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Criminal code amendments and planned press law changes deal a blow to press freedom

first_img Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News Receive email alerts to go further News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Croatia Newscenter_img News July 17, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Criminal code amendments and planned press law changes deal a blow to press freedom November 23, 2020 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today condemned newly adopted amendments to the criminal code and proposed changes to the press law, saying they would hamper access to official information, limit the possibility of criticising public figures and make it easier to prosecute journalists, thereby encouraging self-censorship.”This regression in press freedom is very regrettable, especially as the president of the European Commission has just described Croatia as an example to follow for Balkan countries seeking to join the European Union,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.Ménard urged Prime Minister Racan Ivica and culture minister Antun Vujic to do everything possible to ensure that the criminal code amendments are repealed and that any change to the press law does not obstruct the work of journalists. If the amendments to the press law are passed in their present form, the authorities will be able to refuse to provide information to the press without giving any explanation; the cut-off period for bringing a libel suit will be extended from six months to five years; a newspaper’s editor in chief will be held responsible for libel damages rather than the publisher; and it will be forbidden to publish “official secrets” and “business secrets.”In the first of the two amendments to the criminal code approved on 9 July, parliament repealed article 203, which protected journalists from prosecution for libel if they acted in good faith and there was no intent to defame. Under the second amendment, to article 309, any insult or criticism hampering the work of a judge or prosecutor is henceforth punishable by three years in prison and any journalist expressing an opinion on an ongoing trial can be sentenced to one year in prison.last_img read more

Maternal Mortality Committee proposed by Leising gains support

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A bill authored by State Sen. Jean Leising, Republican from Oldenburg, to establish a statewide maternal mortality review committee recently passed the full Senate by a vote of 49 to 0.Senate Bill 142 would require a health care provider or health care facility that has a patient who dies of a maternal mortality to report the death to the committee. The bill also allows the State Department of Health to review morbidity rates. SB 142 would also set forth immunity provisions for the provider or facility.Under the bill, maternal mortality refers to a death that occurs through up to one year after pregnancy that is related to or aggravated by pregnancy or management of pregnancy.“Too many mothers are dying during or shortly after the birth of their child in our state, and we need to find the cause,” Leising said. “Indiana’s death rate for mothers is currently twice the national average. Establishing this committee would provide us with the data we need to help find a solution to this issue.”SB 142 will now move to the House of Representatives.last_img read more

Ramon Laureano’s suspension reduced from 6 games to 4

first_imgLast Updated: 15th August, 2020 09:28 IST Ramon Laureano’s Suspension Reduced From 6 Games To 4 Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games Friday after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Houston Astros First Published: 15th August, 2020 09:28 IST LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Written By COMMENTcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games Friday after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Houston Astros.Major League Baseball said a settlement had been reached and the A’s were informed of the decision. Laureano was set to begin the four-game suspension Friday night and will miss a three-game weekend Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants. After sitting out Monday at Arizona, he will be eligible to play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in the fracas at Oakland last Sunday. Laureano also received a fine.Cintrón’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory — the third time he got hit in the series and the fifth time overall for an A’s batter. Houston players weren’t plunked at all. He pointed at Castellanos and began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintrón then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward the 41-year-old Cintrón.Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been the top two teams in the AL West the past two years. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, another former Houston player, revealed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in November to The Athletic.Image credits: AP FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Renesas: scalable digital controllers for cloud computing, communications, and industrial

first_imgRenesas Electronics announced two new PMBus compliant, fully digital DC/DC controllers that provide single output point-of-load conversions for FPGAs, DSPs, ASICs, network processors and general purpose system rails. The ISL68300 with integrated MOSFET drivers and ISL68301 with PWM output simplify designing power supplies for data center, wired and wireless communications, and factory automation equipment. The ISL68300 can drive discrete external MOSFETs directly, while the ISL68301 pairs with Renesas’ smart power stages or DrMOS power stages to create a complete voltage regulator solution.The ISL68300 and ISL68301 digital controllers feature a high-speed current share bus that parallels up to eight controllers in an 8-phase 240A+ current share configuration. Both controllers implement Renesas’ digital ChargeMode control modulation, which responds to load transients in a single switching cycle, and provides an inherently stable control loop without requiring external compensation. This modulation architecture significantly reduces output capacitor requirements and minimizes Vout undershoot and overshoot.Engineers can use the PowerNavigator GUI with the ISL68300 and ISL68301 to simplify power supply setup, sequencing, configuration and monitoring, including all device parameters and telemetry. Full schematic designs are completed in minutes, and the GUI with PMBus makes it easy to control the entire design and change features without soldering components or rework. To download the PowerNavigator GUI, please visit: www.intersil.com/powernavigator.In a typical FPGA power supply, the ISL68300 and ISL68301 digital controllers provide single output 10A to 40A+ for auxiliary rails, DDR memory, and system rails. The companion Renesas digital multiphase controllers use smart power stages to provide dual output 15A to 70A, or higher core power.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser: STM32H7 MCUs with Arm PSA protection for connected devicesNext IBASE: extended temperature SBCs powered by NXP i.MX 6Dual Cortex-A9 processorlast_img read more

Hulu sued for not offering audio service for blind customers

first_imgBOSTON – Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies.The federal lawsuit filed in Boston on Monday asks the court to declare that Hulu’s failure to provide services for the blind violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. The groups say Hulu has refused to do so despite repeated requests from advocates and blind customers.“They want to enjoy Hulu like everyone else in the country,” said Meredith Weaver, an attorney with Disability Rights Advocates, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of the American Council of the Blind, Bay State Council of the Blind and a blind Massachusetts couple.A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles-based Hulu didn’t immediately respond to an email Tuesday.The groups want Hulu to provide audio tracks that describe a scene, facial expressions or actions during a pause in dialogue. The audio track “describes what a sighted person might take for granted and blind or visually impaired person can otherwise only experience through whispers from a sighted companion,” the lawsuit says.The lawsuit also seeks to ensure people who use screen readers can use Hulu’s website and applications. Screen readers convey what’s seen on a website or apps using audio or braille.“Movies and television are pillars of American culture,” said Kim Charlson, president of the American Council of the Blind. “As delivery of such media transitions to video streaming services, it is critical that these platforms be accessible in order to ensure the inclusion of blind and visually impaired individuals in contemporary society.”Most major movie companies already provide audio description tracks, and audio exists for many TV shows and movies that are available on Hulu, the lawsuit says.Netflix in 2015 started offering an audio track for the show “Daredevil” that features a blind superhero after fans complained. In a settlement reached last year with the American Council of the Blind and others, Netflix agreed to expand its audio description offering and make its website and mobile apps accessible for people who rely on screen reading software.The Hulu competitor says it now provides audio description for most its original titles and some other TV shows and movies.___This story has been corrected to show that the president of the American Council of the Blind is named Kim Charlson, not Kim Charleson.____Follow Alanna Durkin Richer at @aedurkinricher . Read more of her work here .last_img read more

A journey to selftransformation

first_imgThe ongoing exhibition of the works of artist Jyoti Tyagi are depictions of the artist’s inward transformation through her art. Thus, the process of art in her case is not restricted to mechanical applications of the tenets of art making but to a transfiguration of her forms into the language of the spirit and the soul.The art show will go on until March 17, at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi. While the spiritual process is ongoing as an undercurrent, what one witness on display are elements of the organic life process visible through her myriad feminine forms, entwined, uplifted, free-flowing and sitting in deep meditation. “These elements are going through an organic life process that brings about a metabolic change in our soul. It steers us towards righteousness and teaches us how to remain balanced, satisfied and centered, in the hustle of life,” comments the artist. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving made it her mission to express her inner calling, this artist has used the feminine form as her leit motif. These are then displayed in variable settings, visible through the elements of bhūmi (earth), jala (water), agni (fire), marut, (air or wind) and akash (ether). Incidentally, what she has left unsaid but distinct in her works is her close adherence to the Vedic principle of vyom or space, by making her central form distinct and the surrounds a pristine space, leaving the viewer unrestricted viewing opportunities. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardLike a humble ‘student’ of her Muse, this art maker draws her inspiration from nature, where she is especially influenced by ancient tree forms and sinuous branches that seem to mirror femininity in their contours. Also, the ocean depths and the inner limits of a candle are her chosen identities. Her message, therefore, conveys the vital principle of integration that governs nature and our lives. With a grounded philosophy, a strong figurative form and a choice of deep tones of the colour palette, this exhibition brings about a ‘sangam’ of thought, feeling and execution, into a perfect blend.last_img read more

From marriage portal to deadly end

first_imgNew Delhi: Rohit and Apoorva had met through a marriage portal and later, on May 11, 2018, got married with the hope of a happy life but all the dreams started to crumble from the beginning of the marriage.Before all this, Rohit fought the intense legal battle for several years, with a hope to get recognition of being the biological son of ND Tiwari, a veteran politician and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The family became together in 2014. Before Tiwari’s death, Rohit tied his knot with an Indore based Lawyer. The first thing which the couple did was to meet ND Tiwari to seek his blessings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, immediately after the marriage, the couple seemed to have had a fallout and Apoorva left for her parental home in Indore on May 29,2018. After this, the distance between the two kept growing steadily. Apoorva spent most of her time away from husband’s house in Defence Colony than in it. They had an unhappy marriage. Later on the fateful night of April 15, the woman smothered and strangulated him on his bed. Some other injuries were also found on the body. “We suspect that Property can be one of the reason s of argument, but it is being investigated as it was divided between two brothers,” said police. When asked whether any other person was behind the fight, police said they are investigating.last_img read more

Henry interviews Pep

first_imgThierry Henry recently interviewed the manager of the newly crowned English champions Pep Guardiola.The interview was posted on Sky Sports’ official website. One of Henry’s questions was:“How important was it for you to show yourself, not so much everybody, but yourself, that you can win this league playing your way?” jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“A lot. A lot, yeah. It was comfort in Barcelona. So, I was at privilege to have one exceptional team, my club, with the best football player in the world… but at the end, life is challenge. Challenge to go to another country – Germany, and after here. But after, people have doubts about that [Pep’s football philosophy], even myself, if I will be able to do that, to win here in that way. And, we did it. We did it.” Henry also asked Guardiola if there was a moment when he thought this season could be the one for his team. Pep surprised Henry by saying that a pre-season match against Tottenham, a club Manchester City couldn’t defeat the season before, was when he had the feeling that his lads have what it takes. The Spanish manager went on to say that he even told his players at half-time and after the game that they need to maintain that level of play, hungry and aggressive with and without the ball.Pep was visibly relaxed, satisfied and, most of all, relieved that he was right, proving his doubters wrong.last_img read more

Bernardeschi urges more consistency from Juve teammates

first_imgJuventus forward Federico Bernardeschi has urged his teammates to be more consistent after their victory over Frosinone.The Italian champions defeated Frosinone 2-0 in the Italian league on Sunday courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschi to record their sixth consecutive league victory so far.Bernardeschi who scored the second goal during the team’s sixth win of the season has urged his teammates to continue their good form as they seek to make it seven victories out of seven games in the Italian Serie A this season.After scoring the all-important winning goal against Chievo Verona on the opening weekend of the season, Federico has followed it up with impressive performances and a goal tonight means the Italy international has had a very good start to the season.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“I am consistently developing my game,” declared the forward, according to the club’s official website. “I have to continue down this path. There is still so much to do and many goals to be achieved. We must keep winning as we are doing, starting again next Wednesday against Bologna.”On his growing chemistry with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardeschi replied:“For me, Cristiano is the best in the world. I’ve always maintained that. He’s a great professional, a great man, and is working hard for this team.”last_img read more

Officials identify 21yearold Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrest

first_img Posted: March 27, 2018 SAN DIEGO (CNS) — Military officials Tuesday released the name of a 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died following a weekend medical emergency at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.Patrick Armando Vega of Ventura was pronounced dead from cardiac arrest late Sunday morning at Naval Medical Center San Diego, where he was being treated after being stricken at MCRD the previous day, base officials said.A drill instructor found Vega, who was undergoing recruit training, unresponsive in his bed at the training depot near Lindbergh Field.“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Pvt. Vega during this difficult time,” said Brig. Gen. William Jurney, commanding general of MCRD San Diego and the Western Recruiting Region.The death is being investigated by the Marine Corps and by medical officials at the Balboa Park-area naval hospital, according to MCRD public affairs. KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:36 PM Officials identify 21-year-old Marine Corps enlistee who died from cardiac arrestcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom March 27, 2018last_img read more