Related documents reponse_a_rt_rus.pdfPDF – 65.99 KB August 30, 2017 – Updated on August 31, 2017 RT’s extraordinarily violent attack on RSF Читать по-русски / Read in RussianThe attack comes just as RT (the former Russia Today) is preparing to launch a French-language version of RT in Paris at the end of the year after signing an agreement with France’s High Council for Broadcasting (CSA). It is currently recruiting 100 employees, including 50 journalists.In articles published on the Russian, French and English-language websites of RT and the Russian international news agency Sputnik, Simonyan called on RSF to “quietly self-dissolve, so as not to disgrace true human rights defenders.”Her comments were in response to an interview by RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire for the French cultural weekly Télérama on 22 August in which he referred to the letter Simonyan sent him in November 2016 after the European Parliament adopted a resolution on propaganda media.Although she is Vladimir Putin fan and heads a TV channel that toes the Kremlin line, her letter sought RSF’s support, invoking such international documents as article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.In the Télérama interview, Deloire said: “We have reached a point where the enemies of journalism are using the very same principles as those used to defend it. Confronted by these challenges, international law is no longer fit for purpose.”Deloire referred to the many new, often heavily-funded propaganda media outlets that naturally take advantage of freedom of expression but often fall far short of meeting the standards of independent and honest journalism. He did not say that RT in its entirety consists of enemies of journalism. But RSF deplores its submission to the Russian government and its frequent violations of journalistic ethics and standard verification methods.“Calling for the closure of a media freedom NGO known throughout the world for its independence, and using her own media outlets to do so, reflects a concept of journalism that is, to say the least, somewhat distant from the profession’s ethical principles and standards,” Deloire said today.“We obviously stand by our claim that, in the new propaganda era we are entering, some people are exploiting internationally established standards to defend perversions of journalism. RT’s editor in chief can nonetheless count on RSF to continue making a noise in defence of free and independent journalism.”In recent years the British broadcast media regulator Ofcom has repeatedly accused RT of failing to satisfy impartiality standards.In the convention signed with France’s High Council for Broadcasting (CSA) in September 2015, RT France has undertaken to respect “pluralism in the expression of currents of thought and opinion, and honesty in the provision of news and information.”Its journalists must ensure “honest presentation of issues liable to be controversial and the expression of different viewpoints.” Article 2-3-6 says that the requirement of honesty applies to all programmes and that editors must be “rigorous in their presentation and handling of news.”Launched in 2005 and initially called Russia Today, RT is now Russia’s leading international TV broadcaster and Internet media outlet. Simonyan is editor in chief of both RT and the Rossiya Segodnya media group, which includes the Sputnik network and is disseminated in 34 countries. The Russian state funds both RT and Rossiya Segodnya. FranceRussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Organisation Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further RSF_en FranceRussiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News The Russian state-funded international TV channel RT has lashed out in an unusually violent manner at the Paris-based media freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF). The verbal attack on RSF by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan reflects a concept of journalism far-removed from professional standards, RSF says. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more
Stephen GreenblattCogan University ProfessorIn recent years, humanities scholarship throughout the world has been transformed by the determined effort to interpret works of art in their historical, cultural, and anthropological contexts. This new practice came as a challenge to the entrenched method of analyzing these works in isolation, as if they had been created in a vacuum. To shift to a new perspective — one that grappled more directly with the lives of the makers and consumers — was the product of a generational insurgency, one in which I proudly played a part.But the ground for this insurgency had already been long prepared at Harvard in a remarkably innovative program created in 1906: the undergraduate concentration known as History and Literature. The concentration, Harvard’s first, was hardly meant to be intellectually radical; it was originally proposed by Professor of English Barrett Wendell as a conservative antidote to Harvard’s free-elective system.But institutional innovations often have unpredictable consequences. The pedagogical power of History and Literature lay in the touching together of two wires: canonical works of art and the documentary records of history. Art was not cordoned off from the traces of lived life, and those traces in turn could be subjected to the same interpretive pressure brought to bear on a poem or a play. The result was not only unusually lively classroom experience but also an intellectual ferment that helped inspire my generation’s literary and historical scholarship and continues to generate powerful insight.
Dec 12, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – As US officials wrap up efforts to gauge the public’s response to a draft plan for allocating vaccine supplies during an influenza pandemic, suggestions to fine-tune the plan are emerging, such as giving higher priority to critical infrastructure workers, the families of key healthcare workers, and community pharmacists.A 3-day Web dialogue, held Dec 4 through 6, drew about 420 people who either participated in or observed guided discussions on various aspects of the pandemic vaccine prioritization draft, according to summaries of the dialogue posted on the event Web site. The event was sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).The groups, with assistance from the Keystone Center, a nonprofit science public policy group based in Keystone, Colo., will hold a stakeholder meeting in Washington, DC, tomorrow. They also sponsored a series of public engagement meetings in January in Las Cruces, N.M., and Nassau County, N.Y., and in November in Milwaukee and Henderson County, N.C. HHS is taking comments on the draft pandemic vaccine allocation plan through Dec 31, according to a Federal Register notice.A federal interagency working group presented its vaccine prioritization draft to HHS’s National Vaccine Advisory Committee on Oct 23. The tiered approach lists key health and safety personnel and children as top priorities.During the Web dialogue, participants offered several ideas for revising the draft guidance, according to daily summaries on the dialogue Web site. Some suggested that adding an age criterion to the occupation groups might help the plan fulfill its goals of reducing deaths and maintaining critical infrastructure. “It was noted that the draft guidance is not age-based, but leans more toward protecting society (critical infrastructure) and the population groups at the top [of the priority lists],” the summary notes.One of the main themes, according to the daily summaries, was protecting critical infrastructure, especially the electric power grid. Employees who maintain electrical systems should be moved to the top tier, many of the participants said.”Some suggested that the only true critical infrastructure is electric power,” the dialogue summary said. Employees who maintain power systems “should receive the highest priority for prophylactic antiviral medications, have special support for their families, and be first in line for vaccine,” the summary noted.The vaccination priority of family members was also raised several other times during the Web dialogue. Though many participants seemed to support family coverage for first responders and other key healthcare workers, there was less of a consensus on priority status for the families of military members and homeland security employees. Some surveys have indicated that many healthcare workers will not show up for work during a pandemic if their families don’t receive antiviral medication or vaccines and if they don’t have adequate personal protective equipment.Some participants said the final vaccine priority plan should factor in important supply chain issues and protect workers who produce and deliver necessities such as raw materials, medicine, food, and fuel.The discussion moderators asked participants what the government should do to make the vaccine priority plan more acceptable to the public. Suggestions included keeping citizens informed when supplies of vaccines and antiviral medications change. “Citizens will be enraged if their expectation is not adjusted before a pandemic starts. Set the policy for the current reality and be up-front about the implications,” the summary said.Though the discussion summaries don’t suggest that participants supported moving many groups down on the priority list, a poll at the end of the dialogue asked participants to make some difficult choices. The dialogue summary said the poll questions were crafted from questions and concerns from the dialogue and public engagement sessions. About 170 people took part in the poll, which also included some who attended public engagement sessions in Henderson County, N.C., and Milwaukee. The poll results are available on the dialogue Web site.For example, when participants were asked if people aged 80 or older should be moved from tier 4 to tier 5, 76% (129) agreed to some extent. And when they were asked if school-age children should be moved up and vaccinated before infants and younger children, 79% (135) agreed.Terry Adirim, MD, MPH, a member of the federal interagency work group that produced the draft vaccine plan, served as a panelist during all of the Web dialogue. Adirim is medical adviser for medical readiness in the Office of Health Affairs in the US Department of Homeland Security. She also helped facilitate some of the public engagement forums.Adirim said the dialogue and public engagement sessions were designed both to solicit public comments and to educate the public about pandemic readiness issues, and the facilitators were impressed with how much many of the attendees already knew about the topics. “We consider it a success,” she said, adding that participants made it clear they had concerns about personal preparedness and government transparency about pandemic and vaccine-related issues.”People also wanted children protected, and moderators familiar with the vaccine plan were able to address why they [the interagency working group] did what they did,” Adirim said.Nicholas Kelley, a masters’ degree candidate in environmental public health at the University of Minnesota, took part in the dialogue during all 3 days. “I’m 24, so I’m in an age-group that would be at high risk, and these issues are fascinating to me,” he said. Kelley is also a research assistant for the CIDRAP Business Source and has worked on college pandemic plans.He said many of the participants were uncertain about how the case-fatality rate during a pandemic will actually steer vaccination strategies, especially since what’s known about the rates during a pandemic is based on historical data. “There’s a lot of disconnect,” Kelley said.”People really want to keep as many alive as possible, but no one really wanted to move people down [the priority list],” he said.Support for protecting critical infrastructure workers grew as the Web dialogue progressed, Kelley noted. “You could see a real shift by the third day. People were adamant about critical infrastructure,” he said.”In a public forum, there are always possibilities for heated emotional exchanges, but the Web format included well-articulated and thought-out comments,” Kelley said of the Web dialogue.In a previous report, the federal interagency working group said that after receiving public comments it would revise the vaccine prioritization plan, which will be considered a final interim report.See also:Draft Guidance on Allocating and Targeting Pandemic Influenza Vaccinehttp://www.flu.gov/individualfamily/vaccination/allocationguidance.pdfOct 24 CIDRAP News story “Pandemic vaccine proposal favors health workers, children”Federal Register notice on comment submissionPandemic vaccine prioritization Web dialogue sitePandemic vaccine allocation poll results
EducationLocalNewsTertiary Dominican students excel at Midwestern State University by: – May 18, 2012 Share 104 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share Allisa Matthew earned cum laude honors with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.Three Dominican students have earned degrees at Midwestern State University’s Commencement Ceremony May 2012. They were among 44 Caribbean students who also walked the stage. The ceremonial weekend also featured a concert by Jamaican singer Wayne Wonder and Claudette Peters of Antigua who wowed the crowd of over 400. St. Kitts and Nevis ambassador, Jacinth Henry Martin was also on hand. Kyle Francis earned magna cum laude honors and a bachelor of science in computer science.Allisa Matthew earned cum laude honors with a bachelor of business administration in accounting.Annaton Nesty earned her bachelor of science in respiratory care. Annaton Nesty earned her bachelor of science in respiratory careKeynote speaker, Jacinth Henry-Martin, St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador to the US, urged the graduates to hold on to dreams and believe in miracles. She delivered a positive charge to them to be true to themselves, much to the delight of the attending crowd of over 400 parents, fellow students and well wishers. Over 100 Dominican students have earned degrees from Midwestern since 1995. Fifteen new students from Dominica will be accepted to Midwestern State University in August 2012, and will be part of the over 1000 who have been recruited in the 19 year history of the program. The Government of Dominica provides support to individual students and to the program in general.Press Release