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12
Jun
2021

Who will dare talk to the media after another whistleblower is jailed?

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation Related documents WhistleblowersPDF – 86.53 KB Reporters Without Borders is disturbed to learn that former FBI agent Donald Sachtleben was sentenced to three and a half years in prison yesterday for revealing to an Associated Press reporter how the CIA foiled a plot to blow up an airliner flying from Yemen to the United States.After the AP published a report based on Sachtleben’s information in early 2012, the Department of Justice secretly seized the records of 20 of the news agency’s phone lines as part of its efforts to identify the source of the leak.“The aim of the US government’s use of mass surveillance and its pursuit whistleblowers it to prevent the leaking of information about national security even when there is a clear public interest in this information being made known,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Who will now dare talk to the media on such a crucial subject? And, after this, how could journalists covering this subject count on the limited protection offered by a federal shield law? Sachtleben’s conviction is part of a global intimidation strategy that obstructs freedom of information and the public’s right to know.”An explosives expert who worked for the FBI from 1983 to 2008, Sachtleben pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing and disclosing secret information. The federal court also sentenced him to an additional eight years in prison on an unrelated charge of distributing pornographic images of underage girls.Sachtleben is the third whistleblower to be convicted and sentenced this year, following Bradley Manning in August and former CIA officer John Kiriakou, who was sentenced to 30 months in prison on 25 January on a charge of revealing classified information for telling about the use of torture against terrorism subjects during the Bush administration.Read below Reporters Without Borders’ written submission to the United Nations Human Rights Council about whistleblowers. Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News to go further Receive email alerts News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out more News November 15, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who will dare talk to the media after another whistleblower is jailed? June 3, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

03
May
2021

Oxford welcomes first ever Aboriginal students

first_imgOxford is to welcome two Aboriginal students for the first time this October.The students are the first recipients of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, an award which exists solely to allow those of Aboriginal descent to study at Oxford.Christian Thompson, 32, and Paul Gray, 26, were announced as the inaugural recipients of the prestigious postgraduate scholarships. They will be the first two Aboriginal students to be matriculated at Oxford University.OUSU Access and Academic Affairs Officer, Jonny Medland, praised the news, stating, “Access to postgraduate study is incredibly uneven with many talented students not being able to come to Oxford because of a lack of funding.“It’s great to see the most gifted students being able to come here as a result of scholarships and the university should continue striving to improve funding for graduate students.”However, the scholarship has received criticism, as some see it as “discriminatory”.One student said, “Why would Oxford associate itself with such a discriminatory scholarship [one that is for Indigenous Australians only]. Would it do so in the case of a scholarship only available to non-indigenous Australians? Discrimination is discrimination.”Medland disagrees. He commented, “It’s mistaken to argue that these sort of scholarships are discriminatory – any funding which helps the best students from underrepresented groups come to Oxford should be welcomed”Charlie Perkins was the first indigenous Australian to graduate from University, with a BA from Sydney in 1966. He was a prominent Aboriginal activist and footballer. Perkins turned down an offer to play for Manchester United in order to return to Australia to continue with his education.Perkins died in 2001, and the Charlie Perkins Scholarship was created in his honour. It is now available for two postgraduate students to study at Oxford each year.Mr Thompson, one of the recipients of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship, is currently the Amsterdam School of Fine Arts in the Netherlands. From October, he will be studying Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art. He described this as a “life-changing opportunity.”“To be one of the first two Aboriginals to ever go to Oxford is pretty wild,” he told The Times. “It’s going to be exciting to be in an environment which is all about the pursuit of knowledge.”Mr Gray, the other recipient of the scholarship, will be researching neurobiological processes in children as a result of traumatic events in early life, as part of postgraduate degree in experimental psychology at Oxford.The scholarship is jointly funded by the British and Australian governments.last_img read more

18
Dec
2020

Why millennials love these brands

first_imgMillennials, Center Stage for BrandsMillennials now represent the largest group of consumers within the US, and thriving brands today are highly aware of this. When millennials are wielding over $170 billion per year in purchasing power, there’s no ignoring this group of consumers.Brands don’t win over millennials easily. In fact, in many ways, they hold higher expectations of the businesses they work for, the brands they buy from and pledge loyalty to.Big DemandsMillennials stand at the forefront of technology – demanding brands to offer more efficiency, innovation, convenience, and quality than ever before. At the same time distrustful of the motives of many businesses, comes the demand for greater transparency, more authenticity, purpose-led values, and an all-around dedication to social responsibility and shaping a better world. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18
Nov
2020

Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion

first_imgToday, a round table on the topic was held at HUP “Stimulation and development of the economy through the role of private health care in the Republic of Croatia” organized by HUP- Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions. In front of the interested audience, along with other participants, Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić, Assistant Minister of Economy Zvonimir Hodak, President of the HUP Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions and a member of the Board of the Special Hospital Sv. Katarina Jadranka Primorac, owner and founder of the Svjetlost Special Hospital Nikica Gabrić and Ognjen Bagatin from the Bagatin Polyclinic, discussed the possibilities of strengthening health care in Croatia, primarily the tourist offer through strengthening health tourism.Cappelli: Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion “One of the biggest challenges is to provide tourists with competitive tourism products based on new experiences and unique experiences – where health tourism is one of the most prominent tourism products with a long tradition and history in Europe and is therefore singled out in the Croatian Tourism Development Strategy until 2020. one of the ten key products on which the development of Croatian tourism will be built”, Said Minister Cappelli, noting that Croatia earns about 500 million euros from health tourism, while it has the potential for more than a billion a year, and that today 15 percent of all trips in the world are motivated by health reasons.”Given the aging trend of the population, but also the growing orientation towards ‘healthy living’ and health prevention, it is expected that health tourism will be one of the main motives for travel in the future.”, Said the Minister and stressed that the mandate of this Government for the first time regulated the legislative framework, through amendments to the Law on Tourism Services, the Law on Catering and the Law on Health Care, which allows catering, in addition to special hospitals and spas , and other health care institutions, companies registered to perform health care activities and health care workers who independently perform private practice, in accordance with special regulations governing health care. By the way, the mentioned Act came into force this Saturday.Photo: HUP”There are places for a private health care system in Croatia. The basis is to preserve public health, accessibility and quality of the public health system, but this does not mean that there is no space for private, especially with an emphasis on health tourism where there is space and untapped potential to be used.”Said Milan Kujundzic, Minister of Health. “While at the same time all patients spend up to 15% on public health insurance and use private health services, the question arises as to why there is no stronger synergy between the private and health systems. Private service for the state is the cheapest because it does not have to invest in equipment, staff or sick leave or anything else. We make a distinction between public and private in everything, and that needs to change, because the most important thing for the patient is to get an appropriate and quality service. It is necessary to continue to generate the involvement of the private sector in the health system. ”  said Jadranka Primorac, President of HUP – Association of Private Polyclinics, Hospitals, Spas and Health Care Institutions”Waiting lists are too long. Anything that waits longer than three months should be focused on private health care and will certainly reduce that burden on the public sector.”Said Nikica Gabrić, owner of the Svjetlost Special Hospital and added:”It is normal to expect a private investor to invest in projects so that he can use the profit later for the further development of his institution, and the current Law on Institutions does not allow that.””We lack speed, private healthcare is more agile and we need to work together. We need one person in the Government to start things up and give us open arms to start doing good things – this roundtable is therefore a call for help, we need you, but we need you to be faster. We can’t wait any longer, people are leaving us and they will leave more and more if some things don’t change. Great people are leaving us and we will soon become a country of average people, I do not want to live in such a country. ”Said Ognjen Bagatin, owner of the Bagatin Polyclinic”We need to enable private healthcare institutions to invest in their own development, the equipment they use is expensive and without proper investment they will not be competitive enough in a rapidly advancing market. Public institutions should be allowed to have access to EU funds and all other incentives that are currently unavailable to them, and they would certainly have a larger number of newly opened institutions and employed people who pay into the health system.”Said Davor Majetic, CEO of HUP”The question is why are we treated as second-class citizens and why can’t we buy the appliance we need like entrepreneurs in agriculture can? This is an entrepreneurial aspect where not all entrepreneurs in the country are treated equally.”Said Nikica Gabrić and added:”Doctors are leaving us because their salary is currently too low, and it is too low because of the high fees and contributions that entrepreneurs pay. It is necessary to reduce the wage burden as soon as possible in order to raise the salaries of these professionals and not to go to Austria and other countries.” “We are waiting for the issue to be resolved with the Law on Institutions so that private health care institutions can be fully included in the tourism sector. In the last two years, we have done what was expected of us as Ministries and it provides what healthcare currently allows us. ”  concluded Gary Cappeli, Minister of Tourism.RELATED NEWS:/ / / IT IS TIME FOR US TO START SERIOUS TOURISM SERIOUSLY AND STRATEGICALLY/ / / DR. MILJENKO BURA: WITHOUT QUALITY AND PRESENT HEALTH INFRASTRUCTURE WE CANNOT BUILD A YEAR-OLD TOURISM/ / / NEVENKA KOVAČ, SB MEDICO: WE HAVE A LOT OF STORIES ABOUT STRATEGIES AND POSSIBILITIES OF HEALTH TOURISM, AND TOO MUCH WORK IS IN THE FIELDlast_img read more

28
Aug
2020

Nigeria put 11 past hosts

first_imgNigeria registered a demoralising 11-0 victory over FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup hosts Azerbiajan, seeing them eliminated, with Chinwendu Ihezuo playing a part in eight of them.Right from the off the game was being played almost exclusively in the hosts’ half, so it was little surprise when the first goal came. Chinwendu Ihezuo capitalising after Madel Effiom’s cross cannoned fortuitously off the bar to tap in from a yard out.Three minutes later it was 2-0, Oluchi Ofoebu squaring from inside the box to see Halimatu Ayinde squeeze her first under Aytaj Sharifova.It was clear the hosts couldn’t handle Nigeria’s pace or physicality, and a third came when Effiom once again crossed for Ihezuo, who laid the ball off for Tessy Biahwo to fire from the edge of the box.Ayinde then made one and scored her second, lay the first on for Aminat Yakubu before Ihezuo turned provide.Ihezuo then doubled own tally, Yakubu crossing for her to put in at the far post. Ayinde missed the chance to complete her hat-trick when missing an untended goal, but her pass on 37 minutes saw Ihezuo complete hers. Nigar Jalilli had two chances to score for the hosts, one drawing a fantastic save from an otherwise unworked Gift Andy.The tune didn’t change after half-time, Ihezuo netting her fourth after Ebere Okoye’s neat through-ball. Substitute Joy Bokiri then got in on the act, converting Ayinde’s cross.Ihezuo got her fifth, rising to head Biahwo’s deep free-kick, before roles reversed as the midfielder curled an effort into the bottom corner for the final goal.The quote“So far we have played against Nigeria and Colombia and in these countries women’s football has been around there for 20 or 30 years – it has been there for generations. We need those generations, we need that time.” Sissy Raith, Azerbaijan coachlast_img read more