Hungary: Orbán allies acquire regional press monopoly

first_img HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Receive email alerts HungaryEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesMedia independence Conflicts of interestEconomic pressure Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the purchase of Hungary’s last five independent regional newspapers by oligarchs allied with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Their acquisition in the past few days is the latest attack on pluralism in a country where the government keeps extending its control over the media. News ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP Ten months after the independent national daily Népszabadság’s sudden closure last October, supporters of the ruling Fidesz party now control all of Hungary’s regional dailies. Orbán’s latest media “bag” was preceded by the purchase of 13 regional newspapers by an old school friend in December.“In less than a year, Fidesz has extended its sway over the entire regional press,” RSF said. “This sounds the knell for media independence in Hungary.”Orbán trioAndy Vajna, a former Hollywood producer and Orbán buddy, began acquiring the Lapcom press group, which publishes the newspapers Kisaföld and Délmagyarország, at the end of last month.The Austrian press firm Russmedia announced on 31 July that it was selling the Hungarian local newspapers Hajdú-Bihari Napló, Észak-Magyarország and Kelet-Magyarország. Their buyer is none other than Heinrich Pecina, Népszabadság’s former owner, who was blamed at the time for its closure last October. It was also Pecina who facilitated the purchase of Mediaworks, the publisher of the 13 other regional dailies, by Orbán’s former school friend, Lőrinc Mészáros, in December.The manoeuvring by the Pecina-Vajna-Mészáros trio, which has ended up with a monopoly of Hungary’s 18 regional newspapers, has taken media concentration in this European Union member country to a new, grotesque level.Media concentration in run-up to elections“These latest acquisitions by ruling party supporters are further confirmation of the government’s desire to control the media,” RSF added. “This blow to regional press independence is all the most disturbing in the run-up to parliamentary elections.”Fidesz’s control of the regional press will enhance its sway over Hungary’s 4.5 million voters when they elect a new parliament in April. Since 2010, Orbán has made no bones about his desire to extend state control over strategic sectors such as the media.Ever since Orbán’s return to power in 2010, democracy has been in retreat in Hungary, which is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 2, 2021 Find out more News Hungary’s leading independent radio station taken off the air Follow the news on Hungary August 4, 2017 – Updated on August 3, 2018 Hungary: Orbán allies acquire regional press monopolycenter_img to go further News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation RSF_en Swedish Reporters Without Borders awards press freedom prize to a Hungarian news site May 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News February 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Arsenal offer to triple Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey’s wages

first_img Comment Advertisement Partey and Atletico were back in action on Sunday (Picture: Getty)However, it is unclear how much funds Arteta will have available to him in the next transfer window.Arsenal have slashed the wages of their first-team and have reportedly told Arteta to focus on signing free agents and engineering swap deals.Partey would be an expensive addition to Arsenal’s squad, but it will be up to the player if he wants to push for a switch to the Emirates.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAtletico have Partey under contract until 2023 and Diego Simeone wants to keep hold of the midfielder.Amid the transfer speculation, Partey’s international team-mate Joseph Larweh Attama wouldn’t be surprised if he signed for Arsenal.‘I will be happy if he goes to Arsenal,’ the Ghana defender told Citi TV. ‘He has done everything at Atletico and is recognised as one of his best players.  ‘He also has to go to a different league to prove himself.  ‘He needs people to know that he is capable of succeeding in other places and not only in Spain.’MORE: David Luiz and Sokratis Papastathopoulos have greatly improved under Mikel Arteta at Arsenal, says Bacary SagnaMORE: Cesc Fabregas insists Mikel Arteta has ‘much harder job’ at Arsenal than Chelsea’s Frank LampardFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal offer to triple Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey’s wages Coral BarryMonday 15 Jun 2020 11:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link164Shares Partey could leave Atletico this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have offered to triple Thomas Partey’s wages as the Gunners continue to push to sign the Atletico Madrid midfielder, reports say.Partey is in talks to extend his contract with Atletico, but the club is facing financial issues due to the Covid-19 pandemic.Arsenal have long been linked with the Ghanian, who has a £44.5million release clause in his current contract.Goal claim Partey is weighing up his options after receiving a huge contract offer from Mikel Arteta’s side.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal are prepared to triple the wages Partey currently pockets at Atletico if he agrees to join the London side.AdvertisementAdvertisementAtletico have so far rebuffed Arsenal’s advances, but reports in Spain claim the La Liga side are now open to cashing in on Partey.The 27-year-old is considered one of the finest defensive midfielders in La Liga and is aware Arsenal have a long-standing interest in him. Advertisementlast_img read more

Charity Ambassador Solicits Support for Post Ebola Initiative

first_imgCharity Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is currently meeting with various organizations in the United States to solicit support for post Ebola initiatives in Liberia. Williams, who is representing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. engaged Alpha International in Baltimore, Maryland, World Changers Ministries,   Business Executive Network (BEN) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He also made a courtesy visit to Alexander B. Cummings, Jr., Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca Cola Company.When contacted, Ambassador Williams informed us that the meetings were fruitful and that some groups had already made commitments.Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority have embarked upon a Post Ebola Transitional Service Initiative (Children Focused) to mobilize six to twelve months worth of committed resources and support for two programmatic initiatives intended to impact up to 200 children.The Alpha organizations will also provide support to family caregivers.  This temporary support will be given to family members or other care givers who take on the added responsibility of caring for a child orphaned by Ebola.Williams concluded by informing his fraternity members that there is no greater love than a brother giving of himself and his resources to help the less fortunate.  He said, “We must always remember the aims of our dear fraternity, Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind”.It may be recalled that on December 4, 2014, T. Nelson Williams, II was honored as Charity Ambassador  when the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity eta epsilon Lambda Chapter 200 joined more than 200,000 Alpha members around the world to celebrate 108 years of existence of the noble organization with a Dinner at the Monrovia City Hall., Alpha Phi Alpha. The highly reputable group Charity, Liberia bestowed the honor of Charity Ambassador on Mr. Williams at the colorful ceremony. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first Black Inter-Collegiate Greek-lettered Fraternity founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Itacha, New York. The seven founding members are known as founding fathers.   The tenacious seven that founded the organization include: Charles Henry Chapman, Robert Harold Ogle, Eugene Kincles Jones, Vertner Woodson Tanely, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Henry Arthus Callis and George Biddle Kelley.Ambassador T. Nelson Williams, II is the chapter president and under his leadership, the organization continues to make head ways and has since become a model to many organizations in and out of the country, a press release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Les telecommunications de l’Afrique du Sud

first_imgCela ne devrait pas etre une surprise que d’apprendre que le pays qui a invente la numerotation a tonalite offre des telecommunications de rang mondial.Les telecommunications sont l’un des secteurs se developpant le plus de l’economie d’Afrique du Sud, refletant la croissance rapide de la telephonie mobile dans le pays. Le secteur des telecommunications ainsi que celui des transports et du stockage representent presque 10 % du produit interieur brut (PIB).Grace a un reseau numerique a 99 % qui inclut les dernieres technologies en matiere de ligne fixe, sans fil et satellite, le pays possede le reseau de telecommunications le mieux developpe d’Afrique.Le monopole de la telephonie fixe de Telkom, une societe cotee en bourse dans laquelle le gouvernement est actionnaire majoritaire, a pris fin avec l’accord de licence de Neotel en tant que deuxieme operateur national d’Afrique du Sud. Neotel possede une licence pour fournir une gamme complete de services de telecommunications a l’exception de la mobilite totale.Le boom du mobile en Afrique du SudL’Afrique du Sud est le quatrieme marche des telecommunications mobiles progressant le plus rapidement au monde. Les trois operateurs de telephonie mobile du pays, Vodacom, MTN et Cell C, possedent plus de 39 millions d’abonnes, couvrant presque 80 % de la population.L’introduction de la portabilite des numeros ainsi que l’arrivee en 2006 de Virgin Mobile, un fournisseur de services de reseau virtuel qui exerce en partenariat avec Cell C, a favoriser une plus grande concurrence.Les societes de telephonies mobiles sud-africaines penetrent en Afrique et au Moyen Orient, Min etant en tete avec plus de 20 operations sur ces marches emergents.Au niveau national, certaines des marques de telecommunications leaders, comme Siemens, Alcatel, SBC Communications, Telecom Malasya et Vodafone, ont procede a des investissements importants dans le secteur local.Acces et couts de la bande passanteUn plus grand acces au haut debit, a l’ADSL et au 3G a fait augmenter la connectivite en fleche, le nombre de surfeurs sur le web sud-africains augmentant de 121 % en deux ans, passant de 1,8 million en mai 2005 a 3,8 millions en mai 2007, d’apres la societe d’etude Nielsen/NetRatings.La bande passante, cependant, reste assez limitee et chere en Afrique du Sud, ce qui freine le rythme de la croissance economique. Mais le gouvernement s’est engage a une plus grande accessibilite et a une reduction des couts.Dans ce but, le parlement a approuve des lois debut 2008 permettant la creation d’Infraco, une nouvelle entreprise publique qui proposera une capacite haut debit par des cables en fibre optique vers d’autres operateurs de telecommunications dans le pays.Le role d’Infraco completera celui du fournisseur public de signaux Sentech, qui fournit une connectivite Internet, axee sur le secteur public, par des systemes sans fil plutot que par des cables de fibre optique.Pendant ce temps, les grandes villes comme le Cap, Durban, Johannesburg et Pretoria ont lance des initiatives publiques pour construire leurs propres reseaux haut debit afin de fournir des services vocaux et de donnees moins chers aux habitants.Et en Septembre 2007, la societe de telephonie mobile MTN a annonce qu’elle s’associerait a d’autres operateurs pour construire un reseau de fibre optique de 5 000 kilometres entre les principaux centres du pays afin de repondre a la demande de bande passante de ses clients.De gros projets sont aussi en cours pour installer des cables de fibre optique sous marins le long des cotes est et ouest de l’Afrique afin d’augmenter la connexion du continent avec le reste du monde.Derniere mise a jour de l’article : Septembre 2008SAinfo reporter. Sources (sites en langue anglaise) :Standard Bank: Economic Profile: South AfricaTelkomCell CMTNNeotelBusiness DayBusiness ReportITWeblast_img read more

The king returns to Cradock

first_imgLions have been reintroduced to the Mountain Zebra National Park for the first time in over 130 years. Newly introduced lions at the park could boost tourism in Cradock.(Images: SANParks) MEDIA CONTACTS • Megan TaplinPark manager+27 83 650 8649RELATED ARTICLES• Tusker research goes social• Addo’s elephant fence comes down• SA’s national parks• Going wild in Southern AfricaShamin ChibbaFor the first time in more than a century, the lion’s roar can be heard through the tranquil wilderness of the Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, in Eastern Cape.Three lions, one female and two males, all approximately three years of age, were released into the game reserve on 25 April. They are the first lions to freely roam the park since the species was hunted to extinction more than 130 years ago.The re-introduction of lions is mainly to enhance biodiversity in the region, according to park manager, Megan Taplin. “The lions will help in managing larger herbivores. These herbivores got to levels where they could support lions.” She says the restoration is part of SANParks’ drive to return certain animal species to their original habitats.The female had been kept in a boma since February and was joined by the two males a month later. Living in the enclosure helped them adapt to their new surroundings and allowed them to develop a healthy respect for electric fencing. Despite their first tentative steps into the wild, Taplin is certain the lions will thrive. “They are wild lions so they have their instincts. They will be able to hunt and feed.”There is a variety of choice when it comes to meals: the park is home to hartebeest, wildebeest, gemsbok, zebra, Cape buffalo, kudu and blesbok. “So far, they have mainly been killing hartebeest. Just recently they killed a wildebeest.” Since lions are opportunists by nature, they hunt and kill anything. However, Taplin says they tend to stick to bigger game as it is more rewarding. Competing for foodHunting for food is not the lions’ only concern, however. They also have to compete with the cheetahs, which mainly prey on the smaller blesbok. “SANParks introduced the cheetahs in 2007 to establish themselves before we brought in the lions, which may compete with the cheetahs for food.”The brown hyena is the third predator species in the park. But Taplin assures they will not be a threat to the lions’ wellbeing. “Hyenas are scavengers and they feed on smaller animals.”Park authorities have fitted a collar on each lion, allowing them to track the big cats. “We can see what kind of area they prefer to live in and check what kind of prey they target,” she explains. The collars will be worn for the first year of their stay, to collect sufficient information on them.The female came from the Karoo National Park outside Beaufort West; the two males were adopted from Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo. A game capture unit was used to seize the lions. Thereafter, they were transported to Mountain Zebra National Park where they adjusted easily to each other.Welgevonden, Taplin says, needed to reduce its lion numbers. “Game reserves try to limit the predator population to ensure a healthy gene pool. Once the fathers have offspring, we have to move some of them out. We would not want the fathers mating with their offspring.” Lions good for tourismTaplin is hopeful that the introduction of lions will bring more tourists to the park. “Most people are interested in lions and perhaps it can bring in more tourists. But it is a little too early to tell.” SANParks says cheetah tracking and guided walks for visitors will continue. Predator-proof fencing of two picnic sites in the game viewing area was done in time for the lions’ arrival.Dinesh Vallabh, a senior lecturer in the school of tourism and hospitality at Walter Sisulu University, which has campuses in various Eastern Cape towns, points out that the lions will definitely boost the number of visitors to the reserve. “Lions are great attractions because that is what foreign tourists want to see.” He says Eastern Cape game reserves have become prime attractions and those that have any of the Big Five do very well. “No one leaves the province without visiting a game reserve.”There is a possibility that more lions may be introduced, says Taplin, but only after park authorities have assessed the impact the three have on the reserve.Situated just outside Cradock, the Mountain Zebra National Park was established in 1937. Its aim was to protect the Cape mountain zebra, which at the time numbered less than 100. Today, the park is home to about 800 zebra, the largest population in South Africa. “This population is used to increase other populations in game reserves around the country,” says Taplin.last_img read more

UST bounces back, downs UP in duel of UAAP favorites

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Both UST and UP are now tied in second place behind unbeaten De La Salle (2-0).From an early setback in the first set, the Golden Tigresses showed their fight in the second, displayed their composure come the third, and their resiliency in the fourth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUST’s 17-11 lead was dwindled to two, 18-16, in the fourth set after Isa Molde’s through the block kill but the Golden Tigresses remained calm and took a 21-16 lead off of Cherry Rondina’s ace.Molde then featured again in UP’s last gasp with an off-the-block kill to salvage a point for the Lady Maroons and the 24-19 score line but reigning Rookie of the Year Milena Alessandrini had other plans and sealed the win for UST with two clutch points. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FEU goes 3-0, UST wins 2nd straightcenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Diana Carlos led UP with 20 points while Molde had 13 as they played without setter Ayel Estrañero who was said to have suffered from food poisoning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes said he took his pre-game inspiration for his team when he attended a mass at the Philippine Army’s General Headquarters at Fort Bonifacio wherein the Army chaplain said in his homily that “you’re more than your mistakes.”“I said to myself that I can apply what our chaplain said in the homily to my team,” said Reyes in Filipino. “You will mistakes but you can do so much more. We really struggled in the first set and they were dwelling on their errors.”“I just reminded them on what they have to do so by the second and third sets we were able to lessen our errors.”UST’s star trio of Alessandrini, Cherry Rondina, and rookie Eya Laure sparked the Golden Tigresses with Season 80’s top freshman leading the way with 22 points.Rondina finished with 18 points for UST while Laure added 17 of her own.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas bounced back and topped University of the Philippines, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Golden Tigresses suffered an ugly loss to Ateneo in their previous game, 25-21, 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, but redeemed themselves to get to a 2-1 record while stopping the Lady Maroons from getting a third straight winADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more