Parliament cancels creation of information ombudsman

first_img June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has strongly condemned a parliamentary vote on 21 December that overwhelmingly overturned a plan to create an ombudsman for news and information.With just one dissenting vote, parliament amended its constitutional law, adopted in 2005 on the advice of the Council of Europe, with the effect of cancelling the creation of both an ombudsman and of an institution with the role of addressing issues relating to public access to information.As a result of neither of them seeing the light of day, the job will go to an existing mediator, responsible for protecting the rights of citizens, Elmira Suleymanova. The amendments, examined by the parliamentary committee for legislative policy, state construction and human rights were initiated by President Ilham Aliyev. The Azerbaijan authorities therefore flew in the face of the Council of Europe’s recommendations. The amendments will reduce the Azerbaijan people’s right of access to information, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. The turnaround on the part of the authorities also represents a serious backward step in the protection of the rights of media and journalists that are already largely being flouted. They simply abolish the body responsible for mediating between journalists and the authorities, to avoid resort to the courts, as recommended by the Council of Europe. This means that current ombudswoman, Elmira Suleymanova, will have to defend both the rights of citizens and the rights of journalists. Some members of parliament pointed out that this expansion of her powers could complicate her already heavy workload, or more seriously still destroy the spirit of the 2005 law, turning it into an empty shell. The detractors of the information ombudsman argued that its creation could mean splitting up the roles of the different ombudsman. Elmira Suleymanova illustrated this point with the example of Sweden which originally had nine ombudsmen but now has no more than four. Such a mandate however appears to be too important to be filled by a single person. All the more so since the question of the rights of citizens is very different from that of access to information and the rights of journalists.Moreover, the current ombudswoman has pro-government leanings, which is incompatible with the Council of Europe recommendations. These call on member states to ensure that the ombudsman has complete independence, sufficient financial means and equipment, access to information required for the job, presentation of an annual progress report to parliament, and as far as possible for his or her decisions to be applied. As in any constitutional law, the application of the amendment will require a second vote in six months time. Reporters Without Borders urges the Council of Europe and member governments to call on Azerbaijani members of parliament to vote against it. Follow the news on Azerbaijan News Receive email alerts Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News Organisation center_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further January 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Parliament cancels creation of information ombudsman April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

#BREAKING – four car pile up and second crash close Shannon…

first_imgShannondoc operating but only by appointment Email Print NewsBreaking news#BREAKING – four car pile up and second crash close Shannon dual carriagewayBy Staff Reporter – March 9, 2016 1425 Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus TAGSfeatured center_img Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleRAI #foodoscars hail Limerick’s best food and wine winnersNext articleMolly ordered to return items she took from Jason’s house Staff Reporter The crash scene on the N18 this Wednesday morning – pic @LimerickFireEMERGENCY services are attending the scene of a four car pile up on the N18 Limerick to Ennis Road near Cratloe which has caused huge delays in the area for motorists.Four units from Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service are dealing with the four car crash on the southbound lane of the N18.The carriageway between Junction 4 Cratloemoyle and Junction 3 Coonagh West is has been reduced to one lane following the collision.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up One lane has reopened to traffic.A second crash near Setrights Tavern did not require the attendance of emergency services but has effected traffic congestion.Gardai, emergency paramedics and member of the Fire and Rescue service are at the scene dealing with the major incident and motorist are advised to the avoid the area and both lanes.Three people have been taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment but their injuries are understood to be non-life threatening. Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Thornton catches Cordes for opening night Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights checkers

first_imgRicky Thornton Jr. took the $2,000 checkers in Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights IMCA Modified Tour opener at Benton County Speedway. (Photo by Tyler Rinken)VINTON, Iowa (May 28) – A rare visit to Benton County Speedway resulted in a frequent result for Ricky Thornton Jr.Thornton passed race-long leader Troy Cordes following a late restart and led the last four laps in winning Monday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour feature for IMCA Modifieds. The checkers in the tour lidlifter were good for $2,000.“I had a really good run on the restart and was thinking I’d either win or finish last,” Thornton said of the roll-the-dice pass on the high side of the oval. “I had pretty good car and made a couple strong runs but might have to have settled for second without that restart.”Cordes led the first 26 circuits from his outside pole start. Jarrett Brown headed the pursuit through the first half of the race before Thornton made his way to second following a caution at midway.Hunter Marriott passed Thornton on lap 19 and challenged Cordes before going off the backstretch four laps later.That put Thornton back in second and in position to catch Cordes. His margin of victory was electronically timed at just over a second and a half; Brown, Ethan Dotson and Joel Rust rounded out the top five while Marriott raced back to sixth.The tour win was Thornton’s first in 10 career starts. His one previous victory at Benton County Speedway came at the Frostbuster two years ago.“Winning tonight was huge for us,” Thornton said following his ninth 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. “We wanted to see how tonight worked out. We’re definitely going to keep following the tour.”The next race will be one for the history books regardless of who takes the checkers, as the tour makes its first-ever trip out of state, for the $10,000 to win Clash at the Creek at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wis., on June 20 and 21.Thirty-six Modifieds were entered in the Memorial Day event at Vinton.Jeff Mueller outran John Oliver Jr. and Scooter Dulin in a green, white, checkered finish to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.Leah Wroten led all but the opening lap in winning the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Brett Vanous was second and Justin Wacha third.Joe Docekal took over up front just before midway and won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature ahead of Joey Schaefer and Sam Wieben.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr.; 2. Troy Cordes; 3. Jarrett Brown; 4. Ethan Dotson; 5. Joel Rust; 6. Hunter Marriott; 7. Darin Duffy; 8. Scott Hogan; 9. Kelly Shryock; 10. Bryce Garnhart; 11. Shane DeMey; 12. Todd Shute; 13. John Parmeley; 14. Kyle Brown; 15. Ronn Lauritzen; 16. Josh Most; 17. David Brown; 18. Matt Short; 19. Jeff James; 20. T.J. Smith; 21. Eric Barnes; 22. Brock Bauman; 23. Brad Dierks; 24. Corey Dripps.Stock Cars – 1. Jeff Mueller; 2. John Oliver Jr.; 3. Scooter Dulin; 4. Norman Chesmore; 5. Shane Ebaugh; 6. Dean Kratzer; 7. Kevin Rose; 8. Russell Damme Jr.; 9. Lonnie Mercer; 10. Bob Ahrendsen; 11. Dustin Vis; 12. Damon Murty.Hobby Stocks – 1. Leah Wroten; 2. Brett Vanous; 3. Justin Wacha; 4. Jacob Floyd; 5. Matt Brown; 6. Mike Kimm; 7. Tonia Stevens; 8. Kyle Dulin; 9. Jeremiah Andrews.Northern SportMods – 1. Joe Docekal; 2. Joey Schaefer; 3. Sam Wieben; 4. Kyle Olson; 5. Austen Becerra; 6. Tyler Soppe; 7. Ethan Braaksma; 8. Shane Paris; 9. Justin Becker; 10. Ryan King; 11. Danny Dvorak; 12. Randy Lamar; 13. Richard Nelson; 14. Brady Hilmer; 15. James Roose; 16. Daniel Campbell; 17. Chuck Lewis; 18. Jacob Ellithorpe; 19. Ben Chapman; 20. Gage Neal; 21. Duane Roth; 22. Tony Olson; 23. Brandon Tharp; 24. Tom Lathrop; 25. Jared Waterman; 26. Chase Rudolf; 27. Dale Kite.last_img read more

England call-up gives Thomas hope of Test career

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, (CMC) – Rookie fast bowler Oshane Thomas says he is thrilled by his call-up for the England tour and hopes it can lay the groundwork for a successful Test career.“It was a feeling of joy when I was selected, because I want to play Test cricket,” the Gleaner quoted Thomas as saying.“Being home not doing anything and just getting this opportunity to be in England even if I am not playing, I will be training and keeping fit, and so I am really happy for this.“I was called up in the England Test tour of the Caribbean, before, but I didn’t get to make my debut, but hopefully I will soon, or even this time around, because I definitely want to play Test cricket for the West Indies.”The 23-year-old Jamaican was last week named among 11 reserves which will act as support for a 14-man squad for the three-Test series against England, starting July 8.However, Thomas has so far only featured in white-ball cricket for West Indies, taking 27 wickets from 20 One-Day Internationals and 15 wickets from 12 Twenty20 Internationals.West Indies legend Michael Holding recently queried Thomas’s presence among the reserves, contending he should have been part of the 14-man squad.Thomas, perhaps the fastest bowler in the region but who has played only eight first class matches, said he had already discussed the prospect of Test cricket with West Indies head coach Phil Simmons.“Everyone kept beating it in my head that I can’t be bowling that fast and not playing Test cricket,” he explained.“Me and the coach (Simmons) have had a lot of conversations about playing Test cricket, and so he always tells me that ‘you have to be in my team because you can’t be bowling that fast and not in the team’.”Thomas is one six fast bowlers in the reserve squad for the series which will be the first set of international cricket to be played since COVID-19 pandemic forced the cessation of the sport globally.last_img read more