Government ministers try to intimidate Polish media

first_img News May 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government ministers try to intimidate Polish media News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia News January 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en PolandEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is very disturbed by attempts by Polish government ministers to intimidate the media during the past few days.The media freedom organization condemns the utterly disproportionate and exorbitant damages that transport minister Slawomir Nowak is demanding from the magazine Wprost in a libel suit over an April 2013 story about his friendship with businessmen who often win government contracts and his presence at private parties paid for by wealthy corporate executives. Nowak’s lawyer, Roman Giertych (who was deputy prime minister from 2005 to 2007), says Nowak is demanding 30 million zlotys (7 million euros) in damages, together with a public apology and correction. He is also asking the court to forbid Wprost’s sale to another publisher before the end of the case in order to ensure that it remains solvent.Giertych said: “We want to be sure that the defendant is able to comply with the court’s ruling if we win and that it will not be able to get out of it by claiming a lack of financial resources.” The court has not yet decided when it will start hearing the case.“We are particularly worried by the size of the damages sought by Nowak,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Suing for this amount of money is clearly intended to intimidate. He is using the law to impose censorship by threatening the magazine’s financial survival. No publisher in Poland or anywhere else in Europe would be able to pay such a disproportionate amount.“It is very disturbing to see the minister of a European government put this kind of pressure on a news outlet over a story of public interest. If he thinks he was libelled, he can use his right of response. “And he is obviously free to bring a lawsuit, but he should ensure that the damages are proportionate to the harm suffered and to the news outlet’s financial resources. Otherwise he is liable to encourage self-censorship, which has already increased considerably among journalists as regards certain sensitive subjects.“We also condemn the minister’s attempt to meddle in the financial affairs of Wprost’s publisher. We remind Nowak that companies are completely free to merge and be traded within the European Union, which was founded on this principle. Seeking damages is one thing. Interfering in a company’s management is quite another, and could alarm certain European Commission bodies.”The climate of intimidation has been reinforced by the statements that deputy prime minister and economy minister Janusz Piechocinski made to a TVN 24 journalist when asked about a possible cabinet reshuffle on 17th of May. “Your behaviour is outrageous, idiotic and unacceptable,” Piechocinski told the journalist on the air. “I am going to request a meeting this week with representatives of your management.”Piechocinski continued in the same vein in a later post on his Facebook page. “I am going see the management of TVN and TVN 24 next week in order to ask them to consider a change of attitude,” he wrote. to go further With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland News Help by sharing this information Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns “We are stunned by the deputy prime minister’s statements,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If merely asking about the composition of the next cabinet is deemed to be outrageous, what will happen when journalists start commenting on the choice of the new ministers? “We urge the deputy prime minister to retract his remarks. Neither government officials nor representatives of any political parties should take it upon themselves to demand meetings with TV channel executives to ‘explain’ how journalists should behave.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This interference in media editorial policies is completely incompatible with European standards on freedom of information. Doing it in public makes it even more serious.”Poland is ranked 22nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.last_img read more

Indiana requests federal waivers to support timely medical service

first_img Susan Stroud screens a customer at a Witham Health Services drive-through Community Viral Screening center, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Whitestown, Ind. Indiana’s governor has ordered all public and private schools across the state remain closed to students until at least May 1 among steps aimed at slowing the coronavirus spread. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) The State of Indiana has submitted a waiver to the federal government to support the delivery of necessary health care during a national emergency.The Indiana Family Social and Services Administration, Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning is requesting authority from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to waive several Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program requirements. This would decrease the administrative burden for health care and other providers as the state combats the continued spread of the coronavirus. The request would cover the entirety of the national emergency declaration.OMPP requested a total of eight specific waivers in addition to the blanket waivers previously announced by CMS as available to states.The document, submitted by FSSA Secretary Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., is available here.OMPP may request additional waivers in the future as needed. Pinterest By Tommie Lee – March 20, 2020 0 359 Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Indiana requests federal waivers to support timely medical service Previous articleIndiana University postpones all commencement activities on all campusesNext articleNew Elkhart County fund hopes to support nonprofits and families Tommie Lee Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Twitter Google+last_img read more

Boost Fruit Harvests Now

first_imgWhile the sweet treat of this summer’s fruits still lingers, it’s time tofocus on next year’s harvest.”Next year’s fruit crop depends greatly on the plants’ health thisyear,” said Gerard Krewer, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia ExtensionService.Making sure your fruit plants are properly fertilized now is important fortwo reasons, said Krewer, who specializes in small fruit crops.First, flower buds are forming now that will produce next year’s crop.”The number of flowers you have next spring will be determined thisyear,” Krewer said. That’s important. The more flowers you start with, the betteryour chances of having a crop after a spring frost.Second, fruit plants are charging up their batteries now. They will crankup next spring on the strength of energy reserves they build up between now and their fallshutdown.”For the first 30 days or so next spring, a fruit plant will dependon its stored reserves,” he said. “Those are the reserves it’s producing thisfall and storing in its roots and stems.”Don’t rush out and start pouring on the fertilizer, though. “Too muchfertilizer could do more damage than good,” Krewer said. “The plant could windup making less fruit instead of more.”Too much fertilizer now, he said, could cause the plant to grow too muchin late summer and increase shading in the plant’s interior, resulting in fewer flowerbuds. Excessive growth is also more susceptible to cold injury this fall and winter.What you really should do, Krewer said, is take a soil sample to thecounty extension office. Get an analysis of your plants’ precise fertility needs.”Summer is a great time to pull a soil test,” he said. “Thereadings will be closer to the actual soil conditions the plants experience during thegrowth season. The pH goes down this time of year. So you get a better picture of yourliming needs.”One benefit of soil testing is that you can often save on fertilizercosts. “Often plants require only nitrogen in the summer application,” he said.If you really don’t want to run a soil test — the right thing — the nextbest thing is to use a balanced, premium-grade fertilizer.That would not only supply the main nutrients plants need — nitrogen,phosphorus and potassium — in balanced amounts, but would also provide the micronutrientsneeded for good growth.For many fruit trees, a seat-of-the-pants rule is to apply one pound ofpremium-grade 10-10-10 per inch of trunk diameter. But don’t apply more than three poundsper tree in late summer.”For pears, apply a little less than that,” Krewer said.”Pears are prone to put on too much vegetative growth if you fertilize them toomuch.”For blueberries, he said, apply one ounce of the same fertilizer per footof bush height. But don’t apply more than six ounces per bush.In rich soils or where fruit plants often grow too much, he said, cut anyof these rates by one-half to two-thirds.Be prepared to fertilize again next spring, just before or during bloom.”Fruit plants usually need fertilizer every spring and every summer afterharvest,” Krewer said.last_img read more

Richards looks ahead to strong season

first_imgOlympic shot put finalist O’Dayne Richards is optimistic about his 2017 prospects and is looking forward to competition with the likes of Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and World Champion Joe Kovacs. Speaking in Mandeville before he won the shot put event at the Manchester High School/Charlie Fuller Memorial, Richards says he is working to improve this year. He also hopes more fans will watch the shot as time goes by.He was at the Memorial to test his fitness a season after knee surgery and a slow recovery threatened his Olympic hopes. He is thankful to be headed in the right direction.”I think there is still a bit of room to catch up,” the MVP Track Club throwing ace said. “It’s very close to what it was the year before.”In that year, he cemented years of steady advances with the Pan-Am Games gold medal and bronze at the World Championships in Beijing, China. Both were achieved with the national record distance of 21.69 metres. Now he just wants to improve.”That has always been the target and I guess the target really hasn’t changed; to continue to improve,” Richards noted.With a nod to the size of giant rivals like the 6 foot 7 inch Crouser, the 5′ 11″ Jamaican cracked a little smile and said, “No I can’t get taller so everything that I have control over, speed, technique, mental strength, you know, everything, whatever it takes for me to try and improve, that is what I’m working on.”The American pair of Crouser and Kovacs and New Zealander Tom Walsh went beyond 22m in 2016 and the St George’s College and University of Technology graduate thinks others will soon do it as well.”I expected to be amongst four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year,” he shared calmly, while waiting for his event to start at the Memorial. “So far, we haven’t seen it yet and I still believe that one year we will see four or five guys hitting 22m within the same year.”Richards has clear ideas as to how to get more Jamaicans to take an interest in his event. He recommends the staging of street shot put meets in places like Half Way Tree and Crossroads.”Some people stay far away in the stadium,” he described. “So you don’t really know how heavy the shot put lands on the ground.””You don’t really see it coming at you at 13 metres per second,” Richards said with a statistic on the high speed at with his implement travels.”So when people come to get closer to the event, even get involved, maybe roll back a shot and see how heavy it is and I guess people will start to see and maybe enjoy it.”Richards won the shot put at the Memorial with a distance of 20.11m.last_img read more