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Canada’s single-event betting bill passes second Senate reading

first_img A bill that would legalize single-event sports betting in Canada has passed its second reading in the Senate and will now advance to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce. Read the full story on iGB North America. Bill C-218, also known as the Safe and Regulated Sports Betting Act, was passed by the House of Commons after its third reading in April, and had been waiting for Senate approval since. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance Regions: Canada British Columbia Tags: BCLC British Columbia Lottery Corporation Canada’s single-event betting bill passes second Senate reading 26th May 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter If passed by the Committee, the bill will receive Royal Assent and become law, allowing operators to offer bets on individual sporting events, instead of only on multiples. Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Compliance Legal Regulation Online sports betting Sports betting regulation Email Addresslast_img read more

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Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgEquity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts and digital banking to school fees collection, custody investment and group accounts, trade finance, asset finance and microfinance loans. Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited is a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget cash, gold, and Bitcoin! I’m investing in UK shares to get rich and retire early

first_img See all posts by Harvey Jones 2020 has been a tough year for UK shares, but they remain my go-to investment. Rival asset classes such as cash, gold, and Bitcoin simply do not convince me. While they may have their moments in the sun, I’m not banking on them to build my long-term wealth.I am increasingly optimistic about the outlook for UK shares. As we fight our way out of the pandemic, I think they could spearhead the recovery. Especially if we get Brexit sorted as well. International investors have been snubbing the FTSE 100 since the EU referendum in 2016, but that could swiftly reverse.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As for cash, what’s to say? Everybody needs six months of emergency spending money on easy access, in case of sickness or redundancy. However, I wouldn’t leave too much in cash, as its real value will erode due to inflation. Interest rates aren’t going to recover for years.I’m buying UK shares firstCrypto-currency Bitcoin has had a thrilling year. Despite dipping to $16,750 a coin at time of writing, it is up 136% year-to-date. At some point, it will surely top its 20 December 2017 high of $20,000. Yet I would still prefer to buy UK shares today. Why?Today’s entry level is simply too high, leaving crypto investors vulnerable to a pull back. While it is hard to argue against having some exposure to Bitcoin, the bulk of my long-term wealth will go into UK shares. They offer both capital growth and dividend income, and their value will compound over time.Gold falls down for me because it does not pay any income. Like Bitcoin, investors are banking on price movements. Right now, they are going in the wrong direction. Gold has fallen around $300 since its August high of $2,084 an ounce.Again, the precious metal has a role to play as a portfolio diversifier. If the price falls further, I might buy a gold ETF (although on past form, I probably won’t). If the global economy bounces back from the pandemic next year, gold could prove a poor investment. I don’t think UK shares will.I’d buy the FTSE 100 before the recoveryI’m not putting all my retirement pot in stocks, just around 80% of it. Share prices are underpinned by massive monetary and fiscal stimulus, which gives investors a safety net in these difficult times. The main reason I like UK shares is for their generous dividends, despite this year’s cuts. If you re-invest them for growth, that should turbocharge your returns.The next few years could be exciting, as the UK plays catch up with global markets. The FTSE 100 could even hit 10,000. I’m keen to take a position today, ahead of the long-term recovery. So no cash for me, no more Bitcoin aside from the single coin I hold, and no gold. I’m betting my future on UK shares to get richer and with luck, retire early. Enter Your Email Address Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar You might like this one. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Forget cash, gold, and Bitcoin! I’m investing in UK shares to get rich and retire early Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Harvey Jones | Saturday, 28th November, 2020 last_img read more

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Geoff Cross to start for Scotland

first_imgScott Lawson, Euan Murray, Richie Vernon, Alasdair Strokosch, Mike Blair, Dan Parks, Nick De LucaTickets for Scotland v Italy are still on sale! They start at £15 (students/under-18s) and £30 (adults). You can buy online at www.scottishrugby.org or on the 24-hour hotline 0844 335 3933 until 12 midnight on Friday. Tickets can also be bought in person from the Ticket Centre at Murrayfield, open 9am-8pm til Friday. There are no ticket sales on match days. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Edinburgh’s Geoff Cross has been brought in to Scotland’s starting XV as they take on Italy in the last round of the Six Nations on Saturday at Murrayfield. The 28-year-old prop is making his first international start for two years and winning his fifth cap, replacing Moray Low, who has been dropped from the 22. Euan Murray, who has been unavailable for selection for the last two rounds as he refuses to play in Sunday matches on religious grounds, is named on the bench in the battle of the wooden spoon.Kelly Brown is recovering well from his collision with England’s Matt Banahan on Sunday, and is named at No 8 alongside Nathan Hines at 6 and John Barclay at 7 in an unchanged back row.Head coach Andy Robinson said: “We have chosen Geoff at tight-head prop as he made a good impact when he was introduced on Sunday in both setpiece and open play.“We have been watching Geoff’s performances very closely since the A international win against the Irish at Netherdale back in January and he fully deserves this chance.”Robinson also reiterated his team’s determination to record their first win of the year against an Italian side on a high after their victory over France. He continued: “We know from our own experience that Italy are formidable opponents, and our focus this week is on stepping up our performance on our home soil and producing a hard-nosed, complete 80-minute display that the players are capable of delivering and that will give our supporters something to cheer.”center_img Scotland team to face Italy: Chris Paterson; Max Evans, Joe Ansbro, Sean Lamont, Simon Danielli; Ruaridh Jackson, Rory Lawson; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Richie Gray, Al Kellock (captain), Nathan Hines, John Barclay, Kelly Brown.Replacements:last_img read more

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Lions watch: Movers and shakers for Australia 2013

first_imgLONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: England captain Chris Robshaw speaks to his players during the QBE International match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8. Jamie Heaslip –Another back rower with leadership qualities, Heaslip is comfortable with the ball and was born to take a tap-and-pass. He would be a dependable and popular selection.Okay, there’s still plenty of rugby to be played, who would you pick if you were in Warren Gatland’s shoes? Cheers!: But will Warren Gatland be drowning his sorrows, or raising a pint celebration after the Lions Tests?By Alan DymockHANGING-OFF cliff faces, dodging bullets and zip-wiring down air vents may seem like a Mission Impossible, but even Ethan Hunt would think twice about taking on Warren Gatland’s Lions coaching job at present after two weekends of chastening Test rugby for the Northern Hemisphere.If there was a Lions’ selection process underway right now, there would be few ‘bankers’ available to Gatland and his staff, but that’s not to say over the next six months certainties for the plane will emerge. There is a team of Wallaby-beaters among the Home Nations, the tough bit for Gatland is finding it. Still onwards, it will get better. No, scratch that, it must get better.So here goes, my Lions XV on current form…15. Leigh Halfpenny – Wales’ Mr Consistency in an inconsistent side, Halfpenny has kicked and run himself into the ground for the cause. The Cardiff Blues full-back offers a running threat, as well as being a genuine Test class, 80% kicker.14. Charlie Sharples – Okay, so he’s just been harshly dropped but the Gloucester wing has impressed with his work rate, sickeningly swift set of hooves and nose for the try-line. There’s more to come from the Gloucester flyer.13. Fergus McFadden – Of late, we’ve only seen the Leinster man on the wing, however, he is a 13 to his bootlaces and can burrow with the best of them. He was one of the stand-out performers against a limited Fiji side. 12. Manu Tuilagi –We all know what Tuilagi offers. Crash, bang and wallop before gluing a celebratory ‘L’ to his forehead every time he scores. At 21, he’s still raw and his distribution skills have been questioned. He may even be shunted onto the wing to further his education, but such go-forward cannot be ignored. 11. Tim Visser – You simply cannot see past the Flying, er, Scotsman who scored a brace against the All Blacks. He is Scotland’s sharpest weapon and fast making a name for himself on the international stage as a player of genuine class.Flyer: Visser has shone in a Scottish jersey10. Jonny Sexton –Toby Flood and his drop-handle moustache may feel a little hard done by here, but Sexton is in the box seat by virtue of being the most consistent option available. He will set his jaw and just get on with it. And if the boot fails, you’ve always got Halfpenny as back up. 9. Danny Care – Pocket-sized he may be, but he isn’t exactly facing a goliath in the peerless Will Genia. Care brings quick service and zip around the base of the scrum. He’s also not lacking in confidence, which is no bad thing against the Aussies.1. Cian Healy – He certainly looks the part, all brimstone and fire and is improving rapidly as a scrummager. He has overtaken an out-of-sorts Gethin Jenkins who is suffering from a lack of game-time with Toulon. 2. Sean Cronin – With Rory Best and Dylan Hartley crocked, let’s pencil in Sean Cronin to throw the arrows. Why? Because he is dynamic and his set-piece is sturdier than Ross Ford’s. 3. Dan Cole – Doesn’t seem much of an argument here. Can Adam Jones come back from his latest injury to challenge? Cole is Mr Dependable and probably the most important person in the starting line-up. 4. Richie Gray – Scotland’s only genuine world-class player, Gray has the engine of a Panzer tank and the roof of a Miami nightclub. However, he did knock himself out trying to carry Scotland against South Africa. To be treated with extreme care over the next six months. 5. Mike McCarthy –This McCarthy trial seems to have gone pretty well. He hits like a coffee enema and is just as refreshing for an Ireland team that seems to routinely offer 10-year contracts for its locks. A breath of fresh-air in a stilted Irish pack.Key man: Robshaw leads from the front 6. Chris Robshaw – Is he a six? Is he a seven? Is he a ‘fetcher’? Well, he may not be the full package for any of the above, but he has a prodigious work rate and innate leadership skills that make players think they can perform beyond their ability. A rare quality. 7. Sam Warburton – Another leader, and a destructive physical force able to cope with David Pocock at the breakdown. Yes, his form may have dipped from its World Cup plateau, but you’d be foolish forget his virtues. Expect him to be purring come Lions time.last_img read more

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Donna’s Deals: 5 Things You Can Make With Peeps

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 5.Instead of a Gingerbread house, make a Peep houseAlthough Christmas is over, you don’t have to leave the fun of making a gingerbread house behind. Gather some graham crackers, frosting and other Easter decor for a cute, easy Easter craft the whole family can do together. Get tips on creating a Peep house here. TAGSEasterPeeps Previous articleUpdating Breaking News: 3rd Apopka Shooting in 8 daysNext articleFive Tips to Cut your Grocery Bill in Half Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Hot Chocolate Peeps3. What about a Peep wreath?Eclecticallyvintage.com came up with this art project. Remarkably, she was able to store the wreath in a garbage bag and use it more than once (kind-of makes you wonder about eating Peeps….). You can get step-by-step instructions here. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 4. Make your straws more festive this EasterKids love using straws, especially silly straws and this is a ridiculously easy way to create a fun, Easter-themed straw.Peep House Please enter your comment! Peeps are as much a part of Easter as dyed eggs. We found these great projects, aggregated by howdoesshe.com, that you can make with all of those leftover Peeps.1.Rice Crispy Treats are more colorful with Peeps1.Rice Crispy Treats are more colorful with PeepsThese may look difficult to make, but they’re really not. Yellow Bliss Road, the blog where these colorful treats were found says they only take about 25 minutes to put together and it’s as simple as making normal rice krispy treats. Get the full instructions here.Rice Crispy Treats with Peeps2. Pop a Peep in Hot ChocolateAmazing, right? We put marshmallows in hot chocolate, why not Peeps? Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter See more ideas on what to make with Peeps at How Does She website.last_img read more

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Wekiva High Student Chosen as VP of Florida FFA

first_img Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom center_img Previous articleTop tips for recycling tossed-aside technologyNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map – Week Ending 4/18/2016 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Florida FFA Association is a youth, leadership organization with over 15,000 middle and high school student members – as part of over 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA members participate in nearly 50 leadership and career development events each year. The FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for  leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Brett VorheisWekiva High School will soon have its very first state Future Farmers of America (FFA) officer for the Florida FFA Association.  Brett Vorheis was selected to represent the Orange County FFA. Vorheis will be serving as the Area 4 State FFA Vice-President. He formerly served as the Orange County FFA Federation President and District 7 President.To learn more about FFA go here.“Future Farmers of America” was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways – Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 last_img read more

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Ferrous House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

first_imgCopyHouses•Spring Prairie, United States Houses “COPY” Text description provided by the architects. The Ferrous House sits in a row of unexceptional 1970’s ranches, part of a narrow subdivision hugging the edge of a wooded nature preserve west of Milwaukee. An existing dwelling that had fallen into serious disrepair was entirely gutted and stripped of its roof, but the limited construction budget required the reuse of the existing foundation, main perimeter walls, and plumbing cores. Save this picture!The main level of the house, a simple rectangular volume with 1,380 sf of living space, is wrapped on three sides with a suspended curtain of weathering steel panels, their warm color of ferrous corrosion echoing the hues of the derelict farm equipment left behind on the area’s abandoned pastures. The steel wrapper protects the inside of the house from the scrutiny of suspicious neighbors and the elements; in the back, it extends beyond the building’s perimeter, where it shelters the sides of a linear south-facing patio. Save this picture!Linear storage boxes, containing built-in closet systems and living room cabinetry, penetrate the steel curtain and cantilever over the edge of the building, adding desperately needed square footage without altering the original footprint of the house. Save this picture!In a carefully choreographed entry sequence, wide exterior stairs run along the front of the house and lead into a glazed foyer, an extension of the main circulation core that transforms into a small observatory above the roof. The slightly tilted roof plane is supported by a filigree of exposed metal and wood trusses, adding height to the living spaces and allowing northern light to wash the inside of the house through a translucent, Nanogel-filled glass band. At night, the window band radiates its warm light into the distance, subtly evoking the iconic clerestory glow of the dairy barns that once dotted the region. Save this picture!The Ferrous House offers a resource-conscious solution to the challenges of an aging, and often ill-conceived, suburban housing stock. In contrast to a radical tabula rasa approach, the project demonstrates how the bones of an obsolete building can be utilized and transformed into the framework for a contemporary dwelling.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessSend your office photo to ArchDaily’s Facebook Fan PageArticlesRevolutionary Development for Turkey / RMJMArticles Share Ferrous House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects United States Save this picture!+ 23 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/31710/ferrous-house-johnsen-schmaling-architects Clipboard “COPY” Area:  125 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Projects CopyAbout this officeJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSpring PrairieRefurbishmentHousesUnited StatesPublished on August 13, 2009Cite: “Ferrous House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects” 13 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorDining tablesB&B ItaliaDining Table – BullSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteCompositesPure + FreeFormTechnical Guide – Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Material TransitionEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedWire MeshCarl Stahl DecorCableGreen Wall System – FAÇADESCAPE™More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Ferrous House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  2008 Ferrous House / Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFerrous House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/31710/ferrous-house-johnsen-schmaling-architects Clipboard ArchDailylast_img read more

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After teachers protest, New York City closes schools

first_imgNew YorkOn March 22, Education Week Magazine announced that 118,000 schools with 53.7 million students had been closed to protect students and staff and their families from contracting the coronavirus COVID-19. As of March 24, the only states that have not closed all their schools are Idaho, Iowa, Maine and Nebraska. Even in these states, many school districts have closed on their own. Perhaps one of the strongest reasons for keeping public schools open is that they supply many social services beyond education: 11 million students get free or reduced price breakfasts and 22 million get free or reduced price lunches.Stuvesant High School Alumni Association’s 2019 Scholarship Recipients.New York City is the largest school district in the U.S. with 1.1 million students in over 1,700 schools. It is managed by the Department of Education, which answers to Mayor Bill de Blasio. The mayor was reluctant to close the schools because of the social services they supply.What changed de Blasio’s decision was an open letter, published in the March 14 New York Times and signed by 62 teachers from Stuyvesant High School, including the chapter chair of the teachers’ union. It was followed by a long editorial in the New York Times the next day urging de Blasio to close the schools.The teachers’ letter detailed the health dangers and racist threats facing the 3,400 Stuyvesant students, predominantly East and South Asian, “most of whom arrive after long commutes on multiple trains and buses across multiple boroughs.”The letter continued: “We have received many emails a day from students whose parents are keeping them home out of fear. Students in our classes have developed fevers and dry coughs, or say their parents or siblings have these symptoms.“Our students are distracted and terrified. Many live in small apartments with grandparents whom they do not want to infect. Compounding their terror is the racism many of our Asian and South Asian students are experiencing as they commute to school.”Workers World reached out to a Stuyvesant teacher who has taught there for a decade, for more details on how this letter was organized. (They remain anonymous because they are not authorized to give public statements.) A few union militants in the English Department put it together, then circulated it for signatures on the union’s private Listserv.A number of teachers had already called out sick. The letter captured the fears of the teachers still on the job. Our source pointed out that while Stuyvesant is among the elite high schools in the city, close to 50 percent of its students qualify for free or reduced fee lunches. It is a magnet for poor East and South Asian students.The Stuyvesant teacher said: “Some students had been to visit family in China or the Middle East over the February break, both of which were hot spots. Many of the staff are in their 50s and 60s and aware that the older you are, the more dangerous COVID-19 is. The school is overcrowded; the halls are full during class changes.“Even though the union couldn’t directly call a sickout [because the Taylor Law prohibits strikes by public employees], one was in the air. If de Blasio hadn’t closed the schools, the teachers would have.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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OAS: Special rapporteur for freedom of expression is not a political plaything

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more to go further Americas Americas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Follow the news on Americas Receive email alerts Will the Inter-American human rights system survive beyond January 25? This is one of the decisions that will be put to the meeting of ambassadors to the Permanent Council of the Organization of Americans States on that day. Far from being a organizational tweak, the proposed overhaul of the way the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) functions would ratify a disgraceful political offensive by certain member states against one of its components, an important mechanism in the defense of civil liberties in the western hemisphere – the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression.“We need a new Inter-American system because the OAS has been captured by a US vision that makes it ineffective and unworthy of confidence,” Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa, promoter of the reform, said recently. Really? Since When? In any case, his comment underscores the forthcoming decision’s political dimension. Drafted by an OAS working group on June 29, 2011 at the request of the member states concerned, the proposed reform consists of three apparently inoffensive points. Only apparently.1- A single annual IACHR report would henceforth combine all the reports of the special rapporteurs. As things stand, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is the only one to produce his own separate report, which is more than 300 pages long and examines the situation in each country in detail.2- “Adequate, sufficient and balanced” resources would be assigned to each rapporteur, working group and IACHR unit. Again, as things stand, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is the only one who is not financed directly from the OAS budget, the only one who has the power to raise his own funds, which are currently greater that the funds assigned to the other rapporteurs and units.3- A code of conduct would be applied to the special rapporteurs on the grounds of facilitating coordination with member states, even if it restricts their ability to issue statements about ongoing cases.Visibility, financing and independence. All vitals pillar for this institution, pillars which this reform is trying to topple one by one. Claims that these recommendations are solely designed to rationalize the way the IACHR operates do not bear analysis.The first point would imply that the special rapporteur for freedom of expression’s current detailed annual report is at best pointless if not inappropriate. Would a detailed, well-argued annual report be less useful than a terse summary of the state of freedom of information at the hemispheric level, one taking no account of the significant variations from country to country? A summary that is moreover buried in an overall synthesis that is the result of negotiations among the seven different special rapporteurs? The alternative method would not favor the complete and transparent information that public opinion is calling for.The first point’s unseemly nature only serves to highlight the second one’s perversity. By raising his own funding, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression is able to cover the cost of producing his annual report, along with other costs. The report poses a problem? Let’s eliminate the funding! The member states will pay what they can afford, and a portion of that, probably the smallest portion, will be assigned to the troublesome special rapporteur, who will be too poor to carry out field visits or organize hearings at which government officials are questioned by members of the public and NGOs. Is that the aim?Yes, if you consider the third point, in which a “code of conduct” – an IACHR regulation already being in force – is turned in a screen for imposing complete censorship. A rapporteur, even a penniless one, can still issued statements or recommendations to member states in the event of glaring violations of fundamental freedoms. Even if he has been weakened, he can still speak. So let’s silence him altogether!If these three proposals or even just one of them (especially one of the second two) are adopted on January 25, the most recently created of the OAS special rapporteurs will be the first to go. He will be sacrificed after 15 years to the caprices of governments that are unable to distinguish criticism from conspiracy, an ideological position from the rule of law. Because this is what it is really about.The special rapporteur’s tacit neutralization would not be the result of chance. The initiative has come from a government that was dismayed to find itself the target of unanimous criticism abroad when it reacted in the worse possible way to often unfair and extreme attacks from its leading newspapers. Ordering a newspaper to pay an exorbitant fine and sentencing its representatives to jail terms encouraged self-censorship and flouted Inter-American jurisprudence.The special rapporteur just acted as a guarantor of hemispheric law when he called for the decriminalization of media offences in Ecuador. And elsewhere. He was also just doing his job when he reminded the government that its right to defend its reputation was a right that also applies to the journalists, civil society representatives and NGOs that are often branded as enemies and insulted at length in official broadcasts. In Ecuador and elsewhere.The polarization under way in several countries in the region did not have to extend to Inter-American bodies. Ecuador’s proposals would facilitate concealment of the situation in other countries where professional journalists, community journalists, human rights activists or ordinary Internet users end up paying for their courage with their lives. In Mexico, for example, which has been devastated for the past five years by a federal offensive against drug trafficking, or Honduras, which is being eaten away by the violence stemming from the June 2009 coup d’état.When national sovereignty is turned into a dogma, it is not easily reconciled with civil society vigilance that now extends across borders and requires international interlocutors. The OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression is needed more than ever. By keeping it in its current form, the OAS member states will show they do not fear an internationally-connected and adult civil society.Olivier Basille, Managing Director of Reporters Without BordersMaria Pía Matta, President of AMARC-InternationalBenoît Hervieu, Americas Desk of Reporters Without Borderscenter_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more January 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 OAS: Special rapporteur for freedom of expression is not a political plaything Organisation RSF_en News Newslast_img read more

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