Three videos about the press freedom situation in Belarus

first_img“This is the first time we have had to deal with this level of harassment,” says Zolotova, who describes how her website has ceased to be recognized as a media outlet since the start of the crackdown and how one of her reporters has been jailed on a criminal charge. News May 27, 2021 Find out more Natalia Lubneuskaya, Ihar Karnei and Marina Zolotova News December 23, 2020 – Updated on January 27, 2021 Three videos about the press freedom situation in Belarus As a crackdown of unprecedented proportions continues in Belarus, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is releasing video interviews with three Belarusian journalists who have been battling to keep reporting. “The policeman knew he was targeting a journalist,” says Lubneuskaya, who was hospitalized for 38 days after being hit by a rubber bullet. May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Related documents Читать на русском / Read in Russian​PDF – 91.03 KB “I can now say with certainty that an all-out war has been unleashed against journalists in Belarus,” says Karnei, who recounts what it was like to be held for ten days after being arrested while covering a demonstration, and the violence to which he was subjected in prison. Читать на русском / Read in Russian Victims of the persecution that began after the disputed presidential election on 9 August, the three journalists describe what they have endured, which is typical of the experiences of all the reporters who have been covering the peaceful demonstrations taking place for more than four months. Ruled since 1994 by Alexander Lukashenko, who has managed to be reelected as president in the first round every five years, Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. to go furthercenter_img News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more Natalia Lubneuskaya, a reporter for the Nasha Niva news website, Ihar Karnei, a journalist with the Belarusian branch of Radio Free Europe, and Marina Zolotova, the editor of, Belarus’s most popular news site, have all been subjected to abuses. They agreed to be interviewed so that the outside world can learn how the Belarusian authorities have been obstructing their reporting. Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedWomenImpunityFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF has registered hundreds of press freedom violations since 9 August. Journalists with independent media outlets are harassed, arrested, subjected to violence, mistreated and sometimes tortured to prevent them from covering the major events that have been taking place. RSF has proposed 15 recommendations with the aim of ending these abuses.last_img read more

Crackdown on welfare fraud in Limerick

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Advertisement Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsCrackdown on welfare fraud in Limerick By admin – March 8, 2012 546 center_img WhatsApp Email Previous articleCall to lift garda embargo in wake of retirementsNext articleHollywood comes to Ennis Road admin SOCIAL welfare fraud in Limerick is “very prevalent” according to sources dealing with the Department of Social Protection, who say that some recipients are claiming benefits for persons that are no longer residing in the jurisdiction.The Limerick Post has learned that there is a major crackdown on the illegal activity as special investigators have been assigned, with the assistance from the Gardai, to clamp down on the fraudulent claims made for those not living in the country or lawfully entitled to such benefits.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Recent investigations have resulted in the prosecution of one man who had been claiming benefits for a person who was not resident in the State, but who had previous dealings with the Department of Social Protection.This, the Department and An Garda Siochana say, is an example of just some of the claims made without merit.A Polish national in his 30s living in Limerick, was claiming benefits for someone no longer resident in the State.His prosecution came after Gardai were called to Dominic Street offices of the department, where he was arrested and charged. The District Court last month heard a case of deception where payments for a period of four months, totalling over €3,000, were made. Instances of deception are being reported and investigated where one person is believed to have fraudulently claimed, on behalf of four non residents, up to €20,000 over a 16 week period.Recently, the Government has, reported savings of over €645 million as part of stringent new social welfare control measures made up as part of their Fraud Initiative 2011-2013. A spokesperson for the Department said that the aim of the initiative was to “ensure the public had confidence and trust in the Department’s response to combating fraud. It is something that the department aims to vigorously prevent”.The spokesperson added that through the work and role of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU), a number of cases had been brought before the Limerick Courts in 2011 with more to come in 2012, and a total of 174 cases were referred to the An Garda Siochana nationally for investigation and prosecution under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud Offences) Act.In the case of special projects such as non residency and multiple claiming, the Department states that these type of investigations “have been particularly successful,”  especially when a joined up multi agency approach is taken.last_img read more

President Trump Comments on Fed’s Interest Rate Stance

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News President Trump Comments on Fed’s Interest Rate Stance Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Bifurcated Appraisals: Insights Into an Evolving Industry Next: Affordability Increases on the West Coast Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: Fed Interest rates President Trump Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img June 24, 2019 1,264 Views About Author: Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / President Trump Comments on Fed’s Interest Rate Stance Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fed Interest rates President Trump 2019-06-24 Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. A report by Bloomberg states that President Donald Trump has accused the Federal Reserve of behaving like a “stubborn child” as it decided to not lower interest rates. “Now they stick, like a stubborn child, when we need rates cuts, and easing, to make up for what other countries are doing against us. Blew it!,” the president said in a tweet on Monday.Bloomberg states that Trump has previously criticized Fed Chairman Jerome Powell for raising interest rates over the past year, and in Trump’s viewpoint, too far and too fast. The report continues, by saying Trump criticized European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on June 18, after Draghi noted more monetary stimulus may be on the way.  There is an expectation, according to Bloomberg, that the Fed is set to cut rates, possibly as soon as its July 30-31 meeting. WalletHub released results of a survey earlier this month that showed the likelihood the Fed will slash interest rates increased as 2019 continues. The chances of an increase grow to 97% by September 18.The Fed has increased interest rates nine times, with no decreases, since December 2015.The survey stated that 76% of people support a rate cut, and around the same amount said it would be good for the economy.“The Fed held rates steady today as it navigated a challenging balancing act between the easing of global central banks, investor speculation that cuts are necessary to combat slowing economic growth, and the futures markets pricing a high likelihood of a rate cut by July,” said Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for “The Fed ditched the previous ‘patient’ language it used and instead pledged to ‘closely monitor’ the data and ‘act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.’ This language shift opens up the possibility of a rate cut as soon as July if incoming data suggests weaker growth on the horizon.”Hale said the Fed has two goals: maximize employment and stable prices. While the May Jobs report was below expectations, unemployment remains at record lows. Subscribelast_img read more

MEMO: Governor Wolf Makes the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Top Priority

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Memo,  Substance Use Disorder SUBJECT: Governor Wolf Makes the Fight Against Opioid Abuse Top PriorityTO: Interested PartiesFROM: Jeff Sheridan, Press SecretaryDATE: April 29, 2016The Wolf Administration has made the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis a top priority.The Wolf Administration hopes that the following steps and actions, as well as a series of statewide roundtable discussions, are just the beginning of a larger conversation with both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate as well as local officials, law enforcement, emergency responders and health care professionals. And, while we know that avoiding the upcoming fiscal cliff is critical to fixing our structural budget deficit and having the resources necessary to do even more, we look forward to working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in this state is astounding — at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combatting this crisis.Some of the Wolf Administration’s current and ongoing initiatives include:Drug Take-Back Boxes: The Wolf Administration, through DDAP, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) and the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association (PDAA), developed a statewide drug take-back system to address the problem of excess prescription drugs.This is funded through grants managed by PDAA.The program has placed over 400 boxes resulting in the collection of over 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs in 2015.Naloxone Distribution:The Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, signed two standing orders to make naloxone, a drug that temporarily reverses the symptoms of an opioid overdose, available.The first standing order made naloxone available to all first responders.The second, subsequently, made it available to all Pennsylvanians.Thanks to those orders, the Pennsylvania State Police and more than 300 municipal police departments have started ubiquitously carrying naloxone.To date, police departments have made over 740 reversals.Additionally, the Wolf Administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to offer free naloxone to schools.Expedited Behavioral Health Coverage:Behavioral Health Managed Care Organizations (BHMCOs) provide behavioral health, SUD, and recovery-oriented supplemental services in the Medicaid System.DHS and DDAP are collaborating to ensure that individuals in need of SUD treatment are able to access those services immediately through an expedited enrollment process.This means persons have BHMCO coverage as soon as their Medicaid is approved.A particular emphasis is placed on facilitating immediate BHMCO coverage for individuals being released from state and county correctional institutions and transferring directly to Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facilities to ensure Medicaid covers the cost of care.Warm Handoff Policy:“Warm handoffs” refer to health care professionals are transitioning patients from primary physician care to specialized drug and alcohol treatment programs.DDAP developed the warm hand-off policy, which mandates that Single County Authorities create and execute a process whereby overdose survivors are taken from the emergency department directly to treatment. These facilitated referrals support individuals with SUD and increase the odds of a successful recovery.Behind-the-Walls Treatment:The Department of Corrections (DOC) is working to reduce criminal behaviors through individualized SUD treatment and education for inmates.This will result in successful community reintegration.DOC provides comprehensive drug and alcohol treatment to inmates through a variety of services, including assessment, outpatient care, inpatient care or aftercare.As part of this ongoing mission, DOC is also conducting a pilot program using Vivitrol, a long-acting injectable form of naltrexone that blocks certain receptors to prevent a ‘high.’Some of the Wolf Administration’s plans and ideas for moving forward include:Continuing Medical Education:DOH, DDAP, the Department of State (DOS), and the PA Medical Society are working on developing and offering continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians on SUD.The educational modules are broken into 4 sessions.Currently, modules on naloxone and prescribing guidelines are available on the PA Medical Society’s website.Still under development are modules on the ABC-MAP program and warm handoffs.Substance Use Disorder Medical School Curricula:Physician General, Dr. Rachel Levine, and DDAP are working with the deans of Pennsylvania medical schools to incorporate SUD courses into their curricula required for graduation from the program.This effort was successfully accomplished in Massachusetts and has been advocated by the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.Opioid Prescribing Guidelines:DOH and DDAP have been working collaboratively to create a set of specialized opioid prescribing guidelines in an effort to curtail the excess supply of drugs.The departments have completed multiple guidelines, including emergency department providers, chronic non-cancer pain, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacists, geriatrics and dental pain.In development still are pediatrics, neurology and sports medicine.The departments are working to get the guidelines affirmed by the appropriate medical boards.Syringe Services Program:Syringe services programs can reduce the spread of disease and assist in connecting those with SUD with treatment professionals.In addition, these programs provide opportunities for program staff to share treatment options and assistance to intravenous drug users in a safe environment.$34M for Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence (aka “Health Homes”):Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder.The Department of Human Services (DHS) will provide 50 new Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence will focus on whole-person care and will treat all of the health care needs of an individual through a collaborative approach that consists of physical and behavioral health care and links to appropriate community supports that can increase chances of recovery and reduce expensive health care costs.Increasing the Number of Providers in the Medicaid System:BHMCOs use local needs assessments in the development of new services, including the expansion of the provider networks and development of additional supplemental services to address the needs identified within the local community.DHS continues to use these local assessments to inform and pursue recruitment and retention of additional providers to meet the increasing needs of Pennsylvanians affected by the opioid epidemic.Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP):Pennsylvania’s PDMP, implemented by DOH, is the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions (ABC-MAP) program.Recently, DOH named Meghna Patel the PDMP director.Pharmacies and health care professionals who dispense Schedule II through V controlled substances will be required to electronically report prescription dispensing information to the ABC-MAP system within 72-hours.ABC-MAP will aid regulatory and law enforcement agencies in detecting and preventing fraud and abuse, as well as, helping individuals with SUD get into treatment. 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