first_img Condemning abusesReports and statisticsOnline freedomsEvents InternetUnited Nations July 10, 2019 International community finally alarmed by online threats denounced by RSF News Help by sharing this information The Information and Democracy initiative launched by RSF began a diplomatic process. Now backed by an alliance of 20 democratic governments, it aims to develop an international partnership and a civil society forum tasked with its implementation. RSF_en Organisation Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, the Commission’s co-chair, also welcomed the new awareness emerging in London. “This is the moment to emphasize the technological disruptions affecting the global information and communication space, including the changes in media business models or the danger of shutting oneself within certain kinds of content on online platforms,” Ebadi said. “We are pleased to see that the international community is now beginning to talk about the subjects that we have been raising for months.” “The disinformation that prevents citizens from taking informed decisions, the algorithmic bubbles that undermine pluralism, and the unfair competition between content that conforms to journalistic ideals on the one hand, and propaganda and rumour on the other – these all pose challenges to freedom of opinion and expression,” said Christophe Deloire, who is RSF’s secretary-general and co-chair of the International Commission on Information and Democracy. “They have emerged at the same time as the opportunities provided by the online economy, as this important declaration points out.” By recognizing the power that private corporations exercise over the online environment and the threat this poses to free speech, the Joint Declaration echoes the Information and Democracy initiative that RSF launched last November. Formulated by an internationally renowned commission, the initiative calls on all stakeholders, including governments and platforms, to work with civil society in developing new guarantees and solutions for reliable and pluralistic information in the digital age. Thomas Friang, the head of RSF’s advocacy department, said: “RSF’s initiative creates an enabling environment in which all stakeholders can work together to find concrete responses to the phenomena that can jeopardize the timeless principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This declaration adds to the support of the 12 governments that we brought into this initiative in November 2018.” The control that private-sector companies exercise over the Internet poses a major threat to freedom of expression, four international special rapporteurs said in a joint declaration today as a two-day Media Freedom Conference got under way in London. The views they expressed are very similar to the positions taken by the international initiative on Information and Democracy that Reporters Without Borders (RSF) launched in November 2018. Condemning abusesReports and statisticsOnline freedomsEvents InternetUnited Nations Released for the start of the London conference, which is being organized by the British and Canadian governments, this “Twentieth Anniversary Joint Declaration” was issued by the UN special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye; the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Désir; the Organization of American States’ special rapporteur on freedom of expression, Edison Lanza; and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ special rapporteur on freedom of expression and access to information, Laurence Mute.  The joint declaration has come at a good time. It insists on the importance of independent monitoring and control by civil society stakeholders and confirms the importance of the Information and Democracy initiative ahead of the G7 summit due to be held in Biarritz from 24 to 26 August, and the next UN General Assembly in New York in September.last_img read more


first_imgWaterford Childcare Committee Board members Rena Cody and Derek O’Byrne pictured with TÚSLA Area Manager Jim Gibson, Minister of Children and Youth Affairs Dr. James Reilly, TD, Mayor of Waterford City and County Councillor James Tobin, Ciara Conway, TD, Waterford City and County Manager Michael Walsh, Waterford Childcare Committee CEO Rose Murphy pictured at the “Working Together For Children” event at the Dunhill Multi-Education Centre, Dunhill – David Clynch PhotographyNo Garda checks on Limerick fosterers. TÚSLA Area Manager Jim Gibson. David Clynch – PhotographyCHILDREN in foster care in Limerick have been left at massive risk with 146 people either fostering or living with them who have not been approved by Gardaí.A report from HIQUA, the health services watchdog, highlighted significant shortfalls in the service, with 30 foster parents and 116 people over the age of 16 in foster homes that were not Garda vetted.Inspections also revealed that allegations of abuse or neglect were not being managed correctly and in a timely fashion, there was a shortfall in recruitment and therefore in the number of foster carers and no social workers allocated to support foster parents in many cases.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report states that “not all allegations were comprehensively assessed. There was a system for formally notifying the foster care committee of an allegation of abuse, but not all allegations were reported to the committee and those which were notified, were not notified in a timely way”.A team of eight inspectors visited foster homes in the Mid West last March and their findings showed three areas of major non-compliance. These were in relation to safeguarding and child protection; supervision and support and reviews of foster carers”.The report states that inspectors also found major problems with supervision and support. 30 general and six relative foster carers had no social worker assigned to them, while the majority had not received the recommended formal supervision.“There were seven foster care households without a link worker who also had children who were without an allocated social worker, which posed a significant risk. The frequency of home visits to these foster carers was insufficient.“Where foster carers were allocated a social worker, there was not a sufficient level of home visits to ensure supervision and support to foster carers. Records of discussions between foster carers and social workers following home visits were of mixed quality. There was no out-of-hours service available to meet the needs of foster carers.”Crucially, the report discovered that the majority of reviews “did not contain evidence that the views of the child were sought”.In response to a query from the Limerick Post as to whether Gardaí vetting was completed in the six months since the report was published, a spokesperson for TUSLA said: “Garda vetting is actively being progressed for foster carers and those over 16, where necessary. Additionally, there is a system in place to alert staff when updated Garda vetting is due”.Tusla chief operations officer Jim Gibson said that HIQA inspection reports were an important measurement tool and allowed them ensure that their services were continuously improving and were of a high standard.“The report highlighted excellent practice in areas such as training and the quality of assessments of foster carers. There were also a number of areas that require improvement such as supervision and the timeliness of reviews. These areas are being actively addressed through a comprehensive action plan which has been submitted to HIQA.“The actions in the action plan will be closely linked to Tusla’s major transformation programme which will enhance many aspects of the agency, including organisational culture, HR strategy, governance systems, and further corporate functions.” When the Limerick Post contacted HIQUA, a spokesperson could not say whether Garda vetting had taken place in the six months since the inspections.Limerick Labour Party TD Jan O’Sullivan said the report raised serious concerns.“I am particularly concerned that there was no Garda vetting of family members in many cases. It is just not acceptable that vulnerable children are living in homes where no Garda vetting has been carried out on people living in that household.She said the report confirmed the acute shortage of social workers which was an issue she has been campaigning on.“There is an urgent need to recruit more social workers and to put measures in place to retain those already in the service. As well as a shortage of social workers, there is also a shortage of foster carers in the Mid-West.”Deputy O’Sullivan added that “while it is encouraging that an action plan has been put in place and we are fortunate to have so many dedicated and caring foster families, it is essential that the issues of vetting and shortage of social workers are given urgent attention”.Visit the Limerick Post News section for similar news. Linkedin Print Previous articleLimerick public transport to drive anti-racism messageNext articleLimerick Rose Kayleigh Maher makes finals Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Email NewsNo Garda checks on Limerick fosterersBy Bernie English – August 18, 2017 1353 center_img Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Previous articleHarte and McAreavey families to sue Legends Hotel in MauritiusNext articleDeputy Doherty – Kenny/Merkel statement changes nothing News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic British Irish Parliamentary Assembly to meet in Donegal in March 2013 The British Irish Parliamentary Assembly have announced that their next meeting will be in Donegal in March 2013.The meeting, which will take place between March 3rd and 5th will coincide with the Irish presidency of the European Union.It’s already been confirmed that the Taoiseach and a number of European representatives will attend the meeting.Donegal Deputy Joe McHugh, who is Co-Chair of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly, said the Donegal meeting would be focusing on renewable energy…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/joe830.mp3[/podcast] Newscenter_img Facebook Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – October 22, 2012 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebooklast_img read more


first_img…has one hand on titleKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Three-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars beat Jamaica Scorpions in a nerve-jangling contest here Saturday, to increase their lead at the top of the standings and virtually assure themselves of a fourth straight title in the Regional Four-Day Championship.Set a 136 for victory at Sabina Park on the third day, Jaguars stumbled and stuttered their way to their target, before achieving victory 45 minutes before the scheduled close, when tail-ender Veerasammy Permaul (10 not out) turned off-spinner John Campbell into the on-side for a single.The run chase was carried by opener Chandrapaul Hemraj who top-scored with 40 while Keemo Paul got 21, but Jaguars collapsed from 64 for two to 84 for six as they lost four wickets for 22 runs in quick time.Paul, who counter-attacked lashing three sixes in 11-ball cameo, put on a crucial 30 for the seventh wicket with Permaul to edge Jaguars closer to their target.Drama ensued, however, when Paul was stumped off left-arm spinner and captain Nikita Miller. And with only nine runs added, veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul was caught close-in off by Fabien Allen for 16 looking to work Miller away on the leg-side.The double success for Miller left Jagurs tottering on 123 for eight, handing Scorpions a huge chance to snatch a late win.But Brandon King dropped Gudakesh Motie (6 not out) at second slip in a critical miss for Scorpions and he remained with Permaul to see Jaguars to their sixth win of the season.Miller was the best bowler with four for 64 to end with an eight-wicket match haul.Earlier, Scorpions were dismissed for 212 in their second innings after resuming from their overnight 167 for five.Opener Assad Fudadin added nine to his overnight 61 before falling lbw to left-arm seamer Raymon Reifer, after facing 192 balls all told and striking seven boundaries.He extended his sixth wicket stand with wicketkeeper Aldaine Thomas to 39 before becoming the first casualty of the day.Thomas lasted 118 deliveries and hit four fours before going bowled by Paul, as Scorpions lost their last four wickets for 19 runs.Left-arm spinner Motie finished with four for 39 while Paul picked up two for 33.SCORPIONS 1st Innings 106Jaguars 1st Innings 183Scorpions 2nd Innings(overnight 167 for five)J Campbell c Paul b Motie 62A Fudadin lbw b Reifer 70J Blackwood run out 9B King b Motie 0P Palmer run out 10F Allen b Permaul 4+A Thomas b Paul 36D Green c Johnson b Motie 0*N Miller not out 4D Jacobs c Persaud b Motie 0R Leveridge lbw b Paul 0Extras (b5, lb4, nb8) 17TOTAL (all out, 80.5 overs) 212Fall of wickets: 1-112, 2-127, 3-133, 4-149, 5-153, 6-192, 7-193, 8-197, 9-212, 10-212.Bowling: Paul 13.5-3-33-2, Joseph 3-0-27-0, Reifer 13-4-26-1, Johnson 2-0-16-0, Permaul 23-3-62-1, Motie 26-9-39-4.JAGUARS 2nd Innings (target: 136 runs)C Hemraj c wkp Thomas b Green 40V Singh lbw b Leveridge 3*L Johnson c King b Campbell 16A Persaud b Jacobs 7S Chanderpaul c Allen b Miller 16+A Bramble c wkp Thomas b Miller 3R Reifer lbw b Miller 6K Paul st Thomas b Miller 21V Permaul not out 10G Motie not out 6Extras (b7, lb1) 8TOTAL (8 wkts, 58.3 overs) 136Fall of wickets: 1-21, 2-48, 3-64, 4-72, 5-76, 6-84, 7-114, 8-123.Bowing: Leveridge 8-3-7-1, Miller 19-7-64-4, Campbell 20.3-6-37-1, Green 4-2-6-1, Jacobs 7-1-14-1.last_img read more


first_imgMORE WEEK 5 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup builderMeanwhile, the Browns just dropped 40 points on the road against the Ravens. Nick Chubb (20 carries for 165 yards and three touchdowns) probably won’t repeat his incredible performance on the ground, but the offensive balance certainly made a positive impact. In that contest, Odell Beckham Jr. only had two grabs for 20 yards, too. He has the potential to go off every week, particularly when all eyes will be on this prime-time game. Hammer the over. You can find all updated NFL lines, spreads and odds at BetQL! As we enter Week 5, the Patriots (+95 point differential) look like favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions while the Dolphins (-137 point differential) are well on their way to becoming one of the worst teams in NFL history. After all, the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the record for the worst single-season point differential (-287). But while point differential can tell us a lot about teams on the extreme ends of the spectrum while making bets, it’s not the only thing to consider when looking at favorites and underdogs. Case in point: Tampa was a chip-shot field goal conversion away from being 3-1, but they are 2-2. The Raiders are 2-2 but have a -23 point differential. The Saints are 3-1 and lead the NFC South, but they have a -8 point differential. Therefore, using a multi-faceted approach to analyzing bets is still the way to go (as always), rather than simply relying on win-loss records and other basic public info. WEEK 5 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker*Calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 5 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekAll data presented is as of Thursday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard.Titans (-3) vs. Bills With Josh Allen (concussion) listed as “questionable”, Matt Barkley could be in line to start this road game for the Bills. Both quarterbacks struggled to do much of anything against the Patriots in last week’s 16-10 loss (Allen went 13-for-28 for 153 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions while Barkley went 9-of-16 for 127 yards, no touchdowns and an interception). Although Frank Gore (17 carries for 109 yards) had a throwback performance last week, quarterback play will most likely determine the outcome of this game. The Titans defense hasn’t rivaled New England’s, but it ranks fourth in the NFL in points allowed per game (15.5) and only surrendered 10 in a 24-10 victory over Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the Falcons last week. Offensely, Marcus Mariota (106.2 QB rating, seven touchdowns, no interceptions) has been an effective game manager while Derrick Henry has been a legitimate bellcow running back, rushing for 310 yards and three touchdowns while posting 97 receiving yards and another score. While both teams feature upper-echelon defenses, give the edge to the home squad in this one, especially if Allen sits.WEEK 5 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endNFL Week 5 Betting Picks: Moneyline pick of the weekBears (-225) vs. Raiders (in UK)The Bears defense has looked almost as dominant as New England’s this season, allowing just 11.2 points, 61.5 rushing yards, and 229.2 passing yards per game. While this matchup is going to take place in London, Khalil Mack will undoubtedly try to make a statement against his former team and the offensive line of the Raiders will have to step up. En route to a 34-14 loss to the Vikings in Week 3, the Raiders allowed consistent pressure on Derek Carr, who was sacked four times. Expect Mack and company to make him similarly uncomfortable in this contest. Although Mitch Trubisky (shoulder) will miss the game and backup quarterback Chase Daniel will get the starting nod, the Bears should be able to establish the run against Oakland’s defense, especially since they currently don’t have a middle linebacker listed on their entire roster after Vontaze Burfict (suspension) was lost for the remainder of the season. Although Chicago has received 39 percent of the total bets (per BetQL’s NFL consensus picks dashboard), they’ve garnered 85 percent of the total money, making them a sharp play.WEEK 5 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | DK cash | DK GPPNFL Week 5 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekBrowns at 49ers (OVER 46.5) A lot of points should be featured on this week’s edition of Monday Night Football. So far, 63 percent of public bets have gone on the OVER, and 43 percent of sharps are on the OVER per BetQL’s NFL expert picks dashboard. The Browns have allowed 119.8 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks in the bottom half of the league. That’s good news for the 49ers offense, which has the NFL’s highest rush percentage (56.7 percent) so far. Utilizing a multi-pronged ground attack, Kyle Shanahan has been able to open things up downfield for Jimmy Garoppolo and his receiving corps.last_img read more