Official secrets decree threatens press freedom

first_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia September 3, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Official secrets decree threatens press freedom to go further News Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en Organisation Follow the news on Azerbaijancenter_img News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 8, 2021 Find out more News June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a presidential decree on official secrets that tightens government control over news content.”The decree hampers the work of journalists, violates their right not toreveal their sources and paves the way for self-censorship,” ReportersWithout Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter toPresident Heidar Aliev. “It is even more unacceptable because you havepledged to the Council of Europe to respect European standards on freedom of information”, the letter added, calling on the government to withdraw the decree.The 28 August decree requires the media to check if a news item involves state security before putting it out. In cases of doubt, a presidential commission has seven days to decide whether or not it can be published. If the item is deemed to involve state security, the commission can demand access to the journalist’s sources. News Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The tipping point

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Cost Transparency Initiative delivers new tools ahead of ‘final push’

first_imgThe new resources launched today include:a new fiduciary management template;additional reporting fields in the liability-driven investments (LDI) template;real estate investments guidance on completing the templates; andmapping guidance for private equity investmentsThe latter refers to guidance intended to explain how the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) fee reporting template, which is already widely used by private equity firms, can be reconciled with the CTI templates.The CTI also added FAQs, case studies, and other guidance, including on timeline and expectations. Major public funds such as Royal Mail, RBS, Kingfisher, and National Grid, have publicly stated their commitment to using the CTI framework. “The expansion of templates to include a focus on fiduciary and LDI will continue to help increase adoption of standardised data collection and reporting” Patricia Sharman, UK managing director at CACEISMel Duffield, chair of the CTI, said: “With three quarters of pension schemes and consultants reporting a good level of awareness of the Cost Transparency Initiative and wide-spread take up from asset owners large and small, I am really pleased with the progress of this really important initiative to help investment managers and schemes report and understand their costs and deliver better value to savers.“We are now entering a final push to encourage remaining schemes to adopt the templates and guidance and will continue to promote the benefits both savers and pension fund trustees can gain from their use.”Patricia Sharman, UK managing director at CACEIS, which took over KAS Bank in 2019, welcomed the new CTI tools. “We’ve seen a significant increase over recent months in asset managers submitting data via CTI templates and the expansion of templates to include a focus on fiduciary and LDI will continue to help increase adoption of standardised data collection and reporting,” she said.“The inclusion of a specific LDI template in particular will be welcome for defined benefit schemes.”The CTI, which is a partnership between the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, the Investment Association, and the LGPS advisory board, has previously said it would review levels of reporting against its published templates after the end of April 2020 reporting period and, if take-up is not up to expectations, discuss with regulators and other market participants how to increase usage.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) has published new resources, such as mapping guidance for private equity investments, as it looks to drive further adoption of the framework by pension schemes and asset managers following strong take-up so far.The initiative launched its first major package of templates and guidance a year ago, and today said that feedback from service providers demonstrated strong levels of take-up of the CTI framework from schemes ranging in size and structure.It said “huge efforts” had been made by asset managers, pension schemes and advisers to ensure the CTI framework became the industry standard.In the local government pension scheme (LGPS), which incorporates the CTI framework in its transparency code, as at 1 April 2020 all pension funds and asset pools were making use of CTI standard reporting.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The Cardinals played in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday before a scheduled day off Thursday. The Twins hosted Cleveland on Thursday night, and the Indians used the same visiting clubhouse as St. Louis. It’s uncertain if the Indians and Twins will move forward with their scheduled game Friday night. Cleveland planned to hold a team meeting early in the afternoon to discuss the situation.MLB-NEWSChapman rejoins Yankees after virus bout; Kahnle on ILUNDATED (AP) — All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to return to Yankee Stadium following a bout with the coronavirus. He was expected to play catch before New York hosted the Boston Red Sox. Associated Press Friday’s game between St. Louis and Milwaukee was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for the coronavirus.The league announced the schedule change hours before the game was to be played. It said the postponement in Milwaukee is “consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted.”The Cardinals said in a statement that they learned Thursday night about positive tests from samples collected Wednesday. Players and staff have been instructed to isolate in their hotel rooms in Milwaukee, and the club did not leave the hotel Friday for Miller Park. The Brewers and Cardinals plan to resume their schedule Saturday night at Miller Park, pending results from the testing and contact tracing, and make up Friday’s game as part of a doubleheader Sunday.Two other games scheduled for Friday involving the Marlins, Nationals, Blue Jays and Phillies had already been postponed because of an outbreak among Miami players and two positive tests on Philadelphia’s coaching staff. Miami learned Friday that another player tested positive, bringing its total to 18 players and two staff members, according to a person familiar with the situation. Todd trailed defending champion Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) after the first round by two strokes. He quickly erased that deficit today and took the lead to himself with a bogey-free, five-birdie round for a 129 total at the World Golf Championships event at TPC Southwind. Rickie Fowler closed with birdies on his final two holes for a 67 and 131 total just behind Todd. Koepka was tied for third four strokes back. Jon Rahm shot a 74 and now is 4 over in his first event as No. 1 in the world. Justin Thomas, who could go back to No. 1 in the world with a win, was seven strokes back after a 70. Rory McIlroy’s bid to be No. 1 again may have to wait until the PGA championship next week. He shot a 66, but is 10 strokes back. This round started early Friday morning to avoid expected thunderstorms in the afternoon. TENNIS-US OPEN-STILL ON TRACKUS Tennis Association says it’s still preparing for US Open UNDATED (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand.The U.S. Open — usually the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, but the second of 2020 because of the pandemic — is scheduled to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center also will host the Western & Southern Open on Aug. 20-28; that tuneup was moved from Cincinnati as part of a doubleheader organized by the USTA. Players will be allowed on-site on Aug. 16. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour says Hamilton is “getting better for sure,” and the team hopes he will play in the best-of-5 series.Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic, but he had returned for the beginning of training camp. He had 14 goals and 26 assists in 47 regular-season games.PGA-FEDEX INVITATIONALBrendon Todd takes 2-stroke lead with 65 at WGC in MemphisMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brendon Todd shot a 5-under 65 and grabbed a two-stroke lead through 36 holes of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational. — Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be the new announce team for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” according to a person familiar with the decision. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the network has not announced its decision. ESPN biographer Jim Miller was the first to report on the new booth. The trio has familiarity working together. They called the late game in last season’s Week 1 doubleheader between Denver and Oakland.NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTONHurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton out for Rangers series openerTORONTO (AP) — All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday’s opener against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference’s expanded playoff qualifying round.Hamilton has missed multiple practices, though the league has prohibited teams from disclosing whether a player is injured or ill amid the coronavirus pandemic. A team reporter tweeted a photo of Hamilton taking the ice to skate after Friday’s practice. The game, originally set to be played for the first time at the new NFL stadium in Las Vegas, will now be hosted by the highest-seeded team. The two-year deal with Las Vegas will instead begin in 2021, Commissioner Larry Scott said.The conference also plans to start the season with a couple of rivalry games usually saved for the end of the season: UCLA will face USC and Arizona meets Arizona State on Sept. 26 — if they can play.The Pac-12′s schedule announcement is the third for a Power Five football conference in as many days, following the Atlantic Coast Conference and the SEC. The ACC said it would play 10 conference games and give schools the opportunity to play one nonconference game. The SEC, like the Pac-12 and Big Ten, is playing only within the conference.Still to come is a reworked schedule from the Big Ten, which was the first major-college football conference to announce its teams would only play within the league, and a scheduling decision from the Big 12. The scheduled start of the college football season was Labor Day weekend. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Chapman’s return and said he wasn’t sure when the hard-throwing left-hander would be ready for game action. Chapman had been isolating in his Manhattan apartment since registering a positive test July 11. His symptoms were mild, and the 32-year-old constructed a weight room in his living room to stay in shape. Right-hander Tommy Kahnle was added to the injured list with forearm tightness. He had an MRI taken Friday and was scheduled to visit the team physician. Right-hander Tommy Kahnle was added to the injured list with forearm tightness. He had an MRI taken Friday.In other MLB news:— The Chicago Cubs have signed former Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen to a minor league deal. Allen was assigned to the team’s training site in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs’ bullpen struggled in the first week of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked four batters and allowed two runs in his season debut Monday night. Right-hander Dillon Maples was optioned after he struggled in his first two appearances. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLVirus rocks MLB: Cards-Brewers postponed after 2 St. Louis positive testsNEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus has forced another change in Major League Baseball’s schedule, bringing the league’s total to eight teams affected in the first nine days of the season. — The Chicago White Sox promoted second baseman Nick Madrigal on Friday, adding one of their top prospects to the roster. The 23-year-old had been training at the team’s auxiliary site in Schaumburg, Illinois. Veteran reliever Kelvin Herrera was designated for assignment to make room on the roster before the opener of a three-game series at Kansas City. Madrigal was selected by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft after a standout collegiate career at Oregon State. He will wear uniform No. 1.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSAP Source: Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for football scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 on Friday set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team’s slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19. Brown pleaded no contest on June 12 to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. As part of the deal with Broward County prosecutors, Brown pleaded no contest to burglary with battery, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance and criminal mischief. He must serve two years of probation, undergo a psychological evaluation and follow-up treatment, attend an anger management course, perform 100 hours of community service and follow a stay-away order from the truck driver and the moving company owner. Because the judge in the case withheld adjudication, Brown won’t receive a criminal conviction on his record if he successfully completes his probation.Brown has caught 841 passes for 11,236 yards and 75 touchdowns in parts of 10 NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— Jayron Kearse of the Detroit Lions has been suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on substance abuse. Kearse is eligible to participate in all preseason practices. He will be allowed to return to the Lions’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 28, following the team’s Week 3 game at Arizona. Formerly with division rival Minnesota, Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent. He spent four seasons with the Vikings after being selected in the seventh round of the 2016 draft and was mostly a backup who played regularly on special teams.— Buffalo Bills starting right guard Jon Feliciano is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The team did not reveal when or how Feliciano was hurt in making the announcement on its website Friday. Feliciano is a fifth-year NFL player entering his second season in Buffalo. He started 16 games last year and was part of an offensive line that returned all five starters entering training camp. July 31, 2020 NFL-NEWSAntonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFLUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season.Brown, who does not have a contract with any team, was suspended Friday under the league’s personal conduct policy.Brown played one game last season for the Patriots before being released. He can be signed by any team and would be eligible to participate in all of his club’s preseason activities. The suspension would take effect when teams make their final cuts on Sept. 5. last_img read more

12-week ban confirmed for Tipp ‘keeper Comerford

first_imgTipperary could be without goalkeeper Evan Comerford for the entire Championship.The C.C.C of the Premier county board has proposed a 12 week suspension for “minor physical interference ” with a referee during a match between his club Kilsheelan-Kilcash and JK Brackens.Comerford, who was an all star nominee last season, has 3 days to appeal the proposed punishment. Tipp are already without Philip Austin and Ciaran McDonald through injury for their Championship opener with Cork on Saturday week in Pairc Ui Rinn. Photo © Tipp FMlast_img