first_img EcuadorAmericas News Two months before Assange’s extradition hearing, RSF calls for his release on humanitarian grounds and for US Espionage Act charges to be dropped Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further December 24, 2019 Find out more April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation Follow the news on Ecuador Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources News Receive email alerts News June 15, 2020 Find out more News EcuadorAmericas Reporters Without Borders deplores President Rafael Correa’s verbal attacks on the press and above all his decision not to give any more news conferences. The aggressivity of some of the news media towards him is undeniable, but he should try to defuse the tension between the press and the government, the organisation said.“Yes, Ecuadorean society is very polarised and, yes, President Correa’s political and constitutional reform programme has elicited scathing reactions from the media, but this situation will only get worse if the president decides to boycott the press after stepping up his attacks on it,” Reporters Without Borders said.“Accepting high political office means exposing oneself to criticism and being held accountable to public opinion,” Reporters Without Borders added. “We still believe in the possibility of dialogue and we call on the president to reverse his decision not to give any more news conferences. An empty-chair policy is the worst of all solutions.”After describing certain media as “mediocre, corrupt and mendacious,” Correa acknowledged on 10 June that he had “made mistakes” in his clashes with the press. But then he went back onto the attack. Referring to the constituent assembly that will be named on 30 September, he called on 25 June for “strong laws” in the area of communications and said “in Latin America’s history, the press has always been against progressive governments.”He again laid into the media three days later after they reported a poll that gave his government a 63 per cent favourable rating, as against an earlier, Cedatos-Gallup poll with an 80 per cent positive rating, and he cited former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s use of the term “feral beasts” to refer to journalists.After often publicly criticising journalists in the past for being too pushy, Correa triggered an outcry from the media and journalists’ organisations when he referred to Sandra Ochoa of the daily El Universo as the “horrible little fatty” and accused her of “rudeness.” In a 24 May letter, he meanwhile told Reporters Without Borders that he would not withdraw the “public insult” complaint he brought against Francisco Vivanco, the editor of the daily La Hora, which means Vivanco will continue to face the possibility of a two-year prison sentence and a heavy fine (see release of 21 May).To avoid more incidents of this kind in the future, Correa announced that he would no longer give any news conferences and would in future respond to the news media “in writing.” His Argentine counterpart, Néstor Kirchner, who is also at odds with certain news media, has never given a news conference since becoming president in 2003. July 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President Correa urged to reconsider decision not to give any more news conferences Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Reporters Without Borders is worried about President Rafael Correa’s often violent verbal attacks on the media and, above all, his recent decision not to give any more news conferences. The organisation urges him to try to defuse the tension which has developed, with his help, between him and the media. last_img read more

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Robert O’Hara Robert O’Hara, vice president of strategic alliances at GrooveCar, is a veteran of the credit union industry having worked as director of lending and operations at a Long Island … Web: www.groovecarinc.com Details The entire auto shopping experience can be very stressful for your members. With so many expensive options available, members can be overwhelmed with the experience.  They want to make the right decisions when it comes to what, where, and how they buy. The average car shopper will spend 108 days in the market for a vehicle before purchase (Cox Automotive, January 2018). During this time, they are highly susceptible to influence through education and personalized accommodation.  Credit unions are uniquely positioned to make this process much easier for members by working closely with them through the entire purchasing process. Your credit union can guide auto-shopping members to make informed and logical decisions that result in greater value. This approach can be considered radical to traditional credit unions, in part because it doesn’t involve lending or rate promotion. Although auto loans are considered the bread and butter of a credit union portfolio, rate and financing are only one part of your members’ car purchase process, and usually one that your members are least enthusiastic about. It’s no secret that credit unions typically offer the best interest rate on an auto loan, but for many members, that is not enough. Your credit union has the ability to influence car shopping members with more than rate. Engage your members by accommodating them at every step of the car purchase process. These members demand more from the organizations with whom they do business, therefore your credit union must strive to accommodate them. Provide for the member’s needs and act as a guide through the car purchase process. What kind of car is best? Where can I find the closest trusted dealership? Is this a good deal? This guidance goes beyond just promoting auto loan rates, it solidifies the relationship with the member and allows your credit union to remain top of mind. Educating your membership helps to build trust while steering them in the right direction.Anything that the credit union can do to make the process less stressful for the member will be appreciated and will increase the likelihood of the member returning, again and again. That member is also more likely to consider other products of the credit union and to recommend your credit union to others. Credit unions are uniquely positioned as the best alternative for potential car buyers; an advantage that can be used to grow business overall. last_img read more

first_imgThe Crown Estate has shared its updated proposals for Round 4 offshore wind leasing, at its latest stakeholder engagement event.The updates include The Crown Estate’s proposed refinement of available seabed regions – within which developers would have the opportunity to identify and propose sites.This work, underpinned by a detailed assessment of spatial constraints and developed in collaboration with statutory stakeholders, identifies:Five regions that The Crown Estate proposes to include in plans for a new leasing round, on the basis that they are technically feasible, include sufficiently large areas of available seabed for offshore wind development and have lower levels of development constraint.Four regions which The Crown Estate proposes to take forward for further consideration, on the basis that additional work is required to build the evidence base and engage with technical stakeholders about these areas, in order to better understand the seabed resource and constraints and confirm their inclusion.Nine regions that will not be taken forward as part of Round 4, on the basis that they are impacted by significant development constraints, which would be challenging to mitigate, namely: defence ranges and exercise areas; visual sensitivity (i.e. where development would predominately or entirely be within 13km of shore) and overlap with shipping routes that contain traffic of more than 10,000 ships per year.As plans progress, The Crown Estate will continue to engage with technical stakeholders and build the evidence base on the nine regions being taken forward at this stage. This will enable it to finalise the regions to be offered to market, ahead of confirming the launch of Round 4, and later, help to inform developers in their identification of sites.To reach this point, The Crown Estate has undertaken extensive spatial analysis of technical resource and constraints, including other sea users and environmental sensitivities, through a combination of Geographic Information System (GIS) and qualitative analysis.The detailed analysis that underpins the regions refinement work will be published later this month, including: a Methodology Report, GIS model outputs, associated draft Characterisation Reports for each of the nine regions being taken forward at this stage and an Interim Summary Stakeholder Feedback Report.Other updates to The Crown Estate’s proposals shared at the event included:Capacity likely to be increased from 6GW to 7GW, in light of strong market appetite and the desire to ensure a sufficient pipeline is in place.Available regions to be extended from 50m to 60m water depths, after feedback from industry confirmed appetite for development of fixed foundation turbines beyond the 50m initially proposed.Following statutory stakeholder feedback, The Crown Estate is also commissioning additional work on key issues of uncertainty, including further assessments on marine protected area sensitivities, ornithology and visibility analysis.A parallel engagement event with the market will take place on 26 November, at which The Crown Estate will share further detail on the proposed tender design. Registration for this event, which is targeted at potential leasing process participants, is open until 21st November.Jonny Boston, Senior Development Manager at The Crown Estate, said: “We are pleased to share the work we’ve undertaken since the summer to refine our initial proposals for Round 4, building on the extensive and constructive feedback we received from statutory bodies and the market.“To reach this point, we’ve undertaken significant analysis, in close engagement with statutory stakeholders, to help build a detailed picture of seabed resource and constraints around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will continue to refine this work as we progress with our plans, helping build the evidence base to reduce consenting risk, balance a range of needs on the seabed, and ensure developers are well placed to bring the strongest possible projects forward.”last_img read more