Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown August 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harassment of media grows in run-up to presidential election May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Belarus The new media law, which took effect on 2 February 2009, has give the authorities disturbing new ways to tighten their grip on the media, although Belarus has ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, thereby undertaking to guarantee the freedom to gather, receive and impart information and ideas.One of these new provisions is a ban on investigative reporting by journalists who have no official accreditation or contact with a news media. Freelance journalists who have been made illegal by the new law have been receiving repeated warnings since it came into effect.One of the latest to receive a warning for having no accreditation or contract was Tatsiana Bublikava on 11 August. It was issued in response to a report she did for Belsat, a cable TV station based in Poland whose Belarusian journalists are often harassed for criticising the government.Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about police harassment of journalists under the new law. According to the Belarusian Association of Journalists (a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation that won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2004), plain-clothes police prevented journalists from filming a flash mob by members of the “Tell the Truth” campaign outside the education ministry on 12 August.The police checked the accreditation of all the journalists present including Zmicier Lukashuk, a reporter for European Radio for Belarus. Although his accreditation was in order, they still stopped him from filming. Nasha Niva and Radio Liberty journalists were also prevented from covering the protest. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Organisation Reporters Without Borders deplores increasing harassment of the Belarusian press in the run-up to the presidential election that has been scheduled for next spring. What with the information ministry’s repeated warnings, police raids, tax inspections and the country’s new media law, press freedom is now severely compromised in Belarus. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Warnings to opposition papers After receiving a series of information ministry warnings, two leading opposition newspapers, Narodnaya Volya and Nasha Niva, could now be shut down under article 51 of the media law, which allows the authorities to order a closure following two warnings. Nasha Niva was given warnings on 22 and 26 July for referring to a new Russian TV documentary “Kryostny Batska” (The Godfather), which suggests that Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko was involved in the mysterious disappearances of several political foes. The documentary was due to have been broadcast by Russian television station NTV’s Belarusian service, but was withdrawn.A tax department official also called Nasha Niva on 2 August and said it was to be given a special audit, although it was audited as recently as September 2008. Under Belarusian law, “low risk” companies such as Nasha Niva are supposed to be audited no more than once every five years.The weekly’s editor, Andrey Skurko, told Reporters Without Borders that “this is an attempt to intimidate us related to our articles about high-profile disappearances and other cases that are controlled by Lukashenko.” In all, Nasha Niva has received three warnings in the past year.Narodnaya Volya, a frequent target of government harassment, has also received three warnings from the information ministry this year. They were prompted a series of short stories published in March in which author Illia Kopilau described his childhood under the Nazi occupation. The ministry said they discredited the Soviet guerrilla movements and the Red Army, and violated article 4 in the media law, which bans the publication of false information.Police raided the newspaper’s offices in Minsk and confiscated computers on 17 February, a few days after searching the deputy editor’s apartment and seizing her personal computer. Since then, the newspaper’s journalists have been repeatedly interrogated as part of an investigation into allegations of corruption within the police and security services.After been excluded for three years from Belarus’s newspaper distribution system, which is entirely state-controlled, Narodnaya Volya and Nasha Niva began being distributed against in 2008 as a result of an agreement between Belarus and the European Union.Reporters Without Borders fears that the various warnings they have received are paving the way for a new government ban just before the start of the president election campaign. 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The head of the missionary organization Cuerpo de Cristo Foundation, German priest Sebastian Obermaier, called for a residents’ blockade of the Canal 57-CVC television station after the labor group COR announced plans to seize media outlets that it said conflicted with social organizations affiliated to the union.The union’s announcement, of which Reporters Without Borders has received a copy, specifically refers to Canal 57-CVC, and to another broadcaster, Radio Bartolina Sisa.The document advocates the creation of a ‘’press tribunal’’ responsible for punishing ‘’blackmailers and bad journalists’’. Its authors refer to local government laws which allow for the establishment of community courts in certain circumstances. June 12, 2020 Find out more to go further February 1, 2018 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Residents of El Alto, near La Paz, have organized a blockade of a television station affiliated to a Catholic missionary organization after the town’s main labor union announced plans to take it over. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemned the actions of the union group. “The allegations by the COR against the television station and its parent organization in no way sanction the illegal seizure of a news organization or allow for censorship of journalists,’’ the worldwide media freedom organization said, urging the group to withdraw its “hateful and repressive’’ announcement.It noted the Bolivian government had called for appeasement and urged it to ensure Canal 57-CVC and its staff were able to resume normal activity, adding that the COR’s expressed desire for negotiations would pave the way for a return to normal.Since 13 October, staff have been spending the night on the premises of the television station to guard its equipment. The following day, Wilfredo Mamani Hidalgo, the influential leader of a casual workers’ organization affiliated to the COR, arrived with a van with tinted windows and no license plates, and a large truck, in the hope of removing equipment from the set of a TV programme, “Mi Barrio’’, of which he was the director until last August.About 200 people responded to Obermaier’s call to prevent Mamani from carrying out his action. Via the TV station, the union leader said he had merely come to collect equipment and he was opposed to the seizure of media organizations at the instigation of the COR. Mamani was assaulted by supporters of the TV station and was taken to hospital for treatment. Reporters Without Borders condemns such acts of violence.The incident provoked unanimous condemnation by professional organizations in Bolivia, such as the La Paz Journalists’ Association and, on the employers’ side, the National Press Association.Bolivian Vice-President Alvaro García Linera has asked union leaders to take no action against news organizations, and appealed to the latter to exercise “self-regulation and self-correction’’. Through its local boss, Remigio Condori, the COR promised no immediate action would be taken against Canal 57-CVC pending a meeting in the near future with the Roman Catholic bishop of El Alto, Jesús Juárez.The union, for its part, called on the Cuerpo de Cristo Foundation to undertake “new social measures” on behalf of the large number of non-contract workers. News RSF_en Follow the news on Bolivia Receive email alerts Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile BoliviaAmericas News October 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Residents blockade missionary TV station to prevent takeover by labour union News BoliviaAmericas Organisation News Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment November 18, 2016 Find out more
LibyaMiddle East – North Africa June 24, 2020 Find out more to go further For the past month, Libya has been in the grip of some of the worst violence since the 17 February 2011 revolution which led to the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. There have been many civilian casualties and those working in the media have not been spared. News Three days earlier, three employees of the satellite station Al-Assima were abducted in Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square after covering a demonstration protesting against the fighting in the capital. According to one staffer, three black Toyotas without plates seized the crew as they were putting away their equipment.Correspondent Mohamed Abdelrazaq Hussein, cameraman Ahmed Hussein Al-Ulawni and producer Ahmed Mohamed Al-Jihad were taken to an unknown location before being released five hours later in the middle of the night. The TV station said in a statement that the three men were believed to have been held at the Mitiga air base, controlled by Misrata-allied Islamist forces. They were understood to have been tortured and had their heads shaved by their abductors. Since the 17 February Revolution and the overthrow of Gaddafi, many Libyan journalists have been threatened, assaulted, kidnapped and even killed because of their work. The many incidents of violence between the various factions and armed groups have led to an increase in violations of freedom of information and attacks on those working in the media. Some have been forced to leave the country for their own safety and others are thinking about it. Since the start of this year, Reporters Without Borders has recorded more than 60 violations of freedom of information and has given support to 10 journalists in exile. The freedom of information organization calls on all parties taking part in the clashes to halt immediately all attacks on civilians and, more specifically, on those working in the media. Journalists have a vital role to play in the new Libya, especially in building a viable and democratic state with a long-term future.For their part, news organizations and those working for them must show independence and professionalism and remain fully aware of the responsibilities incumbent on them. News providers must bear in mind their essential role in holding official power to account and avoid exacerbating tension and political divisions.RWB is aware of the serious difficulties and many challenges the new Libyan parliament faces but recalls, however, that every government has a duty to protect its civilian population. The organization therefore calls on the Libyan authorities to use all means necessary to put a stop to the attacks on news providers and call a halt to impunity by bringing those responsible for such crimes to justice. August 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News providers targeted in new wave of violence sweeping Libya News LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Since July 13, violent armed clashes have been taking place in Tripoli between the rival Zintan and Misrata militias and their allies for control of the capital’s international airport, among other things.Fierce fighting has been taking place in and around the city of Benghazi between the forces of General Khalifa Haftar and armed Islamist militias such as Ansar Al-Shari’a. On 30 July, Ansar Al-Shari’a managed to capture the base camp of a Haftar-allied special forces unit, whose members were forced to withdraw into the Jebal Akhdar mountains in the east of the country.More than 200 people have been killed and 1,000 wounded since the latest round of violence began, according to health ministry figures. Most of the casualties were caused by the shelling of civilian areas. Amnesty International has categorized these indiscriminate shelling attacks as war crimes. Those working in the media have not been spared in the latest fighting. Three days ago, five staff members of the satellite station Barqa TV, based in Ajdabiya, were abducted on their way back from covering the opening ceremony of the new Libyan parliament. The station’s manager, Faraj Al-Moghrabi, who was also present, said the station’s three cars, carrying the eight members of the crew, were stopped at a checkpoint near the town of Derna, known to be the stronghold of Ansar Al-Shari’a, by militiamen who indicated they were members of the national army under Haftar’s command. According to Al-Moghrabi, however, the militiamen’s clothes and accent rather implied that they were from the opposing camp. They ordered the journalists to get out of their cars at gunpoint. Another of the cars, carrying the station manager, a technician and cameraman, managed to drive off despite coming under fire. Editor Khaled Al-Sibihi, presenter Yunes Al-Mabrouk Al-Moghrabi, reporters Abdelsalam Al-Moghrabi and Yussef Al-Qumudi, and Egyptian video editor Mohamad Jalal were abducted. There has been no news of them since.On 4 August, the “special deterrence force” militia led by the Islamist Abdel Raouf Kara, urged the staff of the government television station Al-Wataniya not to broadcast parliament’s inauguration ceremony. To make sure, they made everyone leave the building. According to two Al-Wataniya employees, the man in charge of the attack, Abdalazim Al-Shahrani, ordered the staff not to report any events surrounding the new parliament but ordered them to support “Operation Libyan Dawn”, launched on 13 July by fighters from Misrata with the aim of seizing control of Tripoli airport from rival militiamen from Zintan. News February 23, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom December 17, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Follow the news on Libya Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Help by sharing this information
USI Travels West For First Road Games Of 2015-16EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball will be playing on unfriendly courts for the first time this season when it visits Rockhurst University Thursday and William Jewell College Saturday. Tip-off for USI and Rockhurst Thursday in Kansas City, Missouri, is 7:30 p.m., while start time for the Screaming Eagles and William Jewell in Liberty, Missouri, is slated for 3 p.m.Game coverage for USI Men’s Basketball games, including live stats, audio and video, is available at GoUSIEagles.com. The Eagle games also can be heard over the air on WEOA 98.5FM/1400AM and WPSR 90.7FM.This Week’s USI Men’s Basketball Quick Notes:USI receives votes for NCAA II Media Poll. For the first time this year, USI received votes for a top 25 poll. The Screaming Eagles received votes for the NCAA Division II Media Poll, presented by D2SIDA.Eagles win 6th-straight with victory over PNC. USI ran its winning streak to six-straight after overwhelming Purdue University North Central, 102-67, at the Physical Activities Center. Junior guard Jeril Taylor had a monster game to lead the Eagles with 24 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, and six steals.During the winning streak. USI is outscoring its opponents 89.8-62.3 per game during the winning streak, compared to 90.7-87.8 in the first six games. The Eagles also are shooting 52.2 percent (199-381) from the field in the last six contests.Four in double-digits to start the year. USI has four players averaging in double-digit to start the 2015-16 campaign. Junior guard Jeril Taylor and freshman guard Alex Stein are currently on top of the USI scoring column with 16.3 and 14.5 points per game, respectively, while senior forward George Edwards is third with 13.6 points per contest and junior guard Bobo Drummond rounds out the double-digit scorers with 11.8 points per outing.Drummond dishes career-high 10 assists. Junior guard Bobo Drummond dished out a career-high 10 assists against Purdue North Central. The 10 assists ties for the third-best single-game total in the GLVC this year.Seniour blasting from long range. Senior forward Shane Seniour has found the touch from long range this year, hitting 11-of-20 three-point field goals (55.0 percent) after missing all three attempts last year.First road games of the year. The Eagles are playing on a hostile floor for the first time this year when they travel to Rockhurst University and William Jewell College this week. USI’s four games away from the PAC this year were neutral site contests.USI vs. Rockhurst. USI leads the all-time series with Rockhurst, 14-1, and has a 6-1 advantage in the games in Kansas City, Missouri. The Eagles took last year’s match-up 75-64 at the PAC.Rockhurst in 2015-16. The Hawks of Rockhurst are 6-4 through the first two months of the season and are averaging 77.5 points per contest. Rockhurst split its first two GLVC games of the year and is sitting in fifth place in the GLVC West Division. More on Rockhurst can be found at RockhurstHawks.com.USI vs. William Jewell. USI leads the all-time series with William Jewell, 3-0, and has won both trips to Liberty, Missouri. The Eagles won the 2014-15 meeting at the PAC, 86-48.William Jewell in 2015-16. The Cardinals of William Jewell are 5-5 overall this year, winning their last three games. William Jewell started GLVC action with a pair of losses and is currently seventh in the GLVC West Division. More on William Jewell can be found at JewellCardinals.com.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has advised the government to radically reduce intake of free sugars in the population’s diet, while upping fibre consumption. The SACN today made a final judgement on sugar, fibre and wholegrains as part of its Carbohydrates and Health report.It now recommends that the average intake of free sugars should account for no more than 5% of daily dietary energy intake – posing major implications on the food and drink industry. This means that adults consuming more than seven cubes of sugar a day will be exceeding recommended limits.Despite this, it reinforced that starchy carbohydrates and wholegrain should form 50% of daily calorie intake, while increasing recommendations for the intake of fibre.The report said that those aged 16 and over should increase their intake of fibre to 30g a day, 25g for 11 to 15-year-olds, 20g for 5 to 11-year-olds and 15g for 2 to 5-year olds.This decision has been welcomed by the baking industry, as bread is recognised as a good source of fibre.The report concluded:High levels of sugar consumption are associated with a greater risk of tooth decay.The higher the proportion of sugars in the diet, the greater the risk of high energy intake.Drinking high-sugar beverages results in weight gain and increases in BMI in teenagers and children.Consuming too many high-sugar beverages increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.It states: “The evidence considered in this report endorses a dietary pattern concerning carbohydrates that is based on a variety of food sources but limiting the amounts consumed of table sugar and rich sources of free sugars, such as preserves and sweet spreads, fruit juice, confectionery, biscuits, buns and cakes. The report also provides evidence that sugars-sweetened beverages should be consumed in minimal (i.e. infrequently and in small) amounts.”What do you think? Let us know at [email protected] or tweet us at @BritishBaker.See the full report here.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Details In government and politics, where it seems we face a crisis every day, there appears to be a growing concern that those in charge are not only unable to adequately do their jobs but also are not being held accountable for their failures.In Chicago it has become a daily occurrence to read about individuals, especially young people in the inner city, who are shot and killed as a result of gang violence. These are people who live in a city that many have called the greatest in the world. That may be true for its beautiful lake front, soaring buildings, five star restaurants and high end shopping on the Magnificent Mile. But in the impoverished black community where unemployment never drops below double digits, neighborhoods lack a grocery store, children cannot leave their homes feeling safe and the quality of education is questionable, it’s hard to think of the city as being great.In Flint, Michigan children have been allowed to drink water individuals knew for months was laced with lead. This continued even after General Motors stopped using the water the children were drinking because it was corroding their engine parts. It’s hard to imagine that those in charge of preventing such a tragedy would allow it to continue even after a problem was clearly evident.These are just two examples of countless problems facing communities across our country. These problems in some cases have been around for years, others for decades and even more just coming to the surface. It’s not difficult to understand the frustration of citizens who put their trust and faith in their elected and appointed officials to find solutions to those problems and correct the wrongs that exist.What is even more annoying is to listen to those individuals who for years have either held elected office or been in high government positions, talk about the problems and insist that solutions must be found. These are the same people who were there when the problems either started or were already in existence and have done nothing to solve them. Aware of this continued failure to right the wrongs, one can easily understand why this election year voters are taking a hard look at the candidates running for office.It has become extremely important when evaluating those individuals who have been in positions of authority that they be asked a simple question. Why have you failed to do anything about the problems you say must now be solved when you have done nothing to resolve them when previously given the opportunity?The criticism of the failure of appointed or elected officials to make changes when they had a chance to do so is not limited to one political party. In most cases both share the blame for inaction, incompetence and the inability to work together for the common good.So this year, the year in which we elect a President who conceivably will govern this country for the next eight years along with a Congress that could put us on a path to success or keep us on a road to nowhere, everyone must do their part. Do not just listen to what candidates say they will do, but also look at what they did when they had an opportunity to make a difference. If their past performance has been negligible and weak, more than likely their promises for the future are hollow and will never happen.Do not reward failure by giving those who accomplished nothing additional time to do more of the same. The most precious right you have is the opportunity to vote to improve yours and your children’s futures. Use it wisely.
In Samobor, the installation of tourist signs at 49 locations in the city has started, which includes newly opened accommodation facilities, souvenir shops, new mountain lodges and other tourist attractions.By installing brown signage, the offers of tourist services in the city area will become more accessible to visitors, which will improve the level of presentation of the tourist potentials of the city, points out Martina Paladina, director of the Samobor Tourist Board. “ We managed to finance this year in full the project, from the production of all paperwork and permits to the installation of the entire tourist signage, which is very wide in our area due to the configuration of the city. I am very proud that from the initial idea to the installation of the boards, we managed to realize the whole project in one year, in cooperation with the city of Samobor.Paladina points outAlso, last year in Samobor, 10 bilingual interpretation boards were set up on famous buildings in the very center of the city, on King Tomislav Square. The plaques consist of a textual description of the famous building on which they are placed, in Croatian and English, and are placed with the prior consent of the Conservation Department of the Ministry of Culture, the City of Samobor and the owners of the buildings. It is a project of the Tourist Board of the city of Samobor, with the aim of describing in more detail the tourist sites, preserving cultural heritage, and promoting and raising the general educational and cultural level of domestic and foreign visitors.”Every two years we make new and supplement the existing signalization, and as for the brown signalization, I can say that in three years of the project we have covered absolutely everything, from accommodation facilities, cultural and other interesting sites, ie all those facilities that meet the requirements in the regulations for brown boards in accordance with the Ministry of Tourism. ” Paladin concludes. Therefore, absolutely all tourist projects are covered by tourist signs, ie brown signs, which is certainly very important as the first foundation for the long-term development of a tourist destination.SAMOBOR RICHER FOR 150 KM OF BIKE TRAILSIn accordance with trends and with the aim of promoting cycling and sports, as well as the growing need of tourists and visitors from around the world for active holidays during their stay in Samobor, the Tourist Board of Samobor, in cooperation with the City of Samobor, mountain bike clubs Šišmiš and Krpelj and co-financed by the CNTB, in the spring of 2017 started a project to create and mark bicycle routes.Thus, seven cycling routes were designed and presented this year, which include about 150 km of trails, with a start and finish on King Tomislav Square. The longest route is 30 km long and leads through Rude to Oštrc and back the same way, and the shortest 10 km leads to Otruševac to Grgos Cave, and then back to Samobor. “The routes are intended for recreational cyclists, and are designed in response to the growing needs of visitors and the promotion of cycling, but also to get to know remote parts of Samobor by bike. ” stand out from the Tourist Board of Samobor.A bicycle map with altitude profiles and descriptions of trails was printed in Croatian and English, and .kml and .gpx files of each route were made, which can be downloaded from the official website of the City of Samobor, but also via QR code, and all trails are made with the consent of the Croatian Mountaineering Association Japetić and GSS. Also, signalization was set up for all routes that are marked in the field, in accordance with traffic regulations, all with the aim that the marking and design of these cycling routes contribute to the development of cycling in the area of Samobor.Often our tourist destinations do not invest in signage, especially outside the classic framework, which is extremely important for tourism development. Especially when we talk about foreign tourists who come to our destinations and find it difficult to get around the cities because they are in destinations for the first time. Despite all the power of technology that is there to help, sometimes we can be just around the corner, but again not knowing where we are and finding what we are looking for, just because there is no signaling.Do not forget how tourists are, for the first time in the destination and do not know our language. Try to visualize the whole process by putting yourself in the role of a guest and you will immediately see where the mistakes and omissions are and what you need to do to make your guests ’stay easier.Also, the signalization is on the one hand a promotional tool because it is present in the space and certainly reminds passers-by of the sights that are in the destination. So, signalization is certainly very important and one of the first basic steps for the development of a tourist destination. And yes, the signage must be in English, even posters about various events in the tourist destination.
Such support will enable the author and his family to continue to preserve and promote this national heritage, and help build Croatian cultural branding. “For many years I have been promoting our tradition and heritage, emphasizing the island of Hvar, Dalmatia and Croatia as a Mediterranean destination with unique values. In addition, I promote our winemakers and restaurants called “taverns”, so I hope that they will respond to this invitation. In a special way, I invite our members of the Croatian diaspora who still have a sense of traditional values to join this campaign. Many thanks to all of them in advance”Points out Bratanić, who, among other things, received a personal award from the town of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar for his constant efforts in preserving and promoting cultural heritage. Family tavern Bratanić is just a source and inspiration for the author’s project “The story of the tavern” which aims to preserve and promote Croatian cultural heritage through various types of public activities such as cultural events, presentations and publishing books and articles. The author of the project, Miki Bratanić, has so far published three books dedicated to the tavern; “TAVERN”, “TAVERN STORY” and “TAVERN STORIES – FOR CHILDREN”, and he presented his story to audiences in New York, Boston, San Francisco and many Croatian cities. In his family tavern in Vrbanj 31.07.2019. a special donation evening will be organized in which the Tale of the Tavern will be told again with the aim of motivating people to join the action as much as possible. Some of our cultural heritage on the UNESCO list, such as “Mediterranean Food”, “Dalmatian Klapa Singing”, “Old Town Field” and the famous unique traditional procession “For the Cross” are part of this story. After more than fifteen years of self-sufficiency of his own project “Tale of the Tavern”, the owner Miki Bratanić launched a global donor campaign through the GoGetFundrising internet platform, to obtain financial support to better continue project activities. Tavern is the Croatian word for a traditional wine cellar, but the family tavern Bratanić is much more than a wine cellar, because it has the status of “Protected cultural property of the Republic of Croatia ” and represents that stopped piece of time of the ancient Mediterranean. Anyone who recognizes the need to preserve tradition and heritage, and the promotion of national cultural values through the prism of the tavern, can donate their contribution at this link: https://gogetfunding.com/story-of-the-konoba-project-support/
But Bernardino went on to stress that the authority’s job was not to replace existing national regulators.“Our job is to promote consistency, to promote convergence,” he said.Significantly, the issue of funding of EIOPA came up.At present the formula is 40% coming from the European Commission, and 60% from member states.“This is definitely not optimal,” said Bernardino.As an EU body, the chairman said he would prefer for 100% of EIOPA’s funding to come directly from the EU.Previous discussions on funding have also seen suggestions from Bernardino and the European Parliament that a levy on the insurance and occupational pensions sector itself could provide financing for the authority – a move the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds previously admitted would be “difficult to resist”.Bernardino also rejected complaints about the proposed holistic balance sheet (HBS), saying: “The HBS is the correct way to achieve a common basis across the EU.” He invited participation in EIOPA’s stakeholder group selection process.Supporting the work of the groups warmly, Bernardino observed: “It is not by hiding things we shall increase trust.” Europe’s ageing population could lead to a generational conflict, the chair of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has warned.The risk was mentioned by Gabriel Bernardino as he outlined the challenges facing the Continental pensions industry, and defended the role played by EIOPA to attendees at the PensionsEurope conference in Brussels. “Of course we are an independent body,” he said. “Our main objective is to promote convergence of supervisory and consistency practice across Europe.”He said it was very important to have a body that could promote these needs, to the entire sector, covering both insurance and occupational pensions.
Omer F. “Pee Wee” Kinker, age 90 of Greensburg, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Aspen Place in Greensburg. Born November 25, 1927 in Decatur County Indiana, he is the son of Anna (Nee: Duvelius) and Harry Kinker. He married Rita Niese January 19, 1957 at St. Louis Church in Batesville and she preceded him in death April 7, 2002 after 45 years of marriage. Pee Wee was a farmer as well as a truck driver for the Hill-Rom Company 36 years. He served in the army during the Korean War, driving supply trucks to the front line under the cover of darkness.When asked about his hobbies, his family responded, “work.” He was one of those individuals that stayed busy. In addition to working for Hill-Rom he also raised feeder pigs and ran the family farm. Pee Wee also liked time in the woods where he would usually be chopping wood, coon hunting or mushroom hunting. A Reds fan, his family also indicated he liked the Bengals, but could root for the Colts too, depending on who was in the room or which team was winning. Pee Wee was also known for his homemade horseradish.He is survived by daughters Jean (Steve) Lynch of Laurel, Indiana, Nancy (Gene) Wallpe of Greensburg, Patty (Mark) Kohrman of Sunman, Mary Land (partner Kenneth Foster) of Greensburg; sons Mike (Judy) Kinker, Jerry (Connie) Kinker, Steve (Gretchen) Kinker, all of Greensburg; sisters Loretta Kinker of Greensburg, Julie Pumphrey of Columbus, Indiana, Rosemary Cook of Batesville; brother Louis Kinker of Greensburg; 25 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren with two more on the way. In addition to his wife and parents, he is also preceded in death by sisters Virginia Heck, Margaret Mollaun, Leona Moeller; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.Visitation is Tuesday, September 4th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 5th, at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in Enochsburg with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Ripley County V.F.W. Post #3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271. The family requests memorials to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana or the Wounded Warrior Project.