ETA suspended from list of press freedom predators

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more May 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 ETA suspended from list of press freedom predators News June 2, 2021 Find out more SpainEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive center_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso SpainEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders has withdrawn the Basque separatist group ETA from the list of press freedom predators it issued on 3 May.This decision in no way means we are turning the page on ETA’s many acts of violence against journalists and news media. Its use of murders, threats and blackmail has unquestionably made it an enemy of the press. By dropping ETA from the list, we are simply taking note of the respite of the past few months and the unprecedented undertakings it has given to renounce all violence. And we wanted to encourage these expressions of goodwill.We may have acted too quickly and imprudently, especially if one accepts the views of many of our colleagues in the Spanish media. Therefore, although this list is anyway meant to be constantly modified and updated, we have resolved to look at this question again in the coming days. We hope the future will prove the pessimists are wrong.Fernando Castillo, President of Reporters Without Borders InternationalRobert Ménard, Secretary-General of Reporters Without Borders Follow the news on Spainlast_img read more

$8.5 million Vermont Guard solar project launched

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Major General Michael Dubie, the Vermont National Guard commander, broke ground today on an $8.5 million solar installation that will be one of the biggest in Vermont.  Sanders is chairman of the Senate green jobs subcommittee. He has worked with the Vermont National Guard to make its base one of the greenest in the country. ‘It is appropriate that we are here today to break ground on what will be one of the largest solar energy projects in Vermont because Vermont is one of the most environmentally conscious states in our nation. We lead the country in energy efficiency and, through projects like this, are making progress in increasing our use of sustainable energy,’ Sanders said. ‘It is also appropriate that this project is located at our Vermont National Guard base, because as much as anyone, our military service members understand the critical importance of breaking our dependence on foreign oil, and moving our nation to energy independence,’ he added. The United States spends some $1 billion a day on foreign oil. The US imports about 9 million barrels of oil every, and almost half of it comes from countries that the State Department has labeled dangerous or unstable. ‘This leaves our nation vulnerable to volatility and price spikes in the cost of our energy, and leaves us beholden to the OPEC cartel and unstable countries for too much of our energy supplies,’ Sander said. The largest single consumer of energy in the United States is the US military, which spends more than $4 billion a year on energy and transportation fuel costs. That is why the Defense Department been aggressive in setting a target of meeting 25 percent of its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2025, a goal the Vermont solar project will help achieve.   The Department of Defense also has been a strong voice in recognizing the need to address climate change. A Pentagon study called climate change an ‘accelerant of instability’ that will place a burden on the military to respond to disasters and humanitarian crises. ‘I am proud that our Vermont National Guard is meeting the challenge of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, meeting the challenge of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, and serving as a model of innovation for other military facilities around the nation,’ Sanders said. The Vermont National Guard project will generate about 1.45 megawatts of clean solar energy by utilizing a variety of solar photovoltaic technology, including roof-mounted systems, ground-mounted systems, and panels on dual axis trackers that will follow the sun throughout the day to generate power more efficiently. Because the price of solar panels has fallen rapidly, declining 75 percent in the last decade, the guard project is larger than first planned. It also will save taxpayers’ money by paring $224,000 from future annual energy costs.   ‘I appreciate the service of all of the men and women in the Vermont National Guard to our nation, and I thank you for demonstrating real leadership in meeting our state’s and our nation’s energy challenges, to help us create a more secure and sustainable energy future.’  Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt., April 18 ‘ Sanders’ officelast_img read more

PODCAST: Heroes in action

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Credit Union Magazine’s 2019 Credit Union Heroes include a former teacher who’s still displaying class as a financial educator, an ex-banker who’s now preaching the credit union gospel, a financial counselor with a passion for outreach, and a self-described “bridge” to the community who has a penchant for collaboration.While each hero has her own journey, they share a commitment to community and a selfless desire to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable.In this episode of the CUNA News Podcast, we talk to the four 2019 Credit Union Heroes—those who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make sustainable differences in their communities:last_img read more

Kobe Bryant and 13-Year-Old Daughter, Gianna Maria Killed in Helicopter Crash

first_imgNEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 21: Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gigi, watch an NBA basketball game between the Brooklyn Nets and Atlanta Hawks on December 21, 2019 at Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Nets won 122-112. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Superstar, Kobe Bryant, 41, and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash in Los Angeles this afternoon.TMZ, who was first to report the story, stated that Kobe and *eight* other people including his daughter, known as “GiGi” had been on their away to basketball practice at Mamba Academy when the helicopter went down in Calabasas, California. A fire broke out and emergency personnel responded, but there were no survivors. All five people were killed.Kobe has famously used a helicopter to travel for years — dating back to when he played for the Lakers. He was known for commuting from Newport Beach, CA to the STAPLES Center in DTLA in his Sikorsky S-76 chopper.Kobe is survived by his wife of 19 years, Vannessa Bryant, and his three daughters, Natalia, Bianka and Capri who was born in June 2019.Bryant often spoke about his daughter Gigi and her basketball aspirations, saying that she would be the one to carry on his basketball legacy. Bryant was the coach of Gigi’s middle coach basketball team. She had made it clear that her goal was to play in the WNBA. He affectionally referred to her as “Mambacita” derived from his nickname, “Mamba”.Kobe is widely considered one of the greatest NBA players of all time, making 18 All-Star teams during his 20-year career with the Lakers. He was a first-round pick in the 1996 draft, winning 5 NBA championships, 2 NBA Finals MVPs and he was the league MVP in 2008. At age 34, Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to surpass the 30,000 point mark.He was on 15 All-NBA Teams, 12 All-Defensive Teams and led the league in scoring for two seasons. He ranks fourth in the NBA for all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring. He also repped USA in a number of Olympics appearances.After the last game of his career in 2016, the Lakers famously retired both of Kobe’s jerseys, number 8 and 24, the only player in team history to receive that honor.Kobe’s accomplishments stand far outside of the basketball world. He won an Oscar for his short film, “Dear Basketball,” in 2018.Just last night, LeBron James passed Kobe as third on the all-time NBA scoring list. Kobe’s last social media posts on Instagram and Twitter paid tribute to Lebron. “Keep growing the game and charting the path for the next”, he said.last_img read more

Police probe Braga’s disappearing boots

first_imgThieves stole the boots of Sporting Braga players from their changing room as they prepared for their Europa League match at Olympique Marseille, police said.Marseille had to buy 46 pairs of new boots and even offered to charter a special flight to bring footwear from Portugal after the disappearance.The Portuguese outfit left their boots in their dressing room at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome stadium after training there on Wednesday night. On Thursday there was no trace of the studded footwear.”There is nothing which allows us to contradict the Portuguese officials’ version of events,” a police spokesman said on Friday.The match went ahead with the French team triumphing 1-0.Some of the Braga team used reserve pairs of boots which they had brought with them and left at their hotel. Others had to use the new boots bought by Marseille. “I find this incredible. No door had been forced, how did the boots disappear?” said Braga’s president Antonio Salvador Rodrigues on Thursday.Braga have registered an official complaint with police, who said an investigation is ongoing.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more