March 8, 2021 Find out more News News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Syria February 3, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further Organisation Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has strongly protested against the reported dismissal of journalist Younes Khalaf, of the government daily Al-Thawra (Révolution), over an article he wrote on pollution of drinking water in north-east Al-Hassaka province.The sacking was reported by the Arabic-language online news website www.elpah.com that also said the journalist had received phoned death threats. Reporters Without Borders said the threats and harassment showed the determination of the Syrian authorities to control news. The same process was at work in preventing the Syrian and international press from effectively covering clashes in the past few days between security forces, Arab tribes and Kurdish groups that have caused a number of casualties.Obstacles to journalists’ freedom of movement and their ability to report has meant that it has not been possible to confirm how many have died, said the international press freedom organisation. In addition the Syrian authorities have blocked several Kurdish news sites that were reporting on events in the country, in particular www.amude.com, based in Germany.Khalaf apparently wrote a first article in Al-Thawra exposing corruption as one of the reasons for pollution of the region’s water. The article, that began with the sentence, “I smell the odour of corruption”, implicated the head of the water company in Al-Hassaka.The rest of the investigation and an open letter to Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri, was apparently published in the privately-owned Arabic-language newspaper The Economy. March 18, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns sacking and death threats against journalist
For people interested in starting a new food business, the University of Georgia will offer a two-day workshop in Tifton, Ga. Farm to Fork: Making the Connection will be held Nov. 1 and 2 at the National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Laboratory. The program will cover business planning and financing, formulation and packaging, and distribution and sales. Participants will learn legal and regulatory issues and develop food-defense plans. Experts with UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will discuss quality and food safety concerns. Participants will leave with a personalized score card detailing their business development progress.The Nov. 1 workshop will last 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 one will last 9 a.m. to noon. NESPAL is located at 2360 Rainwater Road in Tifton, Ga. Preregistration is required. Scholarships are available for the first 40 participants who apply. Registration includes lunch Nov. 1, as well as beverage breaks and snacks on both days. The workshop is sponsored by UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness. To register or for more information, go to the website www.areg.caes.uga.edu/#farmtofork .
“The investment gap and financial crisis present us with the challenge of solving the tricky equation of maximising economic growth, increasing financial stability, removing barriers to cross-border investment, ensuring consumer protection and enhancing competition all at the same time,” Lamassoure said.For her part, Linklaters’ senior lawyer Silke Bernard flagged up the opportunities in responsible investing for the “exciting” vehicle.She predicted there would be a lot of interest from investors for infrastructure projects considering social and responsible investment matters – such as schools and hospitals.Monica Gogna, partner at Ropes & Gray, said the ELTIF’s approval by Parliament showed Europe was keen to remain “at the forefront of innovation” in the investment management sector.“The development of this regulation and the implementing rules surrounding it will definitely be ‘one to watch’ as the industry starts to map out opportunities where this new structure may be used,” she said. The ELTIF, aimed at both institutional and retail clients, was highlighted by Hill as the first step towards the CMU during the commissioner’s confirmation hearings.Proponents of the ELTIF have long spoken out in favour of its long-term capital being deployed with socially responsible investment (SRI) in mind.Natixis Asset Management previously told IPE it was in favour of enshrining SRI within the fund’s framework, requiring asset managers to comply with certain ESG principles or disclose that they had opted against such an approach. The European Parliament’s approval of the European Long-Term Investment Fund (ELTIF) framework has been welcomed by the industry and parliamentarians as the first step towards building the Capital Markets Union (CMU).The ELTIF, meant as a conduit for patient capital, was first mooted in 2012 when the European Commission considered how it could better channel long-term capital into the economy.Jonathan Hill, commissioner for financial stability, said the vehicle would help fund infrastructure projects “essential for a sustained recovery”.Alain Lamassoure, the French MEP overseeing the framework’s passage, said it would boost both long-term investment and help bring about the launch of the CMU, one of Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker’s cornerstone policies.