GRD vs BGR: VPL T10 League or Vincy premier League 2020…

first_imgSportSport News Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Kahveci scores for Turkey to reduce deficit; Follow Live Updates Halle Open 2021 Final: Ugo Humbert defeats Andrey Rublev to become champion Football TAGSinsidesportInsidesportNewsLatestNewsNEWSNewsUpdateSportsnews sportsSportsUpdateVincy Premier LeagueVPLVPL Live SHARE Queens Club Final: Matteo Berrettini beats Cameron Norrie in final to win title Football Facebook Twitter ATP Tour PUBG Mobile – Krafton IPO: PUBG Mobile promoters Krafton ready to break all records, aims 5 billion IPO Match DetailMatch –GRD vs BGRDate – 29 May 2020Time- 8:00 PM (IST)Venue- Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St VincentBroadcast Details Bett1Open 2021 Final: Liudmila Samsonova beats Belinda Bencic to clinch title Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore GRD vs BGR: VPL T10 League or Vincy premier League 2020 LIVE Streaming, schedule, teams RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Viking Classic Birmingham 2021 Final: Ons Jabeur beats Daria Kasatkina to clinch title Football PSL 2021 Playoffs Live: How to watch PSL 2021 Playoffs LIVE streaming in your country, India Sport News Previous articleLSH vs FCS: VPL T10 League or Vincy premier League 2020 LIVE Streaming, schedule, teamsNext articleSPB vs DVE: VPL T10 League or Vincy premier League 2020 LIVE Streaming, schedule, teams Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyImprove Your Spelling With This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyUndoSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoIPL 2020 : Srikanth and fans slams MS Dhoni, says ‘wasted 15 Cr on Jadhav & Chawla’UndoIt will be live in Star Sports and Sony ESPN.SquadsGrenadines Divers: Obed McCoy (Marquee player); Ian Allen(coach), Asif Hooper, Shem Browne, Anson Latchman, Tijorn Pope, Romano Pierre, Wayne Harper, Geron Wyllie, Razine Browne, Richie Richards, Shammick Roberts, Braxie Browne, Alex Samuel.Botanic Gardens Rangers: Kesrick Williams (Marquee player), Nixon Mclean (coach), Hyron Shallow, Romel Currency, Kenneth Dember, Romario Bibby, Atticus Browne, Oziko Williams, Kimali Williams, Kevin Abraham, Nigel Small, Casnel Morris, Joey Welcome, Ray Charles. Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Ward produces solid save to keep 10-man Wales in the game; Follow Live Updates Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Sport News Latest Sports News By Kunal Dhyani – May 28, 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Dutee Chand, Hima Das among top athletes seeking direct Olympic qualification during IGP 4 Sport News YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatter|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ATP Tour Esports last_img read more

The five-level lockdown system in Scotland explained

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The five-level lockdown system in Scotland explained Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Sean LaPointe | Monday, 26th October, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images A new week, a new set of rules to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus. That’s been the story so far throughout the pandemic. This time, Scotland has unveiled a new five-level system of lockdown measures designed to curb rising infection rates.Here’s how this new system will work.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential… How have different parts of the UK handled the pandemic so far? So far, the four nations have adopted quite different approaches to managing the coronavirus pandemic. England has implemented a 3-tier system of lockdown restrictions, where different parts of the country have been split up into… A new week, a new set of rules to try and prevent the spread of coronavirus. That’s been the story so far throughout the pandemic. This time, Scotland has unveiled a new five-level system of lockdown measures designed to curb rising infection rates.Here’s how this new system will work.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…How have different parts of the UK handled the pandemic so far?So far, the four nations have adopted quite different approaches to managing the coronavirus pandemic. England has implemented a 3-tier system of lockdown restrictions, where different parts of the country have been split up into medium, high and very high local covid alert areas. Northern Ireland is currently under a four-week circuit breaker lockdown, which aims to break the cycle of coronavirus transmissions. There are several rules here but the gist is that people should stay and work at home if possible. Bars, pubs and many non-essential shops have been forced to shut.Wales has implemented its own two-week firebreak lockdown to curb transmissions.Scotland, on the other hand, has so far pursued a ‘zero covid approach’, with stricter checks on international travel, a support system for those in isolation, and the devolution of power to local councils to monitor local outbreaks and enforce rules and regulations.Unfortunately, even with these different approaches, we can’t say that any nation is fairing any better than the others in terms of reducing coronavirus cases. Rates continue to rise everywhere.That’s perhaps the reason that rules keep changing so often. How will Scotland’s new five-level lockdown system work?Under Scotland’s new five-level lockdown system, every part of the country will be graded from a baseline, level 0, up to the highest, level 4. The five different levels represent an advancing scale of lockdown restrictions.What are the rules at each level of the lockdown in Scotland?Level 0Most businesses, including those in the hospitality industry, can continue to operate (though pubs and restaurants may have a curfew)Schools remain openUp to eight people from three different households can meet indoorsThere’s a ban on travel to areas in levels 3 and 4 (and equivalent parts elsewhere in the UK)Life events such as funerals and wedding can go on but with an attendance limit of 50 peopleLevel 1Indoor meetings are limited to six people from two different householdsSmall indoor seated events are allowed, but outdoor standing events are bannedSchools remain openAttendance at life events is reduced to a maximum of 20 peoplePeople to work from home where possibleLevel 2No gatherings inside homesNo stadium gatherings and eventsVenues such as theatres, funfairs and soft play areas shutCinemas and amusement arcades remain openPubs can continue serving customers indoors as long as they serve a main meal (between 6am and 6pm)Schools remain open but with enhanced protectionsLevel 3Ban on indoor and outdoor alcohol sales in hospitality venues. Customers can buy and eat food on the premises with potential time restrictionsEntertainment venues will shutPeople should avoid using public transport and travelling out of level 3 areas unless for essential reasonsServices such as barbershops and saloons can open but may be subject to additional protective measuresSchools remain open but with enhanced protectionsLevel 4All non-essential businesses must shut, including accommodation that’s not work-relatedNo use of public transport unless essentialPlaces of worship can remain open but congregations should not exceed 20 peopleWedding and civil partnership ceremonies are limited to five people – or six when there is an interpreterConstructions and manufacturing works can continueSchools remain open but with enhanced and targeted protective measures such as shielding children told to stay off school premises.Can you get financial support?Yes.Consumers – If you are affected by the coronavirus measures, you can use this government service to find out what support you can get and how to claim it.Businesses – On top of the UK government’s Job Support Scheme, businesses forced to shut due to Scotland’s lockdown can also apply for a £2,000 or £3,000 grant every four weeks. Businesses that remain open but are unable to trade as normal because of lockdown restrictions, can apply for a grant of £1,400 or £2,100 every four weeks.Coronavirus and your moneyWith everything that’s going on, it’s natural to be concerned about what the future holds in regard to your finances. Businesses are shutting down and people are losing jobs and yet, debts and bills still have to be paid. Rather than panic, the best thing you can do right now is get your financial ducks in a row. Check out our coronavirus money guide for useful tips on how to prepare financially for whatever lies ahead. The Motley Fool receives compensation from some advertisers who provide products and services that may be covered by our editorial team. It’s one way we make money. But know that our editorial integrity and transparency matters most and our ratings aren’t influenced by compensation. The statements above are The Motley Fool’s alone and have not been provided or endorsed by bank advertisers. 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FDOT, FHP implements limited emergency shoulder use on I-75

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSFlorida Department of TransportationFlorida Highway PatrolI-75 Previous articleOrange County remains at Level 2 Status Ahead of Hurricane IrmaNext articleFlorida Hospital announces its Hurricane Irma scheduling Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Motorists should only use the left shoulder when directed by law enforcement and highway signs From the Florida Highway PatrolThe Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), working with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), has implemented a limited Emergency Shoulder Use (ESU) plan for Hurricane Irma evacuations on I-75 at Wildwood to the Georgia state line. Motorists should only use the left shoulder when directed by law enforcement and highway signs. There is no contraflow or one-way operation in use on Florida state roadwaysNo other state roadways are currently approved for shoulder useAlthough there are heavy pockets of evacuation traffic in some areas; traffic is flowing on this section of roadwayLaw enforcement urges motorists to use caution when driving on the shoulder – right shoulder use is prohibitedFDOT has 13 Traffic Management Centers where hundreds of DOT workers are monitoring traffic cameras 24/7 to ensure traffic flows continue and evacuations proceed without interruption.NOTE: Contraflow blocks essential southbound lanes needed to bring supplies to shelters and families in the southern part of the state. Contraflow also inhibits emergency vehicles from reaching people in need, and removes law enforcement from critical life safety tasks. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Waste Not

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. How many different items do charities recycle and convert in to cash? Find out from CAF’s Waste Not. It’s still the December 1996 edition, but it remains full of interesting ideas for charities.Order Waste Not from the UK Fundraising Bookshop for £7.95. Waste Not Advertisement Howard Lake | 4 June 2000 | News read more

New York state: ‘No more prisons!’

first_imgAlbany, N.Y., protest, May 5.Albany, N.Y. — Over 600 people demonstrated at a statewide mobilization against mass incarceration in Albany, N.Y., on May 5. The protest was called by Capital Area Against Mass Incarceration and the New York Prisoner Justice Network, with the support of 40 prison justice organizations. The New York Free Mumia Coalition helped organize the action and coordinator Suzanne Ross spoke.College students, along with religious leaders and families of prisoners, were among those who took part in the march. Protesters gathered outside the Capitol building demanding an end to solitary confinement, reform of New York’s parole system, release of aging prisoners and creation of a Justice Commission.Featured speaker Dr. Cornel West underlined the connections among poverty, racism and mass incarceration. “Mass incarceration is a crime against humanity — the legacy of white supremacy.” He called prisons the “new slavery.” Others urged a fight for the rights of the 86,000 people who are confined in harsh and inhumane conditions in New York prisons.After the rally protesters marched around local government buildings, chanting “Resist! Stand up! Prisons will close when the people stand up!”The march proceeded inside the Capitol building. Protesters occupied several floors and hung prisoners’ letters from the ceiling. Family members and friends of prisoners convened a speak-out. There was powerful testimony about the unjust and racist prison-industrial complex, along with powerful descriptions of the daily painful experiences of prisoners.Determined plans were made for further action. “Brick by brick, wall by wall, free our people! Free them all!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Marquette prison officials lock down Pinkney

first_imgFollowing is a first-hand account of a visit to Marquette Branch Prison by David Sole, a retired Detroit trade unionist and supporter of political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Mich.The Rev. Edward Pinkney, already in 24/7 isolation in Marquette Branch Prison, was slammed with bogus charges on Nov. 21 and placed into “segregation,” canceling any prison visits.Pinkney had been punitively transferred to the western part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Oct. 6 from downstate Lakeland Prison. At Lakeland, he had absolutely no problems from the prison guards or administration. But many believe this political prisoner was getting “too many” visitors and “too much” media coverage, leading to his transfer.Since his arrival at Marquette, he has been targeted by vindictive and racist guards, slapping him with numerous “tickets” for so-called violations of prison rules. Pinkney is African-American. Since Oct. 23, he has been denied access to the telephone and put into “house arrest,” barred from leaving his cell except for 15 minutes in the cafeteria.Rev. Pinkney’s isolation was finally broken on Nov. 12 and 13 when his spouse, Dorothy Pinkney, and Detroit supporter Marcina Cole drove a total of 1,400 miles round trip to visit him.On Nov. 20, I flew to Marquette to visit Rev. Pinkney. A press conference outside Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s Marquette office just prior to the visit attracted local television reporters. That night, ABC-TV 10 gave a clear account of the threats and harassment guards were directing at Rev. Pinkney.After the press conference, I had a three-hour visit with Rev. Pinkney inside Marquette Prison, during which I took several pages of notes. The previous week, a guard had provided Cole with paper and pencil for notes she took with her on leaving. This time, the front desk guard, an Officer Johnson, demanded I empty my pockets and confiscated my notes. He stated that nothing could leave the visiting area and refused to answer when asked why the guard on duty inside had said nothing for three hours while I took notes in front of her.As I arrived at the prison on Saturday evening for another visit, Officer Johnson was waiting and came out to the car. I was told that I would not be able to visit Rev. Pinkney as he had been placed into “segregation” for “smuggling.” I objected that Rev. Pinkney had not written anything and that the guard had watched for hours as I took notes. Johnson refused to discuss any of this and shouted that I must leave the prison grounds immediately.From my visit the day before it is clear that numerous guards — all of them white — have it in for Rev. Pinkney. He had reported that one prisoner was Tased to death that month and four others had been killed in September. Marquette Prison is a low-security, Level 1 facility.Pinkney stated that the food served the prisoners was unfit for human consumption and speculated that someone high up might be profiting from scrimping on the food contract. “The meatballs they serve are balls, but there is no meat,” he joked. Recently served “pizza” was “undercooked dough with a drizzle of cheese.” He was considering writing a grievance to demand a forensic audit of the prison.Rev. Pinkney, along with his supporters, are concerned for his health and safety under these conditions. Already, he has developed high blood pressure, which he did not have before his December 2014 incarceration. The prison medical staff has been ordered to check his blood pressure once a week, which is clearly not adequate care. With no exercise and the terrible diet, Rev. Pinkney’s health cannot improve, especially because of the psychological strain of what he described as “daily confrontations with aggressive and arrogant guards.”A protest at the gates of Marquette Branch Prison was held at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 22. Supporters throughout Michigan and across the region have scheduled an “Emergency Conference to Save Reverend Pinkney” in Detroit on Dec. 12 from noon to 5 p.m. The location is St. Matthew/St. Joseph Church, 8850 Woodward Avenue. See for background on Pinkney’s persecution by Michigan authorities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Fake news’ covers up domestic propaganda law

first_imgStraight from the pages of publications that passed along lies about Iraq’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction” and that gave Donald Trump at least $2 billion in free media coverage comes a sudden concern about fake news.The big-business-owned media narrative that Russia interfered with the U.S. elections by allegedly sponsoring stories more favorable to Trump than Clinton has been omnipresent in the news since late November.Three other important stories concerning journalists also broke, but they were all published in noncorporate media and you may not have noticed them.First, Mark Ames wrote for Alternet about how the anonymous group “PropOrNot” — “Prop” meaning propaganda — has ties to Ukrainian fascists. The Washington Post had covered without question this group’s release of a list of some 200 independent news sources that it accused of promulgating Russian state propaganda. Outlets charged as being compromised by the Russian government include far-right websites like Drudge Report as well as left-wing websites such as Black Agenda Report. (Dec. 7)Then Rania Khalek wrote for Alternet that journalists have been approached to move to Turkey and write pro-war propaganda for those fighting the government in Syria. They were offered $17,000 a month. (Dec. 8)Now comes another step to promote pro-war propaganda — under the guise of “countering foreign propaganda.”On Dec. 8 the Senate passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Quietly inserted into the NDAA was the “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act,” originally introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), who had said in a press release that the bill, among other measures, “establishes a fund to help train local journalists and provide grants and contracts to NGOs, civil society organizations, think tanks, private sector companies, media organizations, and other experts outside the U.S. government with experience in identifying and analyzing the latest trends in foreign government disinformation techniques.”Legalizing domestic propaganda in U.S.Because these stories were not blown up in the corporate media, you may not have noticed them. Instead you may have noticed stories in the New Yorker and New York Post and all over television and radio reporting that Russia has infiltrated the U.S. journalism landscape and has possibly bought off U.S. media and tampered with the U.S. elections.The last U.S. government effort toward legalizing domestic propaganda happened in 2013 when the NDAA explicitly repealed parts of the Smith-Mundt Act, which had been passed in 1949 to prevent Voice of America propaganda from being broadcast inside the U.S. This made it possible for VOA (whose employees work at Buzzfeed and the Atlantic Council) and the Broadcasting Board of Governors (patrons of supposedly secure communications software like Tor and Signal) to aim their propaganda at the U.S. domestic population. As a result, 2014 saw an incredible uptick in editorials encouraging people in the U.S. to support U.S. war and intervention in the Middle East, whether against the Islamic State group (IS) or the Syrian government.The median pay of a U.S. journalist is around $39,000 a year. ( In a city like New York, this makes journalism a nearly impossible endeavor. With freelance journalists making around $250 an article, this means quantity is key, not quality.A well-thought-out article may cost the journalist more time and energy than it’s worth. Grants from the U.S. government that are supposed to “support local independent media to refute foreign disinformation and manipulation in their communities” will line more pockets. They will favor those toeing the official line over those engaging in adversarial journalism — exposing and countering the lies of capitalism and imperialism.The new bill also offers grants to “collect and store examples of disinformation and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies.” This is clearly a call for a hit list, such as was seen in the pages of the Washington Post when it covered the anonymous “PropOrNot” list of supposedly unreliable news websites.In this country, corporate-­owned media are clearly accountable to the government and private interests, not the public they are supposed to serve.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Soybean Growers Echo President Obama’s Commitment to Trade in State of…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Growers Echo President Obama’s Commitment to Trade in State of the… Soybean Growers Echo President Obama’s Commitment to Trade in State of the Union Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFinal Indiana Production Numbers for 2015 Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jan 12, 2016 SHARE The American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomed the commitment tonight from President Barack Obama to trade and its promise for the American economy. Specifically, ASA looks forward to continuing its cooperation with the administration to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership as well as further normalization of trade relations with Cuba. ASA President Richard Wilkins, a farmer from Greenwood, Del., issued the following statement after the State of the Union address on Tuesday night:“The commitment of this administration to trade is something that we have appreciated at every turn, and the President’s final State of the Union address this evening shows that course will continue throughout the year.“We understand that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is going to be a heavy lift this year, but we are excited to continue our press to see it passed by our Congress and ratified. The promise of the TPP for soybean farmers is too great to accept anything less, and we are very encouraged to hear the president continue his focus on the TPP in the year to come.“Soy benefits from the TPP in three ways: first, through in increase in the direct export of soybeans and soy products to the 11 TPP nations, which already account for $5.4 billion in annual soy exports. Second and perhaps more importantly, the TPP will significantly expand meat exports to the region, which drives demand for soy meal as livestock feed here in the U.S. . Finally, the TPP will foster long-term demand through the further development of the emerging economies within the region.“Another positive signal from the administration is its continued commitment to expanding our relationship with Cuba. ASA supports the development of further trade ties in Cuba because of the proximity and promise of that economy, and we appreciate and welcome the president’s persistence on the issue.“Moving forward, we will only escalate our commitment to working with the administration and Congress to expand our trading relationships in all corners of the world.”last_img read more

What the European trade secrets directive really says

first_img The proposed European directive on trade secrets, which the European Council of Ministers is expected to adopt on May 26, has caused a great deal of concern among investigative journalists. In what follows, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) distinguishes the unwarranted fears from those that continue to be justified. May 25, 2016 What the European trade secrets directive really says Help by sharing this information Journalists fear that the directive, since the beginning of the drafting process two years ago, will restrict their ability to inform the public about the activities of businesses, and in particular, their ability to use internal and confidential documents, which have played a key role in the coverage of many recent cases including LuxLeaks and the Panama Papers. In theory, the directive’s aim is to protect companies against economic and industrial espionage. Approved by the European Parliament on 13 April and due to be adopted by the Council of Ministers on 26 May, it is intended to harmonise at the European level “measures, procedures and remedies” designed “to prevent, or obtain redress for, the unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of a trade secret.” The directive allows companies that claim to have been the victims of theft or illegal use of confidential information (such as manufacturing secrets or technological innovations) to go to court to seek redress. The directive’s initial drafts were very worrying. They insisted, for example, that to reveal a trade secret journalists had to make “a legitimate use of the right to freedom of expression and information.” This put the burden on the media to prove the “journalistic legitimacy” of their revelations, giving rise to considerable concern that they would be deterred from embarking on investigative coverage of the private sector. RSF was therefore very critical of the early versions. Journalists’ organizations and RSF nonetheless managed to secure substantial improvements to the initial drafts. In particular, they obtained the inclusion of a clause clearly exempting journalists from the directive’s provisions. This clause says: “An application for the measures, procedures and remedies provided for in this Directive is dismissed”, when “the alleged acquisition, use or disclosure” of a trade secret was “carried out for exercising the right to freedom of expression and information as set out in the Charter, including respect for the freedom and pluralism of the media.” This exemption means that the protection of trade secrets cannot be used to block genuine journalistic activity. It is true that a lawsuit could brought against media outlets under the directive, that a company could claim that the revelation of a secret had violated the directive’s provisions, but the burden of proof would lie with the company, which would have to demonstrate that the reporter or media outlet had not been exercising their right to freedom of information and that they had revealed the confidential information for a different purpose. It is hard to seriously imagine a reporter or media outlet being convicted on the basis of the provisions of the directive – or its overall European version at least – unless of course they had been really engaging in economic espionage. The directive’s wording is weaker, and gives rise to justified concern, with respect to the protection of journalists’ sources, especially whistleblowers. We must welcome the fact that a European directive has for the first time addressed the issue of whistleblowers and has tried to protect them, but it has done a poor job. Not only does the exemption’s vague wording leave this protection rather uncertain but the Council and the Parliament cannot seem to agree on the definition of terms. The English-language version of the directive approved by the Parliament says that its provisions should not be applied “where the alleged acquisition, use or disclosure of the trade secret was carried out for revealing misconduct, wrongdoing or illegal activity.” However, the Council’s examination of the directive was postponed from 17 May to 25, then 26, because the French version’s translation of “wrongdoing” as “comportement inapproprié” (inappropriate behaviour) has been challenged. So even those drafting the directive are not sure about the extent of the protection accorded to whistleblowers. The terms used make a big difference. The protection that this provision provides for whistleblowers varies enormously according to whether it covers misconduct and behaviour regarded as generally bad, or whether it solely covers strictly illegal activity. In the LuxLeaks case, for example, the whistleblower exposed activity that was immoral but not illegal so it presumably would not have been protected by the directive – regardless of the public interest value of the information revealed. So, under the terms use, the directive would cover, for example, those who denounced moral harassment at their place of work but not those who revealed banking practices that were antisocial but legal. On May 25 however, an agreement was found on the French term “acte répréhensible” (reprehensible act). This suggests that not only acts that are strictly illegal, but also more broadly acts that are morally condemnable, could enter the scope of the exception on whistleblowers. There is another problem. The directive says that whistleblowers are exempted from its provisions only if they “acted for the purpose of protecting the general public interest.” In other words, it is their intention, their good faith, that counts, not the public interest in the information they provide. And it would be up to the whistleblowers to prove their good faith, which would be very difficult. In a report to the UN General Assembly in 2015, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression said that the “whistle-blower’s motivations at the time of the disclosure should also be immaterial” to the decision to grant protection. Although the directive’s preamble says that “the measures, procedures and remedies provided for in this Directive should not restrict whistleblowing activity”, in practice, the directive clearly fails to protect whistleblowers. It provides journalists with adequate protection but not whistleblowers. The directive furthermore says that member states can provide trade secrets with additional protection when they convert it into national law. This is worrying. Europe’s civil society in its entirety will be paying close attention to the way member states adopt and implement the directive. Like other European organizations that defend freedom of information, RSF therefore plans to begin at once to campaign for the swift adoption of another directive on whistleblowers, as it has been requesting for several years at both the French and international level. This directive should serve as a counterpart to the trade secrets directive and should finally provide real protection for those who reveal information that benefits everyone. The Green Group in the European Parliament is already working on a draft. RSF will be at the forefront of the fight for this protection. 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Getting to Know the Presbyterian Church

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