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Production wages edge upwards

first_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com Share KCS-content Wednesday 15 December 2010 8:29 pm whatsapp Signs of pay rises in the manufacturing sector are starting to emerge, according to business group EEF. The average pay settlement crept up to two per cent from 1.8 per cent for the three months to October, it said. Only 23 per cent of the surveyed settlements ended in a pay freeze, and none resulted in less pay. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Production wages edge upwards Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Jockey Adam Hyeronimus found guilty on 30 betting charges

first_img21st July 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Tags: Race Track and Racino Jockey Adam Hyeronimus found guilty on 30 betting charges Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Regions: Oceania Australia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Horse racing Racing New South Wales (NSW) stewards have found professional jockey Adam Hyeronimus, alongside stablehand Blake Paine, guilty of 30 out of 31 illegal betting charges, related to activity which took place between 2016 and 2019. Racing New South Wales (NSW) stewards have found professional jockey Adam Hyeronimus, alongside stablehand Blake Paine, guilty of 30 out of 31 illegal betting charges, related to activity which took place between 2016 and 2019.Hyeronimus has been found guilty of two counts of jockey misconduct, having placed bets of $500 on two horses (Limbo Soul and Lucky Meteor) he was to ride in races in which he was competing.He was also found guilty of placing an additional 29 bets on thoroughbred horse racing between 2016 and 2019.Stablehand Blake Paine was found to be implicated in each of the above cases, and stewards were satsified he was guilty of 31 counts of betting with or for a jockey. Charges have been brought forward against both for supplying false evidence to a stewards’ enquiry.Evidence shows that on 22 of the 31 cited occasions, Hyeronimus transferred funds to Paine, who deposited into his Sportsbet account and placed bets on the jockey’s behalf, under his own name.On the other occasions, funds paid from winning bets were used to place additional bets on racing and sport. It was determined that between June 2016 and November 2018, approximately $30,000 was transferred from Hyeronimus to Paine for this purpose.SMS records show several conversations between the two detailing tips for betting on horse races, references to the transfer of funds and requests from Hyeronimus for Paine to place bets on his behalf.Racing NSW rules require that jockeys must not “bet, or have any interest in a bet, or facilitate a bet, on any race” and that, if a jockey or apprentice breaches these rules, a disqualification of not less than two years must be imposed.Similarly, for others in the industry it is required that “a person must not bet with or for a jockey or apprentice jockey, or give or offer a rider any pecuniary or other gift or consideration, contrary to these Australian Rules.”Having found both Paine and Hyeronimus guilty of 30 of the 31 charges, the stewards will now set a date to consider charge 32 (relating to the supply of false evidence to the stewards’ enquiry) and to consider penalties.Hyeronimus will be free to continue riding until a hearing is scheduled next month. When stewards hand down their penalty, he will also have the option to appeal. Topics: Sports betting Horse racinglast_img read more

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BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) HY2013 Presentation

first_imgBK Group Plc (BKG.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 presentation results for the half year.For more information about BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BKG.ke)  2013 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide

first_img Expand Pivotal: South Africa play the All Blacks and the winner will likely decide the group winner in 2019 (Getty Images)South Africa Rugby World Cup SquadRassie Erasmus has named his World Cup squad below;Forwards (17):Schalk BritsLood de JagerPieter-Steph du ToitEben EtzebethSteven KitshoffVincent KochSiya KolisiFrancois LouwFrans MalherbeMalcolm MarxBongi MbonambiFranco MostertTendai MtawariraTrevor Nyakane (replaced by Thomas du Toit on Monday 23 September after suffering a torn calf)Kwagga SmithRG SnymanDuane VermeuelenBacks (14):Lukhanyo AmDamian de AllendeFaf de KlerkWarrick GelantElton JantjiesHerschel JantjiesCheslin KolbeJesse Kriel (replaced by Damian Willemse after picking up a hamstring injury)Willie le RouxMakazole MapimpiSbu NkosiHandre PollardCobus ReinachFrans SteynRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordSouth Africa’s Rugby World Cup Record: P36 W30 D0 L61995 Champions1999 Third2003 Quarter-finals2007 Champions2011 Quarter-finals2015 Third2019 ChampionsFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup GroupsSouth Africa Rugby World Cup Kit Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Namibia booked their place once again at the… Canada Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The last team to qualify for the tournament,… Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Winners of the past two World Cups, the… South Africa Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideSouth Africa put their years of struggle behind them at the 2019 Rugby World Cup after winning against England in the final.How They QualifiedSouth Africa were one of of the 12 automatic qualifiers for the 2019 tournament.Key PlayersSiya Kolisi, South Africa’s first-ever black captain, and hooker Malcolm Marx are world-class forwards, while Wasps’ Willie le Roux is a sublime playmaker. Faf de Klerk injects energy at nine and is considered by many to be the best in the world.Quality: Kolisi (C), Marx (L), and De Klerk (far right) are key to the Springboks success (Getty Images)The Coach – Rassie ErasmusErasmus has the gig for the next two World Cups after being spirited away from Munster. The ex-Boks flanker took over from Allister Coetzee, who paid the price for a 44% win record.Improving: Rassie Erasmus is making progress with the Springboks (Getty Images)Major Work-onsEarly signs during his tenure suggested a paucity of midfield talent, but they have improved in 2019. Handre Pollard looks good at fly-half but his back-up, Elton Jantjies, has been found wanting in pressure matches.South Africa Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSaturday 20 July 2019: South Africa 35-17 AustraliaSaturday 27 July 2019: New Zealand 16-16 South AfricaSaturday 10 August 2019: Argentina 13-46 South AfricaSaturday 17 August 2019: South Africa 24-18 ArgentinaFriday 6 September 2019: Japan 7-41 South AfricaRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSouth Africa Rugby World Cup GroupSouth Africa are in Group B alongside New Zealand, Italy, Namibia and Canada. Collapse Four years on from their shock loss to Japan, South Africa collected their third world title. Italy Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide In a tough group, Italy were denied chance… Expand Expand New Zealand Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Canada Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide South Africa Rugby World Cup FixturesSat 21 Sep New Zealand 23-13 South Africa (Yokohama) Match reportSat 28 Sep South Africa 57-3 Namibia (Toyota) Match ReportFri 4 Oct South Africa 49-3 Italy (Shizuoka) Match ReportTue 8 Oct South Africa 66-7 Canada (Kobe) Match ReportSun 20 Oct QF4 Japan 3-26 South Africa (Tokyo) Match ReportSun 27 Oct SF2 Wales 16-19 South Africa (Yokohama) Match ReportSat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final England 12-32 South Africa (Yokohama) Match Report Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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Virtual Bishops’ Conversations will be held in preparation for Lambeth…

first_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Bishops’ Conversations will be held in preparation for Lambeth Conference Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Anglican Communion Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI [The Lambeth Conference] The Lambeth Conference is being planned for the summer of 2022. In 2021, in preparation for the event, a series of pre-conference virtual meetings will be available for Anglican Bishops.Starting in July 2021, ‘Bishops’ Conversations’ will invite Anglican Bishops to meet with one another online, to start exploring the theme of ‘God’s Church for God’s World.’ More activity is planned for the first quarter of 2022. Bishops are invited to attend six sessions, once a month.Reflecting on themes from 1 Peter, the groups will incorporate time for prayer and Bible study, sharing ministry experiences and stories and discussing what it means for the Anglican Communion to be responsive to the needs of a fast-changing world.The ‘Bishops’ Conversations’ will help to discern shared priorities and hopes in advance of the face-to-face conference, and to shape and enrich the conference programme planning.The virtual meetings will be open to all active bishops in the Anglican Communion. Registration for the sessions is now open and bishops are being emailed by the conference company with the full registration details. The meetings are optional.The meetings are being shaped by the Lambeth Conference Working Group, Chaired by Bishop Emma Ineson. They will be supported by a diverse and talented team of Bishop convenors and facilitators from around the Anglican Communion to deliver the sessions.Bishop Emma said: ‘The Lambeth Conference provides a once-a-decade opportunity for Anglican bishops worldwide to meet with one another for prayer, fellowship and dialogue. With the conference now meeting in 2022, meeting online in advance provides a special opportunity for bishops to start to prepare, meet one another and discuss conference themes. We know that the life of a bishop is hugely busy, but hope that bishops will take the opportunity to join in the pre-event conversations.’Phil George, Lambeth Conference CEO said: ‘The Anglican Communion is diverse, with a wide range of languages spoken. The conference team is working hard to set up groups that enable bishops from different provinces to meet together, catering to different time zone and language/interpretation considerations. We are really looking forward to all that the pre-event Bishops’ Conversations getting underway.’The Bishops’ Conversations timetable and wider information is available on the Lambeth Conference website. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishops will receive registration details via email from the Lambeth conference team. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Posted Apr 21, 2021 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

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Finbar Cullen sets up new fundraising research consultancy

first_img  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis After a successful presentation on free research resources at the November 2004 Researchers in Fundraising conference in London he will be presenting again at the Institute of Fundraising South West conference in March 2005. Research specialist Finbar Cullen has set up ResearchPlus, a new consultancy offering a range of services to fundraisers including fundraising and prospect research, training, consultancy and mentoring.Finbar has worked in the voluntary sector for over twenty years. He has been a prospect researcher since 1999, working as a senior researcher at The Factary and working for Children’s Hospice South West as their prospect researcher on their £15 million major capital appeal for over two years. His expertise covers research into all the main sources of funding, including individuals, companies, and grant-making trusts. He also has a very good grasp of the numerous online research tools.Finbar is a member of the Researchers in Fundraising (RiF) committee, and also volunteers on their Data Protection and Training Action Groups. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 20 January 2005 | News Finbar Cullen sets up new fundraising research consultancy Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Prospect research Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

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Solvite raises £14,905 for the World Land Trust

first_img DIY brand Solvite has donated £14,905.16 to the World Land Trust. The money was raised through an on-pack promotion: the company donated 1p for every pack of Solvite wallpaper paste sold and a further £1 for every consumer who entered the company’s competition to win an eco-friendly Smart Car.The funds contributed by Solvite will be used to purchase 200 acres of threatened habitat.Jemma Barton, product manager for Solvite at Henkel, commented: “This was an extremely popular promotion with our customers and we are very pleased that we were able to raise such a large sum of money for the World Land Trust”. Advertisement  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis www.makingdiyeasier.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Solvite raises £14,905 for the World Land Trustcenter_img Howard Lake | 17 July 2009 | News Tagged with: corporate About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Oakland International Working Women’s Day takes to the streets

first_imgOaklandOakland, Calif.Nearly 500 people rallied at Fruitvale Plaza in East Oakland and marched through nearby neighborhoods on March 8 to commemorate International Working Women’s Day. The sponsoring coalition, led by Gabriela, a progressive Filipino women’s organization, called upon women to “take the streets and rise up to demand an end to gender-based violence against women and TGNC (transgender and gender-nonconforming) communities, to resist militarization and displacement, and to unite for self-determination. Join us as we collectively protest, singing ‘Un Violador en tu Camino’ (a song sung by women in Chile protesting government-sanctioned violence against women).”  (See IWWD 2020 Facebook page.)Speakers included many women from local Bay Area communities fighting violence against women, including representatives from the Anti-Police Terror Project, Youth vs. the Apocalypse, Black Organizing Project, Mujeres Unidas Activas and the Palestinian Youth Movement. A group of sex workers from St. James Infirmary, including many transwomen, spoke out against the violence facing them at the U.S.-Mexican border, in their native countries to the South and in the U.S.The day, which began with Aztec dancers, ended with Zumba organized by Latinx women and open to all who wanted to participate. The entire day was filled with moving testimony from Indigenous women from all around the world fighting U.S. militarism and oppression. Cat Brooks, cofounder of APTP, summed up the spirit of the day when she said, “We are winning. It doesn’t feel like it. It doesn’t look like it. But I promise you the reason why white supremacy is raging  . . . the reason why everything is in chaos is because they know we are coming for them.” — Report and photo by Judy GreenspanFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Deere Announces Allied Distribution agreement with 360 Yield Center

first_img Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 7, 2016 Deere Announces Allied Distribution agreement with 360 Yield Center SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleOil Tops $50 Gary Truitt R4045 Sprayer: Deere’s new allied distribution agreement with 360 Yield Center broadens application technology on Deere sprayers and toolbars.Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has entered a multi-national allied distribution agreement with 360 Yield Center to sell and support 360 Y-DROP® and 360 UNDERCOVER® application products through the John Deere dealer channel in the U.S. and Canada. “This innovative application technology from 360 Yield Center,” says John May, president, agricultural solutions and chief information officer, John Deere, “helps to improve timing and placement of nutrients with John Deere and Hagie application equipment, including self-propelled sprayers and toolbars. John Deere dealers will be able to provide sales and service support for these application products to help producers apply in-season nitrogen and plant health products where and when it’s needed.”With the recent announcement by Deere of the joint venture with Hagie Manufacturing to sell and service Hagie high-clearance sprayers, the distribution agreement with 360 Yield Center will bring more alignment and innovative technology to the Deere and Hagie sprayer line-up.“Demand for the 360 Yield Center nitrogen utilization products is tremendous. That’s why we are pleased with this allied distribution agreement with Deere,” says Gregg Sauder, president, 360 Yield Center. “We can now service and support more customers through the broadest dealer network in the U.S. and Canada. We have had a successful marketing partnership with Hagie and we are excited to extend this relationship to John Deere, their dealers, and their self-propelled sprayer and nutrient applicator line-up.”The following 360 Yield Center application products will be sold and supported by John Deere dealers in the near future:360 Y-DROP gives farmers a wider window of application and more control over when and where to apply nitrogen and other nutrients to their crops. The unique design allows farmers to apply full-season nitrogen – even up to tassel – with precision placement and variable rate application.360 UNDERCOVER helps farmers protect crops from late-season disease and insect infestations. It uses multidirectional spray nozzles and slides easily under the canopy so farmers can target fungicides, insecticides and nutrients exactly where needed for better product efficacy and improved crop health.“John Deere now offers a more comprehensive application equipment line-up with the latest technology to help growers and commercial operators apply efficiently and accurately in all crop conditions,” says May. “Add to that our precision ag and data management technologies with the industry-leading support and service from our dealers, we’ve got an unmatched value proposition for our customers.” SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Deere Announces Allied Distribution agreement with 360 Yield Centerlast_img read more

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Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Your Excellencies,We, the undersigned press freedom and freedom of expression organisations and journalists’ organisations, are writing to you in advance of your planned visit to Turkey on April 6, to ask you to prioritize calls to improve the country’s domestic human rights situation, and in particular to end the persecution of journalists and independent media, both publicly and during discussions with President Erdoğan.We welcome the European Council’s statement in its March 26 conclusions that:– Rule of law and fundamental rights remain a key concern. The targeting of political parties and media and other recent decisions represent major setbacks for human rights and run counter to Turkey’s obligations to respect democracy, the rule of law and women’s rights. Dialogue on such issues remains an integral part of the EU-Turkey relationship.However, we regret that the opening of negotiations of a possible modernization of the EU-Turkey Customs Union is not clearly tied to much needed progress on respect for the rule of law, fundamental rights and press freedom.We are deeply concerned that the Human Rights Action Plan released in March fails to address the weaknesses in the country’s current record. Political prisoners such as Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş remain behind bars along with dozens of journalists jailed for their journalistic work and criticism of the government.  We call on you to stress to President Erdoğan that this 128-page plan carries little weight in the face of the serious and persistent rule of law and human rights violations.  Meaningful action is needed; not attempts to divert international scrutiny from focusing on the dire problems of a lack of judicial independence and the grave erosion of rule of law and protection of fundamental rights.Of the scores of journalists in prison, most are held on terrorism-related charges. Defamation charges for insulting public officials, including President Erdoğan, are commonly used to criminalize journalistic work. Hundreds more are investigated each year for their online communications. Since the beginning of 2021 alone, the International Press Institute has recorded that Turkish courts sentenced 21 journalists to a total of 70 years and 6 months (as of April 1). Since the 2016 coup attempt, journalists have been sentenced to a total of 1455 years of prison.The European Commission’s annual progress report on Turkey provides detailed documentation of the range of violations of press freedom and the rapid deterioration of respect for human rights in the country. Since the release of this report, the situation in Turkey continued to decline sharply, in particular with the decree withdrawing Turkey from the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, known as the Istanbul Convention, and the moves to close down the second-largest opposition party in parliament.Efforts to resolve the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean should not lead the EU to deprioritize engagement on human rights concerns.Any effort to engage with Turkey without addressing the ongoing deterioration of the rule of law and protection of fundamental rights, which are vital to ensure people in Turkey can hold their government accountable for serious breaches of international law, will inevitably remain short-lived.We therefore urge you as Presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, respectively, to take the opportunity of the Ankara meeting to send a strong and public message that fundamental rights, especially press freedom, freedom of expression and of assembly, judicial independence, the rights of women, LGBTQI+ and minorities, are central to the EU’s principles and inform its Common Foreign and Security Policy, and that improved relations, economic or otherwise, will be tied to substantial improvement in Turkey’s domestic human rights record.Yours sincerely,International Press Institute (IPI)Association of European JournalistsARTICLE 19Articolo 21Committee to Protect JournalistsCartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI)Danish PENEuropean Federation of Journalists (EFJ)German PENHuman Rights WatchIFEXIPS Communication FoundationInternational Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR)OBC TranseuropaReporters Without Borders (RSF)PEN CanadaPEN NorwayP24South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)Swedish PENWorld Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) His Excellency Mr. Charles MichelPresident of the European CouncilHer Excellency Ms Ursula von der LeyenPresident of the European CommissionBrussels01.04.2021 Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Reporters Without Borders and 20 international human rights and freedom of expression organisations sent today a joint letter to the presidents of the European Council and European Commission to call on EU leaders to prioritize improved human rights records in Turkey ahead of their visit to the Turkish president Erdoğan on April 6.See the full letter below. Turkish journalist’s murder trial verdict “leaves bitter taste” News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey: Rights groups call on European leaders to send a strong message to Ankara, in favour of judiciary independence and media freedom, before their official visit on 6 April. News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en March 26, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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