in response to the government massacre of hundreds of demonstrators, most of them unarmed, in the city of Andijan in May 2005 and the fierce crackdown on civil society that ensued. Citing what it termed “positive steps” taken by the Uzbek government, including its participation in structured human rights talks with the EU, ratification of international conventions prohibiting child labor, and release of some human rights defenders, the ministers justified the move as a means to “encourage the Uzbek authorities to take further substantive steps to improve the rule of law and the human rights situation on the ground.” Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, and Reporters Without Borders said that apart from the dialogues, however, none of the steps characterized by EU ministers as “positive” had taken place during the year under review, which was marked by further deterioration in human rights:- New attacks on and arrests of activists, including two new arrests since the beginning of September and the sentencing of the human rights defender and independent journalist Dilmurod Saidov to 12 and 1/2 years in prison; – Credible new reports of torture and ill-treatment of detainees, including at least one suspicious death in custody; – A compulsory relicensing of lawyers, which the Uzbek government appears to be using to revoke the licenses of those who defend individuals persecuted on political grounds; and – Interference in the work of human rights organizations, including the ban on entry into the country and deportation of a Human Rights Watch research consultant in July, taking the government’s obstruction of the organization’s work to a new level.“The EU’s praise of ‘positive steps’ under these circumstances is frankly absurd and utterly discredited by developments on the ground,” said Cartner. “The EU is rewarding Tashkent with a stamp of approval at a time when it could not have deserved it less.” Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, and Reporters Without Borders urged the EU to truly focus its Uzbekistan policy on securing the human rights improvements it has repeatedly called for, including in particular the release of all imprisoned human rights defenders, unhindered operation of civil society groups, and full cooperation with, including access to the country, for UN special rapporteurs. The EU’s top concern should be the plight of at least 12 human rights defenders whom the Uzbek government continues to hold in prison for no reason other than their legitimate human rights work. They are: Solijon Abdurakhmanov, Azam Formonov, Nosim Isakov, Alisher Karamatov, Jamshid Karimov, Norboi Kholjigitov, Farkhad Mukhtarov, Habibulla Okpulatov, Abdurasul Khudainasarov, Yuldash Rasulov, Dilmurod Saidov, and Akzam Turgunov. Many other civic activists, independent journalists, and political dissidents have been also been imprisoned on politically motivated charges, including the poet Yusuf Jumaev and the opposition leader Sanjar Umarov. “The only hope these people have is sustained international pressure to secure their freedom,” said Cartner. “They should be able to count on the EU’s resolve.”In addition to failing Uzbekistan’s human rights victims, Human Rights Watch, International Crisis Group, and Reporters Without Borders said the EU decision to drop the remaining sanctions despite Tashkent’s failure to meet the criteria it has set for lifting them would severely damage the credibility of its human rights policy worldwide.“The message this decision sends to repressive leaders around the world is clear: ‘Defying our reform demands carries no consequences because we will ultimately back down,’” said Cartner. “This is a message the EU simply cannot afford to send.” New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council For more information please contact: For Human Rights Watch, Veronika Szente Goldston (English, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Swedish): +1-212-216-1271; or +1-917-582-1271 (mobile)For International Crisis Group, Andrew Stroehlein (English): +32-485-555 946For Reporters Without Borders, Elsa Vidal (French, English, Russian): +33-1-44 83 84 67 October 15, 2020 Find out more UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia May 11, 2021 Find out more BackgroundThe European Union imposed sanctions on Uzbekistan in October 2005, in response to Tashkent’s refusal to agree to an international commission of inquiry into the government massacre in Andijan and the fierce crackdown on civil society that ensued. The sanctions originally consisted of a visa ban on 12 Uzbek officials the EU considered “directly responsible for the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force in Andijan,” an arms embargo, and partial suspension of the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), the framework that regulates the EU’s relationship with Uzbekistan. This was the first time the EU had suspended a PCA with another country over human rights concerns. In the four years since it imposed the sanctions, the EU has incrementally weakened them despite the Uzbek government’s persistent defiance of the EU’s human rights demands.The EU lifted the partial suspension of the partnership agreement in November 2006, and then took the names of four officials off the visa ban list in May 2007. In October 2007, while extending the sanctions for another 12 months, it suspended the visa ban for six months, justifying the move as a constructive gesture aimed at encouraging the Uzbek government to undertake the necessary human rights reforms. In April 2008 it extended the suspension of the visa ban for another six months, only to drop the ban altogether in October 2008, leaving in place only the arms embargo. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia
News Help by sharing this information November 12, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Thai junta’s persecution of the media Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Thailand Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years June 12, 2020 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Lead by the capricious Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai junta has been persecuting the media for the past 18 months, imposing a reign of terror that has included interrogations, arbitrary arrests, a spate of prosecutions and barely veiled threats. It is against this backdrop that Reporters Without Borders is publishing “Media hounded by junta since 2014 coup,” a report based on research carried out in Thailand last July.The report highlights how the obsession of the past 18 months with restoring “peace and order” (or its use as a pretext) has suppressed freedom of information and media freedom – freedoms won at great cost during the previous decade. The strategy of massive censorship and intimidation pursued by the military government since 22 May 2014, with its raids on media outlets and arrests of journalists, have constituted a blitzkrieg against freely reported news and information.A similar strategy was applied to the Internet, which was immediately paralyzed after the coup by mass URL blocking and close surveillance of Internet users. Online information is now facing a new threat from a proposed “Single Internet Gateway” between Thailand and the rest of the world, a project unearthed by the junta that would enhance its censorship powers.There have even been targeted attacks on the foreign media, regarded by Gen. Prayut as a threat to Thailand’s international image.Not content with painstaking censorship, the junta has also enlisted the judicial system into its crackdown. The media have been paralyzed by a wave of convictions for lèse-majesté, a charge used above all to jail intellectuals, human rights defenders, bloggers and journalists.The report also documents the two-year-old persecution of the news website Phuketwan. Reporters Without Borders representative Benjamin Ismaïl attended the trial of Phuketwan journalists Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian on a charge of criminally defaming the Thai Royal Navy. Their ordeal is still not over because the prosecution may decide to appeal against their September acquittal.Finally, the report raises questions about the role of the Thai media, whose polarization between “Red Shirt” and “Yellow Shirt” supporters makes it much harder for them to act as a “fourth estate” capable of standing up to the junta and prevents the unity that would enable them to resist censorship and pressure from the various political and financial interest groups.Thailand is ranked 134th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. ThailandAsia – Pacific News A year and a half after a military coup in Thailand, Reporters Without Borders is today releasing a report about the Thai military’s skilfully orchestrated crackdown on freedom of information. Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News News May 12, 2021 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific Related documents rapport_thailande_en.pdfPDF – 12.51 MBrapport_thailande_th-2.pdfPDF – 12.49 MB to go further
IranMiddle East – North Africa September 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligent filtering and go-ahead for Halal Internet to go further Receive email alerts June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Intelligently filteredAccess to the encrypted instant messaging app Telegram has been badly disrupted in Tehran and several other major Iranian cities since 29 August. The same day, Telegram said on its Twitter account that “Local network providers are limiting Telegram traffic in Iran. We are trying to find out the reasons.”Deputy information and communications technology minister in an interview on 1 July: “We have sent a letter to Telegram to say that their network in Iran had problems and we invited them to discuss the problem.” Asked on Twitter by Reporters Without Borders to comment, Telegram creator Pavel Durov replied: “@telegram has not entered any agreements with any government on this planet. No plans to.”Information and communications technology minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced on 4 May: “The second phase of Intelligent Filtering has begun with the help of a foreign company and the use of the know-how of our country’s researchers. Intelligent Filtering is officially destined to protect society from immoral harm from certain websites and social networks.”The same minister said on 9 April that “the recent disruptions on Instagram were due to the Intelligent Filtering involved on this network.” So the first phase of Intelligent Filtering was applied to this app, which is now disrupted and under the regime’s partial control. Wechat, WhatsApp, Tango and Viber have since then been “intelligently filtered.”Whenever Intelligent Filtering has been implemented, Internet users have migrated elsewhere. In just a few months, thousands of Iranian Internet users switched to Telegram, which seemed safer and faster for instant messaging and for exchanging audio and video files. Intelligent Filtering requires that the app companies more or less tacitly accept the conditions imposed by the government that wants to monitor and control the app’s users.Unfortunately, none of the companies whose apps have been threatened and filtered by the Iranian authorities have so far official protested or informed the millions of Iranian Internet users about the potential danger of these disruptions, which are the result of the regime’s surveillance and control operations.We point out that, without advanced technologies and without the cooperation of these companies, authoritarian governments would not be able to censor or spy on their citizens.Officially censorship is supposed to protect the population from immoral content but in practice it has extended to political content and discussion of religion, and to websites about fundamental rights and women’s rights in particular. In fact, accessing so-called immoral websites is nowadays easier than accessing online content that has been censored for criticizing the regime.The Iranian authorities keep a close watch on email and instant messaging. Since Rouhani took over as president in June 2013, around 100 netizens have been arrested and given long jail terms, in most cases on the orders of the intelligence services of the Revolutionary Guards. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Organisation News News At the same time, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei issued a decree on 6 September renewing the Supreme Council for Cyberspace’s mandate for four years. Created in March 2013 to oversee the Internet and headed by the president, this council consists of senior military officers, leading government officials (including the parliamentary speaker, the head of the judicial system, and the ministers of culture, intelligence and information and communications technology), the head of the Revolutionary Guards, and several Internet experts.By ordering the “dissolution of other councils and parallel bodies,” the decree has given the council unprecedented power. Its mission is to “facilitate the introduction of a national information network, a government priority, and to develop the judicial and police system necessary for the country’s cyberspace.”Ayatollah Khamenei has also instructed the council to “ensure the network’s security, promote an Islamic way of life, protect the privacy of society’s members and effectively combat infiltration and abuses by foreigners.”Ever since the moderate conservative Hassan Rouhani became president, Internet surveillance and control seem to have become more relaxed than they were under his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.But a heated debate continues at the highest government levels about the degree to which the Internet should be controlled. At the same time, the authorities continue to develop Internet infrastructure for economic reasons. The goal of creating a “Halal Internet” (a national information network) has not been abandoned. It has just changed name. The focus is now on “Intelligent Filtering,” which means ensuring that access to the Internet and above all to social networks is selective and controlled. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 RSF_en News IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders again condemns Iran’s increasing censorship of the Internet, this time its censorship of mobile apps in particular. The Iranian authorities have been filtering these apps for months without anything being said by the companies that produce and operate them. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News
Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – July 19, 2019 Previous articlePoor coverage of abortion services in north west ‘a real concern’Next article23 people awaiting admission LUH News Highland FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews There are calls for maternity services at Carndonagh hospital to be reinstated as a matter of urgency. It’s understood that maternity services at the hospital have been decreasing gradually for some time however; all patients are now being sent to Letterkenny University Hospital for appointments.This has led to concern locally over the long distances heavily pregnant women have to travel to avail of treatment.Cathaoirleach of the Inishowen MD Cllr Martin McDermott says that despite seeking answers, both the HSE and the hospital have failed to provide any clarity on the issue:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/margfhjgfjhgjtincarn.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Calls for maternity services at Carndonagh Hospital to be reinstated Pinterest Google+
DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Homepage BannerNews Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleNurse staff levels Donegal’s community hospitals down dramaticallyNext articleEmergency services at scene of crash near Letterkenny News Highland Facebook Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ By News Highland – December 5, 2019 Twitter The Department of Agriculture and the Marine has granted 14 of the 18 licences for shellfish farming at Ballyness Bay near Falcarragh.The controversial applications for aquaculture and foreshore licences have been strongly opposed by a campaign group.Ballyness Bay is a special area of conservation featuring mudflats, sandflats and dunes.The licences are for the cultivation of Pacific Oysters and clams using trays and trestles.The campaign group Save Ballyness Bay has opposed the granting of licences saying it has the potential to cause the destruction of the ecosystem, blight the landscape and damage the local tourism industry.More than 5,000 have signed a petition opposing the plans while over 700 people attended a public meeting earlier this year in Falcarragh voicing their concerns.The Shellfish Industry says its worth 12 million euro a year to Donegal’s economy, providing hundreds of full and part time jobs to the local community.They argue that the work will not involve any artificial feeding or veterinary input. Licenses granted for oyster farms at Ballyness Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Texas Department of Corrections(WASHINGTON) — Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, convicted of murdering her neighbor Botham Jean in an apartment mix-up, has been sent to a prison housing Texas’ female death row and where several high-profile inmates are locked up, including the woman who gunned down Grammy-winning singer Selena, officials said.The Texas Department of Criminal Justice released a new mugshot of Guyger on Monday that was taken at the Mountain View Unit, a maximum-security women’s prison in Gatesville, Texas, about 130 miles southwest of Dallas, corrections officials said.“I can tell you that the formal intake process and procedure is still continuing. She is at the Mountain View Unit and will likely be there for some time,” Jeremy Desel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, told ABC News on Monday afternoon.Desel said he was barred by state privacy laws from saying anything else about Guyger.Speaking generally, he said the intake process for new inmates at the facility includes having their mugshot and fingerprints taken and going through a battery of tests to assess their medical and mental health and to make a determination about their education level.He said the prison also keeps an internal list of high-profile inmates, prisoners who have garnered a lot of media attention.“But it doesn’t impact them in any way being on that list and it doesn’t really impact us in any way,” Desel said.He said there are several prisoners in protective custody at the penitentiary, which houses about 650 women.“If someone, hypothetically, were to be a former law enforcement officer … then they’re also asked if they feel that that somehow might jeopardize their safety,” Desel said. “That’s taken into account and we do have a custody level of protective safekeeping.”The prison is spread out over 97 acres of farm and cattle-grazing land and also houses the state’s women’s death row, which currently houses six prisoners.Officials said other high-profile inmates at the facility include Yolanda Saldivar, who was convicted of the March 1995 murder of Selena Quintanilla-Perez, the so-called Queen of Tejano music, who was portrayed by Jennifer Lopez in the 1997 biopic “Selena.”Guyger, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week by a Dallas County jury that also convicted her of murder stemming from the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Jean in his apartment at the South Side Flats complex in Dallas.Guyger had just gotten off-duty as a Dallas police officer when she killed Jean on Sept. 6, 2018, after mistaking his apartment for her own, which was one floor below. She testified at her trial that she thought Jean was an intruder intent on killing her.During Guyger’s sentencing hearing on Thursday, Jean’s younger brother, Brandt Jean, 18, told Guyger that he forgave her and was granted permission by Judge Tammy Kemp, who presided over the trial, to give her a hug.“I personally want the best for you,” Brandt Jean told Guyger in the extraordinary act of mercy. “I wasn’t going to say this in front of my family, I don’t even want you to go to jail. I want the best for you because I know that’s exactly what Botham would want for you. Give your life to Christ. I think giving your life to Christ is the best thing Botham would want for you.”Kemp also gave Guyger a hug and words of encouragement.The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin nonprofit intent on protecting the constitutional principles of the separation of church and state, filed a complaint against Kemp with the Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct, accusing the judge of proselytizing from the bench.“I didn’t do that from the bench,” Kemp said. “I came down to extend my condolences to the Jean family and to encourage Ms. Guyger because she has a lot of life to live.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. PhilipWhiteley reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldChineseplans to consolidate its airlines down to three TheCivil Aviation Administration of China has confirmed plans for mergers toreduce the country’s 10 airlines to just three. The aim is for the new carriersto operate in a more efficient manner as part of the nation’s preparations forentry into the World Trade Organisation.Thelargest of the three new companies is likely to be formed by the combination ofChina Southern Airlines with China Northern Airlines and Xinjiang Airlines. Itwill have 34,000 employees, 512 domestic routes and 94 international flights. www.chinabiz.orgStrikesmay force Comair to closeDeltaAir Lines may close its subsidiary Comair in response to an all-out strike bypilots, the US carrier has warned. FrederickReid, the company’s president, issued the ultimatum as the seven-week walk-outwas prolonged in mid-May when the pilots voted to reject proposals made byfederal negotiators. The dispute is centred on pay, conditions and on-callarrangements at Comair, which the union says fall short of the norm for majorairlines.Pilotsat the parent company have reached a settlement, however, making Delta AirLines’ pilots some of the highest paid in the industry. Pay increases rangefrom 24-34%. Delta’s 9,800 pilots had threatened to strike. www.nytimes.comFrenchwomen gain right to work nights TheFrench parliament has passed a law giving greater opportunities for employersto hire women for night work. The measure was supported by the ruling Socialistparty, but was opposed by smaller parties both of the right and left. The rulebrings France into line with a European law guaranteeing equality between womenand men.Secretaryof State for the Rights of Women, Nicole Pery, said night work should remain”exceptional for men and for women”. Employees have the right toswitch to day work with no loss of pay if it is for genuine domestic reasons.Frenchnewspaper Le Figaro reported that 800,000 women already work nights, mostly inhospitals, under derogations from existing French law. www.lefigaro.frKoizumitakes aim at job-for-life cultureNewJapanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has asked the Ministry of Health,Labour and Welfare to study ways of increasing the scope of fixed-termemployment contracts. He believes that greater use of two- and three-yearcontracts would give employers more flexibility.Manycommentators argue that the difficulties in making redundancies in the Japanesesystem are holding back company restructuring. However, job-cutting programmesare continuing in the country. Car firm Isuzu has followed Nissan and Mazda inannouncing plans for a reduced payroll. It is seeking to cut 3,000 jobs or 10%of its workforce. http://biz.yahoo.comFrenchhappy with their 35-hour working weekThefirst major inquiry into the effects of the 35-hour week in France, introducedby the Socialist government under Lionel Jospin, has found that nearly 60% ofrespondents reported a “general improvement” in working conditions.Nearlyone-third of respondents – who were interviewed at home without their employers’knowledge – reported that there was no change, while 13% said it had madematters worse. Managerswere more likely to be satisfied than non-qualified staff, with three-quartersof women managers finding favour with the law. The findings of the study, forwhich 1,618 people were interviewed between November 2000 and January 2001,were announced by labour minister Elisabeth Guigou.The35-hour law came into effect for larger employers in spring 2000. www.lemonde.frSpanishbrewery faces strike over 40% jobs cutAnotherprotest has erupted in Europe over alleged failure to consult the workforceover job cutbacks. Employees in the Spanish breweries run by theNetherlands-based company Heineken held a national strike in May to protest ata planned 40% reduction in personnel.Spain’stwo main trade unions, the Union General de Trabajadores and the ComisionesObreras, called for the company’s managers to divulge more information aboutthe planned jobs cull.Thisfollows protests against food company Danone, retailer Marks & Spencer inFrance and steel company Corus in the UK against redundancy programmes in whichunions have complained of being kept in the dark. M&S is likely to facecourt action over the closure of its stores in France. www.elpais.esProductivitydips in the USOfficialUS figures reveal that labour productivity registered a surprise fall in thefirst quarter of 2001, recording the first drop since 1995, official figuresrevealed. The Labor Department said that the non-agricultural output per employeefell at an annual rate of 0.1% in the first three months of the year, comparedwith a 2% rise in the final quarter of 2000.Thedisappointing figure was explained largely by the rise in unit labour costs atan annual rate of 5.2%, which was the largest since a rate of 5.5% was recordedin the final quarter of 1997. www.nytimes.comEmploymentremains sluggish in GermanyUnemploymentlevels remain at nearly 10% in Germany, the largest economy in Europe,government statistics have shown. The figure dipped just slightly from 9.8% to9.5% in April, with 3.9m people out of work. In response to the figures theLabor Office president Bernhard Jagoda said, “The weakening of economicgrowth is leading to stagnation in the labour market.”Manyeconomists argue that the interest rate for all 11 countries in the euro zone,currently set to reduce inflation to the target 2% rate for the continent, istoo high for Germany which needs more reflationary policies. www.faz.netGrouplobbies for spouses’ employment opportunitiesMorethan 20 multinational companies have set up a campaign to lobby for increasedworking rights for the spouses of expatriate employees. It will start in theUS, where it has received backing from congressmen and senators for a Bill tobe presented this year proposing work permits for spouses under certain conditions.Thecompanies giving support include Shell, Siemens, UBS Warburg and Unilever. Thegroup will be known as Permits, and says that experience in countries which doallow spouses to work, including the UK, Australia and Argentina, shows thatthe effect on local labour markets is negligible and that the transfer ofskills can be positive. Canada and the Netherlands loosened restrictions in1998. www.eca-international.comSaudiinvestors plan Tech CityAgroup of Saudi investors is negotiating with 24 international companies toestablish a US$2bn industrial city for hi-tech manufacturing. The city will bebuilt on a 100 sq km plot on the Red Sea coastline between Jeddah and Yanbu,said Naseyat Investment Centre general manager Ahmad Al Joufi who is mastermindingthe plan. Provisional approval from the Saudi authorities has been secured,although no licence has been issued as yet. Al Joufi said construction wouldtake about three years. www.ameinfo.com Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Global newsroundOn 1 Jul 2001 in Personnel Today
Jersey City man charged with murder of a Union City father in HeightsJose Mojica, 19, of Jersey City, was arrested on Oct. 11 by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit and charged with the murder of Donald McLaughlin III, 37, of Union City, on Oct. 5. Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said Mojica was arrested without incident. Mojica has been also been charged with gun-related charges.Suarez also credited the Jersey City Police Department and the Union City Police Department for assisting with the investigation.The Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hudson County Prosecutor at (201) 915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip on the official website at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential. Jersey City Art & Studio Tour to be held Oct. 14-15On Oct. 14 and 15, more than 200 art events will take place across the city. The 27th Annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour (JCAST), which is sponsored by Jersey City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is expected to draw thousands of residents and visitors to engage with more than 500 artists on their own turf. The events include live art demonstrations and interactive exhibits, live music, art markets, panel discussions, dance performances, curated bus, bike and walking tours of indoor and outdoor art in every neighborhood and much more.All JCAST events are free and open to the public.Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available to take tour-goers throughout the city from noon to 6 p.m. both days to ensure that they can view exhibits with ease and comfort. The buses will start at the Mack-Cali Harborside Atrium, 210 Hudson St., Jersey City, with more 30 stops across the city along a northbound and southbound route.A roster of the more than 160 event spaces and an event schedule will be printed on www.thejcast.com.State arbitrator sides with city in police contract reviewA state arbitrator has sided with Jersey City in a contract dispute with police unions after the city made changes to the contract. This decision could affect whether or not officers will be eligible for raises next year as well as work assignments.Arbitrator James W. Mastriani ruled against the Jersey City Police Officers Benevolent Association. The city that said the changes were in the best interests of taxpayers.“We have negotiated successfully with six of the city’s other unions to adopt measures that correct many of the outdated contract provisions and worked productively with the unions for the benefit of their members and the public,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a press release. He noted that the police union called for the arbitrator.The decision affects about 700 of the 930 member police force, and the changes could result in a number of officers not receiving raises in 2018 and again in 2020.Bonus days that allowed officers to swap summer vacation time for days off will be phased out. Longevity pay for incoming rookie officers will be based on a specific dollar amount rather than a percentage of pay as in the past.The ruling also allows the city to make changes to the way sick time is allocated as well as other administrative items. Electric car charging stations will open in all six wardsMayor Steven M. Fulop announced last week that the administration is advancing a plan to install electric car charging stations that will be open to the public in all six wards of the city as part of the Fulop administration’s sustainability agenda.“We are excited to bring this technology to Jersey City as we know our residents are conscious about reducing our impact on the environment,” said Mayor Fulop. “We also believe that government should lead by example, so we will be looking to transition the city vehicle fleet to electric vehicles and hope this will inspire more residents to do the same.”The city council voted on Oct. 11 to authorize a resolution requesting proposals for the charging stations. The number of total car charging stations will be determined by the final costs from the bid, however, the administration is planning for a minimum of two car charging stations per ward and a total of 16 stations at the outset, with the potential for growth.The city is seeking grant funding to help cover the costs of the program.RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fundRWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.Blessing of animalsSt. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 North St. in Jersey City, will hold “a blessing of the animals,” on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. The blessing of pets and animals is often celebrated in early October each year in conjunction of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, who was known for his great love for animals.Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosts workshop for local entrepreneursThe Jersey City Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a free workshop to promote the city’s utilization of minority and women-owned businesses and to expand their partnership with city government on Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christa McAuliffe School (P.S. No. 28), 167 Hancock Ave., in Jersey City Heights.At the session, “Doing Business With Jersey City,” city officials will help attendees understand the public contracts process and other regulations for providing services and products for the city.Attendees will also learn how to place bids; obtain details on how to register for a Business Registration Certificate; and where to find city contracts. Since the start of the Fulop administration, over 650 new small businesses have opened and 8,000 new jobs have been created. In 2015, the city launched a loan program aimed at securing financing for local businesses and has created the city’s first Office of Small Business. CarePoint Health hosts talk on managing heart or lung diseaseAs part of its free Lunch & Learn Series, CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital will host “Managing Heart or Lung Disease” on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m.Medical experts will talk about how to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Dietitians will provide information to help participants understand their nutritional needs.Instruction on the use of inhalers will also be available.“Join us for a healthy, delicious, free lunch,” said CarePoint Community Outreach Director Nancy Aleman.The event will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., Jersey City. It is open to all. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by Oct. 24 to [email protected] or [email protected] is Jersey City’s local health care provider, offering a full continuum of care to city residents. This comprehensive program often begins with the response of McCabe Ambulance, a CarePoint partner. It continues with treatment from the Christ Hospital Emergency Department, diagnostic departments, and inpatient and outpatient services.RWJ Barnabas Health donates $10,000 to Puerto Rican relief fundRWJBarnabas Health has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross New Jersey Region for the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka.Mary Ellen Clyne, president and chief executive officer of Clara Maass Medical Center, presented the check at the ARC fundraising event in Newark at the Flamboyan Manor on Sunday, Oct. 8 hosted by community leaders.U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Albio Sires also attended. Across the RWJBarnabas Health system, monetary and non-perishable goods, toiletries, and medications continue to be collected and sent to areas that are experiencing devastating destruction.Novelist offers one-shot writing classDo you have a piece of writing, or an idea for a piece of writing (memoir, novel, script), and you need feedback on it or ideas on how to get it published? Now you can learn how in your own back yard. Local novelist (and Reporter editor) Caren Lizzner is doing a one-shot writing (and publishing) class at Little City Books in Hoboken on the evening of Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It’s open to all stages, ages, and genres – from memoirs to fiction to scripts. The store is just five blocks from the Hoboken train station.Those who’ve written their story, essay, poem, novel excerpt, or screenplay can bring 1 to 5 double-spaced pages, or those who just want to participate in discussion (auditors) can come and sit in. Space is limited, so register using the link below or go to “events” at littlecitybooks.com.Lissner’s funny first novel, “Carrie Pilby,” was just turned into a comedy movie starring Jersey City native Nathan Lane, currently on Netflix. She has also published articles, essays, and satire in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s, McSweeney’s, and National Lampoon.Lissner has run publishing/writing seminars for adults and teens at the Secaucus Library, in other libraries and bookstores, and as part of a Scholastic Inc. teen program. Find out more at carenlissner.com .There is a nominal fee for the one-shot program, and it’s lower for those who are just auditing. For more information, click http://www.littlecitybooks.com/get-it-out-reader or contact Lissner via her website, carenlissner.com . MANY NATIONS – The flags along Montgomery Street near Exchange Place show some of the many countries doing business in Jersey City, where people from as many as 75 different countries reportedly live. JC Museum gets new homeThe Jersey City Redevelopment Authority purchased a piece of property previously owned by the Hudson County Schools of Technology that will serve as the new home of the Jersey City Museum.The former museum site downtown was closed more than six years ago.The JCRA purchased the property which is next to the Journal Square PATH station for $9 million. Mayor Steven Fulop alluded to the sale at several of the ongoing mayoral debates, saying that it was yet another sign of progress for the city. ×MANY NATIONS – The flags along Montgomery Street near Exchange Place show some of the many countries doing business in Jersey City, where people from as many as 75 different countries reportedly live.