Russia: Astronomical fine is “death sentence” for opposition New Times magazine

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeEconomic pressureJudicial harassment The New Times’s last paper issue Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Russia Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News News Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeEconomic pressureJudicial harassment to go further Related documents alerte_russie_new_times_oct_2018_rus.pdfPDF – 77.6 KB Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the astronomical fine of 22.25 million roubles (300,000 euros) that has been imposed on The New Times, an online opposition magazine based in Moscow. If the fine is upheld on appeal, the magazine will be forced to close.center_img Financial difficulties already forced the magazine to stop producing a print edition in June 2017, so this fine, if confirmed, is tantamount to a death sentence. “This astronomical fine is yet another blow to Russia’s independent media, which are under more pressure than ever,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the courts to overturn this sentence, which it is out of all proportion. The Russian authorities must stop criminalizing civil society and its links with organizations abroad.”The prosecutor’s office wants to know about the funding that The New Times has received from a Russian NGO that has been classified as a “foreign agent,” the Press Freedom Support Foundation.Since 2012, Russian civil society organizations that receive international funding have been required by law to put the ignominious “Foreign Agent” stamp on everything they publish and must provide detailed financial accounts to avoid astronomical fines or summary closure. News News RSF_en RSF_EECA May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts Читать на русском / Read in Russian Editor Evgenia Albats and her lawyer, Vadim Prokhorov, announced today that authorities had ordered the magazine to pay this fine for failing to provide requested information about alleged foreign funding in time. Organisation The civil society organizations affected by this draconian legislation initially included Russia’s leading media support NGOs. It was extended to media outlets in December 2017. October 26, 2018 – Updated on October 29, 2018 Russia: Astronomical fine is “death sentence” for opposition New Times magazinelast_img read more

Health & Wellbeing for your Business

first_img Previous articleLimerick lessons from the pitch and boardroom on Women’s dayNext articleThe bedroom farce of Bookworms Jennifer Allenhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Email Facebook Linkedin Twittercenter_img NewsHealth & Wellbeing for your BusinessBy Jennifer Allen – March 1, 2017 952 Advertisement Print WELLBEING IS a term which we hear a lot these days. But how do you define it? Is it just a lack of illness, lack of pain, lack of headaches? Maybe, if you have suffered a lifetime of chronic ill-health, such a definition is more than enough for you. Being free of poor health is certainly a welcome relief. However, we can aim for so much more than that.Wellbeing relates to all aspects of our health, from emotional and mental health, to our nutritional status and activity levels. By building on one, you automatically enhance the other. For example, someone may be advised to take up walking to lose some weight or help their heart condition. But a pleasant side-effect may be that they are sleeping better as a result, or thinking more clearly. Or their moods feel more stable. Likewise, someone may make some changes to their diet as a step towards better health, without having clearly-defined goals. But, a short while into making those simple changes, such as eating more vegetables, staying hydrated, having more oily fish, they may notice their stiff joints starts to improve. That nagging ache in their tummy begins to calm down as they decide to ditch gluten, and so on.If we can relate the change we are trying to make to an improved quality of life, the logic of prioritising that change becomes a lot clearer. Many of us then, have never truly had first-hand experience of optimum wellbeing. Think of the types of things which might stop us getting there:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Weight issuesLow energyAn auto-immune condition like arthritis or lupusChronic migrainesPoor sleep qualityChronic low-grade anxietyTime pressureLack of informatioon about food choicesHow many of these aspects can you identify with? Combine a couple of these factors, which is the case for most people and it really compouns the problem. Sorting out those health issues is always in the back of your mind. Then, by the time you have done everything you need to do during your day, the last thing you want to think about when you get home from work is preparing a meal from scratch or going for a run.Well, it might be easier to make some changes if your workplace became part of that change. Workplace Wellbeing Day falls on the 31st March this year, so there is still plenty time for employers and staff, to get their thinking caps on and see what steps would be most beneficial in their workplace. Does it relate to being more physically active? Should it revolve around stress management? Does the food culture in your workplace need an overhaul? By looking at the area which seems to be the top priority in your company, you can act accordingly. Have someone talk to staff about managing their time and stress. Perhaps bring in a Pilates instructor to give a demo class to staff, which could lead to regular classes, as a result. Encourage people to leave their desks to eat lunch. Is smoking still prevalent in your workplace? What steps can you take to support staff who are trying to quit?It doesn’t matter how small your company is, you can still sign up to take part. Absenteeism in smaller companies in Ireland amounts to over 4million days, which adds up to massive expenses for small businesses. Prevention is certainly better than cure and teaching people the skills to make wellbeing an integral part of their life will have a huge benefit to the company itself. The employee who feels their health and wellbeing is as consideration for the company will enjoy a better work environment, which evidence shows means they generally stay in that job longer. A happy workforce is a more productive workforce, so taking part makes senseFor some companies, this may be their first year to take part. For others, they may decide to build on something they started last year. Nutrition and physical wellbeing are the priority areas of the campaign this year, but any steps you can take to show you are actively prioritising wellbeing in the workplace will generate benefits. It also creates an environment where people can perhaps feel more comfortable expressing their health concerns, if that proves helpful for them. A work environment which insists on working outrageously long hours, exposing staff to high stress, skimping on meals and allowing no time for rest and relaxation is increasingly seen as detrimental to the health of the company, the indivudal working in it and of corse, their customers. Alas, our health care system in this country often falls into this category, needing very practical, grass-roots changes to make it a safer environment for those working in it.To sign up to the campaign and gain ideas on what your business can do, check out  www.fooddrinkireland.ie/wellbeing .last_img read more