Appeal court suspends prison sentences for two journalists sued by Gaddafi

first_img News News AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Follow the news on Algeria Receive email alerts April 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court suspends prison sentences for two journalists sued by Gaddaficenter_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Reporters Without Borders voiced relief at an Algiers appeal court’s decision today to give two journalists suspended sentences of six months in prison and a fine of 50,000 dinars (50 euros) instead of the 12-month jail terms and fine of 500,000 dinars requested by the prosecutor. The appeal court also rejected the prosecutor’s request for the newspaper to be suspended for a year.The ruling effectively concludes the libel suit brought last October against Ali Fodil, the editor of the Arabic-language daily Ech-Chourouk, and Naïla Berrahal, one of his journalists, by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi over reports published two months earlier which, it was alleged, “attacked his person, the Libyan state and the security of the Algerian and Libyan states.”“The sentences requested by the prosecutor were out of all proportion and unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Nonetheless, even a suspended prison sentence is a serious press freedom violation. The sentences will always weigh on the two journalists and restrict their freedom of expression. We take this opportunity to call for the decriminalization of press offences.”The two journalists had referred the case to an appeal court after a lower court sentenced them to six months in prison. The prosecutor reacted by requesting even heavier sentences, prompting Reporters Without Borders to issue a release voicing outrage. to go further April 29, 2021 Find out more May 18, 2021 Find out more News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Denmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation

first_imgDenmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The United States signed a deal with Denmark on Thursday to expand cooperation on offshore wind power, giving a boost Europe’s biggest green energy players.Danish companies DONG Energy and Vestas had feared the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector would be stymied after President Trump vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies.But both companies now say the Trump administration is increasingly looking at Europe’s experience as it seeks to kick-start the sector.“We see some positive initiatives coming out of the administration in Washington,” the head of DONG’s U.S. business, Thomas Brostroem, told Reuters. He pointed to measures being taken on a federal level to streamline and speed up the process to obtain permits to build offshore wind farms.“They’ve been really receptive to talk to European countries and developers to get know-how from the past decades,” he said.The U.S. offshore wind sector, which has lagged behind Europe, is at a critical juncture, with the first large-scale offshore wind auction in Massachusetts coming up in December.But to gain traction, industry executives and experts say the United States will need to replicate the dramatic cost cuts which Europe has implemented.“Something that is important for the new administration is jobs, jobs, jobs and that is something that will come from the supply chain around the turbines,” Adam Thomsen, head of U.S. growth implementation at MHI Vestas, told Reuters, but declined to quantify any numbers.MHI Vestas is a joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which makes offshore wind turbines and whose rivals include Siemens Gamesa and General Electrics.Vestas already produces onshore turbines at four factories in the United States, but large offshore turbine parts like the nacelles, towers and rotors would be made at existing facilities in Europe, said Thomsen.“We need a much more stable market development before we can talk factories.”“It is a huge scoop that we now get a formal cooperation with the Trump administration on offshore wind,” Danish climate and energy minister Lars Chr Lilleholt told Reuters.More: U.S. wind concerns ease as Trump cabinet calls on Denmark to help boost offshore outputlast_img read more

Danish government proposes mandatory pension savings

first_imgIt said the three pillars of Denmark’s pension system — the unfunded state pension (Folkepension), statutory funded scheme ATP and the labour-market pension schemes and private pensions — were a good foundation for the future, but that there were areas where the “good and secure” pension system needed to be strengthened.Under the proposal, the mandatory pension contributions will start at a level of just 0.25% in two years’ time, rising gradually to 2.0% by 2025.The 2025 Plan covers a wide range of political issues, from long-term unemployment to student finance and migration control.The pension proposals will now be discussed among the political parties in Denmark as well as the other stakeholders in the labour-market and wider economy.Per Bremer Rasmussen, chief executive of Forsikring & Pension (F&P) the Danish pensions and insurance industry association, said: “It should be no secret that we are not happy about compulsory savings.”“Basically, I think that the conditions for pension savings should be made so good that it makes good business sense for everyone to save,” he said.Bremer Rasmussen added that social partners had taken responsibility for retirement provision by making it a key element within existing collective bargaining agreements, he said.“I recognise, however, that the politicians have the desire to get everyone on board the pensions bus,” he said.Bremer Rasmussen said he expected it would be possible for many companies to offer the new product.The governing Liberal Party (Venstre) will need broad support from other parliamentarians and civil society to pass the proposals, as it currently rules with a one-seat majority with the backing of three other political parties.The government’s plan also addresses a problem that the country’s pension industry has long wanted addressed, namely that many Danes have no incentive to save for a pension later in their working lives because of the way social benefits are calculated.The government said a special pension scheme would be introduced, which can be used by people with five years or fewer until state pension age.Up to DKK50,000 (€6,700) can be paid into the scheme, with contributions being non-tax deductible, but the pension payout being tax free.Pensions paid out through this annuity product will not be offset against social benefits.As well as this, the government plans to give an extra tax allowance for people on incomes between DKK300,000–535,000 paying into a deductible pension scheme.The tax allowance will apply for pension contributions of more than 8%.Bremer Rasmussen said it was very important that it was made attractive for everyone to save for retirement.“So I am happy that the government has recognised the problem and it doing something about it,” he said.Labour-market pensions provider PKA also welcomed the fact the government was tackling the problem. “The initiative is a step in the right direction by finding solutions to the challenges the pensions sector is in,” it said.PKA said it would follow the political negotiations that would now begin with interest. Denmark’s oft-lauded pension system is set to expand its funded coverage further still under a new plan set out by government to make it compulsory for nearly everyone of working age to contribute to a scheme.The proposal, published as part of the government’s long-awaited 2025 Plan covering a range of policy areas, suggests introducing compulsory pension savings of 2% of work income for all people in Denmark aged over 25, who are saving less than 6% of their income into a pension.The scheme is to cover benefit recipients, employees as well as self-employed people, and the mandatory contributions to it will in principle be paid to ATP, according to the wording of the plan.Launching the proposal, the finance ministry said: “Today there are around 750,000 adult Danes who have no savings for their old age, or not enough.”last_img read more

Olympic House to officially open on Olympic Day

first_img It has a strong ambition to meet the most demanding sustainability standards both locally and internationally. It has been designed as a sustainable building in terms of both construction and operations, with special efforts put into energy and water efficiency, waste reduction and landscape integration. It aims to regroup all IOC staff in one location, resulting in cost savings and increased collaboration. Read Also:No podium protest during Tokyo Games, IOC insists It also represents an investment by the IOC in the local economy and development. Eighty percent of the construction of the building has been completed by local companies and contributed to the development of local competencies. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Olympic Committee (IOC) will officially inaugurate its new headquarters on June 23 during the celebration of Olympic Day. Loading… In 2019 this symbolic day will mark the 125th anniversary of the creation of the IOC.The inauguration of the Olympic House will be the culmination of a journey that started back in 2014 when the IOC decided to move ahead with the consolidation of its head office. Olympic House is a privately funded investment in sustainability. The sustainability approach is threefold:Advertisement Promoted ContentThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History20 Photos Of Kendall Jenner That Force You Love Her Even MoreA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more