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Macron receives Information and Democracy Commission at Elysée


first_img September 10, 2018 – Updated on September 12, 2018 Macron receives Information and Democracy Commission at Elysée This initiative’s ultimate goal is an international commitment by governments, private-sector companies and civil society representatives based on the International Declaration on Information and Democracy that the commission is tasked with drafting.“We requested and obtained Emmanuel Macron’s support and his promise to join with leaders of other democratic countries in launching a political process designed to achieve this international commitment,” Deloire said after the meeting. “This initiative will allow an approach adapted to current and future challenges in order to guarantee that human beings have access to freely reported and reliable news and information in the new context of globalized and digitalized information that is ours today.”Letters have already been sent to leaders in all continents, and RSF hopes that they will commit as early as mid-November, when dozens of heads of state and government meet in Paris for the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (11 November), for the Paris Peace Forum (11-13 November) and the Internet Governance Forum (12-14 November).  President Macron said that a place would be assigned to the Information and Democracy Commission at the Paris Peace Forum.The Information and Democracy Commission is completely independent of all centres of political or business power and influence. Although created at RSF’s initiative, it is not bound by RSF’s mandate. Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en The Information and Democracy Commission, which was created at the initiative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and which began its first two-day working meeting in Paris today, was received by French President Emmanuel Macron at the Elysée Palace this afternoon. center_img It was President Macron who, in a show of interest in the initiative, proposed receiving this independent international commission at the Elysée for an informal meeting. The commission is co-chaired by RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire and Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.After the commission’s co-chairs described the initiative’s goals to President Macron, he conversed freely with its members about the present-day challenges for information and democracy, including relations between democratic countries and despotic regimes, regulation of news and information providers, new technology and the future of journalism. Some of the Commission’s members raised the situation of their respective countries directly with Macron. Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents Conflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expressionNobel Prize Reports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodiesEvents Conflicts of interestInternetFreedom of expressionNobel Prize Newslast_img read more


Joe Biden plans ‘Day One’ flurry of climate and environment actions


first_imgRejoining Paris climate agreement a Day One priority for Joe BidenReversing Trump’s decision to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, which took effect late last year, will be among the first priorities of the Biden administration – a development his team says will put the US “back in position to exercise global leadership in advancing the objectives of the Agreement”.Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, welcomed the move, writing on Twitter that the return of the US to the climate accord will be “the starting point for our renewed cooperation”, adding “way more is to come”.I am delighted that on day one of this new administration, the US will rejoin the #ParisAgreement.This is the starting point for our renewed cooperation.And way more is to come.— Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) January 20, 2021Reversing Trump’s emissions standards rollbacksAs well as kick-starting the 30-day process of rejoining the Paris Agreement, Joe Biden plans to issue several other presidential orders targeted at taking “critical first steps to address the climate crisis, create good union jobs, and advance environmental justice”.High on the agenda is directing federal departments and agencies to reconsider vehicle fuel economy and emissions standards, methane emissions standards, and appliance and building efficiency standards.A relaxation of regulations for vehicle emissions and industrial methane were hallmarks of the Trump presidency, widely criticised by environmentalists and even some within the industry.Last week, French oil major Total pulled its membership of the American Petroleum Institute, an influential lobbyist group, citing among other reasons the API’s support for this deregulatory agenda. Other oil majors, including BP, Shell and Exxon, also opposed the rollback of methane emission rules at the time. The president-elect campaigned on an agenda of sweeping reforms to US energy policy focused on emissions reduction (Credit: Michael F Hiatt/Shutterstock) Hours after being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States later today, Joe Biden will make a series of Day One executive orders addressing climate change and the clean energy transition.The president-elect was voted into office having campaigned on an agenda promising sweeping reforms designed to “revitalise the US energy sector” – and his transition team today previewed a list of immediate actions aimed at tackling climate issues and “reversing the previous administration’s harmful policies”.Outgoing President Donald Trump faced criticism during his four-year stint in office for failing to address the growing urgency of environmental concerns, scaling back regulations intended to reduce emissions from US industry and transport, and opening protected federal lands to new resource extraction. US president-elect Joe Biden will immediately seek to reverse Trump-era policies during his first hours in office as climate issue ride high on the agenda Blocking oil lease sales in the Arctic National Wildlife RefugeBiden also plans to issue a temporary moratorium on all oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in north-east Alaska.Drilling in the ANWR has been targeted by industry for decades, but up until a 2017 tax law it remained protected by environmental regulations, due to its importance as a natural habitat for wildlife including polar bears, caribou and migrating birds.President Trump successfully fast-tracked an auction process during his final months in office in an effort to complete the first of two legislated lease sales ahead of inauguration day.However, only $14.4m was raised after interest turned out to be minimal at a time when oil companies are facing huge financial pressures as a result of lost demand and low commodity prices during the pandemic.Only three separate bidders took part in the auction, with 11 of the 13 bids made by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), a state government organisation which made the purchases with a view to potential industry partnerships at some point in the future.Yesterday, the US Bureau of Land Management issued 10-year leases for nine of the 11 successful bids, after AIDEA withdrew its interest in two of the tracts.While completion of the sales makes it difficult for a new administration to reverse the process, Biden is nevertheless expected to introduce strict permitting regulations that will make further development of the plots more difficult for the companies involved. Revoking Keystone XL permitIn a further rebuke to his predecessor, Biden will revoke the presidential permit granted to the Keystone XL oil pipeline, cancelling development of the near-2,000km-long transport infrastructure linking Canadian oilfields to refineries in the US.In 2017, President Trump began a process of overturning an Obama-era block on development of the pipeline, heralding “a new era of American energy policy” and an “historic moment for North American and energy independence”.The $8bn pipeline project was tipped to move 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day from production sites in Alberta, Canada to Nebraska, US, where it would connect to an existing pipeline network supplying US refineries around the Gulf Coast.But it has been opposed by environmental groups who want to see a shift away from petroleum fuels, as well as by land owners concerned about environmental damage caused by the pipeline’s construction.Responding to the news that Biden plans to revoke the project permit, TC Energy, which owns the venture with backing from the Government of Alberta, said it was “disappointed” with the decision, adding it will now suspend the project and “consider its options”.Senior Canadian officials, including Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have expressed concern about the project’s expected cancellation. In a statement, Trudeau’s office confirmed he had spoken to president-elect Biden on the issue, and “made the case for the project” to the incoming administration.last_img read more


Next big thing part three: Focus on technology integration


first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greg Inman is convinced the “next big thing” for credit unions will be driven by changes in technology, or come from outside our industry.Inman, chief operations officer for $710 million asset Neighbors Federal Credit Union in Baton Rouge, La., and chair of CUNA Operations, Sales, & Service Council executive committee, and others share their insights in part three of this series from Credit Union Magazine (click here for parts one and two).Millennials and disruptionI read an article recently in which more than 10,000 millennials were surveyed regarding disruption and how this demographic feels about multiple companies in several different industries. They believe that of all industries that will be disrupted, banking is at the highest [risk].It was interesting that more than 70% of millennials said they would rather visit the dentist than listen to what banks are saying. This group believes innovation will come from outside the industry, and nearly 75% would be more excited about a new offering in financial services from Google, Amazon, Apple, PayPal, or Square. continue reading »last_img read more


Governor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region


first_imgGovernor Wolf with UE Members Vows to Help Workers and Erie Region SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Erie, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today met with the United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) Local 506 to discuss efforts to help workers impacted by General Electric (GE) Transportation’s planned layoffs by the end of 2018.“GE’s decision is incredibly tough for these hardworking families and a disappointment to the entire region,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend UE 506 for engaging in collective bargaining with GE to ensure their members are treated as fairly as possible.”“I am committed to ensuring that Erie’s economy remains competitive and the employees impacted by this decision will find good, family sustaining jobs.”Following GE’s announcement, Governor Wolf called the company’s Chief Executive Officer and strongly urged the company to reconsider. With the company’s refusal to change course, Governor Wolf and his administration have worked with Local 506 to put a plan in place to mitigate the potential impact on workers and the region.At Governor Wolf’s direction, the Department of Labor and Industry will work with UE Local 506 to help displaced employees return to the workforce. The department’s Rapid Response team and the local CareerLink will offer information about retraining and education, health insurance and unemployment benefits, and job seeking assistance, including access to computers and phones for the transition to re-employment.“I will do everything in my power to help the Erie economy recover from this loss as the community and the commonwealth build on our successes in bringing jobs to this region,” said Governor Wolf. “There’s no question this is a tough situation, but I am fully confident in the workforce, the citizens, and the spirit of Erie.”The region remains an important destination for businesses to invest and build. Through the Department of Community and Economic Development and the Governor’s Action Team, almost 600 jobs have been created or retained in Erie. Businesses including Sterling Technologies, VNET, UPMC and Logistics Plus, which the governor visited earlier today, have committed to the region with their recent investmentsTo further spur job creation and development, the commonwealth has invested $5 million in the Harbor Place project to remake Erie’s Bayfront, provided over $1.5 million in Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits to encourage businesses to invest in distressed areas, and a Keystone Enterprise Zone was created in the city to encourage innovation, attract businesses, and create jobs.center_img August 09, 2017last_img read more


Fair Haven Day Celebrated With Games, Food, New Play Set


first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Local residents came out to Fair Haven Fields June 15 to celebrate their town at Fair Haven Day. There was a climbing wall and bounce houses sponsored by various local businesses, giving children many opportunities for having fun. A favorite spot for the kids was a classic truck filled to the brim with bags of popcorn, all donated by Brennan’s Delicatessen. Face painting and colorful bandage wraps were also available. Mayor Ben Lucarelli and state Sen. Declan O’Scanlon were in attendance for the grand opening of a new toddler-friendly play set for the Fair Haven Fields playground, made possible through the fundraising efforts of local resident Cristina Stanley. All present enjoyed live music, great food and fun games with fireworks at the end of the night. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more


Marvel’s “Agent Carter” uses Santa Anita Park as Backdrop


first_imgGood news race fans! Whether you’re into Marvel Comics or secret-agent shows, see one of our favorite spy track down a suspect at The Great Race Place.Can you see Santa Anita Park in the below promo?Courtesy of the Los Angeles Magazinelast_img


Industry News: Canon Announces Two New 70-200mm Lenses


first_imgAfter much anticipation, we get our first look at the updates to Canon’s popular 70-200mm lens options for video and film professionals.All images via Canon Inc.Longtime staples of videography and film production, the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II USM and the Canon 70-200mm f/4 USM are both getting updates. These telephoto lens options have been popular for videographers and cinematographers who need to shoot sharp, tight compositions with long range capabilities.Let’s look at the two new lenses.Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 III USMVersion III has spiffed up its optical design — while keeping its electronics and casing. However, new fluorite and low dispersion elements should give the updated lens more durability. Here are the big additions:Optical Image Stabilization at up to 3.5 stops of shake correction.Updated Super Spectra coating to reduce internal reflections and heating.Air Sphere coating added to rear surface of 19th optical element.Fluorine coating added to front and rear lens surfaces for moisture, dust, and smudge resistance.Expected price: $2,099Canon 70-200mm f/4 II USMSimilar to the f/2.8 III, the f/4’s new version will include a full array of coating updates to reduce cooling and help with backlight settings. The f/4 II will also feature some more substantive mechanical updates to its focus, aperture, and stabilization. Here are the additional updates:Reduced flare and ghosting effects from updated multi-level coating.Closer focusing down to 3.28 feet (previously 3.9 feet).Maximum close-up magnification up to 0.27x.Image stabilization smoother with 9-blade lens aperture.Up to 5 stops of shake correction.Expected Price: $1,229Expected shipping date for both lenses is August, 30th 2018. For more information, check out the press release on Canon’s website or their video review. If you’re looking for more news and tips, check out some of the articles below.5 Reasons You Should Purchase a “Nifty Fifty” 50mm LensA Guide to Cleaning Lenses and Camera SensorsGear Basics: Is Filming with a Pancake Lens a Viable Option?Best Lenses for Corporate Video Interviews4 Awesome Innovations in Lens Technology Every Filmmaker Needslast_img read more


Kashmir Press Club to hold polls after three decades


first_imgThe journalistic fraternity in Kashmir, where 19 scribes lost their lives to unknown gunmensince 1990, will get to elect its first-ever body for the Kashmir Press Club (KPC) on July 15. As many as 252 working journalists and editors will vote for four posts of office-bearers and a seven-member executive committee. Thirty one candidates are in the fray for the July 15 polls. All the candidates wooed voters through a fierce poster, social media and video campaigns in the past one week, promising social security, exigency funds, free legal support etc.“Holding election for professional organisations is always a welcome step. One hopefully looks forward to its promised positive outcome for the profession as well as the larger public good,” said senior journalist Mohammad Syed Malik. He recalled that regular organisational elections were held prior to 1990 to choose the office-bearers of working journalists’ State unit affiliated to the Indian Federation of Working Journalists (IFWJ). “The onset of turmoil (in 1990) disrupted all. The rest is history,” said Mr. Malik.Kashmir may be a rare place in the country where setting up a press club remained a no-go area. Successive governments identified land and buildings but never handed them over to the journalists. “In the late 1990s, then Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah instructed his Chief Secretary to hand over the keys of a particular building to the media fraternity to start a press club. Later, the Chief Secretary disclosed that the keys of the building had gone missing,” said another senior journalist on condition of anonymity.The setting up of the press club, which was handed over by the previous government to the journalists in 2017, has come at a time when working journalists and editors are under tremendous pressure from many sides in Kashmir.The Kashmir Editors Guild (KEG), a body of editors of local dailies, at a recent meeting said the club “should become a symbol of unity.”Ishfaq Tantry, contesting for general secretary, said, “This election will be a first move towards starting a process of welfare for journalists and their working conditions. It should also become a hub to upscale skills of journalists.”last_img read more


Djokovic says Wimbledon courts ‘not that great’ this year


first_imgMOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Members of the ground staff work on the baseline after play finished on center court on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Bothered by what he called a “hole” at Centre Court, Novak Djokovic complained about the condition of the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he’s played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “He wanted me to show him, so I showed him,” Djokovic said at a news conference. “His reaction wasn’t that great.”Mannarino, who had not played on Centre Court until he faced Djokovic, said his only concern about the surface was that he had to make sure he didn’t slip during the match.“To me, the Centre Court (was) really good, actually,” Mannarino said. “Maybe he was complaining a little bit, but compared to the other courts I’ve been playing on before, it was good.”Tuesday was the first day persistent rain moved over southwest London since Wimbledon started. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw nearly uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear.Neil Stubley, the club’s head of courts and horticulture, said on Saturday that the measurements his staff had taken over the first week of play showed that the grass was considered to be healthy and within the acceptable standards of use.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight El Nido residents told to vacate beach homescenter_img View comments He also expressed confidence that the surface at Centre Court would be able to hold up over the second week.Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn’t notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.And Djokovic said the issue wasn’t one of safety as much as it was about fair play.“Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance,” he said. “The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “(The) courts, honestly, are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said in a television interview after his match ended. “I’m sure they’re trying their best, but I’ve played on better courts.”Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner, initially expressed his disappointment with the court condition following a third-round victory over Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOn Tuesday, playing with the roof closed, Djokovic could be seen after points picking up or kicking away small portions of grass that had loosened up on the baseline.The second-seeded Serb lodged his disappointment with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes during the match and pointed out the issue afterward.last_img read more