Despotic Erdoğan seizes control of leading daily

first_img to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Organisation News March 4, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Despotic Erdoğan seizes control of leading daily Receive email alerts News April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Follow the news on Turkey News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more True to form, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today orchestrated an Istanbul court decision to place Zaman, a leading daily newspaper that supports the opposition Gülen movement, under state control.“The Turkish presidential office’s interference in the media has reached a new level,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It is absolutely illegitimate and intolerable that Erdoğan has used the judicial system to take control of a great newspaper in order to eliminate the Gülen community’s political base.“This ideological and unlawful operation shows how Erdoğan is now moving from authoritarianism to all-out despotism. Not content with throwing journalists in prison for ‘supporting terrorism’ or having them sentenced to pay heavy fines for ‘insulting the ‘head of state,’ he is now going further by taking control of Turkey’s biggest opposition newspaper.” With a print run of more than 600,000, Zaman supports the religious movement led by Fethullah Gülen, who was closely allied with Erdoğan until they fell out in 2012. Since then, the authorities have been suspending the licences of pro-Gülen media outlets and have been bringing charges against their journalists. Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

High temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’

first_imgNew parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Linkedin The Fire Service has already been called out on a number of Occasions over the last few days and your cooperation would be appreciated to protect the Environment and Public Health.”Read the full notice here. Whiff of trouble lingers over gasworks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County Councilweather Twitter Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues Facebook Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line WhatsApp NewsEnvironmentHigh temperatures and drought conditions cause ‘extreme fire risk’By Staff Reporter – June 29, 2018 1507 Print Email O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead THE Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) have issued a ‘condition red’ extreme fire risk “arising from current prolonged high-pressure weather patterns, high temperatures and effective drought conditions”.In a notice issued earlier today, the DAFM advised people to avoid all outdoor use of “fires, barbeques, and other open ignition sources” in forest lands and other high-risk areas until further notice.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council issued the following statement:“Due to the ongoing Hot and Dry weather there is an extreme risk of fire. Limerick City and County Council are not permitting any burning of Agricultural Vegetation and that the General Public should be particularly vigilant with Cigarette butts and Barbecues or any other potential fire source during these exceptional weather conditions. Previous articleHigh skilled jobs at KEMPNext articleLimerick Golf Notes Staff Reporter Advertisementlast_img read more

Ocean City Heroes Honored by City Council

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiTwo Eagle Scouts who embody the personal qualities emphasized in the Boy Scouts of America code were honored by City Council on Thursday night for projects that benefited the local community.Council joined with the American Legion to also honor members of the Ocean City police and fire departments for helping two military veterans in separate incidents, including one man who needed life-saving CPR.Nicholas Theis and Andrew Leonetti, members of Ocean City’s Boy Scout Troop 32, were showered with applause from the standing-room-only audience when they were called up to receive their honors in the Council chambers.Theis, a freshman at the University of Missouri, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout for creating a program that provides life jackets free of charge to boaters who need to borrow them. The idea is to loan the life jackets to boaters who have forgotten their own, ensuring that they won’t venture out on the water without one.Eagle Scout Nicholas Theis receives congratulations from Councilman Bob Barr as other Council members applaud.Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, built a custom-made coat rack that he donated to the Ocean City Free Public Library to become an Eagle Scout. He spent eight months planning and building the portable coat rack, which stands 61 inches tall and 60 inches wide.Eagle Scout is the highest rank a Boy Scout can achieve. Only 4 percent of the Scouts are granted the rank after a lengthy review process for their community-oriented projects.City Council President Peter Madden read proclamations honoring Leonetti and Theis for having the personal qualities associated with the Boy Scouts of America code, including “integrity, courage, perseverance, sacrifice and service to others.”This wasn’t the first time Leonetti appeared before Council. Last year, he and another Ocean City High School student lobbied the governing body on behalf of young street performers who entertain the summer crowds on the Boardwalk.At the time, Council and the mayor were debating the finer points of a new ordinance to regulate the Boardwalk performers. Leonetti has a band that plays on the Boardwalk to earn tip money. He was one of the performers that city officials consulted with as they crafted the ordinance.Eagle Scout Andrew Leonetti, a junior at Ocean City High School, is recognized by members of Council.Meanwhile, members of the city’s police and fire departments were also honored by Council on Thursday night in collaboration with the American Legion of Cape May County.Citing their high level of professionalism, Mayor Jay Gillian said the city’s first responders allow him to “sleep better at night.”“No matter what kind of crisis you go through, these men and women step up every day,” Gillian said.During the honors ceremony, Ocean City police officers Brendan Gheen and Thomas Strunk were recognized for coming to the aid of military veterans in separate incidents.Gheen helped save the life of veteran Jim Sweitzer, an Ocean City resident, by administering CPR and setting up a defibrillator after he found Sweitzer unconscious in his car on Nov. 4, 2017.Ocean City Fire Capt. William Martin and firefighters George Karpinski, Ryan Lenegan, Matthew Slaughter and Jason Boyle arrived on the scene later and took over the life-saving efforts.AtlantiCare paramedics Sandy Monaghan and Lauren Lasassa provided further assistance while Sweitzer was transported by ambulance to Atlantic City Medical Center’s Mainland Division.In an incident on Oct. 16, 2017, involving another veteran, Strunk was among the first responders to help a man who was struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems.At first, it appeared the man was disorderly and would have to be arrested. However, Strunk recognized the man was in need of medical attention and, along with Sgt. Tyrone Rolls, transported him to Cape Regional Hospital for treatment.After learning the man was a Navy veteran, Strunk called the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Philadelphia to arrange for the man to receive counseling and treatment. Strunk received permission to drive the man to Philadelphia to the VA center.In addition to being honored in proclamations from City Council, Strunk and members of the police and fire departments received certificates of appreciation from the American Legion for helping the two veterans. Members of the police and fire departments are honored by representatives of the American Legion of Cape May County for coming to the aid of two military veterans. last_img read more