Criminal code amendments pose threat to press freedom

first_img VenezuelaAmericas March 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Criminal code amendments pose threat to press freedom January 13, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information August 25, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the increased penalties for press offences in amendments to Venezuela’s criminal code that took effect on 16 March, saying they represented “a big step backwards” for press freedom.”Five of the 38 amended articles directly threaten press freedom,” the organization said. “Instead of moving towards the decriminalization advocated by the United Nations, these amendments step up the prison sentences for some press offences. The Venezuelan authorities are running counter to the general tendency to liberalize press laws.”Reporters Without Borders also pointed out that the heavy penalties envisaged for such poorly defined offences as “insult” or the need to “protect honour” would encourage journalists to censor themselves when criticising the authorities for fear of being punished.The press freedom organization said other legislation affecting the press has also become tougher in recent months. In July, the supreme court ratified a law under which a person can be imprisoned for working as a journalist without having a journalism degree or belonging to an association of journalists. Broadcast media found guilty of breaking a law on content that was promulgated on 8 December risk heavy fines or losing their licences.”In view of the confrontation between the government and the leading privately-owned news media, we fear that the government could use these new laws to try to silence its critics,” Reporters Without Borders said.The amendments to 17 of the criminal code’s articles were approved by the national assembly on second reading on 9 December. The amendments to 21 other articles had already been adopted on the first reading on 2 December. President Hugo Chávez delayed promulgating the reform to allow time for corrections to several provisions that were deemed to be unconstitutional. After parliament approved these corrections, the so-called “partial reform of the criminal code” took effect on 16 March and was published in the official gazette on 17 March.The new version of article 148 of the criminal code makes insulting the president punishable by six to 30 months in prison. Article 149 says that, if another state representative is insulted, the punishment is a half to two thirds of that in 148, depending on the rank of the person insulted.The new article 297A stipulates that the dissemination of inaccurate news by means of print media, radio, telephone or e-mail with the aim of “causing panic” is punishable by two to five years in prison.Article 444 on defamation says any individual making comments that could “expose another person to contempt or public hatred” is subject to a sentence of one to three years in prison and a fine. Until now, the criminal code provided for no more than 18 months in prison for this kind of offence. If the offence is committed in a public manner, the prison sentence can be as much as four years and the fine can be doubled. The article refers explicitly to press reports.Article 446 on the protection of honour has the same provisions. An insult, which previously was punishable by a maximum of eight days in prison, can now result in a sentence of six months to a year in prison. The penalty is one to two years in prison if the offence is committed by means of the press.The UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion clearly and formally stated in January 2000 that “the imposition of a prison sentence for the peaceful expression of opinion constitutes a serious violation of human rights.” Furthermore, article 11 of the Declaration on Principles of Freedom of Expression adopted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in October 2000 says: “Public officials are subject to greater scrutiny by society. Laws that penalize offensive expressions directed at public officials restrict freedom of expression and the right to information.” VenezuelaAmericas News to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is concerned about amendments to Venezuela’s criminal code that increase the penalties for press offences. The amendments, which was promulgated by President Hugo Chávez on 16 March, violate international standards on free expression New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets News News Follow the news on Venezuela Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Podcast: Limerick Post News Roundup June 22, 2019

first_img Previous articleShannon Airport goes dog friendlyNext articleWIN family tickets to KALEIDOSCOPE 2019 on June 28 – 30 Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Print Advertisement Twitter Facebook Calling Limerick’s Creative Kids! TAGSartsentertainmentlifestylelistenMediaNewspodcastroundupsports RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist Receives Arts Council Next Generation Award worth €20,000 Linkedincenter_img Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 award WhatsApp Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Limerick City Gallery of Art exhibition showcases ‘Limerick Connections’ through artists over the past 50 years LifestyleNewsPodcastsSportPodcast: Limerick Post News Roundup June 22, 2019By Cian Reinhardt – June 20, 2019 105 Cian Reinhardt looks at the content in this week’s Limerick Post newspaper, giving a run-down on this week’s Health, Politics, Sports, Arts and Entertainment news.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This week’s headlines:119 Limerick women had abortions in the UK last yearLimerick Restaurant owner foes cashless after burglars strikeA life shaped by grief and healingCouncil meeting over park recycling centreAll this and our Sports news with Sporting Limerick and Arts and Entertainment news. Email Film in Limerick host ‘Meet the Funders’ free online seminar for filmmakers in the Mid-Westlast_img read more

4 Tips for Efficient Document Management

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / 4 Tips for Efficient Document Management The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Collateral trailing document management—the movement, accountability, and storage of recorded security instruments, title policies, and the like—is a critical part of the mortgage post-closing equation, not to mention a required function for mortgage lenders. Late or missing trailing documents can result in investor fines, delayed payments for loan sales, or loan buybacks.Despite these risks, document management rarely gets the attention it deserves, and neglecting it for too long can lead to chaos. The complexity in dealing with such a cumbersome process is partly what led First American Mortgage Solutions to launch CleanFile Solutions™, with the goal to assist clients in achieving “total loan quality, regulatory compliance, and file perfection from day one,” according to company President, Kevin Wall.Take it from the post-closing professionals that prevention is better than looking for a cure. A small investment now can save time, money, and hassle later. Here’s what is needed to make your document management operations more efficient and effective:Don’t skimp on resources. If ensuring loan packages are complete before delivery is a priority for your business, so should the supporting efforts to make that happen. Post-closing is an area often tapped when extra hands are needed to manage volume fluctuations, but incomplete or inaccurate collateral files can pile up quickly. A dedicated staff should manage the tail end of the loan process continuously regardless of volume fluctuations.Equally necessary are foundational resources. Allocating technical support is important, since systems inevitably need upgrading every time investor requirements change. Another must-have is adequate workspace for receiving, imaging, auditing, and shipping of all those trailing documents.Resolve deficiencies before they become problems.Half the battle of document management is identifying gaps, which requires knowing what to look for and being resourceful to quickly fix defects. Companies should perform this gap inspection upon receipt of a loan package to allow enough time to work with settlement agents to cure, perfect, and complete collateral files prior to investor delivery. Attempting to resolve document deficiencies at the last minute, prior to pool certification, can cause added expense.Know what’s coming in and what’s going out.Monitoring the flow of trailing documents requires more than an Excel spreadsheet or a few fields in a loan origination system (LOS). A comprehensive, 360-degree view of the process can greatly aid in effectively monitoring the status of documents.Statistics are useful to management, such as the average number of days from funding to receipt, from funding to delivery, and the number of documents with defects. Invest in building a sophisticated database that automates the tracking of this information into a system of record as it flows through the process. If building a tracking system is not an option, research available applications from a technology provider.It pays to be picky when outsourcing.The trailing document process is strictly back-office, so outsourcing frees resources to focus on customer-facing operations and provides a competitive advantage by moving fixed costs to variable. When choosing a service provider, important considerations should include access to comprehensive and quality data, as well as trailing document proficiency and industry reputation. Ask probing questions to understand the source of the data, the depth of the organization’s title expertise, and what methods are used to obtain or replace missing policies quickly.Although a clear-cut process, managing trailing documents is deceptively high-maintenance and complex. When left unattended for too long, incomplete or inaccurate collateral files will become an overwhelming chore, but a little attention goes a long way to make the trailing docs process a smooth-running machine, thereby mitigating risk. 2017-08-28 Chris Brinkley 4 Tips for Efficient Document Management in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, News, Technology Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Ask the Economist: Eddie Seiler Next: Arch MI Announces Enhanced Integration with Mortgage Cadence LFC Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img August 28, 2017 1,564 Views Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Chris Brinkley Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Chris Brinkley, VP, Division Operations for First American Mortgage Solutions, is responsible for leading the company’s CleanFile Solutions suite of post-closing and servicing tools for curing, perfecting, and completing collateral files. Chris has 20 years of mortgage industry experience leading business operations, performance excellence, and global delivery platforms. Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articleslast_img read more

aDORAble example of what it means to be a host in family accommodation

first_imgWhen we return to nature, totally aDORAble things start to happen and that is exactly how the story of this family farm began, which is dedicated to enriching the taste of food on your table. All products in a completely natural and this new brand so simply and originally tells an autochthonous Croatian story. “I planted a mini spice garden that was available to my guests, I dragged an old wooden boat under the fig tree, rearranged it (bow into a” bar “with high chairs), made kids corner, book corner, etc. Mostly I tried to be” different ”and show the guest that I care. I wrote to everyone on the island of Krk and beyond (tourist boards, associations of various….) Unfortunately, these actions often went unanswered or diplomatic. I managed to make them know about me even though they don’t do anything. ” the story of Danielle who last year did an experiment on the Airbnb experience, “aDORAble taste of Mediterranean” which turned out to be great. The base was a story about the types of salt, about Nin’s bio-sea salt and the flower of salt from the small Saltworks Ramov. A classic story of little people and struggles for survival, creativity screams from this woman, an idea of ​​how much you want and I expect that everyone will hear about this story soon. Danijela Drčec stands behind this entrepreneurial idea which she openly conveyed to us and told her story. This is an example of what a host should look like in tourism. “aDORAble is a family project. It is very important to me that our children, Josip 11 years old and Dora 8,5 years old, are satisfied and involved in development according to their age. Everyone has their favorite jam, salt. They suggest new flavors or products, actively participate in brand development. Here, Dora’s name is in the title as well. They experiment and prepare simple meals themselves. The family farm is great among other things and for very useful lessons for children. We teach them patience (eg chili takes 4 months from seed to fruit), misunderstanding (food does not “grow” on the shelf in the store), useful work (they participate in parts of the process according to their age) ” Daniel tells his story. Bravo and I hope there will be more stories like this… “I have been a registered landlord for 11 years, and for the last six years, after being fired from the corporation, I have been more intensively involved in tourism. I go furiously to the tourist boards and complete access to tourism and guests on Krk, but then I (still) reset myself and start working on “my backyard” all I can. I have been an Airbnb super host since 2015 and I found myself on that platform and with that guest profile. I just enjoyed being able to (positively) influence someone’s GO. I started telling stories about flavors, wild herbs, getting citrus and carob from Vis, local cheese, oil, prosciutto,… I started to produce liqueurs, jams, syrups, and finally flavored salts and hot sauces… ” “Guests were able to taste several snacks that were created with the addition of aDORAble flavored salts. I set myself the task of telling as many pages as possible the story of our sea salt and the additives with which I refine it. All my guests know about motar in different variants (in salt, pickled, and even raw). It is interesting that many locals on the island do not know about the motorbike or consume it. I really think that through the flavors of salt I can tell the story of the whole of Croatia. For example, salt with bacon of black Slavonian pigs, with greaves, salt with an autochthonous variety of Slavonian wine, salt and truffles for Istria, Gorska Hrvatska through combinations of various wild herbs, salt and citrus and Mediterranean coastal herbs… the idea is full. Again, I started from the foods available and familiar to me so I keep researching and trying to make progress. An extremely interesting area for me is wild edible herbs ” concludes his story Daniel. In the orchard they have old varieties of apples and berries, plums, peaches, grapes. Of the vegetables, their largest plantations are chili peppers: from seeds, through seedlings to the final product, they grow over 20 different varieties in a combination of urban farming and a classic vegetable garden.  This is how a small entrepreneurial story about marketing products with a great name begins aDORAble. “The wish list is long, but considering the brand’s experience, that’s normal, isn’t it? We are a young brand and we believe that the best is yet to come. We want to develop a family business through our own space, ie a mini sales and production gallery, various collaborations (with tourist communities on the project of creating taste for their area / region, with chefs developing a premium product line, with winemakers to tell the story of indigenous wine varieties, etc.), webshop, increasing and improving the conditions and capacity of plantations. We want to become a recognizable gastro brand in our part of business ” emphasizes Danijela, whose orchards and gardens are located in Zagorje, and a smaller part on the island of Krk. last_img read more

Breen earns further Hickstead glory

first_img Press Association Irish rider Trevor Breen continued his winning run at Hickstead by landing Wednesday’s feature class in the Longines Royal International Horse Show. Breen prevailed after a seven-horse jump-off, clocking 40.26 seconds for a clear victory ahead of British European team gold medallist Will Funnell. Funnell, riding Billy Onslow, posted a time of 42.08, with Nicole Pavitt (Tia Semilly) third and Mark Williams (Extensa G) fourth. The show’s international classes get under way on Thursday, with Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup round and the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Sunday being the highlights. center_img Breen has returned to the Sussex arena after being crowned Hickstead Derby champion on Adventure De Kannan just over four weeks ago. And he wasted no time in making his presence felt as he took the Winter Grades B and C Championship aboard Classic III. last_img read more