Warm welcome for Senate backing for new community media law

first_img Deputies pass amended broadcasting law, new challenge ahead Organisation Receive email alerts News December 24, 2014 Find out more The Senate yesterday backed a draft law on community media which will provide an example to follow throughout Latin America, Reporters Without Borders said. The House of Representatives already voted for the new law in June this year. News UruguayAmericas Reporters Without Borders today welcomed a vote in the senate yesterday approving a new law on community media which will allow for a fair and open attribution of radio and television frequencies.The House of Representatives gave near unanimous backing to the draft law on 5 June this year.The law defines community television and radios as “public interest services which are independent of the state and provided by civil non profit-making organisations”. It sets up a non-discretionary system of allocating and renewing frequencies “through open, transparent and public competition”.The procedure will be the responsibility of a new honorary consultative council, which will be made up of representatives of the state, the media involved, public and private universities and organisations for the defence of free expression.“We are very pleased about the vote on this law, which will become a reference on the question,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We very much hope that this new Uruguayan legislation will prove an inspiration to other countries on the continent, where community media are growing rapidly but have unequal opportunities to broadcast,” it added.“This vote is also the result of a genuine cooperation between the government and civil society,” said Reporters Without Borders. “The law approved by the Congress was drawn up by World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), the Uruguayan Press Association and the National Workers Confederation (PIT-CNT)”.________________________11.06.07 – House of representatives votes for an exemplary law on community mediaReporters Without Borders today hailed a draft law regulating community media, which won overwhelming support in the House of Representatives as “an inspiration to the American continent”.“The most important aspect is undoubtedly the attribution of frequencies on the basis of fairness and transparency”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.It hoped the law, endorsed by deputies in the lower house on 5 June 2007, will now rapidly win the same backing in the Senate and in the same terms.“This new Uruguayan legislation on community TV and radio should be an inspiration to the American continent which has thousands of media in this category,” it said. Forty-nine of the 59 deputies present backed the draft law which recognises community media as an entity in its own right within the broadcast sector. It defines community TV and radio as “public interest services independent of the state, provided by not-for-profit civil bodies” designed to cater to citizens’ “communications needs, the right to information and freedom of expression”.The draft law does not set out any restrictive criteria apart from a requirement to be non profit-making to determine if a media is “community” and permitted to broadcast.The chief innovation is the awarding of frequencies “through open, transparent and public competition” and not at the discretion of the state as previously. A new honorary consultative council made up of representatives of the state, civil society, and public and private universities will have the right to play a part in the attribution and renewal of frequencies.The draft law was put before Congress in October 2005 after being drawn up by several organisations including the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the Uruguayan Press Association (APU) and the PIT-CNT federation of labour unions, and was approved by Parliament in its entirety. Follow the news on Uruguay November 15, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Warm welcome for Senate backing for new community media law RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders welcomes the adoption of the Broadcasting Communication Services Law to go further Call for continuing transparency and dialogue in media law’s passage UruguayAmericas News Help by sharing this information April 4, 2014 Find out more December 12, 2013 Find out morelast_img read more


Brooks Memorial Awarded Telepractice Grant

first_imgALBANY — Brooks-TLC Hospital System, which owns Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, has been awarded a grant to expand telepractice addiction services.The system will receive $12,469 for the purchase and installation of equipment to enhance telepractice addiction services.In announcing the grant, through the federal State Opioid Response program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the system will help those with addictions to seek out treatment and advice.“As we continue the fight against COVID-19, we must also continue our focus tackling the ongoing opioid epidemic,” Cuomo said. “This investment in addiction treatment services will help ensure under served communities have the necessary resources to expand New Yorkers’ access to often life-saving services as we battle the deadly scourge of addiction.” Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, telepractice services are being utilized as a means of keeping individuals and families engaged in addiction services and supports. OASAS has temporarily waived certain regulatory requirements for providing telepractice during the pandemic. More than 600 program sites across the state are authorized to deliver telepractice services through the use of telephone and video technology.Funding was awarded to 33 providers in all Regional Economic Development Zones across New York State. Funding can be used to purchase: PCs, software, monitors, speakers, laptops, keyboards, or webcams. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Ageless garden favorite

first_imgBy Marco T. FonsecaUniversity of GeorgiaThe Incas of Peru and Mayas of Mexico were growing tomatoes morethan 3,000 years ago. When Spanish conquistadors introduced themin Europe in the mid-16th Century, they caught on first in Italy.Can you imagine spaghetti now without tomato sauce?Tomatoes are popular worldwide now. In North America, though,early settlers regarded them as poisonous plants.It was centuries before they found favor here. In the early1900s, U.S. scientists were still trying to convince people oftheir safety and their value as a source of vitamins A and C.Tomatoes (Lycopersicon esculentum) are warm-season annualplants. They grow best when days are around 75 degrees and nightsabout 65. Most people consider the tomato a vegetable.Botanically, though, it’s a fruit.In your gardenCountless tomato cultivars are available now. New ones are beingadded every year. For your garden, select varieties based onearly to late fruiting, insect and disease resistance, fruitsize, color and flavor.In general, there are two types of tomato plants. Determinate, orbush tomato plants, stop growing once they flower. Mostcommercial varieties are determinate.Indeterminate plants keep growing until frost or disease getsthem. Many of the popular salad and cherry varieties, such as”Better Boy” or “Roma,” are indeterminate.Always choose cultivars with disease resistance. The label willindicate resistance with capital letters such as F (fusarium), V(verticillium), N (nematodes) and T (tobacco mosaic).The right stuffTomatoes require well-drained soils, full sun and good aircirculation around each plant and among plants. Don’t plant inlow areas or where water tends to stand after rain or watering.You can grow tomato plants from direct seed or transplants, butyou’ll likely be more successful with the latter.Choose healthy, vigorous transplants. After transplanting,immediately stake or cage the plants to avoid future injuries tobranches and root systems. Apply mulch, and pick weeds by hand aswell. Tomatoes are extremely sensitive to herbicide damage.Keeping the soil uniformly moist all season is a must forsuccessful tomato growing. Letting the moisture go back and forthfrom too wet to too dry will lead to fruit disorders, such ascracking and blossom-end rot, and more disease problems.Tomatoes are heavy feeders. They require a constant but notexcessive supply of nutrients. It’s best to base your fertilizerprogram on a soil test analysis. Any University of GeorgiaExtension Service county office can provide a soil test.Once they’re harvested, tomatoes may change color, but they won’timprove in nutrition or flavor. They can accomplish this onlywhile they’re still attached to the plant.So, pick your tomatoes just before you eat them. Truly vine-ripetomatoes will have the best taste and the bonus of a highercontent of vitamins A and C.(Marco Fonseca is a horticulturist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more


‘Bank-in-a-box’ brings payment control to MuchBetter clients

first_imgShare FCA suspends all Wirecard UK transactions and services June 26, 2020 Interwetten expands instant payment capacity with MuchBetter November 29, 2019 StumbleUpon MuchBetter launches CashDuster to bridge payments and marketing dynamics November 28, 2019 Share Submit Related Articles MuchBetter has targeted the gaming industry with ‘Bank-in-a-box‘, a fully managed solution which lets operators get to market quickly and take control of their users’ payments experience.The white-labelled payments service, compatible with both iOS and Android, has been designed to be ultra-secure for the operator, while enabling the end-user to make online and offline payments with just their phone and fingerprint.MuchBetter’s CVV technology also enables Bank-in-a-box clients to create unique theft/loss proof debit or credit cards.The product, which has already partnered with respected service providers such as Wirecard and GPS, has been aimed at gaming, travel and retail, all industries trying to cut time to market, keep costs low and differentiate their services in a crowded market.“The launch of the MuchBetter wallet has been a tremendous success and it has attracted a lot of envious glances,” said MuchBetter co-founder, Prasannaa Muralidharan. “Over the last year, we have been approached by a number of companies including gaming firms and fintech start-ups who wanted to white label our solution and build various offerings on top of it.“Bank-in-a-box offers precisely what the name suggests. It comes with out of the box back-end and front-end solutions, which can be branded to meet the needs of our clients and with full API support to develop completely custom applications using our infrastructure.”Muralidharan added: “We have re-architected our entire system to create a platform which can be used to launch several branded solutions with different issuers and processors to launch various bank and prepaid programmes.”last_img read more


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