RSF appoints Rebecca Vincent as Director of International Campaigns

first_img Follow the news on United Kingdom June 9, 2020 RSF appoints Rebecca Vincent as Director of International Campaigns United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Organisation to go further After joining RSF in 2016 to open and run its UK bureau, Vincent will now be promoted to the new senior management role of Director of International Campaigns. She will also retain responsibility for RSF’s UK-focused work and the operations of the London office.In the new role, Vincent will lead in strategising and implementing key campaigns of international significance, which may include campaigning on emblematic cases, priority countries, thematic issues and specific events. She will seek to increase the impact of RSF’s global efforts to promote and defend freedom, independence and pluralism of journalism.“Since joining RSF, Ms Vincent has dedicated tireless energy and strength of conviction to her work with our London bureau, and has played an important role in some of our key international missions, from Malta, to Turkey, to Saudi Arabia. We are so pleased to appoint her to this new global position, where we have no doubt she will apply her leadership skills and campaigning talent to achieving better protections for journalists and press freedom around the world”, said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.Vincent is a human rights campaigner, free expression advocate, and former diplomat with 15 years of NGO and diplomatic experience. She has coordinated numerous high profile international human rights campaigns. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the External Advisory Council for the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom, the Advisory Network of the Media Freedom Coalition, the Magnitsky Awards Committee, and the Advisory Council of the Foreign Policy Centre. RSF is an international non-profit organisation that has been working for 35 years to promote and defend press freedom around the world. Through its Paris headquarters, 13 international bureaus and sections, and network of correspondents in 130 countries, as well as consultative status at the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, and the International Organisation of the Francophonie, RSF has the experience and on-the-ground presence to effectively defend journalism on a global scale. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has appointed UK bureau director Rebecca Vincent as Director of International Campaigns – a new global position that will be based in London. News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img News RSF Launches UK Bureau, Announces Eve Pollard as Chair of the Board United KingdomEurope – Central Asia RSF_en September 27, 2016 Find out more News RSF Appoints Rebecca Vincent Director of its New London Bureau December 5, 2016 Find out morelast_img read more

Terraced houses gutted in Limerick blaze

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Advertisement   Andrew Carey [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A TERRACE of derelict houses on the south side of Limerick city was gutted and destroyed by fire early this Thursday morning.  The blaze broke out shortly after dawn and the alarm was raised to all emergency services with three tenders from Limerick City and County fire and rescue service arriving on scene in minutes.  An aerial platform was also used in the operation to control and subdue the fire that eventually caused extensive damage to the row of abandoned terraced houses in O’Malley Park.  There were no injuries reported.Gardai, who were in attendance, and technical forensic experts are to launch an investigation into the cause of the fires.  The houses in question were boarded up following moves by the regeneration authorities a number of years ago, but it is understood that they had been accessed in recent times and were being used for anti social behaviour. NewsBreaking newsTerraced houses gutted in Limerick blazeBy Staff Reporter – March 5, 2015 574 Emailcenter_img Linkedin Print Previous article218 repossession cases on court listNext articleSeason defining double header Staff Reporter Twitterlast_img read more

Scholars discuss the Thomas Jefferson conundrum, exploring his thoughts on slavery, race

first_imgCourtesy of Chris Parker Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf speak at Notre Dame Law School on Thursday about Thomas Jefferson and his legacy, an event that took place as part of Walk the Walk Week.Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf, a professor at Harvard University and professor emeritus at the University of Virginia, respectively, considered this question in a Thursday lecture. Part of Walk the Walk Week, the lecture was titled “Thomas Jefferson, Race, Slavery, and the Problem of American Nationhood.”The professors are preeminent Jefferson scholars and recently co-wrote a book about the third president. The event took place at the Notre Dame Law School.Onuf introduced this question by first laying out the problematic nature of Jefferson’s position in history.“It is common for pundits to talk about our Jeffersonian democracy, as if that’s a special characteristic of our democracy that makes it unique — you might even say exceptional,” Onuf said. “And then we have to account the dilemma that he wasn’t a perfect guy. He was — we would say now — a racist. No department in the country [now] would hire him.”The Jefferson conundrum has implications about American national identity, Onuf said.“What is it about this moment that makes Thomas Jefferson such a problematic figure? He’s somebody we identify with America,” he said. “There’s a famous … quotation from one of the first great, popular biographies of Jefferson: ‘if Jefferson is right, America is right … If Jefferson is wrong —and that’s what we think about him now — what does that say about us, and where do we go on from here?”Gordon-Reed said Jefferson is unique in that he is a much-discussed Founding Father whose reputation has had a number of peaks and valleys. Ultimately, she said she thinks his complicated life offers an effective way to frame conversations on the founding.“He’s a figure — not like Hamilton, Hamilton was in eclipse until [Lin-Manuel Miranda] brought him back — Jefferson is up and down,” Gordon-Reed said. “It’s hard right now in an era when we’re thinking about inclusion in history, different people’s stories, to figure out what we do with him. The interesting thing to me about it is his life gives us an opportunity to have that kind of discussion in ways that, [with] other members of the founding generation, you can’t do that. You can think about politics, you can think about slavery, you can think about race all through this particular person’s life.”Gordon-Reed said she thinks Jefferson has returned to the fore as a result of the country’s present-day political environment. Though Jefferson did not have a hand in writing the Constitution, he set some important standards with the Declaration of Independence, she said.“We’re sort of in a moment of constitutional crisis now, and people think about the founders — and Jefferson in particular — in a particular kind of way,” she said. “… I’m thinking, ‘what was this all for?’ They put this thing in motion and here we are now, at this particular moment trying to decide what does American democracy, what does the American republic mean in this situation?”Though Onuf said one of Jefferson’s accomplishments in the Declaration of Independence was to create a sense of American peoplehood, the two scholars said Jefferson could not conceptualize a country where black and white people lived together.For his part, he supported the emancipation of slaves but thought they should all be “expatriated” to Africa. These facts present a sobering reality about American national identity, especially as the consensus on what it means to be American has frayed.“The confidence existed because largely one voice was being heard. The difficulty we have now is people are saying, ‘yes, we are a people,’” Gordon-Reed said. “But other people — African-Americans, other groups who do not feel that they were included before — now are beginning to talk about some of the terms of that peoplehood … that’s caused much more fracturing.”Jefferson’s situation in life informed many of his ideas. He came from a family where the men had children with enslaved women. It is widely accepted that the third president himself fathered six children with his slave Sally Hemings, and Gordon-Reed said his wife had half-black siblings. She also said that one of the reasons these issues are perpetually brought up in relation to Jefferson is he wrote all of his thoughts down, leaving a record to attack.“The more I think about this … his personal circumstances had to determine how he saw this,” Gordon-Reed said. “It’s very often when people who have a personal issue — some of the people who are the most vocal in talking about things, whether it’s same-sex sexuality, cross-race sexuality — why are they talking about it? Why is he writing about this? I’ve never had [James] Madison on mixing races. We don’t have George Washington on mixing race … but as far as we know, none of those people were married to people who had half-black siblings living in their house.”Onuf added that the experience of living through the Revolutionary War also had an effect on Jefferson’s thoughts. Particularly, Onuf speculated that the author of the Declaration of Independence was probably worried about a slave revolt.“In revolutionary times, when the future is radically uncertain, you have to be prepared for the next war,” he said. “And another front of that war very reasonably could be — and would be, in the War of 1812 and in other moments [like] 1811 in Louisiana — it could be that enslaved people constitute the biggest threat.”For her part, Gordon-Reed said slaves could not be blamed for harboring rebellious thoughts.“And why wouldn’t they? How could black people love a country that wasn’t their own? That had treated them the way they had been treated? But also that they had not voluntarily come to,” she said. “The idea of black people going back to Africa — that’s the equivalent of a racial epithet now, saying that — but for a person who said ‘these people did not come voluntarily, and we’ve treated them badly. Why would they love us? How could they be in a relationship of community and trust in that situation?’ He’s basically saying, ‘I wouldn’t do that.’”Gordon-Reed also noted some hypocrisy with respect to Jefferson, noting that modern American society chastises him for his ideas when the country still continues to be racially separated.“What we’re asking him to do is something we haven’t done,” she said. “It would be impossible for Jefferson … certainly as a political matter, to say that the answer to all of this is for black people and white people to become one people, as a family. That is to say ‘mix.’ That is something that we don’t do. To think that somebody born in 1743 is going to have that as an idea … it’s patting ourselves on the back. It’s being unrealistic. It’s not anything I think he could have contemplated doing.”As a man of the Enlightenment, Jefferson had a belief that things would constantly improve — that they would get “better and better,” Gordon-Reed said — and that he thought each generation would have to renew America in some way. Paradoxically, the fight for belonging on behalf of group’s that Jefferson marginalized has fulfilled that prophecy to some degree, Onuf said.“The answer to Thomas Jefferson is the refusal of people to go,” he said. “Their insistence that they were American. ’African-American’ — the hyphen is crucial. The assertion of belonging, to be attached to a place … these people are not going. They are us.”Tags: race, slavery, Thomas Jefferson, Walk the Walk Week As the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson has always occupied a high place in the American pantheon.But Jefferson is also a complicated and controversial figure in American life: how can the United States reconcile the man’s words — “all men are created equal” — with the reality that he owned slaves and espoused ideas that today would be considered racist?last_img read more

Six Habits That Do More Harm Than Good

first_imgHealthLifestyle Six Habits That Do More Harm Than Good by: – November 20, 2013 Share 29 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet The rules of staying fit seem very easy to follow. Eating well, working out, getting enough sleep and you will be the healthiest person, right? Surprisingly, it is more complicated than that. Often the very choices you make to benefit your health can be the same ones that hurt you in the end. Read the article and find out which unexpected habits can be causing you harm.Using of hand sanitizer compulsivelyIf you use the hand sanitizer any time you have contact with the outside world, you should take pause. Unless you are in an especially germ full place like a hospital, soap and water will work just fine. When you are not near a sink, hand sanitizing gels can help, but be sure to always read the label. Recent study has shown that sanitizers containing triclosan might promote bacteria and virus resistance to antibiotic medications. This refers to antibacterial hand soaps as well, which contain triclosan. Instead, choose brands that contain at least 55% alcohol that will kill 98% of bacteria on contact.Brushing teeth after every mealBrushing immediately after every meal may seem like a good idea for keeping your teeth healthy, but it is better to hold off. Food can leave acid on your teeth that weakens the enamel and brushing while the enamel is in a weakened state can actually scrub the enamel away. To dislodge any food particles that remains after eating simply rinse your mouth out with water and save the brushing for morning and night.When you do brush, be sure to do it in a circular motion. This will improve the chances of removing harmful bacteria between the gums and teeth. On the other hand brushing back and forth or up and down, can leave behind harmful bacteria, causing gum disease but applying too much pressure can lead to receding gums.Skipping meals to save up for laterWomen have the habit of saving their calories for the fun stuff later on. It seems not to be a problem as long as you are carefully allocating your calories, right? Unfortunately when you do not eat breakfast or lunch you develop cravings and irritability that can lead to overeating later in the day. A smarter approach to eating is to fill up on protein packed meals and nutrient rich snacks that will keep you satisfied all day, so when dinnertime rolls around you won’t have desire to fill your plate.Drinking only bottled waterBy reaching for a bottle of water you may think you are doing your body well by avoiding tap water. But that is not right case. Bottled water contains no fluoride and more adults suffer from a fluoride deficiency, which leads to tooth decay. Instead, fill your glass with water purified by water filtration system which will keep your water free from impurities commonly found in tap.Doing only cardio when you workoutThe best way to lose weight is to stick to the cardio workout, but if you do only cardio, your body will become accustomed to the routine and you will start to burn less fat as a result. Trade in a few of your cardio exercises for circuit training, which involves doing several of different strength training work outs with little rest between moves in order to keep your heart rate up while exercising your entire body, ensuring that you will burn the most calories. Integrating resistance training into your routine will create muscle mass and help burn more fat, even when you are at rest. Revamp your cardio routine by mixing in interval training once a week.Loading up on nutritional supplementsWhen it comes to minerals and vitamins, more is not always better. People often take nutritional supplements without understanding if they really need them. Since many foods are fortified nowadays, many people do not have any major nutritional deficiencies. There are serious side effects of carelessly popping pills: Vitamin A in large doses is toxic to fetus, vitamin C in large amounts causes gastrointestinal problems as well as interferes with anti diabetic medications and too much vitamin B6 causes nerve damage. Eating food instead of taking supplements should be the primary way to fulfill nutritional requirements and deliver health benefits. If you find out that you need to increase intake of, say, Ca, try adding foods rich in calcium to your diet, like a spinach salad or a glass of skim milk. If you do learn that supplements are the best choice to remedy a deficiency, look on the label, which signifies that the pill meets the standards.Fitnea Magazinelast_img read more