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RSF_en Related documents How the index was compiledPDF – 250.88 KBQuestionnaire for compiling the indexPDF – 144.5 KBHow we scored each countryPDF – 34.58 KBMap of freedom of the press worldwide in 2011 // Carte de la liberté de la presse dans le monde en 2011PDF – 644.22 KB =http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-index-2010,1034.html October 20, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Europe falls from its pedestal, no respite in the dictatorships Help by sharing this information Organisation ————————————- Download the PDF version “Our latest world press freedom index contains welcome surprises, highlights sombre realities and confirms certain trends,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said as his organisation issued its ninth annual index today. “More than ever before, we see that economic development, institutional reform and respect for fundamental rights do not necessarily go hand in hand. The defence of media freedom continues to be a battle, a battle of vigilance in the democracies of old Europe and a battle against oppression and injustice in the totalitarian regimes still scattered across the globe.“We must salute the engines of press freedom, with Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland at their head. We must also pay homage to the human rights activists, journalists and bloggers throughout the world who bravely defend the right to speak out. Their fate is our constant concern. We reiterate our call for the release of Liu Xiaobo, the symbol of the pressure for free speech building up in China, which censorship for the time being is still managing to contain. And we warn the Chinese authorities against taking a road from which there is no way out.“It is disturbing to see several European Union member countries continuing to fall in the index. If it does not pull itself together, the European Union risks losing its position as world leader in respect for human rights. And if that were to happen, how could it be convincing when it asked authoritarian regimes to make improvements? There is an urgent need for the European countries to recover their exemplary status.“We are also worried by the harsher line being taken by governments at the other end of the index. Rwanda, Yemen and Syria have joined Burma and North Korea in the group of the world’s most repressive countries towards journalists. This does not bode well for 2011. Unfortunately, the trend in the most authoritarian countries is not one of improvement.” European Union loses its leadership statusReporters Without Borders has repeatedly expressed its concern about the deteriorating press freedom situation in the European Union and the 2010 index confirms this trend. Thirteen of the EU’s 27 members are in the top 20 but some of the other 14 are very low in the ranking. Italy is 49th, Romania is 52nd and Greece and Bulgaria are tied at 70th. The European Union is not a homogenous whole as regards media freedom. On the contrary, the gap between good and bad performers continues to widen.There has been no progress in several countries where Reporters Without Borders pointed out problems. They include, above all, France and Italy, where events of the past year – violation of the protection of journalists’ sources, the continuing concentration of media ownership, displays of contempt and impatience on the part of government officials towards journalists and their work, and judicial summonses – have confirmed their inability to reverse this trend.Northern Europe still at the topSeveral countries share first place in the index again. This year it is Finland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland. They have all previously held this honour since the index was created in 2002. Norway and Iceland have always been among the countries sharing first position except in 2006 (Norway) and 2009 (Iceland). These six countries set an example in the way they respect journalists and news media and protect them from judicial abuse.They even continue to progress. Iceland, for example, is considering an exemplary bill, the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI), that would provide a unique level of protection for the media. Sweden distinguishes itself by its Press Freedom Act, which has helped to create a particularly favourable climate for the work of journalists, by the strength of its institutions and by its respect for all those sectors of society including the media whose role in a democracy is to question and challenge those in positions of power.Ten countries where it is not good to be a journalistIn recent years, Reporters Without Borders drew particular attention to the three countries that were always in the last three positions – Eritrea, North Korea and Turkmenistan. This year, a bigger group of ten countries – marked by persecution of the media and a complete lack of news and information – are clumped together at the bottom. The press freedom situation keeps on deteriorating in these countries and it is getting harder to say which is worse than the other. The difference between the scores of the “best” and worst of the last 10 countries was only 24.5 points this year. It was 37.5 points in 2009 and 43.25 points in 2007.It is worth noting that, for the first time since the start of the index in 2002, Cuba is not one of the 10 last countries. This is due above all to the release of 14 journalists and 22 activists in the course of the past summer. But the situation on the ground has not changed significantly. Political dissidents and independent journalists still have to deal with censorship and repression on a daily basis.Freedom is not allowed any space in Burma, where a parliamentary election is due to be held next month, and the rare attempts to provide news or information are met with imprisonment and forced labour.Finally, in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Mexico, countries either openly at war or in a civil war or some other kind of internal conflict, we see a situation of permanent chaos and a culture of violence and impunity taking root in which the press has become a favourite target. These are among the most dangerous countries in the world, and the belligerents there pick directly on reporters such as French TV journalists Stéphane Taponier and Hervé Ghesquière, who have been held hostage in Afghanistan for the past 300 days.Economic growth does not mean press freedomThe BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – may all be at a roughly similar stage of economic development but the 2010 index highlights major differences in the press freedom situation in these countries. Thanks to favourable legislative changes, Brazil (58th) has risen 12 places in the past year, while India has fallen 17 places to 122nd. Russia, which had a particularly deadly preceding year, is still poorly placed at 140th. Despite an astonishingly vibrant and active blogosphere, China still censors and jails dissidents and continues to languish in 171st place. These four countries now shoulder the responsibilities of the emerging powers and must fulfil their obligations as regards fundamental rights.Heavy fallsThe Philippines, Ukraine, Greece and Kyrgyzstan all fell sharply in this year’s index. In the Philippines this was due to the massacre of around 30 journalists by a local baron, in Ukraine to the slow and steady deterioration in press freedom since Viktor Yanukovych’s election as president in February, in Greece to political unrest and physical attacks on several journalists, and in Kyrgyzstan to the ethnic hatred campaign that accompanied the political turmoil.The changes are unfortunately often deceptive. Some countries have risen sharply in the index this year but in fact all they have done is recover their traditional position after a particularly difficult if not disastrous 2009. This is the case with Gabon, which rose 22 places, South Korea (+27) and Guinea-Bissau (+25). News
Pasadena Police Postpone Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in Order to Attend Funeral for Fallen Whittier Officer
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News The Pasadena Police Department has postponed a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation which was originally scheduled for Friday, since a number of officers will be participating in the funeral of a Whittier police officer who was killed in a shootout Monday with a known Whittier gang member.A new date for the enforcement operation will be announced soon, a Pasadena Lieutenant said.On Monday, Officer Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the Whittier Police Department, was shot and fatally wounded while responding to a traffic accident. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Officer Patrick Hazell, who was hired three years ago by Whittier police, was also injured in the shooting and is expected to survive.Pasadena’s Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations are part the Department’s efforts to lower deaths and prevent injuries among motorcycle riders in Pasadena, a statement said.When the enforcement operation actually does occur, extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur.The officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes, and will be cracking down on those operating both four-wheel regular vehicles and motorcycles who are violating traffic safety laws.Operations like this are aimed at curbing any more rises in motorcycle deaths and sending the numbers back downward. Over the course of the past 3 years, motorcycle involved collisions have resulted in 73 fatal and injury crashes. In California, motorcycle fatalities jumped dramatically by over 28 percent from a decade low of 352 in 2010.In 2013, 453 motorcyclists lost their lives, which was a five-year high. California collision data reveals that the primary causes of motorcycle-involved crashes include speeding, unsafe turning, and impairment due to alcohol and other drugs by both riders and drivers alike.In preparation for the Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation, the Pasadena Police Department said motorcycle drivers and riders should be aware of basic safety tips while on the road. A major advice for riders is to see and be seen.“Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room. Match your speed to surrounding traffic. Always wear a DOT compliant helmet and brightly colored, protective clothing. Ride with lights on during daylight hours,” the police department said.For drivers of regular vehicles, the department also offers this advice: share the road.“Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning or changing lanes,” the department said. “Motorcyclist are allowed in HOV (high-occupancy vehicle) lanes unless prohibited by signage.”Motorcycle riders are urged to get training through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program. Information and training locations are available at www.californiamotorcyclist.com or (877) RIDE-411 (743-3411). Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. latest #1 Pasadena Police Postpone Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in Order to Attend Funeral for Fallen Whittier Officer Published on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 4:19 pm Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty
Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago In January 2019, Microsoft announced an investment of $500 million in affordable housing in the Seattle area. This month, the tech giant followed up the announcement with a $250 million increase to their affordable housing initiative in the form of a line of credit to the Washington State Finance Commission.According to Microsoft, this line of credit will enable the WSHFC to finance approximately 3,000 additional units of much-needed affordable housing. Making the original announcement, Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer at Microsoft said that as a company Microsoft, which is headquartered in the neighboring city of Redmond, was very focused for the past 15 years on the health of the region and had “pursued this by focusing on two issues above all else—education and transportation.”Smith said that the changing times have made the company think about expanding their focus to include “the affordability of housing.”Microsoft is not the only major tech company to announce housing partnerships and investments. In October, Facebook that it will be committing $1 billion toward affordable housing in Silicon Valley. The aim is to produce up to 20,000 new housing units for workers over the next decade. Much of the new units are aimed at teachers, police, and other middle-class workers in the Menlo Park area, Wall Street Journal reports.Facebook is following Google’s announcement earlier this year in which the company announced that it will spend $1 billion on efforts aimed at increasing affordable housing in the San Francisco Bay area, in part by utilizing some of Google’s land.Microsoft’s data science team found that the year-over-year growth rate of the affordable housing gap has slowed from 10.8% in 2017 to 10.5% in 2018 and to 3.6% in 2019.“While we’re encouraged to see this growth rate fall, it’s clear that what we really need to do is see the housing gap fall, not continue to increase,” said Jane Broom, Senior Director, Microsoft Philanthropies. “To achieve this, our community needs to come together and act with greater urgency, creativity and shared accountability. It will require a spectrum of new financial, technical and societal approaches that are created in partnership with people who share a collective vision.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago January 19, 2020 842 Views Finance Investment Microsoft seattle 2020-01-19 Seth Welborn Microsoft Invests $250M in Seattle Housing The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Microsoft Invests $250M in Seattle Housing About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Print This Post Share Save Previous: LERETA Taps New SVP, Tax Operations Next: The Applicability of Contempt Sanctions in Bankruptcy The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Finance Investment Microsoft seattle Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe
No Provision To Allow Transgenders Into National Cadet Corps (NCC) & Armed Forces: Central Govt. Tells Kerala High Court
News UpdatesNo Provision To Allow Transgenders Into National Cadet Corps (NCC) & Armed Forces: Central Govt. Tells Kerala High Court Sparsh Upadhyay15 Dec 2020 10:10 PMShare This – xWhile stating that it is the prerogative of Central Government to constitute a new division for the third gender, the Central Government has submitted before the Kerala High Court that as of now, only male and female genders are allowed entry to National Cadet Corps (NCC) & Armed Forces and there is no provision in law allowing entry of Transgender persons to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile stating that it is the prerogative of Central Government to constitute a new division for the third gender, the Central Government has submitted before the Kerala High Court that as of now, only male and female genders are allowed entry to National Cadet Corps (NCC) & Armed Forces and there is no provision in law allowing entry of Transgender persons to the same. This submission has been made by Lieutenant Colonel Prem Chand Jha, Officer Commanding, Kerala Battalion NCC, Thiruvananthapuramway by way of filing an affidavit before the Kerala High Court. This affidavit has been filed in a petition moved by a trans-woman (Hina Hanifa), challenging Section 6 of the National Cadet Corps Act, 1948 as illegal and ultra vires of Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution to the extent that it excludes the transgender community from enrolment with the National Cadet Corps. The Petition had been filed through Advocates C R Sudheesh, Raghul Sudheesh, Sanish Sasi Raj, J. Lakshmi, K. J. Glaxon. Background Petitioner Hina Hanifa (earlier Muhammed Ashif Ali) was an NCC Cadet with Junior Division (Boys Division) during the period 2012-2013. Thereafter, she underwent Sex-Reassignment surgery from male to female on 22 Oct 2018 and has now been issued with Transgender Identity Card by Social Justice Department of Government of Kerala. Also, she took admission for BA History course in academic year 2020-21with University College Thiruvananthapuram under Transgender category. The Petitioner, vide her application dated 16 Oct 2020 addressed to Associated NCC Officer of University College applied to join Senior Wing (Girls Wing) of NCC. The Associated NCC Officer of University College forwarded her application to Commanding Officer, (Kerala) Battalion NCC seeking for clarification on enrollment of transgender in to NCC. In this backdrop, the Affidavit states that the NCC authorities are empowered to enroll only those students as NCC cadets who meet the eligibility criteria as stipulated in Section 6 of the NCC Act, 1948 i.e. male & Female gender only. The Centre has further argued since the Petitioner joined the college identifying and claiming to be a transgender and so now, the Petitioner cannot turn around and claim that the Petitioner is to be enrolled as a cadet in the Girls Division enrolment for which is open only to female gender. It has been contended in the Affidavit that a student can be enrolled in “Girls Division” only if the student is admitted under the Female category in the College. [NOTE: As per Section 6 (2), any student of the female sex of any University or school may offer herself for enrolment as a cadet in the Girls Division. Thus, for getting the benefit of the Section 6(2) of the NCC Act 1948, the candidate has to be enrolled under ‘female’ category by the College.] In this context, the Affidavit states, “The Petitioner exhausted right to self-perceived gender identity by choosing the same as ‘Female’ and has taken admission under the Transgender category (Female). Hence, she now falls under the third gender category i.e. ‘transgender (Female)’ and not the ‘female’ sex category, now being claimed by her.” “It is the prerogative of the Central government to constitute a new division for third gender. Before constituting a new division for the third gender, the central government and authorities will have to conduct a major exercise in terms of reviewing the infrastructure facilities, modules,” the affidavit submitted by the Central Government states. The affidavit further read, “Any induction of a candidate not from male or female gender without due deliberations by the authorities, will have far reaching ramifications. The issue of raising a new division for the third gender being a policy decision is required to be resolved through different hierarchical and inter departmental consultations.” In other words, the affidavit filed by the Centre argues that in the instant case, the petitioner has chosen to be called as a transgender (female) which falls in the third gender category as a transwoman, whereas enrolment in NCC as a cadet is open only to male & female gender. Importantly, it has also been stated in the Affidavit that there is no provision existing for entry of transgender (Female/Male) in the Indian Armed Forces. Lastly, the affidavit states that the petitioner is not eligible for any reliefs as prayed for the Writ Petition. It is important to note that in National Legal Services Authority v. Union of India (AIR 2014 SC 1863), the Apex Court had declared Transgenders as the ‘third gender’, and had affirmed that the fundamental rights granted under the Constitution of India will be equally applicable to them, and gave them the right to self-identification of their gender as male, female or third gender.Next Story
Comments are closed. Arecent international survey provides new benchmarks for training practices,reveals some interesting national differences and suggests that a comprehensivetraining strategy is lacking around the world. By Gene JohnsonTheCranet Survey on international strategic human resource management is abest-practice benchmarking study led by Cranfield University’s Centre forEuropean Human Resource Management.Theproject originated in the UK in 1989 and has since expanded throughout Europeand elsewhere. The most recent survey in late 1999 was administered in 27countries worldwide, providing an internationally comparative database of bestpractice. Data from 22 countries is reported here.Participatingorganisations come from both the private and public sectors, representing morethan 5,000 employers.Themost significant finding is that there are no apparent world leaders intraining and development. Using five objective indicators (evidence of trainingpolicy, training expenditure, employee coverage, training days, andmanagement/professional development activity) to ascertain national differencesin emphasis on training, countries varied considerably in the rankings. Indeed,within individual countries, performance on the indicators is somewhatinconsistent.Training& Development PoliciesStartingon a positive note, seven out of every 10 employers have developed formal,written policies on training and development. Countries having the mostworkplaces with formal training policies are Australia and the UK (both over 80per cent). Countries with workplaces less likely to develop formal policies areGreece, Bulgaria, Italy, Norway, and Sweden, where only about half of employershave developed these policies.TrainingExpenditureByfar the biggest investors in training are the French whose workplaces fork outtwice the international average of 2 per cent. Thestingiest employers are found in the Czech Republic, Italy, and Japan, spendingonly 1 per cent of annual wages.EmployeeCoverageOnaverage, less than half of any given organisation’s employees received trainingin 1999, whether internal or external. Across the 22 nations, only 43 per centof employees received formal training. Workersin Sweden and Finland were the most likely in the world to receive some form oftraining, with over 70 per cent of employees benefiting from training activity.Instark contrast, relatively few employees are likely to be trained in workplacesin Bulgaria (7 per cent), Japan (20 per cent), and Greece (25 per cent).TrainingDaysAcrosscountries, managers and professionals receive more training days per year thanclerical and manual workers (a median of five days compared to three). Thispattern is generally consistent for workplaces in each country. However,employers in Turkey and Spain tend to be more generous across the board, withsix to seven training days for managers and professionals and five to six forclerical and manual workers. Thestingiest employers are in Italy and Japan, where managers and professionalsreceive only three days of training a year.Managementand Professional DevelopmentWithone country exception, management and professional development is not a priorityaround the world, as indicated by the fact that the majority of organisationsdo not use formal developmental tools, such as career plans, developmentalassessment centres, succession planning, planned job rotation, high-flierschemes, and international experience schemes.Themost common – succession planning, high-flier schemes, and job rotation – areadopted by only about 40 per cent of workplaces. About one-third rely uponformal career planning and international programmes.Developmentalassessment centres are the least commonly used (about 20 per cent).Thereare some clear country preferences, although employers in most countries relyupon the full range of tools. The French favour job rotation, while the Swedishopt for high-flier programmes. Italians, Austrians, and the British likesuccession planning. Giventhe choice, the Dutch buck the trend and prefer assessment centres at leasttwice as much as any other tool. Employers in some countries are also averse toparticular tools. For example, few employers in the Czech Republic, Japan, andDenmark use assessment centres, and Portuguese employers are highly unlikely todevelop high-flier schemes.Norwayis the one exception here and by far the largest employer of developmentaltools. Incontrast, over 80 per cent of Norwegian organisations employ them. Indeed, nineout of 10 employers in that country report having formal career plans,succession planning, job rotation, and high-flier schemes. Countries withdevelopmental activity somewhat below the international average are Portugaland New Zealand.Basedon these indicators, some clear cross-country findings are evident. Onthe positive side, the majority of employers have installed training and developmentpolicies and put some resources behind them. Unfortunately, only a minority ofemployees receive training in a given year, suggesting that the “learningorganisation” is far from a reality. Additionally, it appears that managementand professional development is not approached in a formal or systematic mannerin many organisations. Obviously, employers around the world recognise thattraining and development is an important issue, yet they are not quite ready totackle it in a strategic manner.AnUnclear Picture?Aless obvious picture of country-specific training activities emerges.Thereis no apparent training and development best-practice leader, as performance onthe individual indicators tends to be inconsistent. For example, although Swedishemployers offer training to the majority of employees, less than a third ofthem turn to formal management and professional development tools. Frenchemployers expend the largest relative amount of money on training, yet do so ononly half the workforce. Turkey and Spain are quite generous with trainingdays, yet are not trendsetters in the other areas.Avariety of contextual variables specific to each country may help explain thedifferences between the nations’ approaches to training. These include tradeunion agreements, legislation, training culture, the educational system andvocational training networks, and economic conditions. However, theinconsistencies within each country may simply indicate a lack of a systematic,strategic training approach.Twenty-onecountries had submitted their surveys by the publication date of this article.Yet to come are those from Germany, Poland, Cyprus, Tunisia, South Africa, andIsrael. The New Zealand survey was carried out in 1997. While many countriessurvey workplaces with 100 or more staff, this data represents organisationswith 200-plus staff.TheCranfield survey is a comprehensive questionnaire covering other trainingissues and a wide range of strategic HRM practice areas. For more informationabout the survey and its findings, contact Sarah Atterbury at [email protected] is a lecturer in HR management and organisational psychology at the Universityof Auckland in New Zealand. 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